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The Crisis States Network

A decade of research into fragile states

we seek to understand the conditions, actions and organisational processes that have allowed conflict to be managed peacefully, and those that have led instead to violence

The Crisis States Research Network is coordinated by the LSE Department of International Development and has grown out of the work of the Crisis States Research Centre (CSRC). The CSRC was an international research consortium launched in 2001 with a grant from the UK Department of International Development (DfID) to undertake interdisciplinary research into processes of war, state collapse and reconstruction in fragile states, and was directed by the LSE International Development department's Prof James Putzel. It undertook its first phase of research from 2001 to 2005 and completed a second phase of research between 2006 and 2010. This second phase was more closely based around three interlinked themes - Development as State-Making, Cities and Fragile States, and Regional and Global Axes of Conflict.   The CSRC defined the terms 'fragile', 'crisis', and 'failed' state in a specific way across its research and publications. 

Phase One Research: Information on the first five years of research from 2001 to 2005.

Phase Two Research: the second phase of work from 2005 to 2010 was consolidated around three linked themes - Development as Statemaking, Cities and Fragile States, and Regional and Global Axes of Conflict.

Resources: details of publications, events and policy outputs from both phases of work can be found on the Publications page.


Enquiries about the work of the Crisis States programme and the ongoing network should be directed to Prof James Putzel.