An interactive tracker for ceasefires in the time of Covid-19

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Authors: John Allison, Sanja Badanja, Benjamin Bach, Christine Bell, Devanjan Bhattacharya, Fiona Knaussel and Laura Wise

Acknowledging the distinct health challenges of Covid-19 in conflict-affected states, the piece from the PeaceTech team at the University of Edinburgh introduces the UN Secretary General’s call for a global ceasefire to halt violent conflict in the face of the pandemic and outlines the development of Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19*, an interactive digital tool that monitors ceasefires called since March 2020. The authors offer key findings on the relationship between the pandemic and conflict resolution efforts – notably, that the ceasefire call was not a game changer in terms of global conflict.

This short piece highlighting the relationship between the Covid-19 pandemic and global conflict resolution was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on 14 December 2020.

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Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19 is part of the University of Edinburgh’s PeaceTech initiative, which harnesses the power of data and technology to support peacebuilding initiatives.