Peace & Security

Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East

April 2015

Negotiators in Switzerland just won a huge victory for diplomacy over war. Now we've got to protect it.

Building Peace in Permanent War

February 2015

For those interested in peace and the non-violent resolution of conflict the prognosis is not good. Not just because the war on terror keeps producing enemies with whom, it is said, there is no negotiating, but because the legal and political framework it has engendered has transformed the way in which political violence and armed conflict is understood and managed.

Palestinian statehood: a lost cause?

Daniel Levy Nadim Shehadi
January 2015

Why deals done at the United Nations Security Council undermined efforts to end Israeli occupation.

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Making a Mountain out of a Molehill: Myths on Youth and Crime in Saint Lucia

Marcus Day
December 2014

Caribbean states face challenges of youth involvement in crime, violence, gangs and other anti-social activities. It is not uncommonly heard the “drug problem” is to be blamed for this. This briefing wants to show this relation is far more complex and often misunderstood.

Reclaiming People’s Sovereignty in an era of Corporate Power

November 2014

Despite the track record of systemic and systematic violations of the range of human rights, the efforts to establish legally binding obligations and an instrument of enforcement within the UN system have been defeated by determined corporate opposition. The current Guiding Principles developed by the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, John Ruggie, do not create "any new international legal obligations" and are therefore non-binding.

A Peoples' vision for a just and inclusive Asia and Europe

October 2014

One week before the official Asia-Europe government meeting (ASEM) gathers in Milan, over 400 people from 42 countries in Europe and Asia gathered at the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples forum (AEPF) to present their demands and recommendations.

Colombia, more than three decades of toxic sprayings. Enough!

September 2014

It is unfortunate that 35 years after the first chemical spraying in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, we are still writing about aerial sprayings in Colombia, demanding the current government to definitely defer an ecocide and incompetent policy.

Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

September 2014

Arming the so-called "moderate" opposistion in Syria doesn't mean supporting the good guys. It means sending arms to the Free Syrian Army.

Should NATO be helping Ukraine face Russia?

September 2014

The debate about the role of NATO in Ukraine is starting too late: Western leaders already made a fatal decision to back the new Kiev government no matter what it is doing and no matter what the real situation is on the ground.

Prospects of Quito's Public Water and Sanitation Company's Compliance with the Human Right to Water

Juan Carlos Romero
September 2014

The 2008 Constitution of Ecuador enshrines the rights of nature and the human right to water. Juan Carlos Romero, former official at the water public utility EPMAPS, argues that guaranteeing the human right to water is not only about providing a service, but also requires mainstreaming environmental, social, financial and political sustainability into the company's activities.

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