There are three pillars on which the violence of our age sits. New wars, sexual violence and cyber warfare. New wars against a state are now conducted both online and through physical war. The wars in Yemen, Syria and Iraq also use systemic sexual violence as an instrument to be deployed against the enemy and against women and men privately in homes and communities. The online war is also both a gendered and broader-based assault on truth which increasingly prevents bystanders from understanding the nature of the conflicts raging in their midst. Dr Brian Brivati asks what we, as bystanders, and what key individuals working in conflict zones, can do to end wars, enable recovery and save our environment. Can individuals make a difference? If so, how? Is the individual the right place to begin to address the challenges of conflict in our age?
Dr Brian Brivati had an academic career spanning 15 years and has been working full time in human rights practice since 2008. His current projects concentrate on delivering multi-country Fellowship Programmes and devising linked projects focusing on inclusive peace building in Yemen; combating sexual violence in conflict; reconciliation; security and human rights in Iraq; cyber security and human rights across the Middle East/Africa, and capacity building for civil society organisations in Ukraine and other states.