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About Olivium

Olivium is an independent platform focusing on the theme of peace, a major concern at a time when geopolitical forces are radically in flux and the world is confronted with systemic-level challenges. In our journalism and research, we aim at addressing any issue (whether it be political, economic, environmental, societal, social, or cultural) that threatens to put peace at stake internationally; our main focus is on the Middle East and Europe, two neighbouring regions currently grappling with rising instability. Olivium is a site of collaboration between analysts, researchers, and journalists, but also members of the public willing to collaborate, share their thoughts and findings, and build a serious alternative to mainstream media.

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Our Goals

* To provide up-to-date coverage of issues impacting on stability on global, regional and country levels, and nurture peacebuilding efforts
* To disseminate research-based knowledge to the media, civil society organisations and the public
* To serve as a reference hub for multi-disciplinary and collaborative research on peace

Our Vision

Based both in the Middle East and in Europe, the Olivium team realises the critical need for free access to independent, up-to-date information and analysis on issues relating to peace, conflict and stability in the broadest sense. These two regions – so close and yet so far away, with such profound influence on each other – raise questions applicable on a global scale. What are the conditions for stability and peace in a world facing greater geopolitical tensions, renewed authoritarianism and ecological collapse? How do the policies of powerful countries affect others? What is the state of international power relations? How do you identify the key issues at stake locally, regionally and on a planetary level?

In a world where a certain (and sometimes perhaps legitimate) mistrust towards traditional mainstream media is felt by readers, Olivium seeks to produce accurate tools, using a cross-disciplinary and multimedia approach, to assess the needed conditions for stability and peace. But first, we need to understand what is happening and what is at stake in our societies. Through its different sections and thematic dossiers, we’re setting out to develop an independent and non-partisan approach on subjects such as war, terrorism, state violence, migration etc that will contribute to a larger understanding of global peacebuilding. We seek to create momentum in that direction, and so our work will be an ongoing process.

Finally, we wish to convey stories told as close as possibly from the perspectives of the people concerned and promote analysis and discussion that lead to a deeper understanding of the other – that promote our shared values, rather than alleged cultural differences.

Our Values in words

Inclusivity; diversity; accuracy; exigency; trust; critical and independent thinking; up-to-date knowledge; local perspectives; open to debate.

Topic Areas

War and conflict
Violence (political, social, economic)
Media coverage of violence
Extremism in all its forms
Hate speech and crimes
Evaluation of anti-extremism and security policies
Conflict mediation methodology
Ethnic wars and their geographic spillover
Left-right polarity
Terrorism (local born and imported)
Environmental crisis
Sustainability policies
Peacebuilding initiatives

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