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Cela fait une vingtaine d’années que j’ai eu la chance de vous rencontrer pour la première fois lorsque j’ai commencé à m’intéresser aux études de la paix. Nous sortions en Algérie d’une décennie durant laquelle le pays avait connu l’un des conflits violents les plus dévastateurs de la fin du vingtième siècle, déclenché par le coup d’état de janvier 1992 et la répression qui s’en est suivie, faisant près d’un quart de million de victimes...

True – there have been many workshops for journalists in the North East, but this was a special one on how media workers on the frontline of conflict can respond intelligently to extremist discourse from an informed Islamic perspective.

Peacebuilding is a global concept defined by the UN as: “Aiming to reduce the risk of lapsing or relapsing into violent conflict by strengthening the capacities at all levels for conflict management, and to lay the foundation for sustainable peace and development.” Journalists are very important – they are relied upon by citizens for explanation, interpretation and analysis of situation. The aim of the training was, therefore, to strengthen journalists’ capacity in intelligently responding to extremist messaging which could easily sway the vulnerable and the uninformed.

We are commemorating the 13th anniversary of the death of Shaikh Mahmoud Bouzouzou, who passed away on 27 September 2007. Shaikh Bouzouzou was a member of the Board of Trustees of CPI (formerly Cordoba Foundation of Geneva) from 2002 till his death. He registered CPI at his home, Chemin Moïse-Duboule 23, from its inception until 2004 when the Institute found its own offices...

by Abbas Aroua

In a good university hospital, one cannot imagine the absence of one of the three pillars for the good functioning of a health institution: practice, training and research in the field of medicine and health sciences. Many other fields of human activity follow the same scheme to improve knowledge accumulation, knowledge management and sharing, and knowledge in practice. Peacebuilding, the equivalent of medicine in “social health”, benefits highly from this scheme to improve its approaches and tools and to be more effective and impactful. In fact, the development of peace studies in the last seven decades was grounded on the “practice- training-research” triad.

by Abbas Aroua

The Challenge of Modernity in the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Cyrus Rohani and Behrooz Sabet, London: Saqi Books, 2019
Author: Abbas Aroua, Alistair Davison, Lakhdar Ghettas, Loïc Sauvinet
April 2020

The war in Yemen enters this March its sixth year since the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, with the effective participation of the UAE and logistical support by the U.S., launched the military campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthis. Saudi Arabia justified its military intervention in Yemen by lending support to the legitimate government of President Abdo Rabbu Mansur Hadi, who had been toppled by the Houthi rebellion and forces loyal to late president Ali Abdellah Salah, in September 2014. Hadi himself was elected in February 2012 following the stepping down of Salah under the pressure of the revolution of February 2011, as the then Arab Spring uprisings swept the MENA region.

by Abubakar Ben Rajeh