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  • September 30, 2014

    Law Professor BLOG: U.N. Security Council Adopts Resolution to Improve Response to Threats Posed by Foreign Terrorist Fighters

    Responding to an unprecedented flow of foreign terrorist fighters and the growth of facilitation networks fuelling conflicts around the world, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution to resolutely address this growing threat to international peace and security. The resolution decided that Member States shall “prevent and suppress the recruiting, organizing, transporting or equipping of individuals who travel to a State other than their State of residence or nationality for the purpose of the perpetration, planning or preparation of, or participation in, terrorist acts or the providing or receiving of terrorist training, and the financing of their travel and of their activities."

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  • September 30, 2014

    A Hybrid Approach to Building Security and Justice after Conflict: Incorporating Community Security Structures into Security Sector Reform (SSR) Programmes

    Security Sector Reform (SSR) is an increasingly significant feature of peacebuilding and recovery efforts in places recovering from conflict. As with statebuilding, the focus of SSR is often on building state institutions with less regard for building relationships between the people and the state. This limits the extent to which people, particularly at the community level, are engaged in SSR processes. It also conflicts with one of the fundamental principles of SSR – that of local ownership.

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  • September 30, 2014

    International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) Program Report: Truth and Memory

    In the wake of armed conflict or repression, societies and individuals are entitled to know the truth about mass human rights violations. International law clearly recognizes the right of victims and survivors to know about the circumstances of serious violations of their human rights and about who was responsible. ICTJ Senior Associate Felix Reátegui discusses the principles behind the program, and the imperatives of uncovering, acknowledging, and memorializing the past. He explains the intricate connections between truth-seeking and other justice measures such as reparations and criminal accountability, and provides an in-depth look at countries embarking on processes of truth-seeking, including Colombia, Nepal, and Tunisia.

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  • September 29, 2014

    Political Violence at a Glance BLOG: Peacekeeping Has Worked, But Is It Working now?

    Of the current 16 operations, only United Nations Missoin in Liberia (UNMIL) in Liberia is faring well, although it is being threatened by the Ebola epidemic. All of the others are having trouble effectively concluding their mandates, including the seven traditional cease-fire monitoring operations –many of which have been around for decades—as well as the more complex missions in Cote d’Ivoire, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Kosovo, Mali, and South Sudan. The newest operation set to start this month in the Central African Republic is probably going to face similar problems. Why are so many peacekeeping operations foundering despite the substantial evidence that the UN has become adept at peacekeeping?

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  • September 29, 2014

    Predictive Policing: The Promise and Perils

    The RAND Corp., a nonprofit research organization, released an exhaustive study on predictive policing in 2013 and found that the technology can be used to: predict the place and times of crimes; predict and identify which individuals are likely to commit a crime; predict the profile that accurately matches likely offenders with specific past crimes; and predict victims of crimes. But the effectiveness of predictive policing also can be hindered by emphasizing data accuracy over tactical utility, relying on poor-quality data, misunderstanding the factors behind a prediction, inadequate assessment and evaluation of predictions, and overlooking civil and privacy rights when using the software to label areas and people as at-risk.

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  • September 29, 2014

    Monday 29 September: Twitter Chat on Security and Justice in Post-Revolution Libya (#USIPLibya)

    Please join us online as INPROL Facilitators Fiona Mangan and Christina Murtaugh take part in a lively discussion on Libya’s security and justice landscape and the country’s current crisis, hosted by the United States Institute of Peace. The live chat will take place today from 12-1pm EDT. Follow #USIPLibya to participate. 

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  • September 26, 2014

    Justice in Conflict BLOG: Justifying Justice: Verdicts at the ECCC

    Reactions to Case 002 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) are of particular interest because of the paucity of democracy and respect for human rights in contemporary Cambodia. Claims that justice has had instrumental value there would be very hard to substantiate. So what do its supporters claim? Early analysis shows that, in the absence of strong claims to make about the instrumental value of justice, proponents revert to making claims about its intrinsic value. Critics of the Court also focus on the intrinsic qualities of justice (criticising the court for delivering a poor quality of justice or too little justice) but do not engage with questions of whether justice has brought positive consequences for democracy, the rule of law and so on.

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  • September 26, 2014

    Development Community ‘Needs a More Joined-up Approach’ to Tackling Conflict

    The development community can no longer “stick its head in the sand” when it comes to tackling the political, economic and social issues that lie at the roots of fundamentalism, conflict and inequality, the head of a leading research centre has warned. Melissa Leach, director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), said the proliferation of crises – from Iraq and Syria to South Sudan and the Ebola outbreak – underlined the need for a more concerted, committed and holistic response from government departments, NGOs and academics.

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  • September 26, 2014

    What Role Should International Non-Governmental Organizations Have in Fragile States?

    The development landscape in fragile states is often one of governments, donors and local civil society vying for influence and claiming roles in an attempt to address the problems that derive from fragility itself. So where do international nongovernmental organizations fit into the equation?

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  • September 26, 2014

    What is Peacekeeping?

    UN Peacekeepers provide security and the political and peacebuilding support to help countries make the difficult, early transition from conflict to peace. Watch as American actor George Clooney explains the work of the United Nation's Peacekeeping Operations.

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