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The challenge of sustaining peace has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has caused multi-dimensional disruption, putting gains on the ground in peace, security, development, and human rights at risk. However, the pandemic has also created opportunities for more integrated approaches to peacebuilding and sustaining peace. On August 12, CIC's director Sarah Cliffe joined the current and former United Nations secretary-generals to brief the Security Council on the conflict risks posed by COVID-19 and options for the multilateral response.

CIC staff, fellows, and partners are working to shed light on the intersections between the global coronavirus pandemic and the issues we study, from the future of multilateralism and the global humanitarian response to the ongoing work of building peaceful, just and inclusive societies. This is a regularly updated collection of our articles, blog posts, and policy papers on COVID-19.

A new book by Barnett Rubin, senior fellow and director of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project at CIC, was recently published by Oxford University Press. Afghanistan: What Everyone Needs to Know is a concise introduction to the issues facing Afghanistan today.

Aug 03, 2020
Barnett Rubin

After five years of devastating conflict, Yemen now faces an escalating COVID-19 crisis—one that jeopardizes not only Yemeni lives, but global health security. This report explains how Yemen became so vulnerable to COVID-19, traces the impact of the pandemic so far, including the risk to vulnerable groups, and offers a critical perspective on the international action necessary to prevent further catastrophe in a country already suffering the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Jul 22, 2020
Leah Zamore, Hanny Megally , Tayseer Alkarim
Middle East
Humanitarian Crises
Residents of the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro during street cleaning to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered what may be the worst global recession since the Second World War—and the economic impact will affect access to justice. The briefing examines how the economic effects of COVID-19 impact common justice problems, and lays out recommendations for how justice systems can anticipate and innovate in response to aid the recovery.

Jul 09, 2020
David Steven, Maaike de Langen
Maaike de Langen