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Closing the gap: Establishing a new UN mechanism for discerning the source of pandemics of unknown origins

The current conflict in Ukraine has caused growing concerns about the potential use of unconventional weapons. Dr Angela Kane, Dr Jaime M. Yassif, and Christopher Colletta from NTI highlight the urgency of establishing a “Joint Assessment Mechanism” within the UN system to investigate cases where there is ambiguity about the source of a biological event.

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Ukraine: Europe should walk its talk on women, peace and security

Within days of Russia invading Ukraine, the two sides started negotiations on a possible political settlement. These negotiations have been difficult to assess, as they have had little transparency and erratic messaging. Almut Rochowanski argues that Europe and the US should follow their own foreign policy doctrines and best practices – in particular, the EU should heed its commitment that women must participate and lead in peace processes.

22 April 2022 | Almut Rochowanski
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A tale of two wars: Yemen and Ukraine

As the UK strongly supports Ukraine against attack, Boris Johnson’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week raised the question “what about Yemen?”. The two wars are very different, politically and legally, but the Yemen war has important lessons about how an invasion can also harm the invader, writes the ELN’s Impact Director Jane Kinninmont.

18 March 2022 | Jane Kinninmont
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Changing the nuclear narrative

As nuclear weapons make headlines once more, the images and narratives that pervade focus on fear and panic leading to paralysing doom and political stasis. For sustained engagement and real-world change, Elizabeth Talerman and Shazeeda Bhola from The Nucleus Group write that a fundamental shift is required in how the nuclear conversation is framed — invoking hope instead of fear and identifying solutions and shared ambitions.

15 March 2022 | Shazeeda Bhola and Elizabeth Talerman