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09 Oct 2017 description

As key players in contemporary conflicts, many armed non-state actors provide services to civilians in order to win legitimacy in their areas of control. Sometimes the civilian population comes to rely on them rather than the state for services. A more nuanced approach to engaging with armed groups is therefore vital in order to resolve conflicts.

03 Jan 2017 description

Lebanon has received app. 1.5 million refugees from Syria since the outbreak of the war in Syria 2011. Around 53.000 are Syrian Palestinians refugees. Since the beginning of the crisis, the government in Lebanon has followed a “No Camp Policy”, refusing to establish refugee camps. Instead the refugees are seeking shelter in informal gatherings in primitive tent camps, e.g.