Welcome to the Conflict Research Programme Blog!
The Conflict Research Programme (CRP) is an international research programme led by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). It aims to understand the drivers of violence in the Middle East and Africa, and what kinds of interventions work to reduce armed conflict and its impacts. The CRP is funded by UK aid from the UK government from October 2017 to March 2021.
The programme works in five countries: Iraq, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We also work regionally across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Horn of Africa/Red Sea.
Our research is based on three logics of public authority, which will provide thematic areas and starting points for our blogs:
- The Political Marketplace, which we understand 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 aim to share our research ideas in a new, accessible and digestible way. We seek to unpack these three logics and explore what they could mean across our different research sites.
All of our blogs are authored by the CRP research teams, our partners, as well as affiliated researchers.
Our Iraq and MENA sites are 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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