Policy Briefs

Welcome to the SOAS Centre on Conflict, Rights & Justice student-led policy initiative. Learn more about the policy team and the Centre here.

We are currently accepting submissions for publication. Please get in touch with Ana (685613@soas.ac.uk) and Sarah (686498@soas.ac.uk) to learn more.

Ethiopia Needs Long Term Healing, Not Just a Ceasefire

Issue 4 (November 2021) makes the case for why lasting solution for the ongoing civil war cannot come from merely securing a cease fire, but through a broad and Inclusive National Dialogue and Reconciliation among Ethiopians.

By Bereket Erecha

Afghanistan Peace talks: addressing concerns over women’s rights and justice

Issue 3 (May 2021) outlines five recommendations to address concerns with the demise of women’s rights and paths to justice and accountability in ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

By Ana Guimarães

A ‘Global Britain’ must stop contributing to the war in Yemen

As of March 2021, it is now the seventh year of the conflict in Yemen, a war that has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis. Issue 2 (April 2021) proposes four key recommendations to the UK Government on the war in Yemen, situating these as crucial in the UK’s pursuit as a credible and responsible global leader.

By Alexander Huntley and Simone Vuurpijl

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‘America is Back’: Biden’s first 100 days on Israel and Palestine

Issue 1 (March 2021) outlines the necessary steps the Biden Administration needs to take in it’s first 100 days to engage with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in context to Biden’s promise of “a diplomacy rooted in America’s most cherished values” – inclusive of “defending freedom, championing opportunity, upholding universal rights, respecting the rule of law, and treating every person with dignity”. 

By Ana Guimarães and Sarah Chaya Smith

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