Security and Peacebuilding Weekly
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This is a weekly news update on conflict, security sector reform and peacebuilding. It provides an overview  of important security issues in peacebuilding and (post) conflict contexts, as well as analysis of the security/peacebuilding nexus. A selection of 25 articles each week. Updated every Friday @ 3PM (GMT).
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Local Knowledge and Peacebuilding | Future of Peace Operations

Local Knowledge and Peacebuilding | Future of Peace Operations | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Following is a list of suggested reforms to improve inclusivity in peacebuilding.
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Thinking and working politically: A way forward on SDG 16 | Institutions and Stability - OECD

SDG 16 recognizes that peace, justice and accountable institutions are critical to sustainable, transformative and inclusive development.It sets out ambitious targets on a range of issues from reducing violence and corruption, to combatting trafficking and organized crime, to ensuring legal identity for all.  In doing so, SDG 16 provides a long-awaited and powerful mandate for donors and implementing organizations to develop a coherent focus on these critically important issues.
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Bahrain: Hopes for justice and reform fading five years since 2011 uprising | Amnesty

Bahrain: Hopes for justice and reform fading five years since 2011 uprising | Amnesty | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Five years after a wave of protests demanding widespread reform rocked Bahrain, hopes for progress on human rights and accountability for past and present abuses have faded, said Amnesty International.
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Yemen: Cluster Munitions Wounding Civilians | Human Rights Watch

Yemen: Cluster Munitions Wounding Civilians | Human Rights Watch | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition is using internationally banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States in Yemen despite evidence of civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch said today. Recently transferred US-manufactured cluster munitions are being used in civilian areas contrary to US export requirements and also appear to be failing to meet the reliability standard required for US export of the weapons.
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The Kurdish Conundrum | Duck of Minerva

Now that Canada has decided to continue to train and support the Kurds in Iraq along with the Iraqi government, the question of the future of the Kurds is being questioned. 
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Nigeria Wants to Double the Size of Its Army | War is Boring

Nigeria Wants to Double the Size of Its Army | War is Boring | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
The Nigerian ground forces wants to add 100,000 new officers and enlisted men to its ranks, doubling its size to 200,000 soldiers, Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai announced in a lecture at the National Defense College in Abuja.
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Somalia: Why is Al-Shabaab Still A Potent Threat? | Crisis Group

Somalia: Why is Al-Shabaab Still A Potent Threat? | Crisis Group | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Despite four years of “post-transitional” government and a level of international engagement and foreign military presence not seen since the early 1990s, Somali politics remain dysfunctional and prone to violent disagreement – exactly the conditions in which Al-Shabaab thrives.
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Why ISIS Propaganda Works | The Atlantic

Why ISIS Propaganda Works | The Atlantic | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
And why stopping it requires that governments get out of the way
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How El Salvador’s Security Policy is Increasing Extrajudicial Killings and Abuse | Security Assistance Monitor

How El Salvador’s Security Policy is Increasing Extrajudicial Killings and Abuse | Security Assistance Monitor | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
The government’s use of force has invited violent pushback from the gangs, and there have been severe consequences for citizens living in the crossfire. All sides are now engaged in an escalating cycle of action and reaction. For security forces, it seems the line between those living in gang-controlled neighborhoods and those in a gang has become blurred, casting such a wide net in their operations that anyone could be targeted, but particularly young boys.
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The challenge of the large Justice Innovation Space in Ukraine | Insights | HiiL

Peace, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights are key pillars for the development of Ukraine. The continuing military activities in the East, constant political turmoil, rampant corruption and distrust in justice are questioning the lessons from the Maidan revolution.
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Why Ukraine Must Outsource Its Fight Against Corruption | Foreign Policy

Why Ukraine Must Outsource Its Fight Against Corruption | Foreign Policy | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it

Kiev is losing the fight against corruption. It's time for a radical cure.

