Over 40 per cent of all intrastate conflicts have a link to natural resources and, while it is not new evidence as such, less than a quarter of peace negotiations actually aim to resolve conflicts by addressing resource management mechanisms. By the same token, links to natural resources are rarely included in the design of peacekeeping operations or even conflict analysis to start with.

The risks for relapse are furthermore twice as high for conflicts associated with ... Läs hela inlägget »


Recently I joined the team at the International Secretariat of the Challenges Forum, or to give its full name: The International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations. Challenges Forum, CF for short, is a global partnership of 49 leading organizations and departments working on peace operations, representing 22 countries from across all regions of the global North and South.

Established in 1996, the aim of CF is to improve peace operations by identifying the critical challenges ... Läs hela inlägget »


Men du unga man…

30 april, 2018 av gästbloggare

…hör jag mig själv säga högt i lunchrummet som en reaktion på en av våra praktikanters något underhållande fråga gällande min matlåda. I samma stund skäms jag. Jag har inte bara använt mig av en härskarteknik utan även agerat på en stereotyp bild av unga män som odugliga i köket. Jag av alla personer borde ha vetat och agerat bättre.

Veckan därpå sitter jag i New York och lyssnar på en debatt i FN:s säkerhetsråd om unga, ... Läs hela inlägget »


Min gamla klasskamrat var aningen skeptisk; att säga att jag bygger fred dög tydligen inte. Och jag kan förstå det, fredsbyggande är ett abstrakt begrepp som inte säger så mycket. Så jag gav det långa svaret. Jag är handläggare på FBA:s program för avväpning, demobilisering och återanpassning av före detta kombattanter, eller DDR, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration.

Den första delen av DDR – avväpning – går ut på att personer som varit involverade i irreguljära väpnade grupper, ... Läs hela inlägget »


Time for the Vikings to set sail again

10 april, 2018 av gästbloggare

In just about a week, the Viking-18 exercise will start. In rough figures, around 3000 people (out of which some 300 are civilians), of 60+ nationalities, will meet across nine international sites to do a multinational, joint and civil-military exercise. It is the grand finale of almost two years of hard work by a dedicated group of individuals from many nations and organizations, including FBA, which has the role of facilitating and coordinating the civilian strands ... Läs hela inlägget »


Successful international peace operations call for strong and collaborative mission leadership teams, which are fully drawing on the benefits of diversity – including cultural, gender and geographic diversity.

Peace operations today are called on to tackle complex challenges. The conflicts are often complicated and the settings often unpredictable, at times even dangerous. In the same way, the solutions are rarely one-dimensional but require a multidimensional and comprehensive approach. At the same time, financial constraints are putting pressure ... Läs hela inlägget »


En vecka med liberianska fredsledare

20 mars, 2018 av gästbloggare

“… At one point during the war, my family managed to send me a message, to tell me that rebels had come to our home town Foya in Lofa County. It was in the early part of 1990 and they had attacked our village. One of the first to encounter the rebels was my brother, Raymond. As in many other cases, the rebels wanted to create fear in the communities and set examples which would give ... Läs hela inlägget »


Few people think about the vast expanse of the Russian Federation. Canada, the world’s second largest country, is not even half the size of the Russian Federation. Just imagine the logistics of running a country with an 11 hour difference between provinces like Kaliningrad and Kamchatka. Imagine monitoring the quality of the democratic process across such an enormous area with just 500 observers. Imagine that the country, like Sweden, is located in the cold wintry North ... Läs hela inlägget »


Irak ligger i ett av världens äldsta kulturområden, i det som en gång i tiden hette Mesopotamien. Tvåflodslandet, som det också kallades, ansågs utgöra civilisationens vagga. Det var här kilskriften utvecklades och den sumeriska kulturen blomstrade. Ni kanske har hört de otaliga berättelserna om Babylonien, eller om kung Hammurabis envälde? Ja, historierna är många och tål att återberättas.

Det är svårt att föreställa sig att ett av världens främsta kulturområden nu är ett konfliktområde som under 40 ... Läs hela inlägget »


As I wrote in a previous article at the FBA blog, the impact and cost of insecurity resulting from violent extremism is enormous and is a risk to Kenya’s development agenda. The radicalisation and violent extremist phenomena are disproportionately impacting youth and women from marginalised areas. There is growing global recognition that women play multiple roles both within violent extremist organisations and in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). In a recent study of 15 countries, ... Läs hela inlägget »