Education Is Indispensible in Strengthening the Bonds that Hold Communities Together

Aaron Benavot | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The GMR is based at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and, while none of the Report team was directly affected by the weekend's tragic events, a black mark...

Understanding Conflict Displacements

Amjad Saleem | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK
Amjad Saleem

A phenomenal number of people have been displaced as a result of conflict. It is now estimated by the UN that almost 60 million plus people have been...

Deception and Decease: Human Shields In Syria Were Never Just A Deterrent

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

"How can we stop Bashar al-Assad's air strikes on a Damascus suburb?" he inquired. "I know" said one. "We'll booby trap the area with cages containi...

Do British Female Service Personnel Have a Voice?

Nicola De Maine | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Nicola De Maine

Nicola De Maine has no previous experience of writing for publication. She recently joined the BATTLE LINES New Writing Programme run by Raise Dark Th...

Global Goals; Achievable for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

17 years. The average time that a refugee is displaced from their home. Following that logic, the babies of Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, won't return to their home country, Syria, until they are adults.

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

If governments and policymakers won't commit to finding a lasting political, diplomatic and military solution to Syria's unrest because it is 'the right thing to do', perhaps they can be provoked into action out of inherent selfishness.

Kafkaesque Caucasus: The Interplay of Fear and Paranoia

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

Recently I have become very popular among my London circle. During a recent trip to South Ossetia I had been interrogated by the security services, wh...

As Yemen Burns, the World Watches

Keith Vaz | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

Yemen should be at the top of the diplomatic and international development agenda. Given Yemen's strategic location on the Gulf, the existence of multiple terrorist organizations and an unprecedented humanitarian situation, this fight is one the international community simply cannot afford to lose.

The Grass Under Fighting Elephants

Aimee Ansari | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Aimee Ansari

"The leaders of our country can learn a lot from us. Bring them here - we can teach them how to make peace," a tribal leader told me. He heads the...

Climate Change on the Frontline With Isis

Hannah Griffiths | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Hannah Griffiths

The world faces numerous problems but climate change is unmatched in its scope and how indiscriminately it affects people regardless of faith, creed or colour. If even those living on the edge of war in the Middle East can see the need for serious action then maybe it's time for us to use our voice and help them.

2015: Time to Invest in Our Global System

Natalie Samarasinghe | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Samarasinghe

This time the world has institutions, practices and early-warning systems in place to encourage more far-sighted policy-making. Political leadership, however, remains trapped in national agendas, or smaller. Unless that changes, unless governments - and the publics to whom they are accountable - embrace the need to use and refresh those institutions, we will have learnt nothing from the previous, and finite, eras of peace.

Education Cannot Wait When Conflict Hits

Aaron Benavot | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It's complicated, and we face a huge challenge to attract greater funds for schooling and teaching in conflict. But that shouldn't scare us off. The needs are huge, and we must use that as inspiration, rather than as a barrier, to our ambitions. Education cannot wait in times of an emergency. We have no time to lose.

As Conflict in Ukraine Continues - What of Chechnya?

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

Recently, Russian socio-political discourse has been buzzing on a new topic, widely discussed in Russian society and by experts, but less so by the political elite and by international experts. The topic of discussion is rather significant and serious, and could mark the beginning of a new trend in the relationships between Chechnya and Russia, Chechnya and the Kremlin, and Chechnya and the rest of the North Caucasus.

Toxic Platitudes: The Importance of a More Holistic Approach to 'Peacebuilding' in South Ossetia

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is read the news. I scan as many sources as I can depending on the time I have available. Many years of doing this have convinced me that nothing is written without a reason. It is as the Russian poet Mayakovsky wrote, that even if the stars are lit, it means someone needs it.

No Guarantees in South Sudan's Deadly Conflict

Aimee Ansari | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK
Aimee Ansari

Walking into the CARE supported clinic in Pariang, I see a little girl with edema - her belly is swollen because she hasn't got enough to eat. It's been a long time since I've seen a child with edema, and I certainly didn't expect to see one in this part of the country. Of all the places that CARE supports health care, Pariang, in Unity state, has traditionally been the least food insecure.

Will Life Ever Be Normal Again in Yemen?

Sami Jassar | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Sami Jassar

It is no secret that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to providing care for those living with dementia, as there are many different types and every individual is unique. But what is becoming clear is the need for care providers to prepare their services for the future.

World Leaders Hold Syrians' Lives in the Balance

Justin Forsyth | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

From Acton in London to Kivu in Congo: Young Music Producers Stand Together

Kary Stewart | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Kary Stewart

25-year-old producer Antoine Luta aka 'Sir Loui' was one of the main UK producers in the project. Born to Congolese parents, he left the motherland with his parents when he was still a baby, the family eventually settling in the heart of west London.

Mobile Volunteer Teams Bring Joy to Children Affected by Conflict in Syria's Homs Governorate

Razan Rashidi | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Razan Rashidi

The Syrian conflict has so far already forced more than five million children to live through terrible experiences. Building on local capacities, UNICEF and its partners are providing crucial psychosocial support for children to help them overcome such traumatic experiences.

How to Deal With Difficult People

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

"You must change how you react to people before you can change how you interact with them," says Rick Kirschner, N.D., coauthor of Dealing with People...

Keeping More Children Safe in a New Generation of Crises

David Bull | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
David Bull

This year the world has the opportunity to keep more children safe. Together we can help children realise their rights, fulfil their potential and protect them from violence and danger. How the world looks tomorrow is dependent on how children grow up today - and the time to act is now, we haven't a moment to lose.

Conversations about Cinema: The Impact of Conflict

Mark Cosgrove | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Mark Cosgrove

As a subject, conflict has always drawn filmmakers, whether driven by political or social ideals, or inspired by more humanitarian concerns.

Syria: From Bad to Worse

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa

In 2014, the fourth year of the conflict in Syria, a bleak humanitarian situation deteriorated even further. To date, there have been over 200,000 fatalities and one million casualties. Three million people have sought refuge across borders and more than seven million people have been displaced. More than half of the country's population - including five million children - require some form of humanitarian aid. Not only has violence increased, but access to aid has also been restricted. Needs are greater than ever but the aid system is not meeting them. Today, Syria remains the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world.

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

The Legacy of War Examined in New Exhibition at Tate Modern

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Timed to coincide with the First World War centenary, the Tate Modern has opened a new exhibition that examines wars and conflict in photography. But this is not a simple display of photojournalism.