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Civil society reimagined: building on COVID-19 activism in Tajikistan
Comment & analysis

Civil society reimagined: building on COVID-19 activism in Tajikistan

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on Tajikistan, compounded by the slow response of the government as compared to some of its Central Asian neighbours. While the crisis has exposed some of the weaknesses of decision-making institutions in ensuring the safety and security of citizens, it has also reaffirmed the important role that civil society organisations play in addressing people’s basic needs.

22 June 2020
The Belt and Road Initiative: promoting peace in a post-pandemic world?
Blog

The Belt and Road Initiative: promoting peace in a post-pandemic world?

Since its launch in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative has faced plenty of challenges but none quite like those posed by COVID-19. Bernardo Mariani and Robert Swaine look at how the initiative might emerge from the pandemic more streamlined and outline the approach necessary to ensure peace along its path.

18 June 2020
Nepal’s governance in the time of crisis
Comment & analysis

Nepal’s governance in the time of crisis

COVID-19 has exposed serious challenges to Nepal’s federal system. An effective response calls for greater devolution and more collaboration among the three tiers of government, writes Anurag Acharya.

1 June 2020
A tale of two crises: Conflict and COVID-19 in South Sudan
Comment & analysis

A tale of two crises: Conflict and COVID-19 in South Sudan

While South Sudan’s leaders try to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), communities in many parts of the country are facing a dual threat to their safety as inter-communal violence breaks out with little intervention from national authorities. Urgent action is needed to address the power vacuum at the heart of this crisis and prioritise peace as the country battles COVID-19.

27 May 2020