Category: Guest Article

Amoral Communities: How Ethnic Identity Prevailed in Croatia’s War

Above: A Yugoslav army convoy moves along a road decorated with the Croatian flag some 25 kilometres from Zagreb in 1991. Photo: EPA/ROBERT RAJTIC. This interview was originally published on The Balkans Insight by Sven Milekic, where it is also available in Shqip, Macedonian and Bos/Hrv/Srp. A newly-published book by Croatian-born Mila Dragojevic, an associate professor…
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Reducing Violence is Not Impossible, and Cities Are Proving This

Today, 83% of deadly violence occurs outside of conflict zones, with the majority of this violence concentrated in cities. Nation states have dominated the global political arena for centuries, but with more than half of the world’s population today residing in cities, it may be time to rethink who should be at the table when it comes to decisions on how we can reduce violence.

Look to cities, not nation-states, to solve our biggest challenges

Robert Muggah is a specialist in cities, security, migration and new technologies. In this article, originally published on the World Economic Forum website, he argues that cities are taking an increasingly vocal and visible role in stepping up to some of the biggest challenges our world faces today where nation states are floundering.

Working Across Boundaries to Prevent Violent Extremism

Preventing violent extremism calls for communities, organisations, and practitioners to work across their boundaries in a joint endeavour. But this can be far from easy.

In this guest contribution, William Stephens, a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, asks what does it take for collaboration to be more than warm words?

How to Make Our Cities More Liveable

According to The Global Liveability Index 2019, Karachi is among the ten least liveable cities in the world and ranks at an overall 136th position on the list. The index takes into account factors such as living standards, crime, transport, access to education and health.

Gulmina Bilal, Director of Individualland, a prominent CSO in Pakistan, asks whether is it possible to improve Karachi’s ranking in the global indices? And more importantly, how can we make the city safer for its residents?