Conflict, Violence and Development Seminars

The IDS Conflict, Violence and Development seminar series focuses on mass violent conflicts as well as every day forms of insecurity, looking at their relationship with poverty and development. It provides a forum to discuss the Institute's work in this area, as well as some exciting work on these subjects from outside the Institute.

Notable past speakers

Charles Crawford, Former Senior Diplomat, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (HM Ambassador to Bosnia, Serbia and Poland), presenting on "Bosnia/Serbia/Kosovo: Where Statehood Meets Uncertainty".

Carolyn Hayman OBE, CEO of Peace Direct, presenting on "Local First in Peacebuilding".

Stathis Kalyvas, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University, presenting on "Civil Wars Through History: 1810-2010".

Clemens Hoffmann, International Relations Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, presenting on "Divided Waters - Troubled Waters: Climate Change, Development and Hydropolitics in Sudan's North/South Conflict".

Current events

Enhancing Operational Effectiveness? An Analysis of Pre-deployment Training for Rwandan Tactical-level Female Military Peacekeepers

12 Feb 2018

Is this seminar, Dr. Georgina Holmes explores how gendered peacekeeping roles and identities are constructed in the pre-deployment training programme for tactical-level military peacekeepers delivered by the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF).

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"Saviours" or "Bystanders"? Framing the "International Community" in the Responsibility to Protect

12 Mar 2018

This seminar will argue that the responsibility to protect is not fit for purpose. Once we move beyond a framing of the international community as active saviours or passive bystanders, and instead recognise the already-existing economic and political interventions that both destroy livelihoods and generate a world in which ethnic cleansing, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are more likely to occur, we start to see that the responsibility to protect works to legitimatise devastating military interventions performed by actors that are already involved in malicious economic and political forms of intervention. Bringing into the picture these already-existing forms of intervention helps to open up avenues for demilitarising international responses to mass atrocities.

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Past events on Conflict, Violence and Development

Governing in the Midst of Violence: State and Paramilitary Politics in Colombia

04 Dec 2017

Through the study of paramilitary militias in Colombia, this seminar provides an analysis in which high-intensity violence does not marginalise the state, but on the contrary entails the reinforcement of its central role.

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The Bio-politics of Ethno-nationalism: Drugs, Vigilantes and Communal Conflict in Myanmar

13 Nov 2017

Myanmar's protracted ethnic conflict is commonly understood as the contestation between an ethnocratic state and ethnic minorities. This misses the worrying trend that is the mounting communal violence between and within ethnic minority communities. Based on long-term field research in Kachin State, this seminar uses the case of a Kachin vigilante militia to explore this kaleidoscope of fragmented ethnic conflict.

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Social and Institutional Origins of Political Islam

23 Oct 2017

In the second Conversations about Conflict & Violence Series, Dr Ketchley discusses the conditions under which the first Islamic movements organised and what institutional contexts facilitated such mobilsation.

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The Case for an Ethics of Care in Humanitarianism’s In-between Spaces

16 Oct 2017

Cathrine Brun reflects on some of humanitarianisms’ ethical blind spots that become particularly prominent in the inbetween spaces of long term displacement. She argues for the inclusion of a feminist ethics of care in order to expose some of the blind spots and set out the principles of an ethics of care for a more interdependent humanitarianism.

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‘Building Kachin’: Everyday Youth Action in Kachin State of Myanmar

08 May 2017

In this seminar, Ja Htoi Pan Maran reflects on the political transition from the perspective of the people of Kachin state. The seminar will then present findings from a study on how young people in Kachin experience insecurity, and how they take different forms of social and political action in response to everyday challenges.

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Reconsidering Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration: The Case of South Sudan

20 Mar 2017

This talk explores how disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR) activities in South Sudan have been instrumentalised and repurposed by the ruling factions steering South Sudan’s post-conflict statebuilding process, and unpacks the ways in which they have contributed to the general militarisation of South Sudanese society, instead of its demilitarisation.

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Methodologies for Studying Violent Conflict

06 Mar 2017

This seminar will explore different methodological approaches to the study of violent conflict, and the opportunities and challenges they present.

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2017 World Development Report: Governance and the Law – Governance for Security

20 Feb 2017

A participatory discussion on the report’s key findings and messages in relation to violence, conflict and insecurity; the interlinkages between security, governance, and power; and the implications of these findings for future policy and research.

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Varieties of Violence: State-Society Relations and Geographies of Conflict in India

06 Feb 2017

The study of conflict in South Asia has been traditionally partitioned between insurgencies and ethnic riots. In this seminar, Adnan constructs a conceptual framework that integrates the two into a single geography of conflict and explains the distribution of these two forms of conflict through analysing variations in state capacity and state-society relations across India's national geography.

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Stabilisation: Over 10 years of Policy and Practice

05 Dec 2016

This seminar will set out an overview of the UK approach to stabilisation since the establishment of the UK’s Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit in 2004, drawing on examples from Afghanistan, Somalia and elsewhere, and based on the presenters’ experiences of stabilisation in the field.

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