Ain’t no mountain high: Female Human Rights Defenders’ struggle

“Feminism – I don’t know why people get so freakin’ freaked out about it. Feminism to me merely means equality for men and women. It means I have every right to have my human… Continue reading

Complicit in war crimes? Western support to Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen

“I can’t explain it, really [ that Saudi Arabia was taken off the UN list of states who violate children’s rights in conflict]. I would have personally added not just Saudi Arabia but all… Continue reading

Driven to compromise? Yemen’s pending peace

“I think the conflict has reached a point where it’s too painful for everyone, including the Saudis. […] They have found out the hard way that air bombings are not going to resolve… Continue reading

Yemen’s Civil War: root causes and fault lines

“I’m not sure … the Saudis and their allies control 80 percent [of Yemen], had they done so we would have seen an end to this conflict a long time ago.” For War and Peace Talk,… Continue reading

Bringing it all back home: Lessons of the Vietnam War

“I honestly am calling for the reinstatement of the national draft in my country. [..] If a country decides to go to war, it has to have a nation-wide discussion and that doesn’t… Continue reading

License to kill & unstoppable at that: Jody Williams on Killer Robots and a stalling CCW

Are autonomous Killer Robots going to change the nature of modern warfare? Not if Jody Williams succeeds with her latest campaign. But the fight is tough: as governments are stalling by encouraging slow-working, low-aiming… Continue reading

Break it or make it? New approaches to fragile states

“We presume that as a peacebuilding community, what we need to be doing is engaging more politically and ensuring that our interventions are inclusive […]. This inclusive posture is actually conflict-inducing, and it’s… Continue reading

Reintegrating former-LRA combatants after the Amnesty Act

“The Amnesty [Act]’s major limitation was the reintegration component … As a disarmament tool [the Amnesty Act] was excellent.” How were former LRA-combatants reintegrated back into society after the Amnesty Act (2000)? Mr… Continue reading

Uganda’s Amnesty Act (2000): pragmatism or forgiveness?

“What is unique with the Amnesty Act (2000) is that it was demanded by the victims … who were frustrated with the government’s inability to protect them.” The Amnesty Act (2000) fits in… Continue reading