International conflict analysis

Debating the role of conflict resolution: the case of Colombia

Introduction In October 2016, 37% of the Colombian population were consulted by referendum about a peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group and their plebiscite came as a consternation at both the national and the international level. The agreement was then revised and ratified by the Congress and engendered notably a demilitarisation process of 15 000… Continue reading Debating the role of conflict resolution: the case of Colombia

Gender studies · International conflict analysis · Middle East & North Africa

How has female militancy in Palestine addressed the relationship between nationalist discourse, gender representations and the construction of Palestinian identity and citizenship?

Introduction: Gender, citizenship and militancy in Palestine The gender issue has long been disregarded by classical analyses of citizenship that were transforming social actors into undifferentiated, abstract and homogeneous individuals. Critical citizenship studies imply taking into account the power relations between the different components of each society, as well as representations of citizens, as defined… Continue reading How has female militancy in Palestine addressed the relationship between nationalist discourse, gender representations and the construction of Palestinian identity and citizenship?

International conflict analysis

Report and recommendations regarding the Colombian peace process

Introduction In October 2016, the Colombian population rejected by referendum the peace process proposed by the government with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group. The origins of the conflict have been a matter of debate as some analysts consider the FARC ‘a direct outgrowth of la Violencia’ (Wickham-Crowley 2014, 219), some others… Continue reading Report and recommendations regarding the Colombian peace process

International conflict analysis · Middle East & North Africa

Why was France so assertive in taking leadership to bring change to Libya in 2011?

In 2011 the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) demonstrated against their governments’ abuses and transformed the region’s policy. The leaders strongly opposed the reforms demanded by protesters and used their police and army to crush the rebellions with force. Despite leaders’ attempts to end uprisings and retain power, rebels managed to… Continue reading Why was France so assertive in taking leadership to bring change to Libya in 2011?

International conflict analysis

Calais: from Sangatte Red Cross Centre to the “jungles”

In 2016, Calais in Northern France was recognised as a ‘hotspot’ (Europol 2016, in Angeli & Triandafyllidou 2016, 111). Although on the one hand the massive influx of migrants since 2014 and the changing European framework, notably the EU enlargement and more recently Brexit, constitute new circumstances, on the other hand recurrent factors, such as… Continue reading Calais: from Sangatte Red Cross Centre to the “jungles”

International conflict analysis

Rebel governance in Sierra Leone

Internal governance mechanisms exist outside the formal sphere of state apparatus. Although researchers have questioned the African parastatal mechanisms, especially chiefdoms (Fanthorpe 2005), applying this approach to armed movements in Africa is relatively new and increasingly central. Apart from studies of guerrillas, scientific interest on civil wars’ governance dynamics and on proliferation of national and… Continue reading Rebel governance in Sierra Leone

International conflict analysis

Critical Social Theory

This analysis deals with the meaning of Hannah Arendt’s concept of ‘banality of evil’ developed during the Eichmann trial. It goes beyond the Shoah, in the contemporary political context of the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Moreover, the use of language and notably the fascinating rapidity with which some elements of language and the ‘new… Continue reading Critical Social Theory