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  • USIP Report: Reform Listing Procedures to Turn Groups Away From Violence
    delisted The report was a result of a October 2009 workshop attended by several international peacebuilding organizations including officials from USIP Berghof Peace Support 4 Conciliation Resources 5 and the HD Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue 6 Workshop attendees wanted to educate policymakers that political engagement with listed armed groups is not only possible but desirable especially when conflict parties are interested in exploring peaceful solutions The workshop focused on identifying different means of engaging with a listed group e g armed groups such as the LTTE in Sri Lanka and Hamas in the Palestinian Territories shared lessons from previous mediation cases and the possibility of severe sanctions for mediators from current antiterrorism laws and regulations The report states there is a need for security laws to recognize the specificities of peacemaking and peacebuilding work and clearer distinctions should be drawn between such activities and commercial transactions with or financial support to proscribed entities The report offers recommendations for President Obama including Conduct a proper evaluation of the effectiveness of existing listing and delisting policies in the context of the greater political objectives of promoting successful peace processes and political settlements Improve the transparency of the designation process and incentivize its

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/392 (2016-02-16)
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    Switch to audio verification Home page Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins

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  • Study: Building Peace in Permanent War: Terrorist Listing and Conflict Transformation
    found that the prohibition on material support of terrorism included communication with designated groups even when that communication is directed at getting those very groups to lay down their arms Anyone providing this type of conflict resolution training regardless of the location of the training or the nationality of the organization could potentially face prosecution and imprisonment in the U S The report authored by Louise Boon Kuo Ben Hayes Vicki Sentas and Gavin Sullivan found that although the Supreme Court ruling sent shockwaves through the peacebuilding community there have been surprisingly few attempts to reconcile the idea that counterterrorism measures which target associations are not simply unintended consequences The report asks How could professional mediators peacebuilding organisations and other conflict resolution actors continue to engage in confidence that their activities were both legitimate and lawful National and international blacklisting regimes as the report calls them were created to prevent violent extremists from carrying out terrorist attacks and to create incentives to come to the negotiating table or turn away from violence Instead these listings have exacerbated conflicts by encouraging state repression of unarmed dissidents and thus fueling radicalism At the same time third parties such as charities diaspora communities and humanitarian and development groups have been negatively impacted as well Feeling an even greater push are the peacebuilding organizations best posed to reduce or eliminate these armed conflicts entirely The report presents empirical data unavailable until now on how counter terrorist legislation affects the work of local and international peacebuilders alike Data was gathered through extensive interviews with practitioners and policy makers involved in conflict transformation efforts in three ongoing conflicts Somalia Israel Palestine and Turkey Kurdistan In each of the three cases the primary non state group Al Shabaab Hamas and the Kurdistan Workers Party PKK respectively has

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1313 (2016-02-16)
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  • Report on Conflict Analysis Highlights Importance of Engaging with Local Actors
    society organizations government police and individuals to analyze conflicts The March 2012 report From Conflict Analysis to Peacebuilding Impact 2 was compiled by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld for the EU Instrument for Stability The report states that conflict analysis is a key first step to any engagement in international conflict affected areas and that analyses must be used to formulate responses To this end the report suggests six ways to use conflict analysis more effectively Undertake different forms of research and analysis for different needs Think carefully about who has ownership and agency of research and analysis Ensure that the process is appropriate not only the end product Encourage analysis to focus on potential solutions not only to describe the problem Priorities and make space within the institution to translate analysis into responses Support participatory conflict analysis as a peacebuilding intervention Key to accomplishing these goals is for analyzers to build the capacity of local actors to articulate their needs views and ideas to decision makers According to the report working with local actors helped inform peacebuilders understanding of local contexts and allowed marginalized and moderate voices to be heard This in turn allows for the analysis to better reflect

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/905 (2016-02-16)
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  • Book: Peacebuilding Through Community-Based NGOs
    Stephenson Jr and Laura Zanotti of Virginia Tech argue that there is no single approach to achieving peace and that mediators should be open to trying a variety strategies to find lasting solutions On his blog 3 Stephenson writes about his own experiences Peace is not born of an intervention but instead of the sustained efforts and commitment to learning of all involved especially those in position to control resources

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/921 (2016-02-16)
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  • USIP Report: Countering Violent Extremism: A Peacebuilding Perspective
    on Aug 29 2013 It examines theories and practive of preventing terrorism by countering violent extremism CVE and points out the need for strong civil society participation in this arena She recommends that Peacebuilders and peacebuilding practice can contribute to and enhance the CVE agenda in several ways These include Support a nonsecuritized space for civil society Empower and equip women to participate Focus on building resilience Help reform the

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1101 (2016-02-16)
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  • Send by email | Charity & Security Network
    to audio verification Home page Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More

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  • Study: Global Peace Index 2014
    most peaceful century in history over the past seven years there has been a noticeable decline in Level of Peace in 111 countries Level of Peace is defined by domestic and international conflict safety of citizens and militarization The Global Peace Index covers all countries in the world and identifies at risk countries It calls for prevention of conflict in the form of investments into peacebuilding institutions ensuring the free

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1234 (2016-02-16)
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