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Conflict, Peace & Covid-19

Examining the effects of the pandemic on peace and transition processes

As a Covid Collective partner, PeaceRep is providing timely evidence on how Covid-19, and responses to it, are affecting peace and transition processes in some of the world’s most protracted conflicts.

The FCDO-funded Covid Collective commissions urgent research to help tackle the social, political and economic impact of the pandemic.

Covid-19 Opinion

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Pulling the Pieces Together: Health and community actors as levers of local response in Taiz and Hadhramaut, Yemen

This post by Robert Wilson and Raiman Al-Hamdani is a companion piece to a recent PeaceRep Covid-19 research report on local Yemeni health and community actors. Arabic translation provided.

PeaceRep research report cover design featuring artwork by Shatha Altowai
سحب القطع معًا: الجهات الفاعلة في مجال الصحة والمجتمع

اوضح الجزء الأول من هذه الدراسة التي أجراها مركز اليمني للسياسات في ديسمبر ٢٠٢٠ خلال الموجة الأولى للوباء في اليمن، العوامل التي حالت دون قيام

African Union Mission officer with Covid vaccine syringe
Peace missions, regional organisations & Covid-19: How the pandemic affects peacebuilding efforts by the African Union and Organisation of American States

Peace missions have continued all over the world during the pandemic, with significant impacts on their operations. This piece outlines how the pandemic has affected peace missions run by regional organisations in Latin America and Africa.

Shots for Peace? Vaccination ceasefires and the fight against Covid-19
Shots for Peace? Vaccination ceasefires and the fight against Covid-19

Vaccination ceasefires can be a valuable tool for getting vaccinations to those in conflict zones. The authors of a new report, Breathing Space: Vaccination Ceasefires in Armed Conflict outline three key issues that need to be considered to improve the impact of vaccination ceasefires to combat Covid-19.

Pens Against Guns: The uncertain future of Syrian journalism
Pens Against Guns: The uncertain future of Syrian journalism

In the context of Syrian youth in local peacebuilding, this article looks at the media as one of the fields most impacted by the ten-year-long conflict.
“Local Voices at a Crossroads” is an article series in which local actors of everyday peace share their insights into the fragilities and resilience of their societies in the face of conflict.

In cooperation with the Free University of Aleppo, student volunteers distribute medical masks and hand sanitizer to students sitting for exams. March 2021. Credits: Free University of Aleppo
Syrian Youth and the Violence of Exclusion: Challenges and opportunities of higher education in opposition-held areas

Abdulah El hafi examines the challenges and opportunities of higher education in opposition-held areas.
“Local Voices at a Crossroads” is an article series in which local actors of everyday peace share their insights into the fragilities and resilience of their societies in the face of conflict.

Taiz and the Health-Peace Nexus Governing Covid-19 in the City
Taiz and the Health-Peace Nexus Governing Covid-19 in the City

Robert Wilson asks how conflict dynamics have impacted the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Taiz, Yemen.

Art as a tool for local peace: Reflections of young artists in Syrian opposition-held areas
Art as a tool for local peace: Reflections of young artists in Syrian opposition-held areas

This blog highlights the role of youth – students, artists and civil society members – in local peacemaking in a northwest Syrian opposition-held area.
“Local Voices at a Crossroads” is an article series in which local actors of everyday peace share their insights into the fragilities and resilience of their societies in the face of conflict.

Regional approaches to Covid-19: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation pandemic response
Regional approaches to Covid-19: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation pandemic response

Hannah den Boer examines regional responses to Covid-19 by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Political Trust at a Time of Pandemic: A long-term repercussion of COVID-19 on durable peace
Political Trust at a Time of Pandemic: A long-term repercussion of COVID-19 on durable peace

This article examines how mistrust in governmental actors and information about COVID-19 poses challenges to Syrian communities in opposition-held areas.
“Local Voices at a Crossroads” is an article series in which local actors of everyday peace share their insights into the fragilities and resilience of their societies in the face of conflict.

Implementing a Rapid Emergency Supplies Provision (RESP) Assistance to Design a Sustainable Solution for COVID-19 Impact Areas in the National Capital Region, Through a Public Private Collaboration
Emergency Law Responses and Conflict-Affected States in Transition

This post looks at emergency law responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in conflict-affected states in transition. While some type of emergency response to Covid-19 has been used in most states, we suggest that conflict ‘fault lines’ can mean that emergency law responses have a capacity to undermine transitions.

The Politics of the Covid-19 Pandemic in Syria
The Politics of the Covid-19 Pandemic in Syria

This blog reflects on the events that brought local civil society in northwest Syria to the forefront of crisis mitigation during the pandemic.
“Local Voices at a Crossroads” is an article series in which local actors of everyday peace share their insights into the fragilities and resilience of their societies in the face of conflict.

Regional Responses to Conflict during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Regional Responses to Conflict during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This blog highlights ongoing work by the African Union (AU) and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to adapt their peace and security work and respond to ongoing conflicts during Covid-19, and asks how the pandemic may transform conflict management.

