Political Economy and Governance in Syria, December 2018
On 3 - 4 December the CRP is hosted the Political Economy and Governance in Syria conference, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of academics, experts from the field and policy makers.The conference will be led by the Director of Research in Syria, Dr. Rim Turkmani.
The conference intends to primarily build common understandings on three main interrelated themes with regards to Syria:
1. The current political economy with emphasis on main economic developments, shifting power relations and the creation of new business elites, housing and land management, diagnosing current reconstruction efforts and discussing possible conditionalities, and the potential role of Syria’s private sector in economic development and peacebuilding mechanisms.
2. The current and post-conflict governance, with particular attention to local governance mechanisms and elections, health governance, and the potentialities, opportunities and obstacles to decentralisation in Syria.
3. The role of civil society, with a focus on new CRP research on the contribution of the Syrian Civil Society to the Geneva process through the Civil Society Support Room and on its research on the documentation required for transitional justice mechanisms in Syria.
LSE’s Syria Conflict Research Programme hopes that, through the conference, it will be able to contribute to the constitution of an objective, timely, and productive body of knowledge on Syria which speaks to relevant policy makers and engages with ongoing processes of transitional justice, peacebuilding, and negotiations.
Attending the conference is by invitation only. Follow hashtag #LSESyria for updates.
Civic Perspectives on Conflict, November 2018
This event brings two critical intellectuals from the Democratic Republic of Congo and from Syria presenting their analyses and prognoses of the violence in their countries, with commentary from our CRP researchers and from Dr Javier Solana, the former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and Professor of Practice at LSE.
For more information about the event, please visit the event page.
The Politics of Humanitarianism: Perspectives from South Sudan, November 2018
Join us for the launch of the Conflict Research Programme’s new paper on the politics of humanitarianism in South Sudan, which adds a distinctive perspective to these debates by drawing on the expertise of twelve prominent South Sudanese academics and activists. The paper explores issues of humanitarian access, accountability, authority and the roles of South Sudanese humanitarian activists. It questions norms of humanitarian knowledge production, and discusses the histories and futures of South Sudanese humanitarian agenda setting.
For more information about the event and how to sign up, see the event page here.
"What Works" in Security Interventions workshop, November 2018
The Conflict Research Programme, together with our partners the Social Science Research Council hosted a workshop seeking to understand "what works" when intervening in the security arena in our five research sites. The workshop was hosted in New York and attended by our CRP researchers, as well as UN think tank representatives. A report and podcast will be available on the workshop soon.
Annual workshop, June 2018
The Conflict Research Programme hosted its first annual workshop. The workshop brought together researchers focusing on each of the research sites: Iraq, Syria, South Sudan,Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including core country teams and incoming research fellows. Sessions took place across three days, and included site-by-site updates onresearch progress and plans, and presentation. Read the full workshop report here.
Launch of the CRP, March 2018
The Conflict Research Programme was formally launched with a panel debate on 'Understanding Violence in Africa and the Middle East'. The event was facilitated by Lyse Doucet with Mary Kaldor, Rim Turkmani, Toby Dodge and Rachel Ibreck speaking to aspects of the CRP's work and Javier Solana responding. Listen to the podcast.
Workshop with the South Sudan research team
The CRP held a training workshop at a location just outside Nairobi from 22 - 29 March to bring together eight South Sudan based researchers from Abyei, Bentui, Ler, Gogrial/Wau, Malakal and Nimule. The event was aimed at introducing the South Sudanese researchers to each other, and to the wider LSE-based team, in an environment conducive to building trust and networks as well as to discussing the conflict in South Sudan. The workshop provided an opportunity to share and reflect on the wider CRP research agenda, to agree research methods, and to set research priorities for the next six months before the group reconvenes in the autumn. During the week the researchers received training and were introduced to key CRP topics including:
- The overall research agenda of the CRP
- DfID's "what works" principles and programme areas
- The logics forming the framework for CRP research: local authority, moral populism, the political marketplace, and civicness.
- Research methods to be used - including life histories, interviews and participant observation.
- Research ethics, risk assessment and establishing a researcher protocol
- Ensuring informed consent and research permissions
- Security and protection actor mapping
The workshop provided a space for sharing and reflecting on individual experiences of research in the different case study sites, as well as debating the drivers of conflict and identifying examples of humane and civic politics observed in each of the researcher’s localities. The workshop culminated in the formation of “The Bridge Researchers’ Network” that includes all eight permanent researchers in the South Sudan team.
International Studies Association conference
Several members of the CRP consortium presented work at the 59th International Studies Association conference, held in San Francisco from 4-7 April 2018, where Prof Mary Kaldor was presented with a Distinguished Scholar award from the Peace Studies section of ISA.