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Syria: grasping the nettle of negotiation

Dan Smith

Just as the possibility of talks of some kind with Assad now seems less outlandish to many than it did two years ago, so things may change with ISIS.

What are NATO Special Forces doing in Kunduz?

Dr Ian Davis

The Taliban’s incursion into Kunduz, barely nine months after the NATO combat mission was supposed to have ended, raises troubling questions over the capacity of Afghan forces to provide security on their own.

Refugees: links in the chain of disaster and response

Dan Smith

The hard-fought battle for the EU to accept and share responsibility for 120,000 reguees is not enough.

BRICS: realistic alternative with a stuttering motor

Herbert Wulf

BRICS has recently lost some of its previous dynamic with reduced economic growth playing a significant part.

Do government transfers reduce civil unrest?

Dr Patricia Justino

Recent instances of civil unrest have been linked to rising inequalities and social exclusion.

Once the conflict ends: what drives the return of internally displaced people?

Ana María Ibáñez

Internally displaced persons face difficult decisions even after the conflict ends.

The consequences of internal armed conflict for development (part 2)

Scott Gates, Håvard Hegre, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård and Håvard Strand

The post-2015 agenda should set clear goals pertaining to the reduction of conflict.

The consequences of internal armed conflict for development (part 1)

Scott Gates, Håvard Hegre, Håvard Mokleiv Nygård and Håvard Strand

Civil war has deleterious effects on the achievement of most of the MDGs.

Money changes everything? Poverty and deprivation in Northern Ireland

Neil T. N. Ferguson and Maren M. Michelsen

individuals in Northern Ireland experience handicaps from deprivation as a result of a conflict that, nominally, ended 20 years ago.

The misfortune of visibility in violent conflicts

Dr Damir Esenaliev and Susan Steiner

Desipte a common belief that Uzbeks are more prosperous than Kyrgyz people in Kyrgyzstan, a recent analyasis shows the Kyrgyz have slightly higher per capita expenditure than Uzbeks in urban areas.