Understanding Violence and Political Markets in Africa and the Middle East: conclusions from the Conflict Research Programme

Hosted by the Conflict Research Programme at LSE IDEAS

Online public event, United Kingdom


Charlotte Morris

Charlotte Morris

Senior Conflict Adviser (FCDO)

Minouche Shafik

Minouche Shafik

Director of LSE

Alex de Waal

Alex de Waal

Executive Director, World Peace Foundation


Mary Kaldor

Mary Kaldor

Director, Conflict Research Programme

After four years of researching violence and conflict across Africa and the Middle East, what have we learned? Join us for the concluding event of the Conflict Research Programme.

The Conflict Research Programme has been investigating the logics of war and peace across five countries in the Middle East  and Africa over the last four years. Findings cover the link between extremist identity politics and political marketplaces, the countervailing role of civicness, and ‘what works’ external interventions in such areas as security, humanitarian need or localised conflict resolution. Producing high-quality research published in academic journals alongside policy analysis to the UK government, the programme boasts a range of outputs that has the potential to shape academic debate and the development landscape.

In this event, CRP researchers will present some of the highlights from the programme including examples of impact, as well as evidence to support a new way of thinking about public authority and conflict as a social condition.

Charlotte Morris (@FCDOREDGCSD) is a Senior Conflict Adviser in FCDOs Research Department where she overseas funding for the department’s conflict focussed research portfolio. She has spent 20 years working on conflict across the Middle East, East Africa and Asia. Morris worked with Sudanese refugees in Cairo and later on varying peace and dialogue initiatives in the Sudans. She was in Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s and led part of the UK government’s response to the Arab Uprisings after 2011.

Minouche Shafik is Director of LSE. Prior to this she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. An economist by training, Baroness Shafik has spent most of her career straddling the worlds of public policy and academia. After completing her BSc in economics and politics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she took an MSc in economics at LSE before completing a DPhil in economics at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. In 2020 the UK Government announced that she would be made a Life Peer in the House of Lords. 

Alex de Waal is Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Programme Director with the Conflict Research Programme at LSE.

Mary Kaldor (@KaldorM) an Emeritus Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics. She has pioneered the concepts of new wars and global civil society. Her elaboration of the real world implementation of human security has directly influenced European and national governments.

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About the Hosts

The Conflict Research Programme (CRP) is a four year research programme funded by the FCDO and hosted by LSE IDEAS at the LSE. Our goal is to understand and analyse the nature of contemporary conflict and to identify international interventions that ‘work’ in the sense of reducing violence or contributing more broadly to the security of individuals and communities who experience conflict. We work in five countries: DR Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Iraq and Syria.

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE's foreign policy think tank. We connect academic knowledge of diplomacy and strategy with the people who use it. 

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