The Conflict Research Programme's flagship podcast series exploring the nature of violence in the 21st century.
In this podcast, we set out to challenge some of the assumptions in the existing debate around military intervention in Syria. We argue that Syria has seen very wide ranging military interventions by a large number of foreign actors. It is simply wrong to see it as a case of "non-intervention", even from the West. And this poses a question around how interventions should be designed and undertaken.
Season 1 (2020)
In this podcast, we critically review the efforts undertaken to date to start tapping into Somalia's oil wealth. We identify a problem of a lack of regulation and ask whether, given the global turn underway to renewable energy sources, this is the wrong time for Somalia to develop an oil industry.
In this podcast, the first in a new series from the LSE, we explore the nature of intractable conflict in the modern world. While warfare is no longer seen as a normal mechanism for resolving disputes between states, many states and regions across the globe still live with the reality of conflict and violence.
In this podcast, we introduce the idea of the political marketplace as a way of understanding the relationship between politics and organised violence in twenty-first century conflicts. This is a term which we use on the CRP to discuss the nature of the challenge facing democratic politics in societies prone to violence.
In this podcast, we investigate the relationship between political marketplace conditions and organised violence in Iraq and Syria. We also review the political history of post-1991 Ethiopia and ask if it's undergoing a transformation from a developmental state to a political marketplace one.
In this podcast, we discuss the phenomenon of 'civicness', arguing that this simple idea can unleash democratic change. We explore the movements for gender equality, independent journalism and democratic transformation in Iraq and Syria.
In this podcast, we ask how security services can be reformed to work in the public good, ensuring that the state is not a vehicle for rentier interest groups. We take a closer look at cases of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In this episode, we look at the role local agreements can play in building a sustainable peace. We suggest caution in seeing these as a solution to organised conflict, but identify the potentially positive role they can play in peace building. The episode features evidence from Somalia, Iraq, Syria and South Sudan.