Synthesis Papers

During the Inception Year of the Conflict Research Programme (October 2016 - April 2017), the CRP research teams undertook research in their respective focus countries, conducting scoping missions, literature reviews and data-set analysis to better understand the contexts on the ground and provide the rationale for the CRP research design.

The findings were captured and synthesised in a series of papers informing the research plans for the duration of the project. 

Democratic Republic of Congo 

Competing networks and political order in the Democratic Republic of Congo 

by Tatiana Carayannis, Koen Vlassenroot, Kasper Hoffmann and Aaron Pangburn


Understanding the Drivers of Conflict in Iraq 

by Toby Dodge, Zeynep Kaya, Kyra Luchtenberg, Sarah Mathieu-Comtois, Bahra Saleh, Christine M. van den Toorn, Andrea Turpin-King and Jessica Watkins

South Sudan

South Sudan Synthesis Paper, October 2017

by Alex de Waal, Rachel Ibreck, Naomi Pendle, Hannah Logan and Alice Robinson


Somalia’s politics: the usual business? June 2021

By Nisar Majid, Aditya Sarkar, Claire Elder, Khalif Abdirahman, Sarah Detzner, Jared Miller and Alex de Waal

Somalia Synthesis Paper, October 2017 

by Alex de Waal

Horn of Africa and Red Sea

Horn of Africa and Red Sea Synthesis Paper, November 2017

by Alex de Waal


Data Synthesis Paper, July 2017

by Allard Duursma