(Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack) -The problem of targeted attacks on academics, students, and universities during times of armed conflict should feature prominently at the Second Safe Schools Conference to be held in Buenos Aires on March 28-29, said the Council for At-Risk Academics, the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, the Scholars at Risk Network, and the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH) in a joint statement today. “All educational institutions, no matter the level, should be respected as safe spaces by warring parties,“ said Stephen Wordsworth, Executive Director of the Council for At-Risk Academics. “The damage done by attacks on universities, other higher education institutions, and individual academics deserves increased recognition in the global discussion of attacks on education.” According to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), the countries most affected by attacks on universities since 2013 are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.