Guest bloggers

The Security that People Get Is Often Not What They Want

By Erwin van Veen Erwin van Veen is a senior research fellow in the Conflict Research Unit at Clingendael. This guest post builds on the author’s longer policy brief: ‘Securing its success, justifying its relevance: Mapping a way forward for Security Sector Reform.’  Follow Erwin on Twitter @ErwinVeen The recent incidents in Ferguson, US, have highlighted two similarities in the provision […]

The International Rule of Law Movement: A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward

By David Marshall Ahead of its LSE launch on Thursday 26th June (6-7.30pm, Room 1.04, New Academic Building, free and open to all), editor David Marshall introduces The International Rule of Law Movement: A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward, which includes a new chapter by JSRP researcher Mareike Schomerus. In 2011–2012, I was deployed to South Sudan to lead the United Nations’ development […]

Predictable Causes and Prospects of the Current Political Crisis in South Sudan

By Samson Wassara The political crisis of 15 December 2013 is the tip of an iceberg that remains to be dealt with in the immediate future or over a relatively longer period of time. The causes of the crisis are rooted in historical legacies of the long civil war that seemed to have ended with the signature of the Comprehensive […]

Research Effectiveness: The Case of the Mindanao Conflict

By Steven Rood Research is most useful for development practitioners when it is embedded in the entire endeavor, directing and directed by actions and reflections throughout implementation, rather than being something done initially to design a project and at the end to evaluate it. The root of The Asia Foundation’s conflict management initiatives in the Philippines was a decision in […]

Getting Academics and Aid Workers to Work Together

By Matthew B. Arnold Aid workers and academics would seem natural collaborators. Development studies courses are common and it is routine to find academics who oscillate between the academy and the field as aid workers. In turn, the aid world often calls upon academics to provide expert advice and looks to their literature for guidance. Overall, though, the relationship is […]

South Sudan: The Limits of Human Rights


In September 2013, Human Rights Watch published a report entitled “They Are Killing Us”: Abuses Against Civilians in South Sudan’s Pibor County.  Pibor County is in Jonglei state, lying in an inaccessible part of South Sudan’s flood plains, near the Ethiopian border.

Pibor people are different from their neighbours – most of them are Murle, and speak a language related […]

The Role and Politics of Evidence in Development

In this summary of their presentation at our ‘Evidence and Power in Development Policy’ conference, David Hulme and Pablo Yanguas of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre argue that the role of evidence in policy-making depends on the the nature of the politics surrounding it, and suggest ways in which we can contribute to more robust evidence-based policy-making and better […]

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, […]

Justice in Transition: rule of law, peacebuilding, victims and ex-combatants

Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram’s post first appeared on the Global Policy site, where a link to her recent video interview can be found.   Professor Sriram (SOAS) is co-editor of Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding on the Ground: victims and ex-combatants (Routledge 2013) and will be a discussant on 7th March at an LSE event on  ‘The Catalysing Effects of International Justice in Uganda and Sudan: unravelling the […]

The Meaning of Traditional Justice

Anna Macdonald is co-author with JSRP Research Director Tim Allen of ‘Post-Conflict Traditional Justice: a critical overview’.

In his brilliant essay about the historical relationship between the Bantu speaking Bunyoro-Kitara people and the Luo speaking Acholi, the Ugandan writer David Kaiza warns “if you look too much for patterns, even clouds will resemble maps and human faces”.   His gripe is with conventional […]