Peacebuilding and Security Sector Reform

As illustrated by the cases of Syria, Libya or Ukraine, the consequences of ongoing conflicts remain devastating and extend from direct civilian casualties, internally displaced persons and human rights violations to regional and international security threats such as humanitarian crises and refugee flows.

This research theme examines the ways in which states and non-state actors such as international organisations and civil society actors have grappled with these issues over time. This theme brings together SPAIS researchers with a wide ranging disciplinary expertise on peacebuilding, development and security sector reform and combined with extensive regional expertise (e.g. Western Balkans, Asia, Horn of Africa) to provide a comprehensive approach to the challenge of promoting sustainable peace. Current GIC research in this area spans from the role of civil society actors, the evolution of conflict prevention capabilities to the transformation of international peacebuilding initiatives, with a particular focus on issues of capacity building, resilience and local ownership.

Current projects within this theme

Safe Seas Network

The Safe Seas Network brings together academic institutions that study maritime security governance. It investigates responses to maritime threats and how they are related to other areas of ocean governance, such as ocean health or the blue economy. The network has been involved in the following projects, and produced a downloadable best practice toolkit.

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