Research Workshop on Disinformation, Democratic Processes, and Conflict Prevention

On January 30, 2020, the SSRC convened the second research workshop of its Academic Network on Peace, Security, and the United Nations in New York, an initiative of the Council’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) and its Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) Program. This workshop, on “Disinformation, Democratic Processes, and Conflict Prevention,” examined the frameworks, findings, and debates in emerging scholarship on information disorder and the linkages between disinformation, elections, hate speech, and identity-based violence. Participants drew on cases in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The workshop also explored the ways in which disinformation affects the UN conflict prevention agenda, and how the UN …

Chad and the Region (New York)

On 27 January, CPPF organized an expert brainstorming on Chad and the Region. The meeting assessed recent developments in the region and explored opportunities for enhancing cross-border coordination of UN conflict prevention activities in Chad’s border areas.

Climate Change, Peace and Security in Central Africa (VTC)

On 28 July 2021, CPPF convened a workshop titled “Climate Change, Peace and Security in Central Africa.” The workshop aimed to strengthen a shared understanding of climate-related peace and security risks in the sub-region and promote collaboration among relevant stakeholders in support of a new Climate, Peace and Security project led by the UN Office for Central Africa (UNOCA).

China-Africa Peace Fellowship Preparatory Workshop

On June 28, 2019, Understanding Violent Conflict Director Tatiana Carayannis and Program Associate Nisreen Yonis participated in the first of three workshops for the 2018-2020 cohort of China-Africa Peace Fellows. Guided by program staff and hosted by Professor Wang Yi Zhou, the deputy dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University, the Fellows reflected on findings, challenges, and the current status of their fieldwork research and writing.

China-Africa Peace Research Fellowship, Writing and Research Workshops (New York)

The 2018-2020 cohort of the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) China-Africa Peace Fellowship met for a second time for a research and writing workshop in New York. The first day of the workshop, (18 November 2019) served as an opportunity for Fellows to workshop and refine first drafts of their research papers through a collaborative exchange of ideas with Program Director Tatiana Carayannis, and a small group of invited scholars working on their topics. The SSRC’s China-Africa Peace Fellows received training and research support to travel to five field-work sites (Juba, South Sudan, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monrovia, Liberia, and Johannesburg, …

Meeting of the SSRC Working Group on China-Africa

The SSRC Working Group on China-Africa and a number of colleagues convened at the SSRC in New York over two days to discuss the project’s work and future goals. The Working Group and partners provided continued advice and guidance for a planning process to help identify priorities and design a substantial intervention or series of interventions in research collaboration and capacity building. Discussions spanned the emerging areas of China-Africa research and challenges and capacity gaps in teaching the next generation of scholars, among a number of other topics.

Climate Change, Peace, and Security in the MENA Region (VTC)

  On 8-9 September 2021, at the request of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, CPPF convened an expert brainstorming on climate change, peace, and security in the MENA region. The two-day workshop aimed to supplement an ongoing UN initiative to create an interagency task force on climate change, peace, and security in the region.  

Transregional Planning Grants Virtual Development Workshops

From November 10–23, 2020, recipients of the 2020 Transregional Planning Grants participated in a series of virtual development workshops. The series was intended to encourage inter-group dialogue around the broad themes of ethical and practical considerations of collaborative research, and research in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the course of three weeks, a total of five 2-hour sessions were held, bringing together participants across 16-hour time differences and thirteen countries. Each workshop was facilitated by a leading social scientist with expertise in both research in the Indian Ocean region and the workshop series’ broad themes. Collectively, these scholars provided a …

Digital Threats to Democracy: Comparative Lessons and Possible Remedies

“Digital Threats to Democracy: Comparative Lessons and Possible Remedies” was a two-day research workshop that brought together both emerging and senior scholars to present comparative research on the impact of digital media on democratic processes and institutions, including topics such as dis- and misinformation, propaganda, and political polarization. The workshop was held June 13-14 at the Social Science Research Council in Brooklyn, New York. The workshop was organized in partnership with the International Journal of Press/Politics. Participants in the workshop were invited to submit their work for a special issue in IJPP, an open call for which is now available here (deadline: …

SSRC-IFS Workshop: “The Future of Political Parties”

This workshop, held at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, was the third in a series of convenings organized as part of a collaboration between the SSRC’s Anxieties of Democracy program and our namesake European partner program, Anxieties of Democracy, at the Swedish Institute for Futures Studies. The workshop explored political parties as an institution, seeking to assess their current state and explore their future. Topics included changes in the typical left-right cleavages of parties, the decline of traditional parties, the rise of populist parties, and the institutional and social contexts shaping political parties today, such as personalism, non-majoritarianism, …