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Welcome to the February issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis and resources.
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What lessons should be learnt from 15 years of counter-terror and stabilisation?
In 2016, in the wake of spectacular terror attacks, some Western nations have moved fast to commit to war against Islamic State, doubling down on a mix of air strikes, targeted killings and support to regional and local forces. Despite this, militancy continues to intensify and spread, and the Taliban, al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda all remain undefeated.
In a series of reports launched today, Saferworld looks at experience from past and current counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding approaches in Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen. This experience suggests a fresh response to terror and security threats is needed that is more strategic about peace, tougher on corruption and bad governance, and more focused on working with societies.
An accompanying policy brief introduces the issues and contexts explored in the three reports from a peacebuilding perspective.
UK sold £1bn of bombs to Saudi Arabia in three months last year
Newly published Department for Business, Innovation and Skills figures show that in the third quarter of last year the UK granted over £1bn of licences for the export of bombs to Saudi Arabia, despite overwhelming evidence of human rights violations committed by the Saudi-led coaltion in its aerial bombing campaign in Yemen.
Last week Roy Isbister, head of Saferworld's Arms Unit, gave evidence at the UK International Development Committee's session on the Yemen crisis. In his evidence he stated: "A billion pounds worth of bombs to the Saudi air force—the same air force that the UN says is responsible for multiple attacks on schools, hospital, markets and civilian infrastructure—runs directly counter to the UK’s obligations under national, EU and international law."
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