Prize Winners Announced CRS Book Of The Year 2017

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The Conflict Research Society congratulates Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley on winning the 2017 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize for their book titled Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping: Women, Peace, and Security in Post-Conflict States published by Oxford University Press (2017).

The prize honours research on conflict and peace that is contemporary, exceptional, and world leading, and which provides an invaluable contribution to the literature on conflict and peace.

The prize committee received over 50 nominations from conflict/peace researchers, institutions, practitioners and publishers from around the world. The committee chose the winning title out of 3 short-listed books based on criteria such as how well the book demonstrates a significant contribution to conflict/peace studies, impact factor, methodological rigour, robustness and credibility of the findings, the extent to which it is interdisciplinary, quality of writing and presentation. The committee also prioritised first time book authors.

The prize committee described Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping as a “tour de force” and praised this timely publication for its “really important contributions to the fields of peacekeeping, gender studies and to those interested in organisational efficacy in any field of work.” This book provides a conclusive study in these areas by “drawing on surveys, interviews, cross-national data and field experiments”. The committee also noted “its application of multiple methods,” arguing that “the triangulation of quantitative and qualitative research should make the conclusions and recommendations extremely hard to ignore.” The judges agreed that this book goes far beyond fulfilling the criteria for the CRS book prize. It is a deserved winner for its outstanding scholarship.

This year’s prize committee chose this year’s winner out of three excellent books. This year it was a very difficult decision due to the quality of all three of the finalist entries. Our congratulations are extended to the following running up titles (in no particular order):

Roessler, P., 2016. Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa: The Logic of the Coup-Civil War Trap. Cambridge University Press.

Zukerman Daly, Sarah (2016) Organized Violence after Civil War: The Geography of Recruitment in Latin America. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

The prize winners (Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley) are invited to the CRS annual conference to receive their prize and to provide a short presentation on their work at the CRS conference at Pembroke College, Oxford, September 18th-19th, 2017.

For more information on the CRS Book of the Year Prize click here.



Registration Open – Conflict Research Society Annual Conference

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18-19th September 2017 Pembroke College Oxford

Our annual conference will be hosted by the Changing Character of War programme at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. The conference theme is ‘Ending Violence in Turbulent Times: Exploring the Conflict, Peace and Violence Nexus.’

The conference seeks to generate debate and relationships between scholars and practitioners interested in key issues surrounding the dynamics of violent political conflict, dialogue, diplomacy and peacebuilding. The conference will continue its tradition of multi-disciplinary focus and is open to the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches to the subject.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Professor Lars-Erik Cedermann, Professor of International Conflict Research at the ETH-Institute, Zurich.

We have a keynote panel of eminent Oxford academics: Professor Sir Adam Roberts, Professor Richard Caplan and Dr Anke Hoeffler, on thetheme: Civil resistance, violent conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. There will also be panels on Interventions for Protecting Civilians in Armed Conflict and Political Dimensions of Peacekeeping and Domestic Security.

When you register, you will also be offered the chance to join the CRS (if you are not already a member) to get discounts on conference fees. Please ensure that you register by June 30th or else you will be removed from the programme. We have a long waiting list this year, so if you can’t make it, please do let us know explicitly.

To register for the CRS conference click here.

Interest in this conference has been exceptionally strong and we have had the highest number of paper submissions we have ever experienced. From the abstracts we have received so far, we are confident this will be an exciting conference.

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