Peace Talks

Colombia: Hope and Despair

Lloyd Rundle | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Lloyd Rundle

Whatever the future holds, Zuluaga's loss in the elections means hope for peace. But Santos needs to prove himelf a real leader with principles to achieve this. Otherwise he is just another leader taking advantage of his people.

Venezuela Peace Talks Reflect the Further Isolation of the US in Latin America

Dr Francisco Dominguez | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Francisco Dominguez

The peace talks now underway in Venezuela to end the wave of violence that has the explicit aim of "The Ousting" of the elected government are a tremendous step forward for all who wish to see an end to violence...

Peace in Times of War

Kristian Herbolzheimer | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kristian Herbolzheimer

While the world focused on the Geneva II Conference on Syria, worried about the apparent intractability of that conflict, a very different sort of development has taken place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On Saturday the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front concluded sixteen years of negotiations seeking to putting an end to an armed conflict, which originated in 1968.

Starvation Is a War Crime - The World's Message to Parties of the Syria Conflict

Justin Byworth | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Justin Byworth

"If you can't stop the war then at least send us steel shelters so children have somewhere to hide, and send us some food so that people don't starve. The children in Syria are so hungry they are eating mud." These are the stark words of 12-year-old Syrian refugee Zeina to world leaders ahead of peace talks this week, which will determine her country's fate.

Colombia Innovates in Democratic Peacemaking

Kristian Herbolzheimer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Kristian Herbolzheimer

For now, the news is good. Parties are agreeing on essential principles and they are opening space for public debate on how to implement them. The Colombian peace talks are not only moving forward; they are also innovating in democratic peacemaking.

Syria: Go On, Surprise Us Mr President

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Robertson

There is no ultimate victory in any of this. Why? - Here are two out of many reasons: First, because the effects of punishment on other peoples' behaviour are unpredictable in comparison to the effects of reward. This is why smacking kids is much less effective at shaping their behaviour than rewarding them.

Amid the Resumption of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks, is a Peace Agreement on the Horizon?

Max Sobell | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Max Sobell

Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to bring both the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis back to the negotiating table should be lauded as a positive step, the obstacles to any potential peace agreement are still ever-present, numerous and seemingly, at the moment, unsolvable.

Welcome to Syria - Land of Anguish and Despair

Jehangir Malik | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Jehangir Malik

Abdul said they had lost loved ones from three generations of their family, and showed us a framed picture of his late wife, daughter, son and four grandchildren - all casualties of this brutal war. I was almost speechless. What words of comfort can you offer to a bereaved elderly man like Abdul Karim breaking down with grief.

The PKK, Ceasefires and the Turkish State

Jody Sabral | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jody Sabral

Last week Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK, called for a ceasefire with the Turkish state. The announcement garnered widespread international coverage largely because the announcement was made to coincide with the Persian/Kurdish New Year and not long after the government announced it was in direct talks with Ocalan himself. But will this lead to a meaningful lasting peace?

Syria Rebels Reject Talks, Slam West's 'Shameful Silence'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK

Britain has urged the Syrian opposition not to give up on talks that could help end the terror in the country, after the rebels representative said th...

Colombian Peace Talks - The Differences Were Plain to See But the Common Desire for Peace Was Clear

James O'Keefe | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Politics
James O'Keefe

This was a group of people in anticipation of a new era for their country. I felt simultaneously honoured to bear witness but also a little like a gatecrasher at an intimate family celebration. I wish this family well because peace is an inalienable right too.

Political Failure Does Not Change Reality for Israelis or Palestinians

Joel Braunold | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK
Joel Braunold

Today will mark another line in the sand in the morbid negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Whether or not this is the date that the quartet has stated its deadline to get each side's documents presented to each other is currently under dispute by the sides themselves.