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Geopolitical Transitions

Understanding shifts in the geopolitical context of peace and transition processes

This body of work explores how non-ODA states such as Russia, China, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, and a range of regional organisations intervene in peace and transition processes, and with what goals. Read our key findings in the new Global Transitions series, produced in partnership with the University of St Andrews and the London School of Economics.

The Global Transitions series looks at fragmentations in the global order and how these impact peace and transition settlements. It explores why and how different third-party actors – state, intergovernmental, and non-governmental – intervene in conflicts, and how they see themselves contributing to reduction of conflict and risks of conflict relapse. The series critically assesses the growth and diversification of global and regional responses to contemporary conflicts. It also asks how local actors are navigating this multiplicity of mediators and peacebuilders and how this is shaping conflict outcomes and post-conflict governance.

Browse the series below. More reports are forthcoming in June 2022.

Global Transitions Series

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2022
Aeby, M. (2022). How African Organisations Envision Peacemaking: AU, IGAD and SADC policies and structures for African solutions (PeaceRep Report: Global Transitions Series). PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform, University of Edinburgh

How African Organisations Envision Peacemaking

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This policy brief explores how African organisations envision peacemaking, how the African solutions differ from Western approaches, and to what extent the approaches are compatible.

Coe, B. & Nash, K. (2022). Security Governance, Subsidiarity, and UN-AU Partnership in Somalia (PeaceRep Report: Global Transitions Series). PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform, University of Edinburgh

Security Governance, Subsidiarity, and UN-AU Partnership in Somalia

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This report uses Somalia as a case study to answer three main questions: 1) How are non-Western regional organisations (ROs) engaging in peacemaking and peacebuilding? 2) How are local...

Peter, M. & Rice, H. (2022). Non-Western approaches to peacemaking and peacebuilding: State-of-the-art and an agenda for research. (PeaceRep Report: Global Transitions Series). PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform, University of Edinburgh

Non-Western approaches to peacemaking and peacebuilding (Global Transitions Series)

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This paper provides an overview of how existing scholarship has addressed non-Western approaches to peacemaking and peacebuilding and outlines some possible future directions for research on the topic.

Neal, A., Wilson, L. and Gardner, R. (2022). National Security Strategies, Emergent Powers and ‘Sustaining Peace’. (PeaceRep Report: Global Transitions Series). PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform, University of Edinburgh

National Security Strategies, Emergent Powers and ‘Sustaining Peace’ (Global...

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This report examines how textual analysis of national security strategy and defence white paper documents reveals different patterns of discursive investment in peace-related practices.

Gardner, R. and Bell, C. (2022). Global Realignments: Understanding Peace Process Interventions Through News. (PeaceRep Report: Global Transitions Series). PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform, University of Edinburgh

Global Realignments: Understanding Peace Process Interventions Through News (Global...

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This report describes findings from analysis of global media perceptions of interventions in peace-related activities, using GDELT – a Google-based database of coded global news stories – as a...

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Adhikari, M. (2022). “Asian” Approaches to Peacebuilding?: Modalities, Convergences, and Differences in India, Japan and China’s Approach to Supporting Peace Processes (PeaceRep Report: Global Transitions Series). PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform, University of Edinburgh

“Asian” Approaches to Peacebuilding?: Modalities, Convergences, and Differences in...

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This report finds that, while a coherent “Asian model” of peacebuilding does not exist, there are common features which characterize the international conflict management practices of China, Japan, and...

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Mariani, B. (2022). China’s Engagement in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings: The Quest for Stability. (PeaceRep Report: Global Transitions Series). PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform, University of Edinburgh

China’s Engagement in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings: The Quest for Stability...

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This report finds that China seeks stability rather than peace, unlike its Western counterparts, and China’s economic development drives engagement in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Mariani, B. (2022). Russia’s Engagement in Conflict and Post- Conflict Settings: Growing Geopolitical Ambitions and “Peace by Force”. (PeaceRep Report: Global Transitions Series). PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform, University of Edinburgh

Russia’s Engagement in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings: Growing Geopolitical...

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This report finds that Russia’s influence on peace and conflict transitions and political ambitions outside of post-Soviet space are opportunistic and tend to exploit the flaws and limitations of...

Sofos, S. (2022). Peacebuilding in Turbulent Times: Turkey in MENA and Africa (PeaceRep Global Transitions Series). London: LSE Middle East Centre, The London School of Economics

Peacebuilding in Turbulent Times: Turkey in MENA and Africa (Global Transitions Series)

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This report assesses the Turkish leadership and policy community’s understanding of peacebuilding, the contexts and main motivations underlying its conceptualisation and implementation, while outlining potential future developments.

Freer, C. (2022). MENA Regional Organisations in Peacemaking and Peacebuilding (PeaceRep Global Transitions Series). London: LSE Middle East Centre, The London School of Economics

MENA Regional Organisations in Peacemaking and Peacebuilding (Global Transitions Series)

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This report highlights primary assets and challenges of three regional organisations in the MENA peacebuilding space: the League of Arab States, Gulf Cooperation Council and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Freer, C. (2022). Qatar and UAE in Peacemaking and Peacebuilding (PeaceRep Global Transitions Series). London: LSE Middle East Centre, The London School of Economics

Qatar and UAE in Peacemaking and Peacebuilding (Global Transitions Series)

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This report highlights ways in which Qatari and Emirati peacemaking/ peacebuilding engagement is qualitatively different from other states’ or international organisations’ efforts in this sphere.