CPD Policy Blog

CPD Policy Blog

Linking academia and policy. Contributing to social progress. Enabling sustainable politics. Connecting the dots. Thinking ahead.
The CPD Policy Blog creates a bridge between science and politics, thus relating the enlightening potential of science to the field of political practice.
The CPD Policy Blog is a project of the Austrian Conflict, Peace and Democracy Cluster (CPDC) and is supported by the University of Graz, IKF, Demokratiezentrum Wien, ASPR, ZFF as well as Shabka.
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.
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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.

Towards a Softer Approach to Counter-Terrorism in Europe

Following the terrorist attacks in Manhattan in 2001, Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005, the “War on Terrorism” has become the prevalent paradigm among policy makers. It is in this political climate that the EU Counter-Terrorism Strategy (EUCTS) was agreed. Its hard-approach measures have since disproportionately affected minorities and …

Cracking at the Seams – The Erosion of the Common European Asylum System

The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) was conceived as a manifestation of the assumption that human rights are the foundation for the operation of the Union. As problematic as the practicalities of the system are today, the challenge to the normative underpinnings, which are disappearing due to transnational regulatory networks’ …

Hero’s Burial of President Marcos

The Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, who served as president of a dictatorial regime from 1972 until 1981, was interred in a Heroes’ Cemetery on November 18th, 2016. Although groups petitioned for the cancellation of this internment, on August 8th, 2017 the Supreme Court finally decided to affirm the ruling authorizing …

JobStart Philippines: A Promising Project with Some Obstacles

School-to-Work (STW) Transition has been persistent in the Philippines, and this has translated to the country’s youth unemployment problems (Canlas, M & Pardalis, M., 2009)  – specifically, there are 1.19 million unemployed Filipinos from 15 to 24 years of age (PSA, 2016). In response to this, the Philippine government started …

On Fire. Memory and Conflagration in Guatemala.

The fire in the Grenfell Tower in East London on June 14, 2017, has caused Europe-wide consternation. The tragedy has left 79 dead or missing persons dead or missing behind, shedding light on the possible ignorance on behalf of English authorities. At the beginning of this year, another fire blaze …

Urban Labs als neue Impulsgeber einer integrativen Stadtentwicklung

Um den komplexen und vielfältigen Herausforderungen städtischer Entwicklung angemessen zu begegnen, braucht es integrative und wertbasierte Lösungsansätze. Derzeit erleben „Urban Labs“ als neue Form der städtischen Verwaltung und BürgerInnenbeteiligung einen Aufschwung in Europa. Da EntscheidungsträgerInnen und PraktikerInnen bei der Initiierung und Etablierung solch innovativer Governance-Ansätze mit vielfältigen Schwierigkeiten konfrontiert sind, …

Islamic Diversity Adds to Social Cohesion in Post-Immigration Europe

The alleged ghosts haunting Post-Immigration Europe are varied, yet somehow related to Islam. For numerous reasons, Islam is perceived and described as an obstacle to social cohesion in Europe. However, these notions presume a relation between Islam and politics that does not reflect the faith of the majority of Muslims …

The ‘List of Shame’ – a Sham? Accountability of conflict parties for child rights violations

The carefully crafted agenda of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to protect children during armed conflicts has been praised for being an effective accountability tool, not least because it is relatively unpolitical. The UN Secretary General’s (UNSG) annual report lists perpetrators responsible for grave violations against children, stigmatizes and creates …

Bosnien & Herzegowina zwischen Paralyse und Fortschritt

Bosnien und Herzegowina ist ein Land, das sich nach den Zerfallskriegen Jugoslawiens noch immer in einem verworrenen und langwierigen Friedensprozess befindet. Verglichen mit der Phase nach dem Krieg der 90er Jahre, ist die gegenwärtige Situation vielfach komplexer geworden.