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Venezuela: taking the counter- out of revolution

Security and Conflict • Publications • April 07, 2014

Venezuela is politically polarised and so is much of the coverage of it. But just as the violence is now kaleidoscopic the international response must become more complex.

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South Sudan: from fragility at independence to a crisis of sovereignty

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • April 03, 2014

In December 2013, South Sudan descended into crisis and the nascent state began to deal with internal and external sovereignty challenges.

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Putting governance at the heart of security sector reform

Capacity Building • Publications • April 03, 2014

Democratically governed security and justice sectors are a core objective of the Security Sector Development (SSD) agenda. But few such programmes put governance front and centre. The Burundi-Netherlands Security Sector Development Programme has broken new ground in the promotion of democratic security sector development.

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Conflict-sensitivity: from ‘business as usual’ to ‘business for peace’

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • March 06, 2014

The potential of foreign and domestic companies to contribute to peacebuilding in contexts of fragility and conflict has taken centre stage in international development thinking.

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The security peril of Guinea’s transition: from military rule to weak

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • March 06, 2014

‘A successful set of security interventions in Guinea got the military off the streets and stabilized the political situation. Yet, it also raises the next challenge of how public order can be maintained in a transparent and effective manner given the weakness of the police and judiciary', argues Erwin van Veen (Senior Research Fellow in Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit), can this be done?

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The Conflict Research Unit (CRU) conducts research on the nexus between security and development with a special focus on integrated/ comprehensive approaches on conflict prevention, stabilisation and reconstruction in fragile and conflict-affected situations. The CRU focuses on the following research topics:

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Venezuela: taking the counter- out of revolution

07/04/2014 • Opinion

Venezuela is politically polarised and so is much of the coverage of it. But just as the violence is now kaleidoscopic the international response must become more complex.

Read more

South Sudan: from fragility at independence to a crisis of sovereignty

03/04/2014 • Reports and papers

In December 2013, South Sudan descended into crisis and the nascent state began to deal with internal and external sovereignty challenges.

Read more

Putting governance at the heart of security sector reform

03/04/2014 • Reports and papers

Democratically governed security and justice sectors are a core objective of the Security Sector Development (SSD) agenda. But few such programmes put governance front and centre. The Burundi-Netherlands Security Sector Development Programme has broken new ground in the promotion of democratic security sector development.

Read more

The security peril of Guinea’s transition: from military rule to weak

06/03/2014 • Opinion

‘A successful set of security interventions in Guinea got the military off the streets and stabilized the political situation. Yet, it also raises the next challenge of how public order can be maintained in a transparent and effective manner given the weakness of the police and judiciary', argues Erwin van Veen (Senior Research Fellow in Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit), can this be done?

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Conflict-sensitivity: from ‘business as usual’ to ‘business for peace’

06/03/2014 • Policy briefs

The potential of foreign and domestic companies to contribute to peacebuilding in contexts of fragility and conflict has taken centre stage in international development thinking.

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Back to basics for Colombia’s rebels

25/02/2014 • Opinion

An agreement with the FARC is a crucial step towards peace in Colombia. But what will happen with the FARC after a peace deal is signed?

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Annual Conference Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law

27/02/2014

The Second Annual Conference of the Knowledge Platform provides an opportunity for international and national policy makers, practitioners and researchers to explore the frontier of current knowledge and practice on security and rule of law issues in the 21st century.

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Quand Al-Qaida s’empare d’une ville au Yémen

05/02/2014 • Opinion

En janvier 2012, Al-Qaida s’est emparé de la ville de Rada’ au Yémen. Au sein de la communauté internationale, l’événement a été vécu comme une avancée territoriale d’Al-Qaida. Mais, comme le relate Erwin van Veen qui a écrit cet article après avoir interviewé le cheikh Ahmed Al-Qarda’i, la situation est plus complexe et l’envisager sous un autre angle n’est pas sans conséquence sur le choix d’une politique adaptée.

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Yemen’s future: like Tunisia or Libya?

05/02/2014 • Opinion

The recent conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference in Yemen might seem to point to progress in that fractured state. But the absence of the rule of law and impartial authority is allowing violence to fester and the international community needs to act decisively.

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Injustice Begets Violence, and Violence Begets More of Both: The Case

05/02/2014 • Opinion

After the momentous events of 2011, Yemen sadly has become a kind of backwater of the Arab Spring in the international media.

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The yemeni flag being painted over the word ‘sectarianism’

From the struggle for citizenship to the fragmentation of justice,

31/01/2014 • Reports and papers

In this report, senior research fellow Erwin van Veen of Clingendael's Conflict Research Unit analyzes Yemen’s ‘state of justice’, its impact on violence and offers six entry points for improvement.

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Al-Qaeda in Radaa, Yemen: Global security challenge or local

29/01/2014 • Opinion

In January 2012 Al-Qaeda seized control of Radaa, Yemen. Internationally the event was viewed as a territorial advance by Al-Qaeda. But, as senior researcher Erwin van Veen reports, the situation was much more complicated, and viewing the conflict from a different perspective has important consequences for what policy and action are appropriate.

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