Katie McKenna

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Engaging with non-state actors in fragile settings

“Local people should actually question international agencies on their legitimacy, and we should listen to the voices of the poor… Why is it so difficult for representatives of international agencies to make this shift?”

– Mareike Schomerus, Justice and Security Research Programme
Mareike Schomerus and Koen Vlassenroot of the Justice and Security Research Programme were participants in last month’s round-table debate […]

Rethinking the climate-conflict connection

“Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world … US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war.

– BBC News, Rise in violence ‘linked to climate change’, August 2, 2013
The debate about the relationship between climate […]

South Sudan: Towards Democratization and Development?


London – How has South Sudan’s government reshuffle affected the country in the short term, and its path to elections in 2015?  Chatham House recently hosted JSRP Consortium Director Dr. Mareike Schomerus and James Copnall, BBC Correspondent for Sudan and South Sudan, to discuss the implications of recent changes in-country, on a panel chaired by Thomas Mawan Muortat, political […]

Security: for whom, by whom?

Professor Robin Luckham and JSRP researcher Tom Kirk have published a new paper presenting a framework to analyse and research what they call “the two faces of security”:
For some analysts security [includes] the use of organised force to establish and maintain social orders. For others it is about how individuals and communities are protected (or protect themselves) from violence, […]

Chris Whitty: “Most ‘good ideas’ in development don’t work, and many cause harm.”

We’re using Storify to capture highlights from the JSRP / Asia Foundation Evidence & Power conference at the LSE earlier this month.

For a quick glance at all the wisdom, quips and barbs that came out of our first session, Knowledge Matters: thinking about change, check out the Storify play-by-play here.






You can read the entire Storify here.

If you were at […]

Asia Foundation: we need to shift the evidence debate

Opening remarks delivered by Tom Parks at Monday’s JSRP / Asia Foundation research workshop. This meeting marks the end of the first year of collaboration between The Asia Foundation (TAF) and the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP).  Together we’ve been investigating the empirical grounding and application of our Theories of Change within TAF’s country offices in Sri Lanka, Nepal, […]

July 2nd: Evidence & Power Conference at LSE

Can evidence really drive development policy, or do power and politics always trump in the end?  Join experts from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), The Asia Foundation (TAF), ActionAid, the London School of Economics (LSE), Tufts University, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the University of Manchester for a day of debate, discussion and workshops on the evolving […]

The NGO-fication of Goma

How does the arrival of nearly 100 humanitarian and development organizations’ logistics headquarters and staff change a developing world capital? In the case of the D.R. Congo’s Goma, the answer is: a lot. And not only in good ways.

In their March article in OpenDemocracy, The humanitarian industry and urban change in Goma, JSRP Senior Researcher Koen Vlassenroot and Dr Karen […]

“HIV/ AIDS is Another War” review: “Deeply engaging and fearless.”

Dr. Hakan Seckinelgin’s new book, International Security, Conflict and Gender: ‘HIV is another war’ has received a rave review in the Global Policy Journal (GPJ).

First published in 2012 and now available in digital format, International Security, Conflict and Gender “challenges the conventional security-based international policy frameworks that have developed for dealing with HIV/AIDS during and after conflicts, and examines first-hand […]

Advocacy in conflict: “half-truths” on behalf of the powerful?

Does contemporary western activism speak truth to power — or half-truths on behalf of the powerful?  These questions were the subject of a recent seminar on Advocacy in Conflict hosted by the World Peace Foundation (WP) at Tufts University.

The WP seminar eschewed the traditional conference format of presentations followed by Q&A in favour of frank discussions among a small […]