May 2011

Welcome to Safeworld's e-newsletter.

As events across the Middle East and North Africa continue to unfold, Saferworld has responded with suggested criteria on the question of whether to arm non-state actors in Libya. Our briefing on Yemen covers the underlying causes of the recent unrest with recommendations for the UK Government.

'Promoting sustainable security in a complex world' is Saferworld's submission to the British Government's Building Stability Overseas Strategy.

In the South Caucasus the issues that lie at the heart of the conflicts over South Ossetia and Abkhazia remain unresolved. Saferworld, and local partners have produced a short booklet for communities affected by the conflicts to answer some of the questions raised.

Finally, would you like to raise funds for Saferworld with every step you take? Then why not run for us in the British 10K London Run this July.



Sophie Amos

Head of Funding and Communications

Considerations for the potential transfer of arms to Libyan groups

In response to UN Security Council Resolution 1973 which authorised all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya, short of direct ground intervention by international forces, Saferworld suggests criteria for assessing the complex question of whether to arm Non-State Actors in Libya.


Exclusion, violence and public protest in Yemen

Western involvement in Yemen has tended to focus on counter-terrorism policies which do not necessarily address the security needs of ordinary Yemenis, and may even create further insecurity. Read Saferworld's briefing for MPs looking at the underlying causes of conflict and insecurity in Yemen, and how the UK can better support the transition to sustainable, peaceful politics in Yemen.

(photo Obinna Anyadike/IRIN)


Promoting sustainable security in a complex world

Read Saferworld's submission to the UK Government Building Stability Overseas Strategy which is due to be published later this year.


The effects of the August War

Communities in the Caucasus affected by the conflicts over South Ossetia and Abkhazia do not have access to clear information about the policies, plans and resonsibilities of the different actors on whom their lives and livelihoods depend. Saferworld and local partners the Georgian Young Lawyers Association and the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development have created a short booklet to answer some key questions about the conflicts and how they are being managed.


Run for Saferworld

Challenge yourself and raise funds for Saferworld!

We are delighted to announce that Saferworld has places available in the British 10K London Run. The event will take place Sunday 10 July 2011.

Set in the heart of London, the race route follows the Thames and passes many of London's world famous and iconic sights.

The 10 km run gives you, or someone you know, the perfect opportunity to get fit and join the Saferworld team.


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