Category Archives: Analysis

Sexual violence – South Sudan’s neglected survivors and crimes

by Alexandra Hallqvist and Zoë Meijer* Historically, sexual violence has been a part of war. However, while it used to be seen as “just” a byproduct of war, we have finally come to the realization that sexual violence is often used … Continue reading

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From regime change to authoritarian stability? The Trump presidency and the Syrian Civil War

By Aron Woonink* Many jars of ink have been spilt on Donald Trump’s election last month. Every spectator, whether they’re journalists, policymakers or ordinary citizens, wonders what this remarkable figure’s victory will mean for the US and the rest of … Continue reading

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Brexit, Trump and right-wing movements in Europe – Explaining identity politics

by Suna J. Voss and Shawn Davies* Identity politics is in the news. While identity might be a construct, as the constructivist argument goes, attempts to transcend one identity generally lead into the construction of another. What does this mean … Continue reading

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Why the Assad regime barrel-bombs its own civilians

by Rik Rutten* Bombing civilians without distinguishing supporters and opponents from bystanders is said to be ineffective, or even counterproductive. Then why have air raids become such a hallmark feature of the military strategy of the Assad government in the … Continue reading

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Non Violent Communication in Mediation of Conflicts

by Lani M. Anaya Jiménez* For  a long time conflict resolution processes tended to be observed and mediated on a state basis where high level actors where the most important ones (Lederach, 1997). However, conflicts based on non-state actors have … Continue reading

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What causes rebel recruitment? Into the mind of a former jihadist

by Barbara Magalhães Teixeira* The TED Talk of Manwar Ali, filmed in April 2016, touches upon a central subject in Peace and Conflict Research: rebel recruitment. He is a former jihadist that shares his experience of joining a rebel group and … Continue reading

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