Welcome to the Conflict Research Programme Blog!
The Conflict Research Programme (CRP) was an international research programme led by LSE IDEAS at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). It aimed to explore the drivers of violence in the Middle East and Africa, and understand what kinds of interventions work to reduce armed conflict and its impacts. The CRP was funded by UK aid from the UK government from October 2017 to March 2021.
The programme worked in five countries: Iraq, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We also worked regionally across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Horn of Africa/Red Sea.
Our research was based on three logics of public authority, which provided thematic areas and starting points for our blogs:
- The Political Marketplace, which we understood as a system dominated by monetised transactional politics, patronage networks, and bargaining.
- Identity Politics and;
- Civicness, which includes the political and social manifestations of the values of humanity and non-violence.
Through this blog platform we aimed to share our research ideas in a new, accessible and digestible way. We sought to unpack these three logics and explore what they could mean across our different research sites.
All of our blogs were authored by the CRP research teams, our partners, as well as affiliated researchers.
Our Iraq and MENA sites were led by our neighbours at the LSE Middle East Centre. You can view their CRP blogs here.
To learn more about the Conflict Research Programme, our research framework, partners and publications, visit our website here.
Note: The CRP blogs gives the views of the author, not the position of the Conflict Research Programme, the London School of Economics and Political Science, or the UK Government.
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