A large proportion of currently conflict-affected settings is comprised of post-colonial states which, in view of their recent formation and the diversity of the populations within their borders, are also characterised as emerging and multicultural states. In these settings, marginalisation based on ethnic and/or regional identity in the political and socio-economic processes figure prominently among the causes of violent conflict.
Conducting fieldwork in post-conflict societies has certain characteristics and unwritten rules: it will often touch upon sensitive issues and will thus automatically be challenging. This is amplified when one conducts academic research, which is ambitious by definition, as it strives for theory-building.
Peacekeeping is at the centre of the UN’s efforts to maintain international peace and security. Today, more than 100,000 soldiers and police from 125 countries are serving as blue-helmeted UN peacekeepers around the world.
On 18 May 2017, Maastricht University organised a workshop at its Campus Brussels on EU, UN and OSCE capabilities in conflict prevention and peacebuilding under the title “Implementing the EU Global Strategy: EU civilian crisis management and the integrated approach in perspective”.
In accordance with the Treaty of Lisbon (Art. 21c), in 2011 the EU implemented its Conflict Early Warning System (EWS), which is tasked with the systematic collection and analysis of information to identify and understand the risk of violent conflict and to develop strategic responses to mitigate those risks.
We are pleased to announce that the inaugural paper of the EU-CIVCAP Working Papers series has been published by Tim Edmunds, of the University of Bristol, entitled “Maritime Capacity Building in the Horn of Africa: States of Somalia”.