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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PSRP Members on UN Resolution 1325 – 15 years on

Two PSRP members, Aisling Swaine and Eleanor O’Gorman, contributed to the 50.50 Inclusive Democracy article series on  UN Resolution 1325 – 15 years on. In Implementing Resolution 1325: the role of National Action Plans, Aisling Swaine, underlines the need and challenges in implementing National Actions Plans to promote gender equality at national levels. On the frontline: women building peace, Eleanor […]

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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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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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