Resolution of International Conflicts – University of Copenhagen

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Resolution of International Conflicts

The research carried in the 'Resolution of International Conflicts'-project seeks to develop a synthesized theoretical understanding of conflicts with emphasis on memory, transition, violence, media, the role of third parties and in particular understanding the social dynamics of human emotions in the generation and resolution of conflicts. This theoretical understanding will dovetail with a mobilization of the sociology of knowledge in order to understand why practitioners ignore or follow different bodies of expertise. This overall ambition is carried out through four different work-foci:

  • The development of conflict theory
  • Collective memory in protracted conflicts
  • Third party options during escalation of conflicts
  • The sociology of expertise

CRIC's research will have a regional focus on the Levant and the Horn of Africa, thus providing the Centre with the opportunity to systematically explore lessons and comparative insights relevant to both regions.

Research focus

Conflict theory

  • Conflict sociology meets sociology of conflict.
  • Comparing and integrating theoretical innovations from rational choice theory, constructivism and quantitative analysis.
  • Copenhagen School: de-securitization as conflict resolution.
  • Developing social theory of international conflicts focusing on emotional dynamics.

Protracted conflicts

  • Preparing post conflict history in the region of Hama, Syria.
  • Protracted conflicts in the Horn of Africa, mutations and spill-overs.
  • Dealing with the past: memories and modernities

Third party interventions

  • Regional conditions for external interventions
  • Excess of external actors; coordinating conflict impact
  • Early warning and involvement

Conflict expertise

  • New social media and TV
  • Information technologies
  • Sociology of public conflict knowledge
  • International network including religious actors
  • Peace building toolbox