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Violence, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Watch CGHR Associate Dr Devon Curtis introduce the research theme Violence, Conflict and Peacebuilding.

Violence, Conflict and Peacebuilding is one of the core areas of research interest at CGHR. The Centre serves as a meeting place for a multi-disciplinary group of researchers at Cambridge working on topics connected to this theme. For example, CGHR has hosted a variety of related seminars and events, including presentations on peace media in Uganda and Burundi, understanding the recent violence in South Sudan and assessing elections in Kenya. A strong area of core research deals with the politics of peace processes and negotiations.

This research asks: What kinds of ideas help inform the structure and process of peace negotiations and peacebuilding activities? Where do these ideas come from and how are they articulated and understood by participants in peace negotiations? CGHR is also committed to a close engagement with practitioners working in the fields of conflict and peacebuilding: we have started a dialogue with practitioners at DFID and the FCO on decision-making in times of crisis, and several practitioners have come to Cambridge discuss their work and their ideas with researchers and students.

Please see below for more information on the different ways in which the Centre and its associates have engaged with this theme.


South Sudan Rountable (2)




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Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa (2012) 

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(edited by Devon Curtis and Gwinyayi A. Dzinesa) Peacebuilding, Power, and Politics in Africa is a critical reflection on peacebuilding efforts in Africa. The volume is available to buy online here.

'Negotiating violence: Sudan's peacemakers and the war in Dafur'

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Dr. Sharath Srinivasan's article for the journal African Affairs highlights the problems of peacemaking in Dafur, addressing the war's brutal beginnings, its strategic depolitization and the resulting absence of a direct response to the conflict. The piece is available to read online here.