Comparing explosive violence patterns in the Horn of Africa and Sahel

The Horn of Africa and the Sahel face significant challenges from conflict, climate change, and terrorism, necessitating tailored and effective responses to address their unique security and developmental needs.

Have the IDF become addicted to explosions? Investigation reveals extent of demolitions carried out across Gaza

Using social media posts from IDF soldiers, Bellingcat tracked the activities of the 8219 Commando, a combat engineering battalion, revealing their extensive involvement in demolitions across Gaza.

AOAV speaks to Ieva Jusionyte about her book ‘Exit Wounds’ – a glimpse into the world of firearms smuggled south from the United States to Mexico and their reverberating effects

Dr Ieva Jusionyte, a legal and medical anthropologist at Brown University, discusses her book “Exit Wounds,” which explores how the smuggling of guns from the United States to Mexico contributes to violence and the migrant crisis, drawing on extensive research and fieldwork at the US-Mexico border.

Open letter urges UK Government to repatriate unlawfully detained British families from Northeast Syria

British Citizens subjected to cruel conditions and abandonment in dire circumstances

China-Russia’s strategic partnership: implications for global peace and security

China-Russia’s strategic partnership has implications for global peace and security, requiring innovative and peaceful solutions through increased international cooperation, transparency, accountability, and promotion of human rights and democracy.

In focus: Diego Gorgal, Vice-President of the Deliberation Board of Almirante Brown, Buenos Aires

Diego Gorgal is an Argentinian lawyer, councillor in the municipal government. He also serves as the Vice-President of the Deliberation Board of Almirante Brown, a partido of the Buenos Aires province. AOAV: Can you tell us a little bit about Almirante Brown? What problems did – or does – the neighbourhood have? Diego Gorgal: This neighbourhood emerged […]

In focus: Maximo Halty, Chief Technical Advisor of the UNDP Crisis and Risk Mapping and Analysis, Sudan

Maximo Halty, Chief Technical Advisor of the UNDP’s Crisis and Risk Mapping and Analysis (CRMA) in Sudan explains the project’s approach of collaborating with all UN agencies, NGOs and national bodies to identify, geo-reference, digitise and consolidate existing  information relevant for recovery and development activities. AOAV: What is the UNDP Crisis and Risk Mapping and Analysis […]

Seymour M. Hersh

Seymour M. Hersh is a regular contributor for The New Yorker magazine. During his long career he has written extensively on security and military matters. Hersh established himself as a prominent investigative journalist thirty-five years ago when he broke the news of the 1968 massacre at My Lai, Vietnam. His reporting on the massacre won […]

AOAV condemns use of excessive force on Egyptian protestors

The world watched in horror yesterday as the Egyptian military violently attacked supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi who were occupying points in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt. While the day’s death toll is still unclear, it is at least 525 at latest count and still rising. AOAV unequivocally condemns the Egyptian Army’s tactics, particularly […]

In focus: Wim Zwijnenburg, Policy Advisor Security & Disarmament at IKV Pax Christi

Wim Zwijnenburg, Policy Advisor for Security & Disarmament at IKV Pax Christi, explains the Dutch civil society organisation’s role in armed violence reduction. What is IKV Pax Christi? IKV Pax Christi has a sixty-year history in peace work. In 2007 it combined the strengths of the Dutch Interchurch Peace Council (IKV, 1966) and Pax Christi Netherlands (1948, a member of […]

Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers Academic at the University of Bradford Paul Rogers is a leading academic at the University of Bradford and a Professor at the Peace Studies Department. He has written extensively on the changing causes of conflict, political violence and Middle East security. Bradford was the first university to establish a peace studies department and […]

Robert Muggah

Robert Muggah Research Director and Program coordinator for violence reduction at Igarapé Institute Robert Muggah is the Research Director at the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian think tank focusing on security and development and a Principal of the SecDev group, an operational consultancy. He has written extensively on the issue of armed violence including research on […]