Part of what I am hoping to do with my PhD. research, is to be able to describe what Proactive Peace currently looks like in different parts of the world. Too often it seems that peace work isn’t given much attention until violence has already started. And as important as that kind of peace work … Continue reading Proactive Peace Profile: AfriNov, Turning The Tide
Newsroom, August 2022 I wrote this article in August 2022 for NewRoom. Follow the link below and have a look: In an age of ‘megacrises’, prevention may be the only option we have left The World Health Organisation says we are in the midst of a humanitarian 'megacrisis'. We need to prioritise prevention and learn … Continue reading Other writing
In Focus: Resource Scarcity and Unstable Economy
This post is an exploration of another conflict risk-factor 'type'—Resource Scarcity and Unstable Economy. I talk about what conflict risk-factors are here, but just as a quick re-fresh, they're the things which increase a community's vulnerability to violent-conflict. They don’t directly spark violence, but they’re the dry kindling that so easily catches alight. I call … Continue reading In Focus: Resource Scarcity and Unstable Economy
In Focus: Inequality of Economic Access
In this blog, I talk a lot about conflict risk-factors, so I thought it would be worth-while exploring each of them in a bit more depth. Last post, I looked at inequality of political access. This week, I thought I'd focus on Inequality of Economic Access. The name might sound a little clunky, but I … Continue reading In Focus: Inequality of Economic Access
In Focus: Inequality of Political Access
I talk about conflict risk-factors quite a lot, because addressing them is the basis of Proactive Peace Work. So I thought it was about time that I explored these risk-factor types in more depth. In my research, I refer to 5 key types of risk-factor. Over the next few weeks, I'll discuss all of them, … Continue reading In Focus: Inequality of Political Access
What About Climate Change?
When high profile ‘climate events’ occur– be it Cop26, a particularly strong cyclone, or an especially harsh drought– we start to hear questions about how the changing, and increasingly unpredictable climate will affect our future. And when this happens, it is not uncommon to start to hear questions like: ‘will climate change make war more … Continue reading What About Climate Change?
Why Prediction Isn’t Enough
‘If only we had known!’ It is a common enough phrase, ruing the ‘too little too late’ response to some sort of humanitarian crisis. We shake our heads at how often we hear it. But aside from the disheartened frustration the phrase engenders, it also reflects a common assumption in the world of international relations; … Continue reading Why Prediction Isn’t Enough
The Things We Don’t See
The things that don’t happen are important to understand. Disease outbreaks that don’t become pandemics, are important. So too are workplace injuries that don’t happen, and children not becoming malnourished. The wars that never start are important too. Disease, injuries, malnourishment and war are all influenced by human choices. Given this, it is fairly safe … Continue reading The Things We Don’t See
For those who think peace doesn’t make a good story.
Please be aware that this post contains names of deceased persons. What I would really love, is for people to know what the word ‘peace’ means with as much complexity as they know the word ‘violence’. If you ask people what violence is, they will be aware of its many different manifestations; from domestic violence … Continue reading For those who think peace doesn’t make a good story.
….And conflict sparks are?
Conflict spark is the word I use to refer to the event or events immediately before the outbreak of violent conflict that are seen as triggering it. They could include things such as an accusation of fraud during an election, the assassination of a key political figure, the unexplained death of a political activist, or … Continue reading ….And conflict sparks are?