The Neoliberalization of Youth Peacebuilding

As part of our series on human rights for Human Rights Week, in today’s post Erik Meinema investigates how the neoliberal context in which NGOs and peacebuilding organizations operate influence their capacity to protect and promote human rights through contributing to peacebuilding processes around the globe. The neoliberalisation of peacebuilding, he argues, leads to an …

Sinterklaas, Zwarte Piet and the Ethics of Public Debate

Sinterklaas and his somewhat controversial helper Zwarte Piet arrive in the Netherlands tomorrow, marking the start of the festive season. In today’s post, Erik Meinema and Erin Wilson offer thoughts from both Dutch and non-Dutch perspectives on various dimensions of what has become an annual discussion over whether Zwarte Piet is racist or not. It’s …

Youth Peacebuilding in contexts of religious violence: The case of Badati in Ambon, Indonesia

Religion and the contributions of youth are two topics that tend to be neglected when we think about peacebuilding. In this post, Erik Meinema reflects on his experiences conducting research on these important issues. Maluku, a group of Islands in Eastern Indonesia, was originally renowned for its religious harmony. However, this reputation drastically changed when …