Conflict Research Programme

Violence and Political Markets in Africa and the Middle East

Duration: April 2017 – March 2021
Supported by: UK Department for International Development

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An Iraqi Bazaar. Photo: serkansenturk.

The Conflict Research Programme (CRP) is a three-year programme 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. The programme focuses on Iraq, Syria, DRC, Somalia and South Sudan, as well as the wider Horn of Africa/Red Sea and Middle East regions.

The LSE Middle East Centre (MEC) is leading the research on Iraq and on wider Middle East drivers of conflict. Our partners in Iraq are the Institute of Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq Suleimani, and Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies. The Centre has also appointed two visiting Conflict Research Fellows, both of whom are running projects which focus on Iraq. Read more about them below.

As part of the CRP, the Social Science Research Council awarded three small grants to the MEC to carry out further research on the drivers of conflict in Iraq.

The MEC is running nine projects in the first year of the programme. You can read about these below.

Projects

Conflict, Gender and Violence in Iraq

Led by: Zeynep Kaya, MEC

This project examines how masculinity and gender norms are contested, manipulated, and influence the conflict economy in Iraq.

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Moral Populism and Satellite Sectarianisation

Led by: Jessica Watkins, MEC

This project re-assesses assumptions about whether and how satellite channels promote sectarianisation in the MENA by evaluating programme content, editorial style, and viewer participation in chat shows and associated online forums.

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Public Authority and Iraq's Disputed Territories

Led by: Christine van den Toorn, IRIS

This project looks into how the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Government of Iraq drive conflict through administrative policies and security forces positioning, as well as through the political marketplace and moral populism.

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Reporting the Iraqi Federal Elections

Led by: Christine van den Toorn, IRIS

This project examines the mobilisation strategies and results of the 2018 Iraqi elections to identify change and continuity among elites and on a popular level. 

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Payroll Expansion and the Political Marketplace in Iraq

Led by: Ali Al-Mawlawi, Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies

This project examines the nature of that corruption in both the institutions of the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government by looking at the rapid expansion of government payrolls after 2003.

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Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces: The Possibility for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration

Led by: Hayder Al-Khafaji, Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies

This project examines the ability of the Government of Iraq to control the Popular Mobilisation Forces and to realise its goal of integrating this group into Iraq’s mainstream security forces as well as its command and control structures.

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'Pockets of Media Civicness' in a Conflictual Political Landscape: A Case Study of Iraqi Media

Led by: Aida Al-Kaisy, BBC Media Action
Supported by: Social Science Research Council

The project maps out the media landscape in Iraq, identifying actual and potential ‘pockets of civicness’, and examines the drivers behind their development.

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Reforming Legal Responses to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region

Led by: Güley Bor
Supported by: Social Science Research Council

This project analyses the extent to which existing domestic laws surrounding conflict-related SGBV response and reparations are being implemented and suggests how these laws should be reformed to provide better responses and reparations to women survivors of SGBV.

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Natural Resource Management and Peacebuilding in post-IS Iraq

Led by: Kyra Luchtenberg, MEC
Supported by: Social Science Research Council

This project examines how natural resource management could support peacebuilding efforts in post-IS Iraq, with a particular focus on water resource management.

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About our Partners

Institute of Regional and International Studies

The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) is a policy research centre at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. IRIS provides in-depth analysis of the political, socioeconomic, and security issues facing the KRI, Iraq and the Middle East.

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Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies

Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies is an independent, nonprofit think tank based in Baghdad, Iraq. Its primary mission is to offer an authentic perspective on public and foreign policy issues related to Iraq and the region.

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MEC Research Team

Toby Dodge

Professor Toby Dodge

Toby is Research Director for CRP Iraq and the wider Middle East.


Zeynep Kaya

Dr Zeynep Kaya

Zeynep is leading a research project on Conflict, Economy and Gender in Iraq.

Sandra Sfeir

Sandra Sfeir

Sandra is responsible for managing all Iraq and Middle East CRP projects.

Jessica Watkins

Dr Jessica Watkins

Jessica's research project assesses whether and how satellite channels promote sectarianisation in the MENA.


IRIS Research Team

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Christine van den Toorn

Christine is leading IRIS' Iraq research for the CRP. Her research project focuses on the 2018 Iraqi federal elections.

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Mac Skelton

Mac is leading IRIS' research project on Iraq's disputed territories of northern Diyala and Tuz Khurmatu.

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Zmkan Ali Saleem

Zmkan is a researcher working on the IRIS project looking at Iraq's disputed territories.


Al-Bayan Center Research Team

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Hayder Al-Khafaji

Hayder's research looks at Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces and the possibility for their disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration.

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Ali Al-Mawlawi

Ali is leading Al-Bayan Center's Iraq research for the CRP. His research project focuses on Payroll Expansion and the Political Marketplace in Iraq.


Small Grants Research Team 

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Güley Bor

Güley is leading a research project on conflict-related SGBV response and reparations in Iraq.

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Aida Al-Kaisy

Aida's research project seeks to identify 'pockets of civicness' in the Iraqi media landscape, and examine the drivers behind their development.

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Kyra Luchtenberg

Kyra's research project examines how natural resource management could support peacebuilding efforts in post-IS Iraq, with a particular focus on water resource management.


Conflict Research Fellows

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Zahra Ali

Zahra's research project is entitled 'Building Peace and Recovering from Violence: Iraqi Civil Society Activisms'.

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Dylan O'Driscoll

Dylan's research project is entitled 'Everyday Peacebuilding, Everyday Nationalism, and Symbolic Capital: The old Bazaar in Kirkuk, Iraq'. 

 
The programme has been funded by the UK Department for International Development, however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.
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