States Must Promote Human Rights in Their Universality: Taking a Stand Against Viral Misconceptions

Human Rights Day – Groundhog Day? Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, questions surrounding the nature and applicability of human rights have basically remained the same: What are human rights, how do they work and do they work for all? Despite some disagreement, from …

Radicalization Prevention – Changing Society or Changing the Individual?

“One cannot talk about the radicals without simultaneously talking about the society in which they emerged” I was told by a municipality employee engaged in radicalisation prevention during my field research for my PhD dissertation (Interview 18, Germany, 25/09/2019). Indeed, the interviewee addressed a paradox that I encountered often during …

Fulfilling the demands of the revolution and paving the way for a new, peaceful and prosperous Sudan

The transitional government in Sudan must overcome several obstacles to fulfill the demands of the revolution and lead the way into a democratic and prosperous Sudan. The challenges for the new government abound. It is under attack from former military cadres, who do not want to give up their power …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …