IDS Bulletin 40.2 (March 2009) examines transforming security in an unequal world. This Research Summary shows how the two essays in Working Paper 322 complement this Bulletin and add further dimensions to discussions around policy-making in post conflict countries and issues surrounding identity based violent conflict.
Niagale Bagayoko-Penone is a fellow at IDS. In her essay on ‘State, Non-State and Multilateral Logics of Action in Post-Conflict Environments’ she considers the complexities of Northern policy-making and their impacts in postconflict countries. The second essay is authored by Lyndsay McLean Hilker a final year doctoral student at the University of Sussex. Her paper on ‘Why Identity Politics Matters for Security and What Follows for Research and Policy’ spells out a general framework for analysis of identity-based violent conflict, drawing upon empirical examples, including Rwanda, where she has focused her own research. It is unique in its focus on the implications of analysis and research on identity politics for development policy.