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HSRP: Human Security Brief 2007

Human Security Report Project compiles research on the trends, causes, and consequences of political violence. This Brief specifically focuses on three main issues: the threat of Islamist terrorism is not increasing as many experts claim; the number and deadliness of armed conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa has declined due in part to a significant increase in international initiatives; there has been little net change in recent years in the number of conflicts in which a government is one of the warring parties, but that other forms of political violence, including communal conflicts, have declined.

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Oxfam: A Fair Foreign Policy

This report from UK development charity Oxfam says that UK foreign policy is at a crossroads, as one prime minister hands over the reins to another. It cautions that as foreign-policy discussions remain dominated by the debacle in Iraq, the danger is that UK foreign policy could lurch to a much more cautious approach, turning away from trying to solve the world’s worst crises, with potentially catastrophic consequences for people in them.

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Humanitarian Response Review

Authors: David S. Bassiouni, Halvor Fossum Lauritzsen, and Howard Roy Williams

An independent report commissioned by the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator & Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

In recent years, humanitarian organizations have become increasingly effective in saving lives, alleviating human suffering, and advocating for the rights of people in need. Nonetheless, there still are considerable gaps in the ability of the humanitarian system to respond adequately to all humanitarian crises. Hence, we must, and we can, do better to be more predictable in our response to vulnerable populations around the globe.

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Aleppo: Where Children Die, but the World Does Nothing

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Many experts and policymakers had predicted the humanitarian catastrophe that is underway in Aleppo, but no one is willing to intervene. “There is nothing either timely or decisive about the world’s approach to Syria, which has become the theater in which global and regional actors pursue their own goals,” writes Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.  

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