Statehood & Conflict
Dynamics of state formation are intrinsically linked to the history of conflicts. The swisspeace Statehood & Conflict Program works on democracy promotion mandates, and conducts research and training on violent conflict, fragility and statebuilding in conflict and post-conflict contexts, including methodologies actors can adopt to work successfully in such environments.
Latest Activities and Publications
Péclard, Didier; Mechoulan, Delphine, 2015
Rebel Governance and the Politics of Civil War
Dominik Balthasar, 2015
From Hybridity to Standardization: Rethinking State-Making in Contexts of Fragility
Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 2015. Link.
Sara Hellmüller, 2015
From Hybrid War to Hybrid Peace: Extending the Spectrum
Blog contribution as response to Susanne Schmeidl. Link.
Project funded by the GERDA HENKEL STIFTUNG, 2014-2016
Security, Rebel Governance and the State in North Kivu, DRC (2006-2013)
In this project, swisspeace senior researcher Didier Péclard studies civil wars as seen as part and parcel of historical processes of state formation. He looks at how state institutions survive once war has broken out, but also takes into account the institutions put in place in areas beyond the control of the state, especially in those controlled by rebel movements. The case study focuses on security provision in North Kivu between 2006 and 2013. More information.
Project funded by the GERDA HENKEL STIFTUNG, 2014-2015
Land Governance and Conflict Resolution in South Sudan
With this project, swisspeace researcher Martina Santschi, in collaboration with the University of Durham (UK), seeks to understand pastoralist conflicts and boundary disputes in South Sudan by locating these in broader questions of changing land rights and value. In particular, the project studies the question of how far this changing land economy is an underlying factor in disputes and conflicts in very different regions of South Sudan. More information.