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Dear friends, partners and colleagues,

Young people are not just victims or perpetrators of violent conflict. They are key actors in processes of conflict transformation and socio-political change. It is important to understand their aspirations for change and what influences their decisions to take a violent or nonviolent path.

We would therefore like to invite you to our online event today co-organised with Conciliation Resources on youth and armed conflict, and to join the discussion on young people’s aspirations, agency and opportunities to transform armed conflict. Scroll down for more information on today's event.

Our work to transform conflicts and achieve sustainable peace spans many countries and regions. In this newsletter, you can read about some of the different facets of our work in Afghanistan and Yemen as well as the efforts to counter the spread of conspiracy theories. 

Best wishes,

The Berghof team


Video: Protest movements in the Arab world

Last week, we had the unique opportunity to discuss the current state of protest movements in the Middle East with Lakhdar Brahimi, former UN Special Envoy in Iraq and former Joint Special Representative of the UN and Arab League for Syria, together with experts and activists from Iraq, Lebanon and Sudan.

Watch the panel discussion here.

Strengthening community safety in Yemen

Especially in a war-torn country like Yemen it is important to support local safety and security structures, trust and mutual understanding. In partnership with the Political Development Forum Yemen we build capacities in five Yemeni cities and engage relevant parties who are important for ensuring safety whether at home, at work, or in public.

Read more on our website.

“For a future of my children in Afghanistan”

The German newspaper Tagesspiegel interviewed our colleague Basir Feda about Berghof’s peace work in Afghanistan. He discussed the importance of trust at the heart of the negotiations process, as well as the courage and patience needed for trying to understand each other’s positions.

Read the article (in German).
EU mediation policy

The EU recently released its new policy on peace mediation emphasising that peace mediation should be the first response to emerging and ongoing conflicts. Véronique Dudouet analyses the opportunities offered by the revamped EU mediation policy. One of its strengths is the importance given to the EU’s value-based approach, strongly anchored in the promotion of human rights, democracy, rule of law, gender and youth inclusion, and confict sensitivity.

Read the article here.
Youth and armed conflict | 27 May

In cooperation with Conciliation Resources, we would like to invite you to today’s event on the trajectories and opportunities for young people in transforming armed conflict. This panel discussion brings together young peacebuilders from different conflict contexts to share their experience in dealing with armed conflict.

Register now.
Save the date 

To mark our 50th anniversary, we are inviting experts to discuss upcoming trends and challenges of peacebuilding throughout the year. Next, we’ll share perspectives from India on 16 June as part of our event series on global conflict transformation and discuss the role of gender and conflict on 22 June.

Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on our next events.
Shoot a film with us

We’re looking for you – to conceptualise and develop explanatory videos on conspiracy theories. Our project #vrschwrng is producing short animated videos to train young people how to critically engage with conspiracies they might encounter. 

Learn more here.
Countering conspiracy theories

Our recent publication on dealing with conspiracy theories (in German: “Zum kritischen Umgang mit Verschwörungstheorien”) aims to provide input to current discussions on how to create effective pedagogical measures against the spread of conspiracy theories and strengthen democratic attitudes.

Download it here.

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