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War and conflict

The risk of nuclear war is the greatest it has been since the height of the Cold War. But there’s also been incredible progress in the past couple of years, explains Olivia Alperstein for OtherWords. On September 26, 1983, Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov got an alert that a U.S. missile attack was...
The only way forward for the United Nations is to acknowledge the key difference between 1945 and 2020 - decolonization - and abolish the permanent members of the Security Council altogether. By Hannah Ryder, Anna Baisch, Ovigwe Eguegu for Foreign Policy. This year, as the effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt...
The first famines of the coronavirus era could soon hit four chronically food-deprived conflict areas — Yemen, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo — the top humanitarian official of the United Nations has warned. In a letter to members of the Security Council, the official, Mark...
Narrow self-interest makes it unlikely that the global north will commit the resources and know-how necessary to combat the global pandemic — which would also eliminate one of the factors contributing to civil conflict, writes Elizabeth Schmidt for Foreign Policy in Focus. In March 2020, as the COVID-19 virus...
What if more of the arms and defense sector moved into manufacturing health and other products permanently? Surely this is the time for a focus on what peace and security really mean for us all, writes Martin Butcher for Oxfam International. All over the world we have radically changed our ways of life as the...
"These numbers should serve as a wake-up call to the international community on the human cost of war, and the social and economic implications exacerbated by Covid-19." By Jessica Corbett for Common Dreams. A United Nations report revealed Thursday that an unprecedented 79.5 million people worldwide were forcibly...
With a “UN 911” first responder for complex emergencies, the UN would finally have a rapid, reliable capacity to help save millions of lives and trillions of dollars, writes H. Peter Langille for Foreign Policy in Focus. The global health crisis has become a wake-up call to cooperate for a more just and secure world...
Sign a petition from the International Peace Bureau (IPB) calling for a dramatic reduction of military spending in favour of healthcare and meeting social needs. The world’s oldest peace NGO, the Nobel Prize-winning IPB has called on G20 world leaders who are gathering via virtual means this coming week to send a...
As the US looks to the future in this election year, what are our chances of reviving the second superpower on our planet to end America’s wars - namely, world public opinion? By Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies for Common Dreams. February 15 marks the day, 17 years ago, when global demonstrations against the...
A billboards project from World Beyond War highlights how little of current U.S. military spending could permanently end hunger and extreme poverty globally. In 2008, the United Nations said that $30 billion per year could end hunger on earth, as reported in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and many other...
Conflict and climate change resulted in many more people needing humanitarian assistance in 2019 than predicted. According to OCHA’s “Global Humanitarian Overview 2020,” 168 million people worldwide will need assistance in the coming year — the “highest figure in decades.” The humanitarian system will require $28.8...
In einer zunehmend ungleichen und nicht nachhaltigen Welt müssen die Regierungen dringend die restriktiven politischen und wirtschaftlichen Ideologien der Vergangenheit überwinden und Lösungen finden, die den gemeinsamen Bedürfnissen der Menschen in allen Ländern gerecht werden. Dieser Leitfaden skizziert das Ausmaß...
Every dollar of public money financing US militarism abroad is a dollar that could fight hunger, homelessness, or climate change, writes Medea Benjamin for openDemocracy.  On August 21, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, put out a heartbreaking call for nations to make good on their...
The world’s 10 most under reported displacement crises - which have rendered millions of people homeless - have continued to worsen due either to political neglect, a shortage of funds or lack of media attention, according to a new report released by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). NRC Secretary-General Jan...
In his 900th column for openDemocracy, Paul Rogers shows how economics and climate demand a new approach to international security. What will be making the world a more dangerous place in the coming two decades? There’s no shortage of looming threats: weapons of mass destruction; automation and artificial...