The United Nations and partners launched THE GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN APPEAL 2017, which is a consolidated petition to support people affected by disaster and conflict around the world. It is the largest appeal in the history of the UN to support vital humanitarian operations in some of the world’s worst crises. 

2f136901-bdd1-4979-a673-51f588a54be9In 2016, more people were reached and more money was committed than in any other year. Yet, a record US$22.2 billion is needed to help 92.8 million people in 33 countries.

Click here to find out more information. 

4113After voters rejected the initial agreement in a referendum 53 days ago, a new accord was presented on 12 November, with modifications to more than 50 points, which take in opinions of the critics of the peace deal. Yet, opponents maintain that the most crucial points are still unresolved. 

Despite continued objections, President Juan Manuel Santos and rebel leader Timochenko signed yesterday the revised version of the peace agreement to end more than 50 years of conflict. The accord will immediately be sent to Congress. It is expected to pass after being debated next week, as the government’s coalition and allied parties hold a majority in the legislature. Once congress approved the new deal, Farc would begin its process of demobilisation. 




Trump, torture and Guantánamo

Category: News

25 Nov 2016

UnknownDoes Trump election means Guantanamo expansion? Members of Close Guantanamo, a long campaign to close down the ‘facility’, fear it does. 

After Donald Trump’s shocking victory in the U.S. Presidential Election activits are concern about what might happen under the new administration in relation to Guantánamo. Donald Trump and Guantánamo: What Do We Need to Know?, by Andy Worthington, is a detailed analysis on the issue.



Baar, Switzerland

The Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) next International Winter Programs in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, Medation, Security and Intercultural Dialogue are going to be held in Switzerland. Applicants could choose either 10 days Winter academy (17-26 February, 2017) or 3 Month CAS-Research program (17 February – 16 May, 2017) in their filled application.

The main goal of the 10 days Winter Academy is to strengthen the skills of the participants through academic trainings in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, security and intercultural dialogue fields. The main goal of the 3 Month CAS-Research Program is to develop the skills of the researchers via academic trainings, reading materials, Supervisor guidance and closely acquaintance them with relevant Swiss state, public and private Institutions.

IPD offer several type of scholarship support to reduce the participation fee amount for most needed potential participants from all over the world counties.

For more information about the programs, application process, fees and scholarships click here.  


Cameroon’s army forces on patrol near Mabass (Getty)-

Cameroon: Confronting Boko Haram is a new report by International Crisis Group that points out the pros and cons of the Cameroonian government’s military response to fight against Boko Haram. The  report states that while the military campain has been partialy successful in disrupting the  jihadist group, the structural problems that allowed this threat to arise have not been addressed. 

To consolidate gains and bring lasting peace to the Far North, the government must now shift to long-term socioeconomic development, countering religious radicalism and reinforcing public services.

The full report (in French) can be downloaded here

30 November 2016, 17:00 – 18:30
The Hague Institute For Global Justice
Registration required

Globally, the EU is increasingly committed to promoting and protecting a rule-based international order. Slovakia, in its current Presidency of the Council of the EU, has made the promotion of a more globally engaged Europe one of its main objectives.

europe-justice-720x390In a troubled international environment, the EU’s main goal remains to protect and promote the international order based on compliance with international norms and standards, including strengthening security and contributing to the prevention and resolution of crises. To achieve this goal, the EU has and will continue to support the work of international courts and tribunals.

The panel discussion will focus on the main achievements of the international courts and tribunals, the challenges they face, the crucial support that is provided by the EU, and future EU efforts to tackle abuses of humanitarian law and violations of internationally accepted norms.

For more information about the panel discussion and to register click here.

In Donal Trump as a Nixonian president,  an article originally posted at Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations,  on November 11, 2016, Willem Post asserts that while we should consider President Trump critically, depicting him in advance only as a “dangerous busines bully in the international arena is unnecessarily doom-ridden — for the moment.” The American people have spoken. As president, Trump will be judged according to his acts in office.   

UnknownAccording to Post, getting hard results seems to be what Trump cares about most. He foretel that we can expect Trump to pursue a foreign policy in the Nixonian tradition of power politics. Like President Nixon, the only president ever to resign from office, “Trump will be heavily dependent on his Secretary of State and National Security Advisor. And on many others.”

Yet, writting for The Guardian,  , remind us that this situation is not normal and warn us about the  dangerous fantasy behind Trump’s normalisation.

Two good articles that are worth reading.  


Category: Interesting Websites

19 Nov 2016

Victoria_MatHave you ever wondered what you would you do if war knocks on your door?  Reconstruction is a Colombian videogame that makes you a victim of armed conflict. Álvaro Triana is the head of the project in the ViveLab offices in Bogotá.
Victoria, as shown in the image, is the main character of Reconstruction. For Triana the aim of the game is to put the players in places that allow them to begin to understand the different realities that exist in conflict affected areas in Colombia.

To know more about this project visit Full article in spanish.



Resilience, Human Security, and Governance

Date and time: 8 December 2016, 16:00 – 17:45

Location: The Hague Institute For Global Justice

Registration required

The Hague Institute and partners will host a discussion entitled “A Global Perspective on Migration: Resilience, Human Security, and Governance”,  which is part of the multi-year, multi-phase project Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI) of The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and the Observer Research Foundation.

The discussion will focus on the deficiencies of the current international system and propose policies for improving global governance in the field of global migration governance. 

The conference hopes to welcome migration experts working in the field of protection, integration and security to engage in an interactive and thought-provoking debate on innovative migration policies for the future.

For more information about the conference and to register click here


In recent months, three African leaders have signalled their intention to leave the International Criminal Court as a way to express their dissatisfaction with the international judicial body, following complaints that ICC prosecutions focused excessively on the African continent. Early this week, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is formally withdrawing its signature from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as well. 

Regarding the African countries departures, Dr. Aaron Matta, senior researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice  argues that “these countries are making noise” beacuse “the Court is doing its job”.  In his view,  “this wave of departures will certainly hurt the ICC”, but he dose not think that “all African countries will follow suit. Three or four countries leaving will not topple the Court.” Yet, with Russia joining South Africa, Burundi and Gambia in leaving the court this year, the Court may be facing a bigger problem. 


The International Criminal Court is Navigating Troubled Waters

Article by Dr. Aaron Matta, senior researcher at The Hague Institute fos Global Justice. Posted originally on 1 November 2016.  

Several days after South Africa notified the UN of its intentions to leave the International Criminal Court, Burundi has done the same, and the Gambia will soon follow. The three African countries are looking to withdraw from the Rome Statute out of protest against the ICC’s allegedly unfair focus on the African continent. In an interview with TV5 Monde, Dr. Aaron Matta stated this could be the start of more troubles for the ICC, if other countries such as Kenya might follow.

Dr. Matta posed that, in spite of the reasoning provided in public, South Africa, Burundi and the Gambia all have their own specific reasons for retreating from the ICC. South Africa has been criticized for failing to apprehend Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president who is wanted for war crimes, while he was in the country. Burundi authorities might be investigated for serious violations of human rights. “By no longer being part of the ICC they can elude prosecution for genocide,” said Dr. Matta. “A smear campaign has started because these countries feel intimidated by the Court. Criticisms have intensified over the last three years. Persons who are subject to investigation, or those who could be, try to protect themselves.”

For more information on Russia leaving the ICC see Russia withdraws signature from international criminal court statute.


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Conflict and Peace Studies is a specialization within the Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Conflict and Peace Studies teaching team.

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