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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What hope Syria? Monica McWilliams reports from the Turkish border

In a week in which a small drowned Syrian child – Aylan Kurdi – has awoken the conscience of Europe, PSRP team member Professor Monica McWilliams (TJI), reports from meetings with Syrians in Turkey.  What work were you doing and who did you meet with? I was invited to return to southern Turkey by Public […]

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Sri Lanka and its Democratic Revolution: the Constitutional Challenge of Unity and Diversity

Political settlement and Sri Lanka.  The results of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election on 17 August can be seen as an endorsement of recent reforms to limit the powers of the executive presidency and strengthen democratic governance. PSRP programme member Asanga Welikala, Associate Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law, has posted on SouthAsia@LSE, arguing […]

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Known Unknowns: Political Settlements and Natural Disasters

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How do natural disasters affect political settlements?  A week is a long time in politics.  It is a particularly long time in conflict-affected states, where violent acts can wreck peace processes, or magnanimous gestures can make them.  But what happens when external factors intervene that have nothing to do with the political process? In two […]

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Fionnuala Ní Aoláin: the Gendered Dimension of High-Stakes Security Diplomacy – The Iran Deal from Another Perspective

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“Women constitute less than 2% of peace process mediators deployed by the United Nations to major conflict zones, rarely assuming the key negotiator role in high-stakes inter-state negotiations.” Negotiations relating to revising political settlements within states have long been castigated for their failure to  adequately include  women as mediators and negotiators. In a guest blog post […]

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South Sudan – Deadlock Prolonged

Jan Pospisil, Research Fellow with the Political Settlements Research Programme, discusses current attempts to reach settlement in South Sudan The current attempt to renegotiate a South Sudan elite bargain – previously known as the so-called “big tent” – by the regional organisation IGAD, seems doomed to fail. The final negotiation effort towards the internationally agreed […]

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Repairing Communities: My experience of the TJI/PSRP Summer School

The TJI summer school, ‘Gendering the Practices of Post-Conflict Resolution: Investigations, Reparations and Communal Repair,’ was one of the first PRSP events. Here Jestina Mukoko (Director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, ZPP) talks about her experience. I was impressed by the input of the wide range of experts who were on hand and who spoke authoritatively in their […]

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Political Settlements Programme Launches

We are delighted to announce this innovative new research programme on Political Settlements, with a focus on fragile and conflict affected states.  Political settlements can be broadly defined as the underlying political ‘bargain’ that determines how political and socio-economic power is held and exercised.   This website will operate as a virtual learning forum for our activities […]

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Political Settlements Workshop: PRSP attends dlprog event

This post from Astrid Jamar, DFID Research Assistant, was first published by the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) on Wednesday 22 July 2015 (for information on the workshop and other reflections see here.). Serendipity, perhaps. I joined the Political Settlements Research Programme at the beginning of June; my first formal engagement was on June 17, at the […]

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