In the midst of the pandemic, riots and unrest continues in the US over the recent cases of police brutality that resulted in the deaths of several African American individuals. While the Black Lives Matter movement continues to draw attention to the structural racism and inequalities of the American society, one of the slogans of the movement is ‘defund the police’ – seemingly meaning to disband or even abolish the police and give their funding to… ... Läs hela inlägget »

The rule of law is broadly recognized as necessary for good governance, peace and security. The UN 2030 Agenda recognizes this dynamic in all countries, rich or poor. However, the impact of the rule of law – or its absence – is most strongly felt in countries struggling with conflict and crisis.

As part of its work in Liberia, the FBA has supported local partners to apply rule of law principles in public administration. This reflects a ... Läs hela inlägget »

What is the last ‘normal’ thing you remember doing? In the extreme year of 2020, many of us have asked this question, trying to remember the last event or activity where we blissfully, innocently, spent time in public spaces without caution, moving through crowds, kissing cheeks, and sharing food in a way that now feels reckless or at least decadent and daring. For me the answer would probably be attending a wine festival in Kyiv in ... Läs hela inlägget »

Redo för en höst med svåra avvägningar

3 september, 2020 av gästbloggare

Då var hösten här. Jag är tillbaka på jobbet efter en sommar som varit rätt normal, åtminstone jämfört med våren.

När pandemin bröt ut i våras hade FBA ungefär 80 personer utsända på internationella uppdrag i fredsinsatser som leds av främst FN, EU och OSSE i ett tjugotal olika länder. När världen fick panik och gränserna började stängas fick mina kollegor jobba hårt med att ta reda på hur detta påverkade vår utsända personal – var befann ... Läs hela inlägget »