How to Define Violence in Aleppo?

Posted on Posted in Analysis, Civil Wars, Middle East and North Africa, Pax et Bellum Views, Violence against Civilians

Authors: Jacob Agee, Jason Giannakis and Timo Leimeister The Mass Violence Awareness Initiative (MVAI) is a non-Governmental Organization which is based in Uppsala, Sweden. It seeks to increase public awareness about incidents of past, current and possible upcoming mass violence, genocide and related phenomena around the world.   There is understandably much use of the term […]

From regime change to authoritarian stability? The Trump presidency and the Syrian Civil War

Posted on Posted in Americas, Analysis, Aron Woonink, Civil Wars, International Politics, Middle East and North Africa, Opinions, Pax et Bellum Views

Originally published December 17, 2016 Author: Aron Woonink* Many jars of ink have been spilt on Donald Trump’s election last month. Every spectator, whether they’re journalists, policymakers or ordinary citizens, wonders what this remarkable figure’s victory will mean for the US and the rest of the world. Will Muslims be banned from entering the US? […]

Why the Assad regime barrel-bombs its own civilians

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Originally published December 5, 2016 Author: Rik Rutten* Bombing civilians without distinguishing supporters and opponents from bystanders is said to be ineffective, or even counterproductive. Then why have air raids become such a hallmark feature of the military strategy of the Assad government in the Syrian civil war? A look at the geography of violence shows: […]

What causes rebel recruitment? Into the mind of a former jihadist

Posted on Posted in Analysis, Barbara Magalhães Teixeira, Civil Wars, Middle East and North Africa, Pax et Bellum Views, Rebel Recruitment

Originally published November 21, 2016 Author:  Barbara Magalhães Teixeira* The TED Talk of Manwar Ali, filmed in April 2016, touches upon a central subject in Peace and Conflict Research: rebel recruitment. He is a former jihadist that shares his experience of joining a rebel group and risking his life for a cause. Through his testimony, […]