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Dilemmas of counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding
Terrorism is at the top of the political agenda across the world, and Western countries face dilemmas deciding how to respond to security threats.
However, current approaches have yielded only mixed results at best, and more constructive alternatives - which take a peacebuilding approach - could help to identify paths to long-term peace.
Saferworld has launched two reports on counter-terror. In a discussion paper on the dilemmas of counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding, we examine whether current approaches are being pursued effectively and coherently, and explore possible contradictions between approaches and objectives.
In an accompanying briefing, we build on the analysis in the discussion paper, outlining constructive peacebuilding alternatives to the counter-terror paradigm.
Community-driven approaches to small arms and light weapons control in Kenya
The prevalence of small arms and light weapons (SALW) is a serious security concern in many communities in Kenya where Saferworld and partners work. Endemic cycles of violence and hundreds of injuries and deaths result from the estimated 530,000 to 680,000 weapons in Kenyan civilians' hands.
Saferworld and partners have been working with police and communities in Isiolo and West Pokot counties to tackle challenges related to the proliferation and misuse of SALW. In a new briefing, we argue that improving the effectiveness and accountability of local security services and developing trust between communities and security providers are crucial ways to solve problems.
Promoting conflict-sensitive Chinese investment in South Sudan
Since September 2012 Saferworld has worked to encourage Chinese policymakers and commercial actors engaging in South Sudan to be more conflict-sensitive and open to dialogue with other actors.
Focussing on Chinese companies currently operating, or looking to invest, in South Sudan, our new report explores some of the challenges faced by these companies and suggests how they can contribute to a more stable future for people in South Sudan.