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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.




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

The UN Security Council and the prevention of conflict: where does the 2030 Agenda fit in?

A debate on conflict prevention and the 2030 Agenda offers an opportunity for the UN Security Council to discuss how its work impacts on structural and systemic conflict drivers. At the same time, a preventative, developmental approach to conflict will largely depend on action outside the Council.

16 November 2015 - Thomas Wheeler, Andrew Tomlinson

The dangers of the EU's quick fix approach to migration

The European Union must prioritise conflict prevention and peacebuilding policies to address why migrants and refugees from the Horn of Africa are travelling to Europe.

9 November 2015 - Kloe Tricot O'Farrell

Finally! A peace policy for Kenya

With a history of inter-ethnic tension, land conflict and election-related violence, Kenya’s recent adoption of its long-awaited peace policy is a welcome step towards better coordinated efforts at building peace, argues Maria Osula.

4 November 2015 - Maria Osula

How Yemen’s United Nations mediation could avoid failing again (but probably won’t)

In an article written for The Washington Post, Peter Salisbury discusses Yemen's peace talks and argues that a negotiated political settlement is the only way for the country to see an end to its conflict.

27 October 2015 - Peter Salisbury

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