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 […]

Sexual violence – South Sudan’s neglected survivors and crimes

Posted on Posted in Alexandra Hallqvist, Analysis, Pax et Bellum Views, Sub-Saharan Africa, Violence against Civilians, Zoe Meijer

Originally published January 16, 2017 Authors: Alexandra Hallqvist and Zoë Meijer* Historically, sexual violence has been a part of war. However, while it used to be seen as “just” a byproduct of war, we have finally come to the realization that sexual violence is often used as a strategic tool during conflict. Especially after the rape […]

Why the Assad regime barrel-bombs its own civilians

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

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: […]