Discussion paper

Riots in the Pacific: control and change

This paper provides a preliminary examination of factors in common to riot events across the Pacific region over the past 15 years.

Global peace index 2021

This is the fifteenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness.

Women, peace, and security mandates for UN peacekeeping operations: assessing influence and impact

Peacekeeping mission mandates now routinely include language on women, peace, and security (WPS). This paper examines the factors that influence the inclusion of language on WPS in UN peacekeeping mandates and how this language influences the implementation of the WPS agenda in the field, focusing...

Security through sustainable peace: Australian international conflict prevention and peacebuilding

The purpose of this report is to review Australian experience of peace processes and suggest possible approaches for strengthening them.

Global peace index 2020

In the past year 80 countries recorded deteriorations in peacefulness, while 81 recorded improvements according to the fourteenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.
Working paper

Donor support to peace processes: a Lessons for Peace literature review

Set against a global context of rising violent conflict and the changing nature of conflict driven by a broad range of factors, including a wider spectrum of involved parties, this paper considers lessons drawn from key literature on recent peace processes and multilateral settlements, and...

Australia’s implementation of women, peace and security: promoting regional stability

This report examines the benefits of Australia strengthening its implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, to bolster its regional stability and national security efforts.

Women, Peace and Security summit: 2019 summit report

The Women Peace and Security Summit was co-hosted by the Governments of Samoa and New Zealand in Apia, Samoa, 22-23 August 2019. The summit was attend by 150 participants from 24 countries. This summit report captured discussions, high level outcomes and recommendations that will help...

Women, peace and security: defending progress and responding to emerging challenges

This series of articles offers a timely opportunity to assess progress and identify some of the challenges that need further examination as the international community prepares to mark twenty years since the adoption of the first UN Security Council resolution on women, peace and security...

Global peace index 2019

This annual report finds that global peacefulness has improved for the first time in five years, but the world continues to be less peaceful than a decade ago.

Reflecting on 20 years of protection of civilians in UN peace operations: progress, problems and prospects

Today marks 20 years since the first time UN peacekeepers were directed to protect civilians from physical violence in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, the Protection of Civilians (PoC) mandate has become a centre of gravity for peacekeeping operations but also for the UN...

The field of climate and security: a scan of the literature

The first meeting of the Academic Network examined the frameworks and methodologies used by academics to study the nexus between climate change and risks to sustaining peace, as well as the ways in which climate factors might affect the UN prevention agenda. The SSRC commissioned...

The voices of central Bougainville’s unheard veterans

Nearly two decades since the Bougainville Peace Agreement ended almost a decade of violent conflict, there has been significant progress towards peace. But legacies of the conflict still present challenges for former combatants and the communities they live in.

Cooperatives and peace: strengthening democracy, participation and trust

The report demonstrates that cooperatives can play an important role in peacebuilding worldwide, while also contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Policy report

UN funding cuts for peacekeeping have consequences for Ghana

Contributing personnel to UN peacekeeping has been central to Ghana’s foreign policy and essential in shaping the country’s security sector. However, with the police and military still facing considerable challenges at home, and with the prospect of funding for UN peacekeeping missions being cut, Ghana’s...
Briefing paper

Israeli–Palestinian peacemaking: the role of the Arab states

Because of their good relations with both the US and Israel, certain Arab states are well placed to play an important role in Israeli–Palestinian peacemaking. This briefing explores four scenarios concerning their role in the process and the likely outcomes.

Final independent review of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012–2018

The first Australian National Action Plan has been assessed as a sound document ‘for its time’, keeping key stakeholders to account and ‘on track’. But there are clear indications from both the literature and this review of areas in which the next plan could be...

Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-18: 2018 progress report

The Australian Government reports on progress made under the National Action Plan every two years. This is the third Progress Report covering the period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.

Cascades of violence

War and crime are cascade phenomena. War cascades across space and time to more war; crime to more crime; crime cascades to war; and war to crime. As a result, war and crime become complex phenomena. This book shows, for example, how a cascade analysis...
Discussion paper

Australia’s second national action plan on women, peace and security: discussion paper

To support the development of the second National Action Plan, the Australian Government is seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders, both through national roundtables and through the online consultation website. The purpose of this paper is to prompt discussion and raise issues for...
Briefing paper

Developing a vision for the 2nd national action plan on women, peace and security

National Action Plans require a consistently understood and communicated vision statement. A clearly articulated vision facilitates a coordinated, whole of government approach to effective implementation. In fact, the NAP’s vision should be the primary driving force for designing the plan: its outcomes, activities and measures...
Briefing paper

The Sustainable Development Goals and women, peace and security

The Women, Peace and Security agenda is recognised as a prerequisite for the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda and as essential for transformative change towards security, human rights and development.
Briefing paper

The role and experience of adolescent girls in peace and security

It is important to recognise that adolescent girls’ experience of the peace and security agenda is different from that of younger children, boys, men and even adult women. Adolescent girls can be powerful agents of social change. They have the desire and the capacity to...
Briefing paper

Strengthening conflict prevention in Australia's second national action plan on women, peace and security

This issue paper assesses the conceptualisation of the conflict prevention pillar in Australia’s first National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security (2012-2018).

Global peace index 2018

The world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade. This report outlines the trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies.