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Climate change and urban violence: A critical knowledge gap

Cities will play a key role in humanity’s future.

Water for peace … for now?

This blog examines what it takes to consolidate gains made towards peace by water management projects and thus contribute to sustainable, long-term peace.

Export controls and cyber-surveillance tools: Five suggestions for the Summit for Democracy

Export controls remain the most effective and actively utilized policy response to the risks of proliferation and misuse of cyber-surveillance tools. At the third Summit for Democracy, states have an opportunity to build on work started at last year's summit to strengthen controls.

Small modular reactors may have climate benefits, but they can also be climate-vulnerable

A new generation of nuclear reactors holds the promise of low-carbon energy access for developing countries and remote areas. Designers and planners must take into account the risks and uncertainties of a climate-insecure future.

Is liberal peacebuilding a good fit for Ukraine?

The liberal peacebuilding model, centered on democratic governance, minimal state intervention, and support for individual freedoms, has been a dominant post-Cold War approach to peacebuilding. Exploring its application may offer valuable insights for Ukraine's stabilization and recovery post-war.

War in the breadbasket: Landmines and food security in Ukraine

Russia’s war in Ukraine has not only affected Ukraine's food exports but also its production, with extensive landmine contamination posing a long-term threat to agricultural land, potentially jeopardizing both domestic and international food security.

Is it time to reassess national security spending?

As national security strategies increasingly recognize human and environmental priorities, SIPRI and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research propose a more comprehensive approach to scrutinizing national security spending.

Why peace and localization are key to transforming food systems

In 2022 over a quarter of a billion people were acutely food insecure and required urgent food assistance, in 58 countries or territories. Conflict and insecurity remain the most significant drivers of food insecurity in 19 countries or territories where more than 117 million people face acute food insecurity.

Training on climate security is crucial for the future of peace operations

Climate change is profoundly affecting the day-to-day work of peace operations. More funding is needed for training that can help mission personnel to understand and manage climate-related security risks.

Tackling mis- and disinformation: Seven insights for UN peace operations

This blog from the Challenges Forum International Secretariat explores the challenges posed by mis- and disinformation for multilateral peace operations and some ways to address them.