Delocalization and Uprooting: The Adverse Impact of Peace in Syria
Delocalization and Uprooting: The Adverse Impact of Peace in Syria

Juline Beaujouan, Eyas Ghreiz and Abdulah El hafi examine the adverse impact of peace in Syria.
“Local Voices at a Crossroads” is an article series in which local actors of everyday peace share their insights into the fragilities and resilience of their societies in the face of conflict.

Visualising the world’s response to Covid-19 through online trackers
Visualising the world’s response to Covid-19 through online trackers

PSRP has developed the Covid-19 Library of Trackers, a curated selection of trackers that trace developments during Covid-19 in a wide variety of areas which may impact peace and conflict processes across the globe.

Meeting held in Idlib governorate for community cohesion and mediation between the internally displaced from Ghouta and residents in Saraqib. Photo: Abdulah El hafi
Local reconciliation committees in northern Syria: Managing daily conflicts in a country at war

Dr Juline Beaujouan examines the nature, roles and impact of local reconciliation committees in Syria.
Part of the “Local Voices at a Crossroads” series; an article series in which local actors of everyday peace share their insights into the fragilities and resilience of their societies in the face of conflict.

Knowledge exchange during physical distancing
Knowledge exchange during physical distancing

The Edinburgh Research Office shares new resources and insights into knowledge exchange during physical distancing, featuring a contribution from PSRP.

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Yemen’s Response to COVID-19: Part III

The third part of this series considers the powerful role women have played in Yemeni communities in responding to crises throughout the current conflict.

Yemen's Response to COVID-19: Part II
Yemen’s Response to COVID-19: Part II

The second of a three-part series examines the ways that Yemeni communities have dealt with a number of health crises prior to the arrival of COVID-19 and considers the current condition and development of Yemen’s health system. It also considers the potential role of tribes as influential local actors who have a history of supporting communities, and the possibility of tribes guiding community responses to COVID-19. 

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Yemen’s Response to COVID-19: Part I

In the first of a three-part series, Raiman Al-Hamdani and Rob Wilson examine Yemeni governance systems and how these local networks are likely to be central in responding to COVID-19.

Towards a greater role of civil society in conflict settlement in Syria after Covid-19?
Towards a greater role of civil society in conflict settlement in Syria after Covid-19?

Juline Beaujouan and Eyas Ghreiz describe some of the challenges for civil society in rebel-held areas of Syria during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cooperation in Latin America: Responses to COVID-19 expose existing cracks in regional infrastructure
Cooperation in Latin America: Responses to COVID-19 expose existing cracks in regional infrastructure

Hannah den Boer sets out the response by regional organisations in Latin America to the Covid-19 crisis and asks what this means for regionalism in the bloc.

Cuban Health Specialists arriving in South Africa to curb the spread of COVID-19
Responses by African Intergovernmental Organisations to COVID-19

Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Kathryn Nash, discusses the responses of African intergovernmental organisations to the COVID-19 crisis and asks what does this mean for how these organisations will respond to future crises that transcend borders. 

Syria: local agreements, regional rivalry and a global pandemic
Syria: local agreements, regional rivalry and a global pandemic

As the regime moves towards capturing Idlib, rivalry between Russia and Iran to control Syria is growing. Originally published in Open Democracy by Juline Beaujouan and Eyas Ghreiz. 

Responding to Covid-19:  The coming of age of regionalism in Asia?
Responding to Covid-19: The coming of age of regionalism in Asia?

Monalisa Adhikari sets out the response by regional organisations in South and Southeast Asia to the Covid-19 crisis and asks what does this mean for Asian regionalism.

COVID-19 and Health Systems: Responding to Unpredictable Predictability
COVID-19 and Health Systems: Responding to Unpredictable Predictability

Liz Grant, Yina Lizeth Garcia-Lopez, and Christine Bell set out 11 themes for health systems to consider when responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and Gender-based Violence in Conflict: New Challenges and Persistent Problems
COVID-19 and Gender-based Violence in Conflict: New Challenges and Persistent Problems

Dr Catherine O’Rourke distils some of the most pertinent insights from PSRP research into gender-based violence and its relationship to conflict, and offers insights on the likely impacts of the COVID-19 restrictions in conflict-affected settings.

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COVID-19, Emergency Legislation, and Sunset Clauses

The UK’s Coronavirus Act 2020 affords the UK government new powers in attempt to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as with similar legislation enacted by governments around the world. But how important are sunset clauses as part of these measures? And what checks and balances are needed? By Sean Molloy.

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COVID-19 and Violent Conflict: Responding to Predictable Unpredictability

Christine Bell offers 11 baseline understandings for designing the most effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in conflict-affected regions.

