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09 Feb 2015 description

By Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick for ISN

Are we doing enough to prevent the use of child soldiers? Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick have their doubts. While UN resolutions and national legislation are a step in the right direction, they don’t address the little stressed impact that military assistance has on the recruiting of child combatants.

17 Sep 2012 description

While natural disasters still remain relatively infrequent, the damage they cause can be severe and long-lasting. Ilan Noy argues we need a more realistic approach to risk assessment if we truly hope to understand the long-term impact of such events specifically on regional economies.

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31 Aug 2012 description

Population growth and increased urbanization will tax Africans’ ability to feed themselves over the coming decades. Developing sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, argues Johan Potgieter, may provide opportunities to boost food production where other sectors will or might fail.

By Johan Potgieter for Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

12 Apr 2012 description

12 April 2012

The doctrine of Responsibility to Protect is not going to disappear soon – and neither is the question of UN Security Council Reform. As time passes, they are becoming more and more intertwined. But which should take precedent?

By Casey L Coombs for the ISN

23 Feb 2012 description

In today’s podcast, Ushahidi’s Heather Leson discusses her organization’s use of crisis mapping techniques and outlines how non-state actors are increasingly collaborating online to tackle issues traditionally managed by governments.

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26 Jan 2012 description

International peace missions have not only become more widespread, but also more complex, says Thorsten Benner, co-founder and associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. Today's podcast discusses the challenges facing peace operations, including high expectations, and the trade-off between peace and justice.

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21 Sep 2011 description

The social and political instability that contributes to broad instances of sexual assault also increases the rate of HIV transmission and hinders service accessibility. Experts agree that to effectively address HIV, programs must focus on sexual violence – a task easier said than done amidst the fog of war.

By Allyn Gaestel for ISN Insights

09 Sep 2011 description

The international response to the food crisis of 2011 is less energetic and coherent than during the last emergency, in 2008. Both economic understanding and political impetus need to be improved.

By Simon Maxwell for openDemocracy

The world is in the middle of a food crisis. But both the economic understanding and the political impetus are less than they were in 2008. They need to be improved as the basis on an effective response.

04 Aug 2011 description

Female child combatants - 40 percent of all child soldiers - often go overlooked. Greater attention is warranted to the gender-specific roles and challenges they face from combat to rehabilitation.

By Cassandra Clifford for ISN Insights

30 Jun 2011 description

The mobilization of resources to a humanitarian disaster zone is as much political as it is logistical. Recent conflicts have called into question the neutrality principle to which humanitarian actors traditionally adhere. But delivering assistance in times of crisis depends largely on gaining access to reliable resources and information - often from biased actors.

By Cynthia Schweer for ISN Insights

15 Jun 2011 description

The exclusion of women from the peacemaking process has reduced the effectiveness of UN missions - and imperils long-term stability and development.

By Gerard DeGroot for ISN Insights

14 Apr 2008 description

The biofuel craze, commodity speculation, growing demand in emerging economies and soaring energy prices coalesce to boost food prices, with mass hunger and political instability looming, Simon Roughneen writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Simon Roughneen for ISN Security Watch (14/04/08)

"A hungry man is an angry man" - this was Brenda Barton's (the World Food Programme Deputy Director for Communications) apposite summing-up to ISN Security Watch last week.

Jacques Diouf, Head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), took this further, wondering aloud to …