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UN reports stark rise in number of Afghan civilian casualties in 2015 | The Guardian

UN reports stark rise in number of Afghan civilian casualties in 2015 | The Guardian | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Report says 11,002 civilians were killed or injured, a 4% jump from the previous year, and attributes 14% to Afghan security forces
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Women and power: mobilising around Afghanistan's Elimination of Violence Against Women Law | ODI

Women and power: mobilising around Afghanistan's Elimination of Violence Against Women Law | ODI | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
This case study examines changes to women's voice, leadership and access to decision-making in Afghanistan over the last decade.
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Prioritizing the Protection of Civilians in UN Peace Operations | Stimson

Prioritizing the Protection of Civilians in UN Peace Operations | Stimson | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Despite rhetoric and mandates that identify the protection of civilians as one of the highest priorities for U.N. peace operations, protection is often not treated as a priority on the ground. The report of the High-Level Independent Panel on U.N. Peace Operations (HIPPO), released in June 2015, observed a growing gap between what is expected of peace operations and what they have delivered – particularly in the area of protection.
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Yemen: Is Peace Possible? | International Crisis Group

Yemen: Is Peace Possible? | International Crisis Group | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Ending the war requires negotiations leading to an interim settlement that must include security arrangements providing for militia withdrawal from cities, a return to the political process pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 2216 and agreement on a transitional leadership.
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Libya the new Syria? | Clingendael

Libya the new Syria? | Clingendael | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Since the Arab spring in 2011, Libya is embroiled in a bloody religious war. The country faces constant fighting and Islamic State is on the advance. The general belief is that the US is poised to take action. 
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Why does no one care about Yemen? | IRIN News

Why does no one care about Yemen? | IRIN News | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Before he fell victim to the war, which has claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people since March, the dogged Yemeni journalist was still struggling to understand why the world found it so easy to turn a blind eye.
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As Unification Hopes Shrink, ISIS Grows in Libya | IPI Global Observatory

As Unification Hopes Shrink, ISIS Grows in Libya | IPI Global Observatory | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
his has raised further concern among the international community, members of which are discussing a wider military involvement to reduce a threat that might extend into Europe.
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Stronger regional coordination can counter Africa extremism | The Washington Post

Stronger regional coordination can counter Africa extremism | The Washington Post | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military’s Special Operations Command Africa said Monday.
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Local and External Perceptions of Security Sector Reform in Guinea-Bissau | SSR Resource Centre

Local and External Perceptions of Security Sector Reform in Guinea-Bissau | SSR Resource Centre | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
For almost ten years, the small West African country of Guinea-Bissau has been subject to security sector reform as part of international peacebuilding interventions. Since gaining independence in 1973-74, the former Portuguese colony has been characterized by political instability, coups d’état, military overthrow attempts, and the interference of military factions within politics.
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Five reasons Canada faces an uphill battle in its anti-ISIS efforts | OpenCanada

Five reasons Canada faces an uphill battle in its anti-ISIS efforts | OpenCanada | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Canada's military strategy in Syria and Iraq has officially changed. Now what? Here are five challenges it will need to address going forward.
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Why LatAm Narcos Keep Rising From the Dead | Insight Crime

Why LatAm Narcos Keep Rising From the Dead | Insight Crime | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
A number of Latin American drug capos have been reported killed only to be later found alive, a phenomenon fueled by authorities as well as the criminals themselves. 
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Deporting People to their Doom in Murderous Central America | The Daily Beast

Deporting People to their Doom in Murderous Central America | The Daily Beast | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
The United States helped create the cauldron of cartel and gang violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. But it turns its back on those trying to escape.
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Progress on work with Kosovo’s security sector | FBA

Progress on work with Kosovo’s security sector | FBA | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
Over the last five years the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) has sent advisers on secondment to the Kosovo Security Council Secretariat. The project in the youngest country of Europe is now coming to an end. “Kosovo will now stand on its own feet”, says Andreas Berg, who has been occupying the post for the last two years.
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Women and power: mediating community justice in rural Bangladesh | ODI

Women and power: mediating community justice in rural Bangladesh | ODI | Security and Peacebuilding Weekly | Scoop.it
In rural Bangladesh, women have historically been excluded from participating in traditional justice, rarely even attending even their own hearings. The state, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and women leaders have been working towards changing this situation for the better.
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