03 May 2012

Armed Conflict and Transitions

ODI's Humanitarian Policy Group and the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit at the University of York are offering an advanced course on "Conflict, Crisis and Transitions," 18-25 July 2012. While the initial deadline has passed, applications are still being accepted.  Here's a partial description:

The past decade has seen a surge in attention to supporting countries affected by and recovering from conflict. A parallel growth has also occurred in the number of professionals working in the fields of humanitarian, development and post-conflict recovery policymaking and practice. They are faced with a myriad of challenges associated with contexts transitioning from conflict to peace, yet rarely have the opportunity to reflect upon the critical concepts, practical challenges and policy dilemmas involved in supporting effective transitions.

The concept of "transitions" is also addressed in this recent policy paper from the International Peace Institute: "Aid Effectiveness in Fragile States: Lessons from the First Generation of Transition Compacts." Moreover, the Refugee Studies Centre has issued a new policy briefing that examines legacies of past conflicts entitled, "Displacement, Transitional Justice and Reconciliation: Assumptions, Challenges and Lessons."

Recent resources that focus on armed conflict include:

Alert 2012! Report on Conflicts, Human Rights and Peacebuilding (Escola de cultura de pau, 2012) [info]
- Check back for the PDF.

The Causes, Character and Conduct of Armed Conflict, and the Effects on Civilian Populations, 1990-2010, Legal and Protection Policy Research Series, no. 26 (UNHCR, April 2012) [text]

Conflict Barometer 2011 (Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, 2012) [access]
- Place an order for the print version or follow the instructions for downloading the digital version.

"Predicting Armed Conflict, 2010-2050," International Studies Quarterly, Forthcoming, 2013 [text]

Real-time Analysis of African Political Violence, Conflict Trends, no.1 (Armed Conflict Location & Event Dataset, April 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
- "Focus countries include Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, and Somalia."

The Role of Women in Conflict Situations, Washington, DC, 2 May 2012 [access]
- Audio of discussion hosted by the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement "on the intersections between conflict, displacement and peace—with a focus on the contributions women can make and the importance of incorporating gender perspectives into humanitarian and peacebuilding policies."

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