FBA at the Almedalen Week 2017

During this year’s Almedalen Week in Visby, Sweden, the FBA organized a series of seminars in the area of conflict and security, development and peacebuilding.

Two of them were held in English.

The US and the UN – an on-and-off relationship of great matter to world peace

Monday July 3 14.00-14.45 Sverige i världen

 

 

Trump dismissed the UN early in his campaign. Now he proposes large scale budget cuts effecting peacekeeping operations in particular. At the same time the US uses the Security Council to take strong stands and urge UN to act more powerful. Who will build future peace and based on which principles?

Participants: Richard Gowan, associate fellow European Council on Foreign Relations, Lena Sundh, former Deputy UN Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Deputy Head of the peacekeeping operation MONUC, Jan Eliasson, former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN. Moderator: Marika Griehsel.

Conflicts to watch in 2017

Thursday July 6 16.00-16.45 Sverige i världen

 

The world is becoming a more dangerous place. Extremism and the number of conflicts are on the rise. And the consequences are global, in the form of growing refugee flows. FBA and International Crisis Group discuss the most volatile wars to watch this year – with Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen and Mali on top of the list.

Participants: Robert Malley, Vice President for Policy at International Crisis Group and former Adviser to President Barack Obama, Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs, Head of Research at FBA. Moderator: Marika Griehsel.

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Looking back at a year of election observation

Liberia, Kyrgyzstan and Honduras. Kenya, Kosovo and Nepal. Those are just a handful of the countries that have held elections during 2017, to which FBA has deployed election observers. “It has been an exciting year. And 2018 looks just as interesting, with forthcoming elections in Russia, Cambodia and Zimbabwe, only to name a few”, says Maja Tjernström who works with election observation at FBA.

2017-12-22 14:37

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Putting Civilians First: NGO Perceptions and Expectations of UN Peacekeeping

NGOs and UN peacekeeping operations increasingly operate in a shared domain. NGOs commonly rely – at least partly – on UN peacekeepers for access and security, but they also express concerns about this. Yet remarkably little is known about what are their main concerns and how widespread they are. Even more importantly, what can be done to address them? This FBA Brief, written by members of one of the FBA’s research working groups, examines the answers to those questions.

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  • Posted by Andreas Berg

    Back ‘home’ in Kosovo and remembering old lessons

    The distinct smell of coal dust creeps into your nose as soon as you step off the plane in Pristina, a strange and familiar welcome back greeting for those of us intimate with this small corner of Europe. I felt it again in November 2017 when I came to Kosovo for a few days of visiting old friends and colleagues. For anyone with strong memories of living in a foreign country, you will remember the joys ... Read entire post »

    2017-12-13 11:21
  • Posted by Sabrina Karim

    Liberia after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

    On November 8 2005, Liberians elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to be the first female president of an African country. She made history that day and she oversaw fourteen years of peace in a country that had experienced two decades of devastating armed conflict. In 2011, she was re-elected and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Her fame and legacy has brought widespread international attention onto Liberia.

    On October 10, 2017, Liberians will go to the polls for the ... Read entire post »

    2017-10-06 15:28
  • Posted by Maja Jakobsson

    Strengthening forces for peace through experience-sharing

    The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated as of late, with the highest number of conflict-related civilian casualties in 2016 since 2009. The efforts for a formal and sustainable peace process are insufficient and face numerous obstacles. Violent battles between government and Taliban forces have resulted in new districts falling under Taliban power. Attacks by other groups, loyal to the Islamic State, are increasing in numbers.

    Despite this, there are still strong forces for peace in Afghanistan. ... Read entire post »

    2017-09-21 16:18
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