Covid-19 Publications

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Pandemic Cleavages: Covid-19 and the South Sudanese Peace Process, pospisilcovid-19 peace-processessouth-sudan
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The Impact of Covid-19 on Women’s Inclusion in the Peace Process in Yemen, peace-track-initiativecovid-19 genderyemen
Pulling the Pieces Together: Health and community actors as levers of local response in Taiz and Hadhramaut, Yemen
Pulling the Pieces Together: Health and community actors as levers of local response in Taiz and Hadhramaut, Yemen, 2022, al-hamdani wilsoncovid-19 peace-processesyemen
The Covid-19 Pandemic and Alternative Governance Systems in Idlib
The Covid-19 Pandemic and Alternative Governance Systems in Idlib2022, beaujouancovid-19 peace-processessyria
Rethinking Governance: Insights from Syria during Covid-19
Rethinking Governance: Insights from Syria during Covid-19, , , 2022, beaujouan el-hafi ghreiz odatcovid-19 peace-processessyria
Promises and Perils of Regional Response to Covid-19 in Asia
Promises and Perils of Regional Response to Covid-19 in Asia2022, adhikaricovid-19 peace-processes
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Covid-19: Understanding the impact of the pandemic on forcibly displaced persons, 2022, doby suttoncovid-19 peace-processesbangladesh
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Designing an interactive real-time web-mapped dashboard to visualise conflict ceasefires data over COVID-19 infection rates: facilities and the way ahead, , , , , , 2022, , allison bach badanjak bell bhattacharya knaussel wisecovid-19 peace-processes peacetech
Breathing Space: Vaccination Ceasefires in Armed Conflict
Breathing Space: Vaccination Ceasefires in Armed Conflict, , 2021, badanjak russell wisecovid-19 peace-processes
Covid-19: Tool of Conflict or Opportunity for Local Peace in Northwest Syria?
Covid-19: Tool of Conflict or Opportunity for Local Peace in Northwest Syria?beaujouanpeace-processessyria
Regional Responses to COVID-19: The Role of Intergovernmental Organisations in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East
Regional Responses to COVID-19: The Role of Intergovernmental Organisations in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, 2021, den-boer nashcovid-19 peace-processes
‘Like Birds in Cages’: Community Definitions and Concepts of Rights, Justice, and Citizenship in Rohingya Camps
‘Like Birds in Cages’: Community Definitions and Concepts of Rights, Justice, and Citizenship in Rohingya Camps2021, suttoncovid-19 peace-processesbangladesh
Covid-19: Tool of Conflict or Opportunity for Local Peace in Northwest Syria? (Policy Brief)
Covid-19: Tool of Conflict or Opportunity for Local Peace in Northwest Syria? (Policy Brief), , 2021, beaujouan el-hafi ghreizcovid-19 peace-processessyria
Man wearing a surgical mask and gloves uses an electronic thermometer to take a civilian's temperature reading
An Opportunity in Crisis? Covid-19 and State-community Relations in Taiz, 2021al-hamdani transfeldcovid-19yemen
Emergency Law Responses to Covid-19 and the Impact on Peace and Transition Processes
Emergency Law Responses to Covid-19 and the Impact on Peace and Transition Processes2021, molloycovid-19 peace-processes
Pandemic Pauses: Understanding Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19
Pandemic Pauses: Understanding Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19, , , 2021, badanjak bell knaussel wisecovid-19 peace-processes
State Responses to Social Unrest: Pathways out of Crisis
State Responses to Social Unrest: Pathways out of Crisis, , , 2021, beaujouan bell epple wilsoncovid-19 peace-processes
A Survey on the Impact of Covid-19 on the Situation of Syrian Refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
A Survey on the Impact of Covid-19 on the Situation of Syrian Refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, , 2021, beaujouan rasheed tahacovid-19 peace-processes
An interactive tracker for ceasefires in the time of Covid-19
An interactive tracker for ceasefires in the time of Covid-19, , , , , , 2020, , allison bach badanjak bell bhattacharya knaussel wisecovid-19 peace-processes peacetech
Community Views on the Impact of Covid-19 in Rohingya Camps
Community Views on the Impact of Covid-19 in Rohingya Camps2020, suttoncovid-19 peace-processesbangladesh
Rohingya Experiences of Covid-19 in Cox's Bazar Camps
Rohingya Experiences of Covid-19 in Cox’s Bazar Camps2020, suttoncovid-19 peace-processesbangladesh
The Impact of COVID-19 on Peace and Transition Processes: Tracking the Trends
The Impact of COVID-19 on Peace and Transition Processes: Tracking the Trends, , 2020, bell epple pospisilcovid-19 peace-processes
Political Trust and Social Cohesion at a Time of Crisis: The Impact of COVID-19 on Kurdistan Region-Iraq
Political Trust and Social Cohesion at a Time of Crisis: The Impact of COVID-19 on Kurdistan Region-Iraq, , 2020, beaujouan rasheed yaseen-tahacovid-19 peace-processesiraq
Negotiating States of Emergency
Negotiating States of Emergency2020, molloycovid-19 peace-processes