CRIC Research seminar: Third Party Incentive Strategies and Conflict Management in Africa – University of Copenhagen

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CRIC Research seminar: Third Party Incentive Strategies and Conflict Management in Africa

CRIC invites to the research seminar “Third Party Incentive Strategies and Conflict Management in Africa” with Nikolas Emmanuel, CRIC partner and assistant professor at University of Copenhagen.

The research seminar will revolve around Nikolas Emmanuel's paper on the potential offered by using an incentives approach in an attempt to manage intrastate conflict in Africa.

Registration
Please register at cric@cric.ku.dk no later than Wednesday May 13th, 2015. The paper will be sent to you when you have registered.

The paper
This study examines the potential offered by using an incentives approach in an attempt to manage intrastate conflict in Africa. This optic is used because applications of hard power alone are not feasible options in many cases because of the risks and costs. On the other hand, simply ignoring episodes of civil conflict and hoping that they will “burn themselves out” does not appear to be a viable alternative either. That said, a range of noncoercive and coercive incentive strategies exist and can be deployed by third parties in a variety of conflict situations. Such incentives try to manage conflict by encouraging political bargaining. The clear objective of this approach is to shift the behavior of targeted actors away from violent conflict and towards more peaceful interactions. Indeed, such incentives offer a good deal of underexplored opportunities to help manage conflict. This research has three very practical objectives. First, it is important to further the discussion concerning how external third parties can help manage conflicts. Second, this discussion will be accompanied by the production of a typology of the available incentive strategies, classifying them along noncoercive and coercive lines. Finally, this paper outlines the possibilities offered by an incentives approach by focusing on a wide variety of examples that demonstrate how these strategies can provide relatively inexpensive and nonintrusive foreign policy options to successfully confront conflict situations in Africa and beyond.

About research seminars
The research seminar is a forum for academic debate, organized around the paper and is conducted on the assumption that the paper has been read by participants.

Time and place
The seminar will be held in CRIC’s meeting room (25.0.01), Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, May 18th, 2015 from 13.30 to 15.00.