Society, security, and rights

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    El Salvador’s experience of UN peacebuilding reveals the ineffectiveness of ‘development as usual’ approaches

El Salvador’s experience of UN peacebuilding reveals the ineffectiveness of ‘development as usual’ approaches

To provide the vital “peace dividend” of better lives and livelihoods, peacebuilding must promote conflict-sensitive policies even where they are economically second-best. The UN can support this process by helping states in transition to reactivate their economies in an inclusive and sustainable manner, writes Graciana del Castillo (City University of New York).

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    Urban ethnic associations are allowing Chile’s Mapuche to reclaim Santiago as an indigenous space

Urban ethnic associations are allowing Chile’s Mapuche to reclaim Santiago as an indigenous space

Santiago’s array of ethnic associations are ensuring the survival Mapuche culture and de-invisibilising those who have made the city their home, writes Dana Brablec (University of Cambridge).

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    La evaluación de la investigación basada en revistas margina a regiones como América Latina y sus temas más relevantes

La evaluación de la investigación basada en revistas margina a regiones como América Latina y sus temas más relevantes

Muchos sistemas de evaluación adoptan un enfoque limitado de excelencia, al juzgar el valor de un trabajo por la revista en que se publica. Una investigación reciente de Diego Chavarro, Ismael Ràfols y otros colegas muestra cómo tales sistemas subestiman y son perjudiciales en la producción de importantes temas sociales, económicos y ambientales. Estos sistemas también reflejan los sesgos de las bases de […]

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    Are reparations transforming Colombian women’s lives? The gendered dynamics of the Victims’ Law

Are reparations transforming Colombian women’s lives? The gendered dynamics of the Victims’ Law

With a change of approach, reparations could reinforce a long-term process of gendered citizenship-building instead of treating women as dependent and unequal victims, writes Sanne Weber (University of Birmingham).

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    Journal-based research assessments marginalise regions like Latin America and the issues most relevant to them

Journal-based research assessments marginalise regions like Latin America and the issues most relevant to them

Many research evaluation systems continue to take a narrow view of excellence, judging the value of work based on the journal in which it is published. Recent research by Diego Chavarro, Ismael Ràfols, and colleagues shows how such systems underestimate and prove detrimental to the production of research on important social, economic, and environmental issues. These systems also reflect the biases of journal […]

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    Calling death by its name: breaking the silence of Guatemala’s National Police Archive

Calling death by its name: breaking the silence of Guatemala’s National Police Archive

Quantitative analysis of historical ‘big data’ can help to explain how record-making practices around death facilitated policies of repression and control, writes Tamy Guberek (University of Michigan).

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    Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Demobilisation of this armed group is an opportunity not to be missed. In a context of FARC disarmament and a peace process with the ELN, the state can establish its presence throughout the country and smooth the road to peace, write Juan David Gélvez and Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes).

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    Who’s invading whom? The complex battle for Rio de Janeiro’s informal settlements on federal land

Who’s invading whom? The complex battle for Rio de Janeiro’s informal settlements on federal land

Depicting favela residents as environmentally destructive invaders serves to justify evictions and undermine community heritage in the name of creating a “modern” city free of potent signs of poverty and inequality, writes Jennifer Chisholm (University of Cambridge).

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    Levantando el velo de la bondad: “la amistad” y el colonialismo de asentamiento en la Patagonia galesa de Argentina

Levantando el velo de la bondad: “la amistad” y el colonialismo de asentamiento en la Patagonia galesa de Argentina

El impulso pacífico de los galeses en un contexto global de brutalidad colonial sobresale como un modelo de generosidad. Pero esta “amistad” sirvió finalmente para reforzar el proyecto colonizador en Argentina y más allá, escribe Lucy Taylor (Aberystwyth University).

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    Poor health outcomes amongst Afro-Colombians are driven by discrimination as well as economic disadvantage

Poor health outcomes amongst Afro-Colombians are driven by discrimination as well as economic disadvantage

Differential health outcomes are driven by both structural and internalised forms of discrimination, so strategies targeting health disparities amongst Afro-Colombians must adopt an integrated approach, writes Maria Cecilia Dedios (LSE Psychological and Behavioural Science).