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Putting peace first: six priorities for a 2019 UK general election
Comment & analysis

Putting peace first: six priorities for a 2019 UK general election

As UK political parties prepare for the 12 December general election in the UK, they have an opportunity to set out a vision to the UK electorate for a more effective peacebuilding and conflict prevention strategy. Here are six things they should prioritise.

4 November 2019
The UK’s arms-to-Saudi quagmire: from tragedy to farce
Comment & analysis

The UK’s arms-to-Saudi quagmire: from tragedy to farce

Despite a June court decision barring the UK Government from approving arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UK’s International Trade Secretary has admitted to granting two licences in violation of the ruling. Roy Isbister argues that this is yet another example of how the current UK system is fundamentally flawed.

20 September 2019
Investing in peace: recommendations for UK funding
Blog

Investing in peace: recommendations for UK funding

Today, a third of the world’s poor live in fragile states, with this proportion set to rise to half in 2018 and nearly two-thirds in 2030. In the UK, political parties have a range of views on how to best fund work to address conflict and fragility, all with their own strengths and weaknesses. Saferworld’s Lewis Brooks sets out key elements that should be reflected in any funding stream designed to address violent conflict.

25 September 2018
New UK counter-terror strategy lacks a coherent approach to conflict overseas
Comment & analysis

New UK counter-terror strategy lacks a coherent approach to conflict overseas

The UK’s updated counter terrorism strategy (CONTEST) acknowledges the links between terror threats in the UK and conflict overseas. Yet it fails to apply the hard lessons from flawed UK counter-terror and stabilisation efforts overseas in recent years. It is thus a missed opportunity to show how the UK can reduce the terror threat at home by coherently promoting peace abroad, argues Bénédicte Goderiaux.

4 July 2018