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War is back - The International Response to Armed Conflict
26 May 2016 by David Harland

Essay published in Horizons – Journal of International Relations and Sustainable Development, Spring 2016 / Issue No. 7.
Horizons is the English-language quarterly magazine of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD, is a public policy think-tank registered in Belgrade and New York.

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Annual Report - The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in 2015
17 May 2016 by HD

This short publication provides a concise overview of the organisation’s operations in 2015. It focuses in particular on HD’s activities in each of the regions in which it is involved: Africa, Asia, Eurasia, as well as the Middle East and North Africa. The report also touches on the organisation’s continued focus on improving the practice of mediation, including by addressing inclusion issues and  strengthening monitoring and evaluation approaches.

Post-election assessment of conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms in Nigeria
10 March 2016 by Babatunde Afolabi and Sabina Avasiloae

The report, Post-election assessment of conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms in Nigeria, presents the findings of an assessment of the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria. Conducted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), the assessment focused on political and inter-communal tensions before, during, and immediately after the 2015 polls. It describes formal and informal mechanisms set up at state and national level to help prevent and address disputes as well as violent conflicts in the context of the elections. In addition to explaining the factors that influenced the establishment and management of these alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms in Nigeria, the assessment also evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of Nigeria’s different ADR methods. The authors conclude by identifying the opportunities and scope for using conflict resolution mechanisms to address some of the systemic and recurrent causes of dispute in Nigeria.

The rocky path from elections to a new constitution in Tunisia
02 February 2016 by Christopher Thornton

The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has once more thrust Tunisia into the international spotlight.

This paper, written in early 2014, examines the Tunisian National Dialogue itself, the context in which the process took place, as well as efforts by others which pre-dated the initiative honoured by the Nobel Committee. The paper praises the often innovative Tunisian approaches to consensus-building and inclusive decision-making, including those used by the Quartet, while highlighting seldom heard concerns about the political role played by the national dialogue convenors.

At a time when demonstrations and violent clashes once again highlight the fragility of the transition in Tunisia and other countries following the 'Arab Spring', this paper shows that, although it may be turbulent, Tunisia’s transition process so far offers many lessons for other similar contexts.