CPD Policy Blog

CPD Policy Blog

Linking academia and policy. Contributing to social progress. Enabling sustainable politics. Connecting the dots. Thinking ahead.
Vision
The CPD Policy Blog creates a bridge between science and politics, thus relating the enlightening potential of science to the field of political practice.
Cooperation
The CPD Policy Blog is a project of the Austrian Conflict, Peace and Democracy Cluster (CPDC) and is supported by the University of Graz, Institut für Konfliktforschung (IKF), Demokratiezentrum Wien, ASPR as well as Shabka.
Research
Peace and conflict research deals with violence and violent conflicts in the broadest sense. It thus seeks to formulate strategies to overcome these forms of violence in the short, medium and long term.
CPD Cluster
The CPD Cluster seeks to bundle the competence existing in Austria in the areas of conflict, peace & democracy. It thus contributes to the peaceful, non-violent and non-discriminatory development of society.

“DEFROSTING CONFLICT”? – WESTERN SAHARA IN THE CONTEXT OF NORMALIZATION

One month after the resumption of tensions between Morocco and the Polisario Front which ended the 1991 ceasefire, the recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty in Western Sahara by Donald Trump on November 10, 2020 in the context of normalization of relations with Israel, highlights the complexity of a conflict long considered …

„The Incel Rebellion has already begun!“ – Zur Frage, ob Incels Terroristen sind und was zu tun ist

Am 19. Mai 2020 wird ein 17-jähriger Jugendlicher in Toronto, Kanada, des Terrorismus angeklagt – zusätzlich zum Mord an der 24-jährigen Ashley Noelle Arzaga. Der Attentäter hat Arzaga in einem Massagesalon erstochen, zwei weitere Personen wurden verletzt. Bereits kurz nach der Tat stellte sich heraus, dass der Attentäter ein sogenannter …

Sicherheit vs. Freiheit – (Un)Vereinbarkeit von demokratischen Rechten und Sicherheit in Krisenzeiten?

Sicherheitspolitik wird primär als Aufgabe der Regierung verstanden. Wenn diese in Krisenzeiten folglich die Ausweitung ihrer Kompetenzen beschließt, erscheint dies meist als legitim. Daher werden selbst in demokratisch verfassten Rechtsstaaten Verstöße gegen die Grundrechte und eine kontinuierliche Entfernung vom Rechtsstaatsprinzip in Kauf genommen. Politik in Krisenzeiten betrifft alle Mitglieder einer …

Equality and youth – the game changer for sustainable peace?

Twenty years after the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), not one country has achieved equal and full representation of either women or youth at all decision-making levels. Most parliaments remain dominated by older men, with only 25.1% of global MPs being women and just 2,2% being under …

Revolution an der Wahlurne in der Republik Moldau?

Es gibt sie vielleicht doch noch Revolutionen an der Wahlurne. Politische Veränderungen in Osteuropa müssen nicht immer unter Massenprotesten herbeigeführt werden, wie es dieser Tage in Weißrussland zu beobachten ist, oder vor einigen Jahren in der Ukraine, als es zu den Maidanprotesten kam. Maia Sandu, unterstützt von der Partei für …

The “Shadow Pandemic” and its implications for the MENA-region: Domestic violence on the rise

Silently, a “Shadow pandemic” has begun amidst the COVID-19 crisis: Worldwide, a rise in domestic violence has been recorded since the outbreak of COVID-19. Women in the MENA-region find themselves especially at risk. Even before COVID-19, the Eastern Mediterranean Region had the second highest prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) worldwide, …

Towards the normalization of relations between the Arab states and Israel?

While most of the Arab countries do not officially recognize the state of Israel over the latter’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, common concerns in the past thirty years over regionals issues have brought the different parties closer. However, The announcement of Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu on July 1st, …

SAFER – The looming environmental and humanitarian disaster off Yemen’s shore

A 45 year old supertanker carrying 1.148 million barrels of light crude oil is decaying just 60 kilometers off the shore of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, threatening the Yemeni population, Red Sea littoral countries and Red Sea ecosystems. The vessel was part of Yemen’s national oil infrastructure but fell …

The Libyan Quagmire: The failure of the international community to engage in a constructive peace process

Following a peace summit in Berlin on 19th January 2020 about the civil war in Libya, and the intensification of violence from February until July, Yacoub El Hillo, the United Nations’ (UN) resident and humanitarian coordinator for Libya, argued that “We are witnessing a protracted conflict severely impacting civilians in …