UNSCR 1325 and nuclear weapons: the necessity of gendered (non)proliferation policy-making

        Despite the possibility of nuclear war, nuclear (non)proliferation remains an underrepresented field in the discussion on gender and conflict. On first sight, gender seems irrelevant in nuclear policy-making, given the indiscriminate suffering they cause. However, women are more heavily affected by nukes, and the power play …

The International Women, Peace and Security Policy Framework

As in all politics, in the United Nations Security Council, language is power. Gender-sensitive language is thus fundamental for gender empowerment. A successful implementation of the WPS (“Women, Peace and Security”) agenda requires that every peacekeeping operation is equipped with a proper mandate to do so. However, the inclusion of …

Women, Peace And Security —Challenges And Opportunities In Light Of The Corona Pandemic

This year marks the 20th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. It addresses how women and girls are differentially impacted by conflict and recognizes the critical role that women can and already do play in peace building efforts. As the world gets ready to deal with …

The Virus that Ends Us: On the Ethics of Withdrawal and Affirmation

The global responses to the Covid-19 crisis have shown the exhaustion of modern politics. The views on offer are segregated, polarised and run across historically developed political fault lines. The current majority renders the fight against the virus and the disease it triggers as indispensable and necessary. In social practices …

The Global Virus Pandemic: An urgent Call to discard Humanity’s Claim of Mastery of Nature and the Human

This is the end My only friend The Doors The global spread of the Covid-19 disease within only a few weeks is only the most recent episode that emphasizes the fragility of our world. So far, phenomena such as natural disasters or the global financial crisis already indicated that we …

The South Sudanese Peace Agreement and the Issue of States

The implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is entering a critical stage. After the prolongation of the pre-transition period by 100 days in November 2019, a transitional government which includes the oppositional SPLM-IO, should be formed by 22 February. After the …

Protests in Lebanon – a genuine outcry to end political sectarianism?

Since 17 October 2019, Lebanon has both felt paralyzed and restless at the same time. Following the announcement of new taxes with relation to telecommunications services, people spontaneously took to the streets to protest. For the first time, the Lebanese people are not relating to any religious or sectarian divisions, …