April 2012
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Saferworld’s newsletter this month brings you the findings from a global research project into local perspectives on conflict; the international response to our report on China's engagement in conflict-affected states; and recommendations for a sustainable approach to security provision in South Sudan.


On 29 March we launched the key findings from People's Peacemaking Perspectives, a joint 18 month research project with Conciliation Resources, which aims to improve international policy makers' awareness of local perspectives on 18 conflicts around the world. Find out more by watching a short film about the project.


Also this month, our research into China's role in conflict-affected states has stimulated discussion with both Chinese and Western policy makers, highlighting that is in China’s interests to adapt its policy so that it can proactively engage in support of peace.


In other news, as the Government of South Sudan continues on a controversial disarmament campaign to stem the violence in Jonglei, we publish a new report setting out options for security responses in the state under civilian oversight, and the possible role of international actors in this regard.  


And finally, we share findings from the People's Peacemaking Perspectives research in Bosnia and Herzegovina into young people's perceptions of conflict and hopes for the future.

Bringing local perspectives of conflict and peace to policymakers

Over the past 18 months, we have collaborated with Conciliation Resources on the People’s Peacemaking Perspectives Project, an European Union funded initiative to bring the opinions of local people in conflict-affected communities to the attention of international policymakers. On 29 March we discussed key findings with 50 EC officials and civil society representatives at a high level event in Brussels. Find out more by watching a short film about the project.

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Promoting dialogue on China's engagement in conflict-affected states

During March we held a series of launch events to promote our research into China’s engagement in conflict-affected states, to stimulate discussion and dialogue about China’s role in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sudan and South Sudan with Chinese and Western policy actors. Several media outlets have provided coverage of the events and have highlighted the key findings of the report including Guardian Development  and The Diplomat.

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Long term approach needed for peace in Jonglei, South Sudan

As the Government of South Sudan continues on a controversial disarmament campaign to stem the bloodshed in Jonglei State, a new Saferworld report has set out some of the lessons learned from previous disarmament campaigns, options for security responses in Jonglei, under civilian oversight, and the possible role of international actors in this regard.

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Young people willing to leave the past behind in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina are willing to question prejudices prevalent in wider society and are eager to break with the past. However, new research by Saferworld finds that whilst young people can potentially play a constructive role in a peaceful future for their country, they face huge challenges.

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