The Conflict Research Programme (CRP), an international-research consortium of which the UVC is a partner, hosted its annual meeting at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from June 26th to June 29th 2018. The Conflict Research Programme is studying the drivers and dynamics of violent conflict in five priority countries - Syria, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, and the DRC - to inform the policy measures being used to tackle armed conflict and its impacts for the UK Department of International Development (DFID).
The meeting began with a presentation on the overall aims and ambitions of the research program from CRP Executive Director, LSE Professor Mary Kaldor, and Co-Director for Research, Professor Alex de Waal. After which, site-by-site updates on research progress and plans were presented by the core country teams. Professor Toby Dodge leads the work on Iraq and the wider region, and Dr. Rim Turkmani leads our Syria research. Joint directors for research in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are SSRC Director, Dr. Tatiana Carayannis (western DRC) and Ghent University's Prof Koen Vlassenroot (eastern DRC).
The second day of meetings was filled with presentations and discussion of draft articles for an upcoming CRP special issue on 'Identity, Violence and Rentier States' followed by a book presentation on 'Everyday Peace Indicators' by Pamina Firchow. The week concluded with sessions on the research agenda's 'Security Interventions' theme, as well as the Year 2 cross-cutting project exploring civil society as a form of intervention and civicness as a conflict dynamic.