IWPR Insight

IWPR Insight feature showcases IWPR’s regional expertise, with our team of journalists around the world providing in-depth and original perspectives on news and issues affecting IWPR programme areas.

As the uprising in Syria continues, there are fears that the unrest will spill over into Lebanon, harming the fragile sectarian consensus there. IWPR’s Middle East Programme Manager Susanne Fischer looks at the possible practical and political consequences for Syria’s neighbour.

Lebanon

Simon Jennings

The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, has asked judges to issue arrest warrants for Libyan president, Muammar Gaddafi, and two other senior Libyan officials.

IWPR’s international justice reporter, Simon Jennings, assesses the likelihood of Gaddafi and his henchmen being brought to justice in the event of formal charges being issued.  

International Justice - ICC

Assadig Mustafa Zakaria Musa

Since conflict erupted in Darfur in 2003, several agreements have been put in place, but none has brought lasting peace to the region. The latest initiative, the Darfur Political Process, comes from the Sudanese government.

Assadig Mustafa Zakaria Musa, a reporter for Radio Dabanga and a contributor to Fi al Mizan, an IWPR-produced radio programme about justice issues in Darfur, explains what the Darfur Political Process is and where it might be going.  

International Justice - ICC

Simon Jennings

Northern Uganda has seen a return to peace in recent years following a 2006 ceasefire agreement signed between the Ugandan government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, LRA.

But as IWPR’s Simon Jennings explains, in spite of the agreement that people desperately hope to mean the end of hostilities in the north, the region’s inhabitants are a long way from being able to put the brutal war behind them.  

International Justice - ICC

Although the Iraqi media has flourished since the fall of the regime of Saddam Hussein eight years ago, journalists continue to face threats to their freedom of speech.

Many reporters complain that the government is allowed to act with impunity in suppressing criticism and dissent. Mariwan Hama-Saeed, of IWPR’s Iraq programme, assesses the scale of the problem. 

Iraq

Two months after the fall of the President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, Ehab Kotb of IWPR’s Middle East programme looks at the still powerful role of the military.

Demonstrations in Tahrir Square last week left at least two people dead after soldiers opened fire on protesters who refused to disperse. This week, a military court sentenced a blogger to three years in jail for criticising the armed forces.

The Arab Spring

When the Hague tribunal for former Yugoslavia closes its doors in a few years, the Bosnian war crimes chamber will continue to bring remaining suspects to justice.

The Sarajevo court has been praised by the international community, but, as Merdijana Sadovic, IWPR's ICTY programme manager, explains, it has had limited influence on the reconciliation process in Bosnia, where it has been largely dismissed as a biased and flawed institution by the local Serbs. 

International Justice - ICTY

With Saudi troops deployed in Bahrain and a state of emergency declared, IWPR Iran editor Nima Tamaddon looks at the implications of crackdown for the opposition movement and the region.

Some 20 people have been killed in clashes in the small Sunni-ruled kingdom over the last month and opposition groups say that around 100 people are missing.  

The Arab Spring

After years of coexistence with the authorities in Tajikistan, Central Asia’s only recognised Islamic party is under mounting pressure.

The Islamic Rebirth Party, IRP, launched an uncharacteristically public broadside against the government after a leading member, Hikmatullo Saifullozoda, was the victim of a serious assault in early February.

IWPR’s Tajikistan editor Lola Olimova comments on the case and looks at why official attitudes to the IRP appear to have shifted. 

Central Asia

Reporting on the protests in Bahrain has included some suggestions that the mainly Shia demonstrators have gained inspiration from neighbouring Iran.

IWPR’s Iran editor Nima Tamaddon discusses whether this is true, and whether the claimed Tehran connection will colour the western response to Bahrain’s version of the protests flaring across the Middle East. 

Iran