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Conflict, Stability & Security

Our activities under this theme aim to illustrate the importance of in-depth and broad understanding of the historical, political, linguistic, cultural and socio-economic context, as well as the importance of perspectives from the philosophical to the demographic, when examining and responding to conflict and insecurity overseas.

Current projects

Experiencing Violence

Re-thinking State Fragility

Soft Power

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We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.

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By 2030 almost half of the world’s poor are expected to live in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence, and addressing this problem is a core concern of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The challenges of conflict, instability and insecurity are widespread and not at all confined to low-income countries. The last few years have seen a spike in conflicts with an increase in civilian casualties and almost 60 million people are presently displaced globally – the highest level since the end of World War II.

The various projects which we carry out as part of this theme provide policy-relevant, cross-regional and interdisciplinary insights into issues related, but not limited, to: the root causes of conflict, conflict prevention, management and peacebuilding; fragile, rogue and deep states; migration and displacement; understanding violence; military and humanitarian aid interventions; as well as the effectiveness of international coalitions and agreements.


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