Category Archive: Research Themes

PSRP gender research awarded prestigious book prize

Prof Catherine O’Rourke won the Irish Association of Law Teachers (IALT) Kevin Boyle Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship for her book Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law (Cambridge 2020).

New collection highlights the significance of local peace processes

A new collection of essays published by the British Academy offers insights into the role of local peace agreements in international peacebuilding.

Increasing the participation of women as peace mediators is essential for achieving gender equality and inclusive peace

A new report by PSRP, Durham University, and UN Women examines ways to increase the number of women in high-level peace mediation positions.

Peace agreements with a gender perspective are still an exception, not the rule

Two decades after the UN called on all peace process actors to adopt a gender perspective, but amidst an unpreceded challenge to women’s rights globally under the Covid-19 pandemic, how did peace agreements provide for women, girls and gender in 2020, and what does this tell us about the trajectory of the women, peace and security agenda?

Emergency Law Responses and Conflict-Affected States in Transition

This post looks at emergency law responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in conflict-affected states in transition. While some type of emergency response to Covid-19 has been used in most states, we suggest that conflict ‘fault lines’ can mean that emergency law responses have a capacity to undermine transitions.

Research boosts role of women in peace processes 

A report launched to mark International Women’s Day offers new guidance for women working in peace keeping processes in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.

Local reconciliation committees in northern Syria: Managing daily conflicts in a country at war

“Local Voices at a Crossroads” is an article series in which local actors of everyday peace share their insights into the fragilities and resilience of their societies in the face of conflict. Dr Juline Beaujouan examines the nature, roles and impact of local reconciliation committees in Syria.

PSRP quoted in analysis of Afghan peace process

A PSRP report on political settlements has been quoted in an opinion piece on the Afghan peace process: Will political factions in Afghanistan come to terms with each other?

Moving from Conflict: the Role of International Actors in Transition Management

Dr Jago Salmon examines the role of international actors in transitions from conflict and introduces his new PSRP report, Moving from Conflict: the Role of International Actors in Transition Management.

Constitution-Building in Response to Social Crisis: the Second Women Constitution-Makers Dialogue

Participants at the second Women Constitution-Makers Dialogue discussed the relationship between social unrest and the design of constitutional reform processes, implications for democracy and peace, and opportunities to enhance and sustain women’s influence as processes institutionalize.