11 Aug '18, 10pm

What we're reading: Protecting Civilians is Key for Achieving Peace in #SouthSudan @smallwars

Lastly, the agreement does not address the underlying grievances fueling widespread violence and inter-communal conflict throughout the country, which include denial of public services, natural resource competition, and agricultural land disputes. To address this challenge, the United States should invest in comprehensive conflict mediation and economic livelihood programs at the grassroots level. A study of Mercy Corps programs in Somalia found that providing access to education, economic, and civic participation opportunities for youth reduced participants’ likelihood of engaging in moral or material support for political violence by nearly 65 percent. By scaling up similar initiatives in South Sudan, the U.S. government can help reduce support for armed groups, resolve inter-communal tensions, and lay the groundwork for lasting peace and reconciliation. These programs c...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/protecting-civilians...

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