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About Us

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exploring the logics of the political marketplace and moral populism through the framework of civicness

What is our research about?

The Conflict Research Programme (CRP) is designed to address the drivers and dynamics of violent conflict in the Middle East and Africa and to inform the measures being used to tackle armed conflict and its impacts. CRP research will analyse the logic of the political marketplace and how it intersects with moral populism to drive violence. It will use the concept of civicness to examine how people attempt to constitute humane forms of public authority even in the most extreme circumstances, and how international interventions might better resolve conflict-related problems by supporting responses based on such local civicness.

Where are we working?

Our focus is on Iraq, Syria, DRC, Somalia and South Sudan, as well as the wider Horn of Africa/Red Sea and Arabian Gulf/Middle East regions. We take a comparative politics approach to analysing the specifics of these locations, whilst also elaborating on local political idioms to better understand the complex economic and social underpinnings of politics and conflict that help explain the frustrations of state-building. 

Who is funding us?

The CRP is an international research consortium led by the LSE that holds a £6.68m grant from the UK Department of International Development.  Following the successful completion of an inception phase, the programme is currently funded from October 2017 to March 2021.

Who is leading the programme?

The programme is led by Consortium Executive Director, Professor Mary Kaldor  and Co-Director for Research, Professor Alex de Waal. Professor Toby Dodge leads the work on Iraq and the wider region, and Dr Rim Turkmani leads our Syria research. Joint directors for research in DRCongo are Dr Tatiana Carayannis (western DRC) and Prof Koen Vlassenroot (eastern DRC). 

Also based at LSE are Research Managers Henry Radice, Programme Manager Anna Mkhitaryan, and researchers Naomi Pendle, Jessica WatkinsZeynep Kaya and Nisar Majid.

Who are our partners?

Lead partners in the programme are the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Conflict Research Group at Gent University, the World Peace Foundation (WPF) and Feinstein International Center (FIC) at Tufts University, Peace Direct (PD), and the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. The consortium will also be working closely with locally based research networks in each of the sites being studied. Find out more on our Partners web page.

How can I find out more?

Follow the links to further information on this website or contact us by email.  We are located in the Conflict and Civil Society unit within the LSE International Development department.