Strand I: Covid-19 Peace and Transition Processes
In this strand of our work with the Covid Collective, we are researching how Covid-19 and pandemic responses are affecting peace process dynamics, modalities, and prospects for successful mediation among the main conflict actors, at national and local levels, with a particular focus on South Sudan, Yemen and Syria. This strand consists of four projects which are summarised below.
Dr Jan Pospisil will conduct field-work in South Sudan on the impacts on the transition process substance and modalities. This will lead to a series of outputs on the Covid-19-transition nexus.
Robert Wilson will work to build from initial blog-writing with a young Yemeni researcher, to widen and deepen understanding of the impact of Covid-19 on conflict and transition process in Yemen. This work will extend initial desk-based research with in-country interviews with civil society actors and health professionals, to understand the Covid-19-transition relationship, and the ways in which the conflict and pro-peace interventions such as the ceasefire call impact on humanitarian responses to the pandemic.
Dr Juline Beaujouan will work with Syrian researchers to understand how the pandemic has shaped local agreement making in Syria, including data collection of local agreements. This project will also develop analysis on how issues of political trust have been reshaped by pandemic-related dynamics.
Dr Rebecca Sutton will work with Youth workers in Cox’s Bazar to understand how Covid-19 is being managed, and also to gather information as to how views on ‘return’ are becoming re-shaped. This work will also be supported by wider convening of humanitarian-peace-development-health actors to understand how they are integrating conflict sensitivitiy to health responses, and how they are understanding and mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on conflict resolution efforts.