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Forming a Collective International Response to Non-State Armed Groups

On Thursday, July 28th, AfP hosted a conversation exploring how the international community can shape a cooperative response to the central challenges and threats from non-state armed groups around the world. Building off of the recent Atlantic Council publication, Toward a Framework for Transatlantic Cooperation on Non-State Armed Groups, this event discussed a broad framework outlining how donors, governments, civil society, and researchers can respond to threats from non-state armed groups in a way conducive to sustainable peace and security. Speakers identified criteria for deciding which kinds of groups can be engaged with, analyzed burden-sharing through sharing of common objectives among the international community, and elaborated through case studies from various geographic regions such as Latin America, the Sahel, and the Middle East.