Report: Alternatives to Imprisonment

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) has a long history of campaigning for prison and criminal justice reform. Working in the context of this 350 year old Quaker tradition, the Quaker Council for European Affairs is actively involved in promoting respect for human rights. In partnership with the Quaker United … More…

Report: The Social Reintegration of Ex-Prisoners

QCEA’s past work on the Women in Prison project, and our research into the use of Alternatives to Imprisonment, brought into focus the dysfunctions of prison systems in many European countries. In many cases prisons are overcrowded, and if there is a unifying philosophy beyond simply coping with record levels … More…

Report: Military Responses to Energy Security Problems

EU Member States have taken part in military missions with energy security components for many years, though NATO, in support of US-led actions and independently. EU militaries contributed to US interventions Operation Earnest Will at the tail-end of the Iran-Iraq war and the 1991 and 2003 Gulf Wars. Britain, the … More…

Report: Be Patterns, Be Examples

2010 is the year in which Quakers reflect on the 350-year history of our Peace Testimony. This volume, published to mark that occasion, brings together a number of documents which provide an insight into the thinking which supports the Peace Testimony. “Be Patterns, Be Examples – Reflecting on 350 years … More…

Report: EU Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan

Global challenges to sustainability – especially climate change and crises in energy, food and water supply – mean that European lifestyles must change. Governments have agreed to develop action plans for sustainable consumption and production (SCP) but their environmental, energy and food strategies are based mainly on finding new supplies … More…

Report: Transforming Impasse

Unless humanity reduces its global greenhouse gas emissions by 85 per cent or moreover the next 40 years, we risk catastrophic impacts on ecosystems and human life. European Union emissions should be cut by more that this since our current levels are double the world average. However current EU and … More…

Report: The Nabucco Gas Pipeline

The European Union has stepped up its engagement with Turkmenistan in order to secure supply for its flagship gas security project the Nabucco pipeline. Turkmenistan is among the most brutal and repressive dictatorships in the world. US NGO Freedom House included Turkmenistan in its 2009 ‘Worst of the Worst’ list … More…

Report: Neutrality

This report is based on Neutrality within Irish politics. Martina Weitsch, QCEA Joint Representative, writes an article that focuses on whether there are differences between the so-called ‘neutral’ Member States of the EU and other Member States. Read “Neutrality: Irish Experience, European Experience” … More…