Category Archive: Research Themes

Recrutement des miliciens en période pré-électorale : le cas des ‘Raïa Mutomboki’ à Bunyakiri

Recrutement des miliciens en période pré-électorale : le cas des ‘Raïa Mutomboki’ à Bunyakiri English summary: In the course of 2015, recruitment for certain factions of the Raia Mutomboki armed group intensified in the area of Bunyakiri, located in Kalehe territory in the province of South Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo). In this blog, […]

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Un chef coutumier abattu : des spéculations à la crise sociopolitique en groupement de Kalonge, territoire de Kalehe

English summary: On 10 May 2013, Teso Ntarubibi, the village chief of Chifunzi, located in Kalonge groupement (in Kalehe territory, South Kivu province) was assassinated. The murder plunged Kalonge into a severe crisis and promoted the mobilization of armed groups, yet those who killed the mwami remain unidentified. In this blog, Emery Mudinga analyses four hypotheses concerning […]

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Gender injustice and conflict: the importance of including women at every stage of a peace process

Originally published on the SaferWorld Website as part of the blog series ‘Justice and peace‘ and ‘Gender‘. Republished with Permission. 15 February 2016 Including women at every stage of a peace process is vital to avoid replicating the structural injustices that are often at the root of conflict during the process of building peace itself, […]

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Does the good end justify all means? Critical remarks on the Global Study on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325

Fifteen years after the decision on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (WPS), a Global Study was launched this September to reflect upon its impact and to discuss ways of further improving and developing the WPS agenda. Although the Global Study was unanimously welcomed in the circles of advocates and activists […]

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The Making of Conflict in the Eastern Congo: Trouble in the Ruzizi Plain

In our last Opinion blog before the winter break, the PRSP delighted to share the second blog in the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) series on armed groups and local governance in the DRC. This work forms part of the Political Settlement Research Programme research. This post, by Judith Verweijen, is also available on the RVI […]

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Relire les motivations d’une attaque des miliciens Mai-Mai à Misisi

The PRSP is pleased to introduce the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) blog series on armed groups and local governance in the DRC which form part of the Political Settlement Research Programme research. This post, by Claude Iguma Wakenge, is also available on the RVI website (where first published). The Political Settlements Research Programme will also […]

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Myths and Realities – What is the Women, Peace and Security Agenda? GJA Student Ambassador Report for PSRP

Rebecca Smyth is a Global Justice Academy Student Ambassador for 2015-16. The Political Settlements Research Programme has partnered with the GJA in this initiative, to bring fresh opinions on key PSRP themes and projects to a broader audience. In this post, Rebecca reflects on the 2015 Chrystal Macmillan Lecture, which was delivered by Madeleine Rees. Madeleine […]

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9th Pan-European Conference on IR: Peacebuilding Politics take Centre Stage again

9th Pan-European Conference on IR: Peacebuilding Politics take Centre Stage again In the following I will present thoughts that developed while participating in a panel on political settlements at the 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations in Giardini Naxos, Sicily. Some years after the notable decline of interest in topics like peacebuilding and conflict transformation […]

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Update: Measuring Political Settlements

On September 3, 2015, the PRSP team held a round table discussion on “Conceptualising and Measuring the Success and Failure of Political Settlements: Constitutions and Peace Agreements.” A small but fascinating group of scholars from various disciplines gathered – all of them researching a similar question in their respective fields: how do you measure failure […]

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ISS Working Paper on Measuring Transformation

Discussions about the relationship in between political settlements, development and sustainable peace still lack evidence-based research. In response to that concern, the first ISS working paper for the PSRP offers a conceptual framework and methodology for defining and understanding transformation in fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS) through the lens of political settlements. Specifically, it outlines a number of […]

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