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Islamic State franchising

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • April 20, 2015

This report sheds light on the nature of IS expansion into different areas of the Middle East and North Africa, the challenges it faces in doing so, and the impact it has on local power dynamics, in particular with respect to local jihadi groups.

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The roots of Mali's conflict: Moving beyond the 2012 crisis

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • April 13, 2015

Clingendael's Conflict Research Unit (CRU) has published the report "The roots of Mali's conflict: Moving beyond the 2012 crisis".

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Expert discussion - 'Iraq: How to stabilize a vortex?'

Conflict and Fragility • May 06, 2015 (09:00) - May 06, 2015 (17:00)

On Wednesday May 6th Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit (CRU) will co-host a closed door expert meeting with the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law.

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Stopping the Serrata: why we need a holistic approach to inclusiveness

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • April 01, 2015

Global trends in inequality and social fragmentation in fragile and conflict-affected states represent two fundamental obstacles to inclusive development. Policies to counter the concentration of wealth and power exist, as Latin America has shown. But we also need to address the systems that generate ever greater divergence.

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The Sahel Programme

Conflict and Fragility • Publications • December 31, 2014

Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit (CRU) set up a new research programme on the political economy of instability in Africa’s Sahel region.

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The Conflict Research Unit (CRU) is a specialized team within the Clingendael Institute, conducting applied, policy-oriented research and developing practical tools that assist national and multilateral governmental and non-governmental organizations in their engagement in fragile and conflict-affected situations.

 

Islamic State franchising

20/04/2015 • Reports and papers

This report sheds light on the nature of IS expansion into different areas of the Middle East and North Africa, the challenges it faces in doing so, and the impact it has on local power dynamics, in particular with respect to local jihadi groups.

Read more

The roots of Mali's conflict: Moving beyond the 2012 crisis

13/04/2015 • Reports and papers

Clingendael's Conflict Research Unit (CRU) has published the report "The roots of Mali's conflict: Moving beyond the 2012 crisis".

Read more

Expert discussion - 'Iraq: How to stabilize a vortex?'

06/05/2015

On Wednesday May 6th Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit (CRU) will co-host a closed door expert meeting with the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law.

Read more

Stopping the Serrata: why we need a holistic approach to inclusiveness

01/04/2015 • Opinion

Global trends in inequality and social fragmentation in fragile and conflict-affected states represent two fundamental obstacles to inclusive development. Policies to counter the concentration of wealth and power exist, as Latin America has shown. But we also need to address the systems that generate ever greater divergence.

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Understanding instability in Libya: will peace talks end the chaos?

17/03/2015 • Opinion

Four years into the post-Qadhafi transition, Libya is home to two rivaling governments; numerous extremely powerful armed brigades, Islamic State strongholds; and a dangerous increase in criminal activity. Peace talks are held to bring together the warring parties in a national unity government. But can a political settlement end instability and violence?

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Between liberal peacebuilding and elite interests

16/03/2015 • Reports and papers

This report examines how security improvements have been achieved across a range of post-conflict contexts with a strong focus on the cases of Liberia and Timor-Leste.

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Cross-sector partnerships in fragile settings

19/03/2015 • Opinion

The growing conceptual attention and significant political commitment for cross-sector partnerships in settings affected by conflict and fragility sharply contrast with an apparent lack of empirical evidence.

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After the Malian crisis: security and stabilization in the Sahel

12/03/2015

On Thursday 12 March 2015, within the framework of the Sahel program supported by the Nationale Postcode Loterij, the Clingendael Institute’s Conflict Research Unit is organizing a workshop in Bamako (Mali) entitled:

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The tricky business of using greater force in UN peace operations

04/03/2015 • Policy briefs

The authority granted by the United Nations Charter to use force to protect international peace and security has long lain dormant. The end of the Cold War, the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica and the ‘Brahimi report’ put discussions on the need for greater use of force on the UN’s agenda in the early 2000s.

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Red lines and al-Shabaab: negotiating humanitarian access in Somalia

04/03/2015 • Reports and papers

There is no easy way for a Europe-based humanitarian organisation to negotiate access to areas controlled by an armed group whose ideology positions it in opposition to Western power and values.

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Do-it-yourself Islam? Views on the religious credibility of the IS

27/02/2015 • Opinion

The so-called Islamic State’s radical interpretation of Islam enjoys little support among leading Sunni and Salafist preachers. At the same time, you shouldn’t expect these religious leaders to help stem the tide of disaffected Muslims making their way to IS strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

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Crime and the state: Latin America’s season of scandal

26/02/2015 • Opinion

In Argentina, Mexico and Brazil, major scandals have highlighted the murky links between serious crime and the political arena. Why have hopes of reform been dashed?

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