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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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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