The very existence of peaceful societies demonstrates that communities have options and agency even in the broader context of wartime violence.
In the context of violence in South Sudan, civilians leveraged relationships to overcome protection gaps left by external actors.
The Role of Community Gender Norms and Relations in Both Mobilizing and Preventing Violence in Jos, Nigeria
Different norms of masculinity, and the broader community’s cultivation of these, as well as women’s roles in encouraging or mitigating violence, significantly influence whether a community will mobilize for violence or resist participation in violence amidst communal conflict.
When women’s contributions are overlooked due to an overwhelming focus on men’s security activities, “gendered political participation, social relations and socio-economic inequalities” are also overlooked as key components of security.
A public health-informed approach acknowledging racial trauma and emphasizing individual healing is a promising way to address urban gun violence.
Contrary to mainstream thinking, armed actors are sensitive to more than just the threat or use of violence against them. When contemplating ways to protect civilians in the context of armed conflict, both local communities and external organizations can leverage multiple nonviolent forms of influence in their interactions with armed actors.
Communities and the ICRC have complementary protection capacities, with each “open[ing] up opportunities for dialogue with armed groups” in different ways.
Colombia in Focus: Explaining Armed Actors’ Compliance with Civilian Demands in Colombian Peace Territories
Armed actors depend on the cooperation of civilians in order to reach their objectives and therefore cannot achieve everything they wish to through violence alone.
This analysis summarizes and reflects on the following research: Robinson, F. (2021). Feminist foreign policy as ethical foreign policy? A care ethics perspective. Journal of International Political Theory, 17(1), 20-37. Talking Points Key Insight for Informing Practice While a feminist ethic of care opens up space for attentiveness and responsiveness … Read more
Narratives about national security, namely those identifying specific security threats, are highly influential in generating support for military action. In studying American call-to-arms speeches, Alexandra Homolar finds that hero-villain narratives are prominent in U.S. security discourse “from Samuel Adams to Donald Trump,” and are effectively used by political leaders because of their emotional appeal to the public.