If you missed Chatham House's event "International Affairs: Reintroducing Women, Peace and Security" on March 8, it is now available as a podcast.
This event launched a special issue of International Affairs , Chatham House's leading journal, analysing 15 years of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.
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In December, the U.S. Congress approved a big increase in aid to Central America’s “Northern Triangle” countries – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The US$750 million seeks to address the so-called “root causes” of violence that is now so severe that over 111,000 children from these three countries were apprehended in the United States or Mexico, while traveling unaccompanied, just between June 2014 and December 2015.
In this podcast by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the hosts look at the causes of Central America’s insecurity crisis and how the United States has chosen to respond. They look at some of the concerns in Congress and elsewhere about political will, corruption, and human rights, and discuss strategies that can help Central Americans feel safer where they live—without repeating the ineffective and military-heavy approaches of the past.
They are joined by:
- Geoff Thale, WOLA’s Program Director;
- Adriana Beltrán, WOLA’s Senior Associate for Citizen Security;
- José Luis Sanz of El Salvador’s El Faro ; and
- Héctor Silva Avalos of American University.
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Book Talk 14 – International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa: Responsibility to Protect, Prosecute, and Palliate
In this episode of the ACUNS Book Talks Podcast series, Kurt Mills, Senior Lecturer in International Human Rights at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, joins co-host Alistair Edgar to discuss his latest publication, International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa, from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Kurt explains his general interest in the subject of human rights, and increasingly the nexus of human rights and international justice related to situations of mass atrocity crimes. Examining four case studies – Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Darfur – he addresses his own variant of ‘R2P’, in this case ‘R2P3’ (the responsibilities to protect, prosecute, and palliate), and discusses the dilemmas that these responsibilities can create as they may not always be complementary. The podcast concludes with Mills’ thoughts on what his analysis implies for the roles and responsibilities of states, humanitarian actors, and the United Nations.
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On Saturday, September 26th IPI, together with The Elders, and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, co-hosted a high-level panel discussion which looked at ways to improve the Security Council’s ability to prevent and halt the commission of mass atrocity crimes.
The Elders, France and the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency (ACT) group at the UN have all called for voluntary restraint in the use of the veto by the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council in mass atrocity situations. Their proposals have received considerable attention in recent months.
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Guatemalan Justice System and Citizen Mobilization Lead to Major Victory in the Country’s Fight Against Impunity
In this podcast, ICTJ’s Marta Martinez speaks with Director of Programs Marcie Mersky about the important steps forward in the fight against impunity at the highest levels and about the political and social turmoil currently facing Guatemala. This podcast was recorded, as the country prepared itself for presidential elections that were held on Sunday, September 6.
Vishva Samani reports on how smart policing in Brazil keeps a check on the police in a BBC World Service Episode.
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Pendant cet entretien avec l'ONUCI, Dr. Mpako Foaleng parle au sujet des défis auxquels le parlement ivorien est confronté et le délai requis afin de surmonter ces obstacles.
In this audio presentation from the 2013 International Security Forum, four experts discuss the ongoing attempts to impose a workable regulatory framework onto the private security industry, to include an international code of conduct with actual teeth in it. As part of their analysis, the speakers specifically consider what has been accomplished to date in this process and what remains to be done. (Note: The speakers include Claude Wild from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs; Meg Roggensack from Human Rights First; Andrew Nicholson from Drum Cussac Ltd, and Anne-Marie Buzatu from the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.)
One of the challenges facing Libya as it builds democracy following the fall of the Muammar Qadhafi regime is the reform of the security sector.
During the uprising, a number of Libyans took up arms to confront pro-Qadhafi government forces.
After the revolution, these fighters have to be either included in the national army and other parts of the security sector or reintegrated into civilian life.
Zahra Langhi, a gender specialist and civil society consultant tells UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha that Libyan women want to participate in this process.
“The national dialogue's importance lies in the fact that it is the one which will hopefully lead to stability and peace in Yemen,” said Amat al-Alim al-Soswa, a former minister and ambassador for Yemen who until 2012 was assistant secretary-general, assistant administrator for the United Nations Development Programme, and director of its regional bureau for Arab states.
“Peace and stability will only be the result of the discussion on all the issues, including not only the buildup of the structure of the system, meaning the political system, but also, it will discuss issues of the Southern movement, the issues of Sa’ada, the issues and relations to the transitional justice, and the preparations, really, for the country that respects the human rights of its citizens,” she said of the dialogue, which is due to start March 18.
“In addition to that, there will be, of course, a very important discussion in depth of the future regarding not only the political well-being, but also, it will have to discuss all the tensions that Yemen suffered from, including the northern Sa’ada issue.”
She said the discussion will also address the "whole philosophy behind economic and social development...especially because of the nature of the challenges which face Yemen, in particular the poverty issues, the scarcity of the water, and other major vital issues.”
Mrs. al-Soswa stressed the importance of continuing to hope that a common rationale will emerge from the dialogue and move Yemen through this challenging transition.
“I think we should hope that with the engagement of the Yemeni youth and women, that we will see a different level of transition,” she said.
The interview was conducted by Amal al-Ashtal, research assistant at the International Peace Institute.