This week in South Sudan – Week 25

Monday 16 June The peace talk round planned to commence 16 June was delayed. South Sudan’s Army Chief visited Nasir. The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) condemned the violations of the ceasefire. Tuesday 17 June UN Geneal-Secretary urged the political leaders in South Sudan to form an interim government. Lieutenant-General Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam… Read more »

Unintended Effects of Norway’s Readmission Agreement with Ethiopia

Photo: RIA

The main purpose of migration policy is to affect migration flows. Sometimes, however, policies have other, unintended effects. Such consequences are easily overlooked in policy evaluations, which usually focus on the effectiveness of a given policy in terms of its intended aim. This Policy Brief analyses the outcome of Norway’s readmission agreement with Ethiopia. Two years after the signing of that agreement, it is clear that its various effects provide a new avenue for reflecting on migration policies in general, and on readmission agreements in particular.Read More

This Week in South Sudan – Week 24

Monday 9 June UNMISS opened a new civilian protection site in Malakal. African leaders urged South Sudanese politicians to find peaceful solution. The three-day multi-stakeholders symposium in Addis was concluded. Tuesday 10 June The International Organisation for Migration warned that 2 million people will be displaced in South Sudan by the end of 2014. South… Read more »

Peace on Earth? The Future of Internal Armed Conflict

PRIO Conflict Trends Project The last 20 years have seen a gradual decline in the number and severity of internal armed conflicts worldwide. This trend is partly due to widespread improvements in factors such as education levels, economic diversification, and demographic characteristics. These factors are projected to continue to improve for the remainder of this century. As a consequence, the world should continue to grow ever more peaceful.Read More

The British are Impatient to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Angelina Jolie and Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. CC BY 2.0 Foreign and Commonwealth Office

A Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict is taking place in London on 10-13 June. World leaders are meeting to discuss ways of combating the use of sexual violence in conflict and of improving efforts to bring perpetrators to justice. This is a historic event. Never before have so many powerful people with decision-making authority been gathered to discuss this topic. Let us hope that this initiative brings results for those affected.Read More

The Unintended Consequences of Education among Pakistani Migrants to the UK

school_1512287cThe field of education has been at the forefront of social policy concerns for at least three decades in the UK. The debate around integration and education revolves mainly around two aspects: the ability of migrants to integrate, depending on their level of education; and the challenges brought by migrants to the British education system. Based on PREMIG data from among Pakistani migrants and descendants in the UK it is clear that education is indeed a major field in which issues of integration are explored, negotiated and can either get stuck or resolved. Read More

Four Things Everyone should know about Wartime Sexual Violence

Angelina Jolie at the launch of the UK initiative on preventing sexual violence in conflict. Photo from Foreign and Commonwealth Office, via Wikipedia

Later this week, ministers from more than 140 countries, along with an estimated 1,500 invited delegates, are gathering in London for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The summit — the largest gathering of its type — is co-chaired by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and the actress Angelina Jolie, in her capacity as the special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Read more in the blogpost at the Monkey Cage – by Dara Kay Cohen, Ragnhild Nordås (PRIO) and Elisabeth Wood, posted 9 June 2014.

Renewed Violence in Pakistan

SLast night, the Pakistani Taliban (otherwise known as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP) allegedly staged a bloody attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. Shahidullah Shahid, TTP’s spokesman, told Agence France-Press that the group launched the attack in revenge for the Pakistani government’s November 2013 killing of TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud. He also claimed the group intended to send a “message” to the Pakistani government that the TTP would continue to “react” to government killings of civilians in Pakistani villages. The New York Times notes that in spite of Shahid’s promise that such attacks will continue, he also insists that the TTP is still committed to pursuing peace talks with the Pakistani government.

Read more in Erica Chenoweth’s blog post at Political Violence @ a Glance, posted 9 June 2014