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War and conflict

Billionaires whose wealth has soared during the coronavirus pandemic should stump up to provide emergency aid to the record numbers of people facing starvation, the head of a US charity supporting the World Food Programme has said. The pandemic and ensuing economic crisis have contributed to a sharp rise in the...
A project by Tipping Point North South works to put sustainable human safety at the heart of 21st century foreign, defence, security and international development policy-making. Tipping Point North South has pulled together its various military spending strands under one new banner: Transform Defence for Sustainable...
In what leading campaigners are describing as “a new chapter for nuclear disarmament”, the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will now come into force on 22 January, after Honduras became the 50th Member State to ratify on Saturday. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a...
A new book lays out a progressive agenda for the post-COVID era, which relies on a global Green New Deal, a serious shift of resources from the military to human needs, a major upgrade in international cooperation, and a significant commitment to economic equity. By John Feffer for Foreign Policy in Focus. If the...
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...