A year ago, masses of people fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan began to stream through the western Balkans on their way to northern Europe. Like anyone following the news closely, I was deeply moved by the chaotic scenes of crowded fields and train stations. A year on, these images have all but disappeared, but… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Peace and security
I am deeply saddened by the tragedy Serbia has faced, where a recent mass shooting left five people dead and twenty injured. This event brought to light once again three major but often ignored problems – the large scale availability of illicit firearms, its impact on public safety, and most specifically its impact on intimate… Read more »
Our region has seen countless examples of how development brings a country one step forward, only to have disasters, conflicts and other crises take it two steps back. Whether the armed conflict in Ukraine, the floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the migration and refugee crisis that has hit Southeast Europe, it’s evident… Read more »
The threat of violent extremism and terrorist attacks is of increasing concern within the Europe and Central Asia region. Since 1992, the region has seen a total of 6,125 attacks in 1800 locations. At 519 incidents, Turkey’s Istanbul has faced the most attacks – more than twice the next location on the list – Grozny,… Read more »
In Central Asia, after the Soviet Union’s collapse, uranium enrichment largely stopped in former Soviet countries like Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. This left behind “yellow hill” tailing sites storing huge amount of low grade processed uranium ore. Water, soil, and air pollution due to tailings have had critical impact on everyday life for years in this region.
As thousands leave Syria for safer lands, images of white tents and perilous boat journeys have flooded the world’s media. But there’s another side to this story. In Turkey, the host of next week’s World Humanitarian Summit, only about 10 percent of the approximately 2.75 million displaced people from Syria live in refugee camps. The rest live in… Read more »
Around the world people are dying because they refuse to hate. Every day, people are killed because they stand up for tolerance, deny xenophobes, defy racists and counter religious hatred with tolerance, understanding and charity – principles deeply interwoven with some of the world’s great states and great religions. Identity-based hate crime is only the… Read more »
‘Know what you don’t know,’ said one of the trainers. I immediately took it as a philosophical cue, conjuring up an amalgamation of words I don’t know – from aardvark (is it an office supply item?) to zyzzyvas (a type of shoe?). Right. I’m at a workshop for journalists on identification of small arms and… Read more »
Real and perceived governance deficits pose risks to progress made in addressing inequalities in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. Although the new development agenda places inclusive societies, peace and institutions as a priority, the relationship between governance and inequality is still not well understood.
The recent news out of Kosovo has been bleak. The tensions between the ruling coalition and opposition is growing, while public protests against recent agreements with Serbia and Montenegro have turned violent. But let’s take a step back and look at the other side of the story.