Cedric Smith Prize 2014 - Conflict Research Society
Dr Mareike Schomerus was named runner-up for the Cedric Smith Prize 2014 for an extract from her LSE PhD thesis ‘The Lord's Resistance Army in the Juba Talks: Syncopated rhythms in conflict resolution’. The prize is awarded by the Conflict Research Society for the best piece of peace and conflict research.
The panel of judges said: "[This work] concerns itself with a field of literature which is well developed, but it does add value both in the analysis and in the narrative around the case study. The distinction between the connect-disconnect modes of engagement on the one hand and the ‘galvanic surge’ on the other is an important and original insight with wider significance, as the writer ably suggests in the conclusion. The ‘alternating current’ metaphor is powerful and useful."
The thesis was also nominated for the Peace Science Society's 2014 Walter Isard Award for the Best Dissertation in Peace Science. Read the thesis here.