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Saferworld takes a deep look at what lessons can be learnt from Western counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding efforts in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen since 2001.
In Nepal young people are often labelled ‘trouble-makers’ but, says LaChelle Amos, they have also shown they can play a crucial role in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and local development.
COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 8 February 2016
A joint workshop bought together a range of international experts discuss how to practically strengthen the implementation and enforcement of trade controls for arms and dual-use items.
NEWS | 4 February 2016
Peace and conflict dynamics in Pakistan are deeply intertwined with events in Afghanistan. Relations between the two countries have however been characterised by mutual mistrust and hostility since at least 1947. During this time, Pakistan has pursued an interventionist policy towards Afghanistan, primarily driven by the perceived need to secure influence...
RESOURCE | 2 February 2016
Head of Policy Larry Attree examines why the Wests approach to counter-terror and stabilisation are failing and lessons that can be drawn for the future.
COMMENT & ANALYSIS | 1 February 2016 - Larry Attree
"Hammering the bread and the nail": Lessons from counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding in Afghanistan
The international intervention in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014 was in many respects a watershed for the country and for the global agenda on combating terrorism. The decision to react to the al-Qaeda attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001 with a military-led response was intended to close down al-Qaeda’s operational...
RESOURCE | 1 February 2016 - Hesta Groenewald
Since 2007 the US, UK and EU have provided significant funds to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and regional actors aimed at militarily defeating al-Shabaab. These resources have been provided despite questions about the objectives of regional actors and evidence that their actions have undermined efforts to build...
RESOURCE | 1 February 2016 - Sunil Suri
Since serious terror threats emerged in Yemen in 2000, the West has invested significantly in counter-terror and stabilisation. Alongside direct military action to assassinate key militants (by the US), Western actors backed the Government of Yemen to fight, prosecute or punish terrorists, and gave capacity-building support to institutions, hoping to...
RESOURCE | 1 February 2016 - Larry Attree