Category Archive: Research Themes

Gender in Political Transition: Bougainville’s Peace Process

Gender in Political Transition: Bougainville’s Peace Process Citation: Kirkham, A., Close, S., Yousuf, Z. (2018). Gender in Political Transition: Bougainville’s Peace Process (PSRP Report). London: Conciliation Resources. Download Report. Key Points: Women’s civil society activism in Bougainville has not always been well reflected in decision-making processes; however the political transition following the Bougainville Peace Agreement in […]

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Why PA-X Matters: Introducing the Peace Agreements Access Tool

In this short post, University of Edinburgh Law School Postdoctural Researcher, Kathryn Nash, outlines the relevance of PA-X, how it has shaped PSRP research to date, and how you can use tool. The PA-X Peace Agreements Database launched on 20 February 2018.  PA-X is the largest dataset of its kind to date, containing more than […]

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Ending the Political Transition? Analysing the Nepal elections from an inclusion perspective

Following a decade long Maoist insurgency (1996-2005) and the peace process that followed it, Nepal elected political representatives at all three levels of government: the local election held in three phases, followed by election for seven provincial assemblies, and the lower house of federal parliament between May and December 2017. The last election for local […]

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Political Commemoration: The Inclusion Dynamics of ‘Partisan Commemoration’

Political Commemoration: The Inclusion Dynamics of ‘Partisan Commemoration’ Citation: Download briefing. Policy points: • Politically partisan commemoration is a prolific activity in many societies with a history of ethno- national conflict, used and valued by political actors • Politically partisan commemoration appears divisive, but can paradoxically underpin peace by cohering communities ambivalent about the direction […]

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On Selling ‘Principled Pragmatism’ in Transitions from Violent Conflict

In this blog, Jan Pospisil and Christine Bell address some of the questions their concept of formalised political unsettlement raises. The post was originally posted on December 12, on CPD Policy Blog. Some time ago, we (Christine Bell and Jan Pospisil) suggested that it was useful to think about post-conflict situations as ‘formalised political unsettlement’. We have found […]

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Violent conflict, political settlement and intimate partner violence, Lessons from Northern Ireland

 Violent conflict, political settlement and intimate partner violence, Lessons from Northern Ireland Citation: Download the research report. Policy points: An understanding of inter-personal (‘domestic’) violence (IPV) that incorporates coercive and controlling behaviour related to threats of harassment and psychological abuse, alongside physical violence, is vital in both conflict and post-conflict situations. Given the investment in […]

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Peacebuilding and transition in borderlands

Peacebuilding and transition in borderlands Citation: Download the report. Abstract: This report summarises discussions from a workshop to explore sub-state political settlements in conflict-affected borderlands and the possibilities for more effective and inclusive peacebuilding interventions. It looks at four key themes: concepts of borderlands, inclusion and political settlement; the particular types of violence, (in)security, governance and […]

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Substate Constitutions in Fragile and Conflict-affected Settings

Substate Constitutions in Fragile and Conflict-affected Settings Citation: Download the report. Key points: • In order to understand whether (and how) substate constitution-building might help address the relationship between substate communities and the central state, it is important to examine the relationship of territory and identity to conflict. This relationship is shaped by the social […]

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Fionnuala Ní Aoláin’s remarks on Civil Society Empowerment and Women, Peace and Security

PSRP researcher Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (TJI, Ulster University, UN Special Rapporteur for Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights) UN Special Rapporteur for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights While Countering Terrorism spoke at to the UN General Assembly and led a discussion on ‘Civil Society Empowerment and Women, Peace and Security’ at the invitation of […]

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The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict

The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict Citation: Purchase the book. Key points: Focuses on the multidimensionality of gender in conflict Provides a substantial set of case studies from across the globe on conflict and gender Assesses the role of gender in violent conflicts, with an emphasis on women’s experiences Keywords: gender; conflict Return to search […]

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