Launch of the ‘Ceasefires in a Time of COVID-19' Tracker Tool

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Pixabay (Alexandra Koch)
Pixabay (Alexandra Koch)

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have been involved in development of a publicly-available tracking tool that examines the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak on ceasefires at a global scale. The tool’s data suggests that, even in the time of a global public health crisis, ceasefires have proved difficult to implement and hold. 

The online tool enables users to track ceasefires declared across the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, their extensions and terminations, and closely related events. The tool has three different ways to view and explore the information: a timeline tool with country and ceasefire type filters; a full search and browse feature; and a world map view. 

The tracker has been developed jointly by the University of Edinburgh’s Political Settlements Research Programme, MediatEUr (European Forum for International Mediation), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), research university ETH Zurich, Conciliation Resources, and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Further inputs have been contributed by the Mediation Support Unit in the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.