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“I leave Libya with a heavy heart and deeply concerned.
I still hope it is possible to avoid a bloody confrontation in and around Tripoli.”

With this tweet, António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, left the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on 5 April 2019...

by Khaled Ibrahim

It has been over twenty years since I had the chance to meet you for the first time when I first became interested in peace studies. We were emerging in Algeria from a decade during which the country had experienced one of the most devastating violent conflicts of the end of the twentieth century, triggered by the coup d'état of January 1992 and the repression that followed, with a toll of nearly a quarter of a million victims...

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