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

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

(lse)—After four years of researching violence, conflict and 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.

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

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. 

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 .  

Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College. Dercon sits on the Advisory Board for the Conflict Research Programme.

Mary Kaldor (@KaldorM) an Emeritus Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict Research Programme in LSE IDEAS. Professor Kaldor is highly regarded for her innovative work on democratisation, conflict, and globalisation. She was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament (END), a founder and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly and a member of the International Independent Commission to investigate the Kosovo Crisis, established by the Swedish Prime Minister.

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