Conflict settings may seem unlikely environments for innovation. But aid actors are using various technologies to communicate with local communities and monitor humanitarian work in places like Syria, South Sudan and Somalia. These technologies have both benefits and risks. This article examines both sides and presents concrete tips for using technologies effectively and responsibly.
Europeans have been watching the crypto war unfolding in the US with great interest, but they have yet to wake up to the gathering storm of encryption policy within their own borders. To forge consensus on the issue, the EU should take an “encrypted world” as a given and identify the tools that law enforcement agencies need in order to fulfill their duties in the face of ubiquitous encryption.
A comprehensive reform of the BND, the German foreign intelligence agency, is long overdue – and urgent, in light of recent terror threats throughout the continent. The parliamentary oversight of intelligence activities is in particular need of reform. New regulations can help the BND to work with greater legal certainty and lay the foundations for targeted capacity building.
In UN peacekeeping operations, civil affairs officers help prevent the escalation of violence at the local level. Based on the experience of civil affairs officers in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this toolkit lays out good practices for how civil affairs teams can better engage in conflict management by leveraging their comparative advantages vis à vis NGOs and other UN agencies.
As European and Turkish leaders negotiate a refugee deal, a pillar of international and European refugee law has come under threat: the assessment of whether a specific asylum seeker can be safely returned to his or her homeland, given the person’s unique circumstances.
by Garima Mohan
by Steffen Eckhard
by Joel Sandhu, Garima Mohan
by Erica Gaston
25 April 2016