Tom Kirk

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    Local Politics, Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice Programming in the JSRP’s Research Sites

Local Politics, Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice Programming in the JSRP’s Research Sites

In this blog, Tom Kirk and Danielle Stein explore the JSRP’s research on conflict resolution initiatives in Nepal, the Philippines and Timor-Leste. They argue that although well intentioned, programme implementers’ failures to understand how conflict resolution and the provision of justice is connected to local politics creates room for unintended consequences that can work against their aims.

In recent years, […]

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    Cosmological and Communal Wellbeing in the JSRP’s Research on Justice Provision

Cosmological and Communal Wellbeing in the JSRP’s Research on Justice Provision

In this blog, Tom Kirk and Holly Porter explore the JSRP’s work on how local understandings of justice are often embedded in notions of cosmological and communal wellbeing. Furthermore, they argue that practitioners that do not ground their interventions in these understandings risk creating a gap between their own normative assertions about what justice ought to achieve, and how […]

Forms of Stateness in the JSRP’s Research Sites

Tom Kirk and Kasper Hoffmann draw on the JSRP’s research to argue that calls to tackle the root causes of conflict and insecurity in many ‘fragile’ and ‘failing’ regions require understanding the multiple ways the state is often present as both an idea and a power-broker.  

The JSRP has focussed on places – including parts of the DRC, South […]

  • Permalink Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces and Georgia National Guard Soldiers practice establishing drop zones in preparation for upcoming aerial resupply missions during Atlas Drop 11, April 14.

Atlas Drop, an annual joint aerial-delivery exercise sponsored by U.S. Army Africa that brings together U.S. Army personnel with counterparts from the Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces, is designed to enhance the readiness of both countries’ resupply and logistical capabilities, and will consist of classroom instruction and a field training exercise. 
AD 11 will increase the capability of both UPDF and U.S. forces to resupply Soldiers operating in remote areas.Gallery

    The Contested Meaning of ‘Security’ and ‘Conflict Resolution’: Research from the JSRP

The Contested Meaning of ‘Security’ and ‘Conflict Resolution’: Research from the JSRP

Tom Kirk, Robin Luckham and Tatiana Carayannis draw on the JSRP’s research to argue that calls for a reinvigorated effort to tackle the root causes of conflict and insecurity require closer attention to the political meaning of ‘security’ and ‘conflict resolution’ across different contexts.

Much has been made of the British government’s controversial – and as of 2015 legally binding […]

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    The Challenge of Theorising Security and Justice Provision in Conflict-Affected Places

The Challenge of Theorising Security and Justice Provision in Conflict-Affected Places

Tom Kirk draws on the JSRP’s research to argue that calls to tackle the root causes of conflict and insecurity in many ‘fragile’ and ‘failing’ states require exploring new frameworks and acquiring historical understandings that can reveal how everyday security and justice is provided.

The JSRP has focused on places – including parts of the DRC, South Sudan, CAR and […]

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    Between Pragmatism and Structural Change: Future Security and Justice Programming in Difficult Places

Between Pragmatism and Structural Change: Future Security and Justice Programming in Difficult Places

Tom Kirk explores a recent ODI report on the future of justice and security programming, and comments upon what the JSRP’s research findings from the world’s most difficult places may mean for ongoing debates.

Lisa Denny and Pilar Domingo at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) recently produced a timely short report on the future of security and justice programming. On […]

The Brutal Logic of the Political Marketplace

In the first of a series of commentaries on the JSRP’s emerging ideas, Tom Kirk reports on Alex de Waal’s recent book launch and explores the use of grand political ordering frameworks for interpreting conflict affected regions. Over the last four years I have been fortunate to work with the JSRP on an ad-hoc basis. At the heart of these […]

The Donors’ Dilemma: the future of foreign aid

By Tom Kirk and Andy Sumner This piece originally appeared on the Global Policy blog and is drawn from the final chapter of the Global Policy e-book ‘The Donors’ Dilemma: emergence, convergence and the future of aid’ by Andy Sumner and Tom Kirk (eds).  Tom Kirk is a researcher with the JSRP with a particular interest in issues of security and […]

Embracing the Edge of Chaos

By Tom Kirk LONDON – I recently had the pleasure of visiting the plush ODI offices for the launch of Ben Ramalingam’s new book Aid on the Edge of Chaos. The book offers a fierce critique of mainstream aid and development paradigms, and suggests lessons should be learned from complexity science. Its argument is backed up by an impressive haul […]

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, […]