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Research, policy and analysis is a fundamental part of our work to prevent violent conflict and promote peace. Read the latest comment and analysis from Saferworld staff and outside experts.




South Sudanese Civil Society visit to China: A plea for action

Following a recent visit of South Sudanese civil society to Beijing, Zhang Hui and Chloë Gotterson reflect on the principal message from the delegation to Chinese officials: that China can, and should, play a more proactive role in supporting peace in South Sudan.

22 March 2016 - Chloë Gotterson, Zhang Hui

Countering Violent Extremism is gaining ground in the State Department—does it represent something new?

Following significant announcements on the future of the countering violent extremism (CVE) agenda in the US, David Alpher and Sunil Suri call for redoubled efforts to ensure CVE is not a mere rehash of approaches that have already failed to stem the global terror threat.

21 March 2016 - David Alpher, Sunil Suri

The Arms Trade Treaty – An Extraordinary Meeting?

Elizabeth Kirkham reports on the first Extraordinary Meeting of State Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty.

9 March 2016 - Elizabeth Kirkham

International Women’s day – a great time for South Africa to “step it up for gender equality” and advance the UN 2030 Agenda

In an article first published in the Sowetan to mark International Women's Day we explore why the 2030 Agenda offers a unique opportunity for South Africa to advance the gender, peace and security agenda domestically.

8 March 2016 - Anna Moller-Loswick, Tamara Naidoo, Richard Smith , Molly Dhlamini, Showers Mawowa

How US counterterror strategy has crashed and burned in Yemen - and what to try instead

Larry Attree and Farea al Muslimi explore how counter-terrorism strategies from the United States have badly backfired in Yemen.

3 March 2016 - Larry Attree, Farea al Muslimi

Redefining ODA: what does it mean for peace?

Shelagh Daley discusses the implications of changes to the way Official Development Assistance is defined by the OECD Development Assistance Committee.

25 February 2016 - Shelagh Daley

Time to be honest: Rethinking external engagement in Somalia

Sunil Suri explores the legacy of the US, UK and EU’s counter-terror, stabilisation and statebuilding approaches in Somalia.

18 February 2016 - Sunil Suri

Supporting youth as peace-builders and change-makers in Nepal

In Nepal young people are often labelled ‘trouble-makers’ but, says LaChelle Amos, they have also shown they can play a crucial role in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and local development.

8 February 2016 - LaChelle Amos

What lessons should be learnt from 15 years of counter-terror and stabilisation?

Head of Policy Larry Attree examines why the Wests approach to counter-terror and stabilisation are failing and lessons that can be drawn for the future.

1 February 2016 - Larry Attree

EU arms exports to Saudi Arabia in the context of the war in Yemen are illegal

Kloe Tricot O’Farrell and Roy Isbister say EU Member States that are supplying arms to Saudi Arabia that could be used in Yemen are complicit in the catastrophe unfolding in the country.

18 December 2015 - Kloe Tricot O'Farrell, Roy Isbister

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