Humanitarian Assistance Webcast 9: Peace Building and Humanitarian Engagement

The scope and character of peace-building and stabilization missions significantly affect the work of humanitarian actors. Across a range of contexts, humanitarian actors must balance principled action alongside considerations of peace. An operational format that gained traction in Kofi Annan’s 1992 “Agenda for Peace,” peace-building encompasses dimensions of peace-making, peacekeeping, and development. Despite the emergence … Continue reading Humanitarian Assistance Webcast 9: Peace Building and Humanitarian Engagement

Breaking the Deadlock in the Middle East Peace Process

The Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University cordially invites you to Breaking the Deadlock in the Middle East Peace Process Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Room 500 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Speakers: Haim Malka, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow in the Middle East Program, CSIS Carolin Goerzig, Visiting Fellow, SAIS Leila Hilal, … Continue reading Breaking the Deadlock in the Middle East Peace Process

Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR)

I was fortunate enough to be invited to present at one of the quarterly meetings of the HPCR Working Group on “Engaging Armed Groups. Options and Strategies.” The HPCR is currently seeking input on the broader issues associated with engagement with armed groups. One of the great advantages of the Working Group is that its … Continue reading Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR)

Engaging Non-State Armed Actors. Options and Strategies

Armed actors dominate contemporary conflict environments dramatically. Their degree of dispersion, influence, and effect on international politics make it necessary to establish strategies for interaction with them. This article makes a contribution by assessing particular strategies and their suitability and applicability with regard to specific actors. First, it delineates options for dealing with armed actors … Continue reading Engaging Non-State Armed Actors. Options and Strategies

Taliban Talks: Not the Solution to Afghanistan’s Problems

Potential negotiations between the Afghan government and representatives of the Taliban have stirred ever increasing international interest during the last two months. Pundits the world over have voiced myriad assessments of the morality of such talks, the possible agenda of the negotiations, and the potential outcomes. Many have argued that talking to terrorists is inherently … Continue reading Taliban Talks: Not the Solution to Afghanistan’s Problems

How to Engage Armed Groups? Reviewing Options and Strategies for Third Parties

Armed groups pose a severe challenge to current peace- and state-building processes. Their degree of dispersion, influence, and effect on local and international politics make it necessary to consider ways and strategies for coping and interacting with them. The article assesses and reviews the contribution of specific options, their suitability, and their applicability regarding particular … Continue reading How to Engage Armed Groups? Reviewing Options and Strategies for Third Parties

Review of “Hans-Georg Ehrhart / Martin Kahl ( Hrsg.) (2010). Security Governance in und für Europa. Konzepte, Akteure, Missionen”

During the last few years in particular, literature has examined new actors and new strategies of security governance. Research on Europe is no exception to this. However, while one side of the debate is skeptical about the ability of the European Union to substantially contribute to security governance, the other side of the debate relies … Continue reading Review of “Hans-Georg Ehrhart / Martin Kahl ( Hrsg.) (2010). Security Governance in und für Europa. Konzepte, Akteure, Missionen”