Russian military company approaches Mali - has been accused of war crimes

Wagner works, for example, with training local forces and protecting important people. That is the basis for a possible contract with Mali. Pictured - the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA in Mali. Photo: MINUSMA. Source: Flickr.

Of: Linnea Ljungar

In recent years, Russian military companies have gained more power on the African continent. One of these companies is The Wagners Group - which in connection with previous involvement in the Central African Republic has been accused of war crimes. At the same time, the military company's progress raises questions about how future security policy will be shaped.

December 2, 2021, Analysis

Uncontrolled proliferation of weapons is a threat to women's rights and security

For every woman's safety, rights and well-being, in Sweden and the world, it is important to prevent access to illegal small and light weapons. This is what Karin Olofsson, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Forum for Light Weapons Issues, and Malin Nilsson, Secretary General of the International Women's Union for Peace and Freedom, write in a debate article.

Today, on International Day Against Violence Against Women, we pay attention to the importance of gender equality in achieving lasting peace. Over a billion small and light weapons circulate around the world. The presence of firearms is clearly increasing levels of violence against women - both inside and outside armed conflicts. We demand more measures to prevent the uncontrolled spread of weapons in order to increase women's security and enable women to participate in society. It is written by Malin Nilsson, Secretary General of the International Women's Union for Peace and Freedom, and Karin Olofsson, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Forum for Light Weapons Issues.

November 25, 2021, Debate

Do not look away from Sudan!

In late October, Sudan's prime minister and other leading politicians were placed under house arrest following a military coup. The coup led to widespread protests in the country, which in turn have caused several deaths and hundreds of injured people. Photo: Kada Kole. Source: Flickr.

Of: Robin Vikström

What many observers feared eventually came true. Two years into the democratic transition period, the military took matters into its own hands, and now endangers the entire country - and the future of 40 million Sudanese.

November 12, 2021, Debate

Still unstable in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Armenian Cathedral Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in the city of Shushi. The city has great cultural and historical value for both Armenians and Azerbaijanis, and it was taken back by Azerbaijan during the war of 2020. The cathedral was subjected to shelling during the fighting. Photo: Robert Levonyan Source: Unsplash.

Of: Sara Lannebo

One year after the end of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway region remains unstable. With historical trauma, harsh tone and disputed boundaries, a solution seems far out of sight. - This is not only a conflict between regimes, but also between societies, says Thomas de Waal, author and analyst at Carnegie Europe.

November 10, 2021, Interview

"The future of peace": launch and mingling

Date and time: 23 Nov, 17:30 - 19:30

Welcome to the launch of The Future of Peace, an anthology of mainly young writers, produced with the support of the Human Security Association and the Association for Development Issues (FUF). The anthology raises thoughts about how we create sustainable peace and security based on contemporary and future challenges and its solutions. It has been made possible with funding from the Folke Bernadotte Academy. Now you have the chance […]

November 8, 2021, Calendar, Seminars

UN: Peace processes more successful when women are included

In January next year, the UN will hold its fifth conference on the world's least developed countries. The conference will be held in Qatar's capital Doha. In preparation for the conference, the UN invited to the LDC forum in Helsinki in October. Photo: herosdem. Source: Canva.

Of: Ebba Eriksson

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has reduced gender equality in the world and the UN Secretary-General has referred to gender-based violence as the "shadow pandemic". At the UN conference LDC Future Forum in Helsinki, researchers state that women must be included in politics and the labor market if we are to achieve more peaceful, fair and inclusive societies.

October 27, 2021, News

"The future of peace" - a new anthology with voices for sustainable peace and security

The anthology "The future of peace" contains 14 texts on how we create sustainable peace and security. It is free and can be downloaded further down the page.

Of: The Chancellery

How can children be included in the work for sustainable peace? How are climate justice and global health related to peace work? These and many other important issues are addressed by different voices for sustainable peace and security in our anthology The Future of Peace. FUF's network for global sustainable peace and security has together with the Human Security Association been involved […]

September 29, 2021, Activity

Violence is a consequence of settler colonialism

Flag of Palestine. Photo: Ömer Yildiz, Unsplash

Of: Nagaad Kadir Abdimaxmud

In recent weeks, a war has broken out between Israel and Palestinian Hamas. Several lives have been claimed and many people have lost their homes. Following pressure from the UN and other countries, the parties agreed on a ceasefire on 21 May. Experts believe that the violence is exacerbated by Israel's so-called settler colonialism.

June 1, 2021, News

Uncertain future for Chad after the president's death

The situation is uncertain in Chad after President Idriss Déby, who ruled the country for 30 years, died after fighting rebel forces.
Photo: Paul Kagame, Flickr

Of: Anna Mattsson

Following the sudden death of President Idriss Déby in April, the Central African country of Chad is in uncertainty. The military council that was appointed shortly afterwards with Déby's son, Mahamat Idriss Déby, at the helm, has created debate and divided opinions both within and outside the country's borders.

June 1, 2021, News

Week 21: Hijacking, poison scandal and divided opinions about Israel-Palestine

Of: Josefine Hörkeby and Kevin Perera

Last week, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko's actions led to widespread criticism from the outside world. Swedish debaters are now calling for sanctions and a new policy towards Belarus and its Russian allies. At the same time, the Israel-Palestine conflict continues to provoke debate. The Swedish metal company Boliden's dark past in Chile is also highlighted by UN rapporteur Marcos Orellana.

May 31, 2021, Current debate