European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell (R) light candles in the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints during their visit to the site of a mass grave in Bucha, April 2022.
The war’s one-year anniversary is eerily close to that of an EU report on the prevention of mass atrocities. Ten years later, its authors reflect on what the bloc could have done differently.
Young people in Nigeria seek freedom from repression and other governance failures. Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeolai/NurPhoto,
Young Nigerians actively discuss politics and governance despite being kept on the sidelines. They seek a government that would promote their inclusion and solve problems affecting them.
Photo taken in a refugee camp in Somalia in 2019. Somalia tops the list of the world’s most corrupt countries.
A review of Transparency International’s recently released global corruption ranking confirms that corruption fuels war, and vice versa.
Destructive mining in Congo’s protected areas is rampant because it generates money for citizens, officials and armed groups.
Kenyan troops fly the flags of the East African Community and Kenya in Goma, eastern DRC.
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There are advantages to a regional force overseen by the East African Community – particularly as the bloc is leading new political talks.
Dan Stoenescu, head of the EU delegation for Syria, during a visit to the territories controlled by the Damascus regime on 8 August 2022.
In the name of contributing to the reconstruction of Syria, is the EU rehabilitating Bashar Al-Assad?
Internally displaced people from the Dinka ethnic group at the Minkamman camp in South Sudan in 2014.
In 2018, Africa accounted for 70% of the world’s people displaced by armed conflict and human rights abuses.
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In the absence of peace, efforts to address climate risks will be restrained, ineffective and counterproductive.
Ugandans watch the start of the International Criminal Court trial of former child soldier-turned-warlord Dominic Ongwen.
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Armed conflicts today involve slavery in many different forms, from forced marriage to child soldiers.
Women displaced from rural villages in the Anglophone region gather to wash clothes in a stream.
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Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis could escalate into a complex disaster emergency with dire environmental consequences.
Our research shows that although climate change is a key factor in starting conflict in eastern Africa, it’s not always the most important one.
Residents flee Kukawa village, Plateau State, north central Nigeria in April 2022 after their houses were burnt by bandits.
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Improved mediation skills for local leaders can help prevent the escalation of disputes and break cycles of violence.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is introduced to the US Congress by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on March 16, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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The reasons for the prominence of the Ukraine war in the West are many – and include the Ukrainian government’s strategic efforts to tailor presentations of the conflict for Western sensibilities.
Canada’s residential school system has had a lasting effect on First Nations communities.
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When a patriarchal society is combined with a history of colonialism, women in that country are at heightened risk of gender-based violence.
Peace activists demonstrate outside the European Commission building on March 22, 2022, in Brussels.
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Russia and Ukraine have held several rounds of failed peace talks. Understanding the challenges to successful peace talks helps illuminate the struggle for peace in Eastern Europe.
Refugees from Ukraine arrive in Medyka, Poland, on April 4, 2022.
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Even once the war in Ukraine ends, the millions of people who fled from their homes might not be quick to return. The faster the war ends, the more likely it is they will go back.
War is hell: protesters gather in Warsaw.
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Truth may be the first casualty of war, but knowledge and expertise is all the more important.
A stash of Kalashnikovs and locally made hunting rifles surrendered by a local vigilante group in Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria.
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New illicit flows of arms and ammunition contribute to fueling conflict and instability in West Africa.
Mauritanian soldiers stand guard near the border with Mali in the fight against jihadists in Africa’s Sahel region.
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Jihadi groups take advantage of endemic poverty, inequality, high unemployment levels, illiteracy, ethnic divisions, and poor governance to spread their campaign of violence in the Sahel region.
A Russian armoured personnel carrier on the streets of Bangui.
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Only an emphasis on civilian aspects of rule, such as education and health, can shield the state from rebellions that challenge state power in the future.