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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.




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

The 2015 UK Strategic Defence and Security Review: Aid, security and the national interest

Shelagh Daley on the UK’s 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

18 December 2015 - Shelagh Daley

China-Africa FOCAC Summit: how China can help African countries advance peace in the 2030 Agenda

The sixth meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation provides an opportunity to deepen partnership, address collective challenges, and enable African countries to make significant progress towards the peace-related targets in the 2030 Agenda.

1 December 2015 - Anna Moller-Loswick, Thomas Wheeler, Showers Mawowa, Richard Smith

UK aid and the SDSR: managing the contradictions around increased aid to fragile states

The government’s commitment in the new Strategic Defence and Security Review to increase aid to fragile states raises important questions about a whole-of-government approach to conflict prevention.

25 November 2015

Will the SDSR be strategic enough about conflict prevention?

Today, the UK Government is publishing its Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). In this article, Saferworld’s Larry Attree argues that a key test of the policy will be the extent to which it balances immediate threats with a coherent strategy for preventing conflict in the long term.

23 November 2015 - Larry Attree

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