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Susanne Schmeidl

Susanne Schmeidl is a lecturer in development studies at the University of NSW. She has 20years of research and professional expertise as a scholar-practitioner working with a variety of organizations (academia/university, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations) at the intersection of peace, security and development. Her inter-disciplinary research has focussed three core areas: forced migration and refugees (including protection issues); context-sensitive, participatory and inclusive development practice; early warning, conflict prevention and civilian peacebuilding (incl. human security)—with a cross-cutting focus on gender and civil society.

Her current research focusses on civil society invovlement in peace/statebuilding in Afghanistan, exploring local peacebuilding infrastructures, and community/insurgency interactions.

Articles by Susanne Schmeidl (15)

  • Afghans are running out of places to hide

    It’s been another grim week in Afghanistan, one in which the continued descent into chaos is likely to prompt more Afghans to flee their country even though they know competition for a satisfactory end to a refugee journey is tough and getting tougher.
  • Civilians are running out of options in Afghanistan

    Two month ago I wrote a blog outlining the continued deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan. The situation does not look any better today. Last week a truck bomb was set off in Kabul killing at least 68 people and injuring 347. A friend of mine with whom I checked, and who was at quite a distance from the explosion, told me she thought their office building was going to collapse.
  • Afghanistan is in bad shape, and it could get worse

    Those of us watching Afghanistan were not surprised at the findings of the most recent annual report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in cooperation with the UN Human Rights Office on the 'Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict'. Overshadowed by the violence in Syria, news from Afghanistan rarely makes headlines unless it is a reminder of the dire situation there.  The 11,002 documented civilian casualties (3545 deaths and 7457 injured) might be a record high for Afghanist
  • Kunduz tragedy could be just the start of something much worse for Afghanistan

    The north-eastern province of Kunduz in Afghanistan, and it's capital by the same name, have shot to international attention this past week for two major reasons. First, because the Taliban proved that despite fragmentation and leadership battles it's still able to gain strategic military momentum, exposing the weakness of the Afghan National Security Forces by taking the city (the Afghan Government now claims to have retaken it).
  • Is enough being done to protect aid workers?

    The deaths of five Afghan staff from Save the Children-Australia in Uruzgan province two weeks ago exemplifies the risks of providing development assistance in fragile states. Development assistance in conflict situations has drastically increased over the past decade, and that trend is likely to continue. The reason? As Oxford economist Paul Collier (and others) note, conflict is 'development in reverse', and aid is needed to bring fragile countries out of conflict.