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Searching for COVID-19 Ceasefires: Conflict Zone Impacts, Needs, and Opportunities

Tyler Jess Thompson

Created 11/13/2020

Analysis

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On March 23, 2020, as COVID-19 was first appearing in many conflict-affected areas, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres issued a call for warring parties to cease hostilities and instead wage battle against the pandemic. Drawing on an examination of conflicts in Afghanistan, Colombia, Cameroon, Israel and Palestine, Libya, the Philippines, Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere—this report looks at how COVID-19 has affected conflict parties’ interests, positions, and capacities, and provides recommendation for how the international community leverage the pandemic to promote peace.

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Searching for COVID-19 Ceasefires: Conflict Zone Impacts, Needs, and Opportunities
Firefighters spray disinfectant along a road in Manila, Philippines, Monday, Aprli 6, 2020, in an effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading. (Jes Aznar/The New York Times)

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