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March 2017

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Welcome to the March issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis and resources.

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Informal armies: community defence groups in South Sudan's civil war

Our latest publication provides perspectives from leading analysts and scholars on South Sudan's 'informal armies' - community defence groups that play a vital role in the country's ongoing civil war, as protectors, makeshift defence units and sometime aggressors. Reviewing three of the most significant actor groups - the arrow boys, gelweng and the White Armies - this report discusses the dilemmas these groups raise for national level peacebuilding efforts.

Take a look at 'Informal armies' here.


Four questions for democratisation in Somalia

After months of delay, Somalia's electoral process came to an end in February with the selection of new president Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo. In response to increasing pressures for a more democratic election process, work towards one-person-one-vote elections must begin now. Originally published for African Arguments, Oliver Chevreau and Ali Aden Abdi consider four questions for Somalia’s ongoing democratisation.

Read the comment piece here.


Counter-terror in Tunisia: job done or mission misunderstood?

A number of high-profile terror attacks are increasing concerns regarding Tunisia's stability and the wider region. While some argue security assistance from international actors is lessening the threat, this comment piece discusses the shortcomings of Western counter-terror strategies as part of wider research on responses to security threats and instability which draws from views of Tunisian people and civil society.

Read 'Counter-terror in Tunisia' here.


Saferworld blog

Saferworld's Washington DC team look into the Trump administration with a series of blog posts on America's new foreign policy and what this could mean for peace and security.

 

Read the blog below:

'Strength through peace – not peace through strength’: a reaction to Trump’s America First foreign policy 

A closer look at Secretary Rex Tillerson and his foreign policy perspective


Justice and peace series:

Following the release of the World Bank's latest report on governance and the role of law in relation to it, guest author Richard Sannerholm takes a closer look at what this means in comparison to 'rule of law' and its significance in today's political climate. 

'Guvernance’ and the ‘role’ of law: Getting the vowels right


 

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