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The Tunisian spring and the Nobel Peace prize

by Dan Smith

The new Nobel laureates, the National Dialogue Quartet, are an important part of the reason why Tunisia has managed to bring about political change after the 'Arab Spring' relatively peacefully.

Syria: grasping the nettle of negotiation

by 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?

by 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

by 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

by 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?

by 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?

by Ana María Ibáñez

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

Money changes everything? Poverty and deprivation in Northern Ireland

by Neil T. N. Ferguson, by Maren M. Michelsen

individuals in Northern Ireland experience handicaps from deprivation as a result of a conflict