Ceasefires: Transitioning from Violent Conflict
How is violence and coercion used as tool for pressing claims for inclusion or ensuring exclusion of others? Political settlement analysis tends to understand violence / conflict as a tool used to coerce those outside the settlement to adhere to the rules of the game, or as a means by which those outside the settlement try to disrupt or re-organise the political settlement. However, our research suggests that conflict and the threat of violence is an ongoing part of the bargaining of the political settlement, rather than a pre-settlement condition or symptom. We examine how state and non-state actors use violent conflict to attain credibility, legitimacy and exercise public authority, and we examine how armed actors move in and out of violence. More…
- What is the relationship between violent armed conflict and political bargaining processes?
- How do peace processes aimed at inclusion of armed actors change the terms of the political settlement?
- How do armed groups function, maintain loyalties, and use violence as a tool of political bargaining?
- How do forms of violence against women change over time, with what consequences for their inclusion in public life?
Women, Conflict and Public Authority in the Congo
Stable Instability: Political Settlements and Armed Groups
Microcosm of Militarization: Conflict, Governance, and Armed Mobilization
Land Disputes and Conflict in Eastern Congo
Contesting Authority: Armed Rebellion and Military Fragmentation