On December 24, Greek Cypriot Leader, Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader, Mustafa Akinci, gave a joint New Year message announcing their hopes for peace and prosperity on a reunified island. The message is perhaps an indication of major developments to come in 2016. Changes in the political narrative since the election of Mustafa Akinci… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Peace and security
At a time of escalating conflict globally, the demise of the venerable ‘foreign correspondent’ is ironic. Many will argue that it was about time that the privileged and monopolistic world of the (mainly white male) foreign correspondent was blown open by a more inclusive, egalitarian media landscape. The truth is that this broader shift in… Read more »
When it comes to real-life crime, if police and forensic agencies are the Sherlocks, their equipment is definitely the “Watson”. It is the combination of the expert’s eye and the latest in crime-fighting tech that leads to the crucial “Aha!” moment.
A brief analysis of Montenegrin history reveals a story beset by struggle and armed conflict. The culture of ‘bearing arms’ has long stood beside the traditional definition of manhood, dignity: physical proof of the ability to defend your loved ones.
13 nationalities live in Osh side by side. The sheer fact of living around this multiculturalism is inspiring. Yet the communities themselves are so disconnected from one another that it’s easy to forget such diversity exists in the first place. Take, for example, my seven-year-old sister, who is awestruck as I hand her dolls dressed… Read more »
In early July 2015, two Czech tourists were gunned down in the hauntingly beautiful mountains of northern Albania. The 25-year old suspect, who allegedly committed the crime with an old, communist-era Kalashnikov, was arrested a couple days later.
What? On September 25, the United Nations is unveiling the Global Goals: These 17 Goals aim to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. Young people have a big role to play here, which is why UNDP’s #IstanbulHUB is excited to get YOU in on the… Read more »
Sparks fly. A distinct smell fills the air. Twisted metal, slowly morphs into liquid. Under the watchful eyes of police officers, metal workers, and other observers, sawed up rifles and tagged guns are moved into the furnace, ceasing to exist as we know them – threatening, powerful, lethal. I’m at a gun destruction event somewhere… Read more »
This month marked the 16th year anniversary of the conflict in Kosovo, but the silence on the sexual violence that took place has yet to be broken. The topic itself is still a social taboo. Rape is treated as though it were a death sentence and those who have experienced sexual violence are often shunned… Read more »
At the time of Nelson Mandela’s death in December 2013, I couldn’t have imagined that I’d one day have the opportunity to accompany the two chief Cyprus peace negotiators to meet the key people who helped the great man in leading the struggle to dismantle apartheid. At a time when hope in the peace process… Read more »