This specialisation explores links between violent conflict and development. It does this in the context of poverty, insecurities, structural inequality and militarism and examines different theoretical trajectories of war, violence and peace.
Defending the rule of law and women's rights is costing some Iraqi lawyers their lives. Since October 2005, 38 lawyers have been murdered and hundreds attacked for defending cases which their enemies say are "against Islam".
We have received news from Helem, an LGBT centre in Beirut. After the influx of refugees from the southern suburbs of Beirut and the south of Lebanon, Helem, together with other NGOs, has begun providing shelter, food, and supplies for the refugees.
Across central Iraq, there is an exodus of people fleeing for their lives as sectarian assassins and death squads hunt them down. At ground level, Iraq is disintegrating as ethnic cleansing takes hold on a massive scale.