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Commemorating the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Yazidis

3 Aug 2017

[Joint Presss Release] Tomorrow, 3 August 2017, marks the third anniversary of the genocide against the Yazidi. In the summer of 2014, the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIS) launched a systematic campaign of mass atrocities against civilians in northern Iraq. By 3 August...

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Mali at Risk for Mass Atrocities

29 Jul 2017

The Simon-Skjodt Center for Prevention of Genocide recently concluded the field research portion of the latest Early Warning Project country assessment, focusing on plausible scenarios that could lead to mass atrocities in Mali. This post discusses how we selected Mali as a country of focus...

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The Role of the Legislative Branch in Building National Mechanisms for Atrocity Prevention

24 Jul 2017

No society is immune to changing dynamics that can lead to mass atrocities. Although all individuals share a responsibility to prevent these worst forms of violence, legislators are uniquely placed to counter threats to peace and security and have authority and influence to strengthen societal...

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Capabilities of the Visegrad Group in Preventing Extremism

18 Jul 2017

Based on the experience obtained in the Visegrad Countries during its four-semester V4 Prevention Programme in 2014-2015, the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention (BCMAP) continues its efforts to improve the capabilities and interactions of the Visegrad Group to prevent mass...

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Human Protection: Strategic Opportunities in a Challenging Political Environment

7 Jul 2017

There is unprecedented recognition that effective collective action can help prevent, slow, or stop mass violence and atrocities. At the same time, however, outbreaks of mass violence and atrocities in places like Syria have shown that preventing such incidents remains a major global...

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The Place of Reconciliation in Transitional Justice

30 Jun 2017

Reconciliation is a complex set of processes that involve building or rebuilding relationships, often in the aftermath of massive and widespread human rights violations. It can occur at the individual, interpersonal, socio-political, and institutional levels and be described as “thin” if it is...

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Getting Down to Business: Uncovering the Roles Played by Enterprises in Enabling and Preventing Atrocity Crimes

29 Jun 2017

On the evening of Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) launched its most recent addition of the Sheri P. Rosenberg Policy Papers in Prevention series. The second entry in the series, entitled “Getting Down to Business: Uncovering the...

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Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention

23 Jun 2017

Conflict prevention begins at home. This adaptation of the old proverb could serve as a motto for the Joint UN Development Programme (UNDP)-Department of Political Affairs (DPA) Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention, which held its first-ever...

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How Development Can Promote Accountability, Tackle Impunity, and Sustain Peace

21 Jun 2017

“Gone are the days when people believe in wiping the slate clean and starting anew,” Adama Dieng, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, said, addressing a June 12, 2017 International Peace Institute (IPI) policy forum on “How...

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Not Without Dignity: Views of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon on Displacement, Conditions of Return, and Coexistence

12 Jun 2017

Armed conflict in Syria has displaced millions of people inside and outside of the country. When a political settlement to the conflict is eventually reached, the process of refugees returning to Syria and rebuilding their lives, relationships, and communities will be long and complex....

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Governing Safer Cities: Strategies for a Globalised World

9 May 2017

Many cities across the globe are being undermined by chronic insecurity and violence, which are often connected to crime challenges originating beyond their municipal borders. Analyses across ten cities, undertaken for the purposes of developing this framework, identified several key illicit...

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South Sudan Research Repository, making international assistance more conflict sensitive

8 May 2017

The Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility (CSRF) is a new initiative providing donors and implementing partners working in South Sudan access to research, analysis, training, and technical support with the aim of making international assistance more conflict sensitive.


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Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders

7 May 2017

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is pleased to announce the third volume in its publication series: "Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders".

How is the Holocaust taught in schools? How do students make sense of...

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New Media Course: Tools & Techniques for Risk Assessment and Crisis Management

5 May 2017

Next edition: 21 – 25 August 2017 in Stans in Switzerland

The challenge

is given the rapidly increasing deluge of information from multiple sources and in real time, finding actionable, verified intelligence contributing to...

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Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

27 Apr 2017

The spectre of famine is primarily the result of war, not natural disaster. According to the UN, more than twenty million people, millions of them children, are at risk of starvation. This is happening in man-made crises and under the Security Council’s watch. In some places, the denial of...

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Annual Report 2016 by the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

26 Apr 2017

Prepared by the Technical Secretariat of the Latin American Network (the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation)
The Latin American Network began its work in 2012, led by the governments of...

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2016 Results of the Early Warning Project

19 Apr 2017

After a decade of decline, civilian mass killings at the hands of government forces are once again on the rise. Sudan, Yemen, Burma, Nigeria, and Afghanistan are the five governments most likely to commit mass killing against their own people, according to a new assessment from the Early...

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Independent Commission Multilateralism Policy Paper

19 Apr 2017

By Independent Commission on Multilateralism

Over the past few years, the world has been confronted with a series of crises that have challenged perceptions of global stability. Whether a moment of high-risk or great opportunity, this is without a doubt a moment of growing...

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Burundi: The Army in Crisis

17 Apr 2017

By International Crisis Group

Two years in, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of resolution. Following the July 2015 re-election of President Nkurunziza, whose April decision to run again sparked the troubles, and with no progress made in the mediation, the crisis has...

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The world reacts to chemical attack in Syria as civilians continue to suffer

14 Apr 2017

On 4 April, a chemical gas attack in Khan Shaykhun, a town in Syria’s Idlib Governorate, killed more than 80 civilians. Shortly thereafter, images of victims showing symptoms associated with exposure to nerve gas, namely suffocation, foaming at the mouth, convulsions, constricted pupils, and...

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