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A just response to climate change violence
"Our ideas about justice are adequate for thinking about the violence of the climate wars that are beginning to erupt, but not adequate for thinking about the violence of climate change, which causes those wars in the first place."
Saferworld and the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law are running a blog series exploring the links between conflict dynamics and injustice. In the second blog post, Dr. Jason Hickel writes about a just response to climate change violence, arguing that climate variations will not merely result in violence in the future, but are already themselves a form of violence being waged upon habitats and livelihoods, predominantly in the global South.
UK aid and the Strategic Defence and Security Review
"To address the causes of conflict effectively, the UK will need to look well beyond aid towards leveraging the whole of the government, both overseas and at home."
Last week the UK Government affirmed new commitments to work on conflict and instability with its Strategic Defence and Security Review. It was announced that the Department for International Development will spend at least half its budget on fragile and conflict-affected parts of the world during every year of the current parliament.
These commitments raise important questions about a whole-of-government approach to preventing conflict and whether there is enough political leadership to maintain policy coherence when security, geopolitical and commercial interests do not align with what is needed for long-term stability and conflict prevention.
Finally! A peace policy for Kenya
"The need for a national framework to guide efforts to prevent conflict and build peace in Kenya cannot be overstated."
Kenya's long history of inter-ethnic tension, land conflict and election-related violence has left the country with a long way to go before being considered peaceful. In this comment piece, Saferworld's Maria Osula argues that the recent adoption of Kenya's long-awaited peace policy is a welcome step towards better coordinated efforts at building peace.