Research at the Department related to the topic of peace, peacebuilding and reconciliation.
Women, war trauma and peacebuilding
Project Period: 2015-2018
In this project, we seek to investigate the challenges of post-conflict peace-building processes by studying the complex (and possibly gendered) relationships between war-related trauma and attitudes towards peace-building, trust and co-existence after war. More specifically, the project investigates whether gendered differences in war trauma may have a direct link to the prevalence of psychological health problems such as PTSD and depression, which – in turn – may become significant hurdles to peacebuilding in the post-conflict phase.
Durable Resolution of Communal Conflicts
Project Period: 2010 – 2017
How is sustainable peace achieved in situations of local communal conflict? This project explores the role of the state and non-state actors in addressing such conflicts, focusing on cases in Africa. It investigates the dynamics between local conflict resolution processes and central government strategies, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods. Case studies focus on communal conflicts in Kenya.
Ending Atrocities: Third Party Interventions into Civil Wars
Project Period: 2015 - 2020
This project aims to explore the role of third parties in civil war, with a particular emphasis on evaluating a broad set of measures to end atrocities and violent conflicts with disastrous consequences for the civilian population.
Causes of Peace – The Botswana, Zambia and Malawi “Zone of Peace”
Project Period: 2014 - ongoing
The Swedish Research Council (U-forsk) has awarded the department a research grant to study the causes of peace. Botswana, Malawi and Zambia constitute a ‘Zone of Peace’ spared from violent conflict since independence. The project aims to explain why peace has prevailed in these countries, despite being located in the world’s most volatile continent and with all their neighbors struck by conflict. For more information, contact Kristine Höglund or Johan Brosché.
The Legitimate Intervener
Armed Intervention in Afghanistan and the Quest for Local Legitimacy
Project Period: 2010 – 2015 (ongoing)
Recent armed interventions have called on intervening armed forces to (re)build a legitimate social contract between host citizens and host authorities; a social contract that is viable without the presence of intervening armed forces. This research project explores perceptions of local legitimacy in the context of armed intervention in Afghanistan, focusing in particular on the relationship between Afghan population and intervening forces.
Understanding Environmental Peacebuilding
Project Period: 2011 – ongoing
This project is focusing on environmental peacebuilding, as the link between post-conflict peacebuilding and environmental governance and natural resource management.
An Impediment or Inducement to Peace? The Inclusion of Civil Society Actors in Peace Processes
Project Period: 2015 – 2018
Does the involvement of civil society actors in civil war peace processes affect the success or failure of the peace negotiations, and does it affect the long-term prospects for sustainable peace in developing post-war societies? In addressing these important questions, this project focuses on the relevance of the number of civil society actors involved, the type of actors, and their various roles and function during the process.
Intergroup Trust After War: The Effects of Migration
Project Period: 2015 – ongoing
This project will examine a key assumption in the literature: that migrants from war torn countries harbor more conflictive attitudes than the local population back home. Going beyond the single country approach of previous studies, we will conduct simultaneous surveys and fieldwork among Iraqis in two settlement countries – Sweden and Jordan. To analyze the multi-sited data, we will apply a novel social-psychological framework that explains how settlement country conditions shape societal beliefs that arise in the context of ethnic mobilization and war.
Demagogues of Hate or Shepherds of Peace? Why 'Warlord Democrats' (Re)securitize Wartime Identities
Project Period: 2015 - 2017
This project seeks to explain why some military-leaders turned politicians ('warlord democrats') - who are taking part in national elections - seek to (re)securitize wartime identifies, while others do not. It focuses on warlord democrats in Nigeria and South Sudan.
UN in Armed Conflict
Project Period: 2001 – ongoing
The UN has been activated in the management and resolution of armed conflict since the end of the Cold War. UN actions since 1946 are continuously analyzed. This project has studied the decisions in the Security Council in a series of publications. The project also has an ongoing interest in UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld and his performance in international conflict prevention. This work relates to other Department projects on mediation, conflict prevention, UCDP, and to the work of targeted sanctions, see SPITS.