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The 2024 CRS conference call for papers is live!

The Conflict Research Society (CRS) invites submissions that explore topics related to global and domestic fragmentation, the initiation and cessation of conflict, contentious politics, diplomacy, peace processes, and geopolitical transitions. We have some exciting news: The conference is hosted in partnership with PeaceRep: The Peace and Conflict Resolution Evidence Platform based at the University of Edinburgh Law School; After the...

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Noyonika Das receives the 2023 Sydney Bailey Fund

Noyonika Das is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. She holds a Master’s degree in Society and Culture and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Noyonika is also a PhD fellow at the Elections, Violence, Parties Project (EVaP). The EVaP project presents new theory and evidence on the nature, organization, and consequences of electoral violence. In...

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Sigrid Weber wins the Cedric Smith Prize 2023

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Sigrid Weber, winner of the Cedric Smith Prize 2023. Sigrid has recently completed her PhD at the Department of Political Science at University College London (UCL) and will shortly start as a postdoc at the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University. Her research is situated at the intersection of conflict studies and forced migration. The Cedric...

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Call for Papers: The CRS Annual Conference 2023

Annual Conference 2023 11-13 September We are excited to announce the call of papers for our 2023 annual conference. In September 2023, we will celebrate the Conflict Research Society’s 60-year anniversary at King’s College London. We welcome submissions that explore topics related to conflict initiation and cessation, political violence and its alternatives, peacebuilding, reconciliation and reparation.  Read the call and submit your proposals by...

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The Winner of the Cedric Smith Prize 2022 is… Gabriella Levy!

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Gabriella Levy, winner of the Cedric Smith Prize 2022. Gabriella is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Duke University and a 2022-23 USIP Peace Scholar Fellow. The Cedric Smith Prize is awarded annually to the best article or thesis chapter in peace and conflict research by a PhD student. Gabriella’s winning article...

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Winner of 2022 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Paul Staniland on winning the 2022 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize for his book titled Ordering Violence: Explaining Armed Group-State Relations from Conflict to Cooperation. This book examines how governments’ perception of the ideological threats posed by armed groups drive their responses and interactions. By bringing together governments, insurgents, militias, and armed political parties in a shared...

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Call for Papers: The CRS Annual Conference Returns in 2022

Annual Conference 2022 7-9 September The 2022 edition of the Conflict Research Society (CRS) Annual Conference will be a hybrid event held online and at Queen’s University Belfast! We are committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and diverse conference experience despite the uncertainty associated with the global pandemic. For this reason, day one of the conference (7 September) will be entirely virtual and days...

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The winner of the Cedric Smith Prize 2021 is… Valerie Sticher!

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Valerie Sticher, winner of the Cedric Smith Prize 2021. Valerie successfully defended her dissertation at Leiden University in May this year. The Cedric Smith Prize is awarded annually to the best article or thesis chapter in peace and conflict research by a PhD student.   Valerie’s winning article “Negotiating Peace with Your Enemy: The Problem of...

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Winner of 2021 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Janet I. Lewis on winning the 2021 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize for her book titled How Insurgency Begins: Rebel Group Formation in Uganda and Beyond published by Cambridge University Press (2020). How Insurgency Begins: Rebel Group Formation in Uganda and Beyond examines how rebel groups form, and why only some incipient armed rebellions succeed in...

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Moral Restraint in War: Thinking About its History

The Conflict Research Society and OxPeace will co-host a webinar with Professor Alexander Bellamy on Friday, 4 June at 12:30 BST. What makes moral restraint in war possible? How have moral restraints been constructed and how – and why – have they changed over time? To what extent do such restraints actually restrain and what factors tend to shape this? This talk introduces a...

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Open letter to UK Government: Reverse cuts to Overseas Development and Aid (ODA) budget

The Conflict Research Society (CRS) condemns the cuts in the Overseas Development and Aid budget which threaten efforts to tackle global poverty and responses to conflict in developing countries. We are concerned that these cuts will damage the valuable work underway by conflict researchers and practitioners, including NGOs working in areas of conflict. The Foreign Secretary has announced that the...

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Call for Papers: The CRS Virtual Annual Conference 2021

Submissions are invited that explore topics related to conflict initiation, political violence, polarization, peacebuilding, and reconciliation. As always, we welcome a breadth of methods and methodological approaches. The CRS conference features a range of participants, papers, and invited keynote speeches from both practitioners and academics based around the globe. To ensure we maintain our open international format, we intend to...

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The winner of the Cedric Smith Prize 2020 is… Sebastian van Baalen!

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Sebastian van Baalen, winner of the Cedric Smith Prize 2020. Sebastian is a doctoral candidate in his last year at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. The Cedric Smith Prize is awarded annually to the best article or thesis chapter in peace and conflict research by a PhD student. Sebastian’s winning...

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Winner of the 2020 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Pamina Firchow on winning the 2020 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize for her book titled Reclaiming Everyday peace: Local Voices in Measurement and Evaluation After War published by Cambridge University Press (2018). Reclaiming Everyday Peace addresses the effectiveness and impact of local level interventions on communities affected by war. Using an innovative...

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Postponement of the 2020 annual CRS Conference

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the postponement of the 2020 Annual Conflict Research Society Conference. The Belfast conference will now instead take place on August 26-27, 2021. The health and safety of CRS members is our greatest priority. The CRS conference team and governing council have diligently monitored the evolving situation over the past weeks, and...

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CRS Statement Regarding COVID-19

The Conflict Research Society is closely monitoring the situation regarding the recent COVID-19 outbreak. The health and safety of CRS members is always our utmost priority. We have therefore postponed our annual AGM and are in regular discussions about all future events. The CRS 2020 Annual Conference is still months away, but we will be keeping you continuously informed about...

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2019 Cedric Smith Prize Winner

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Robert Ulrich Nagel, winner of the Cedric Smith Prize 2019. Robert received his PhD from the University of Kent in May 2019 and is currently an adjunct professor at Clark University. The Cedric Smith Prize is awarded annually to the best research paper in peace and conflict research by a PhD student. Robert’s winning article...

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2018 Cedric Smith Prize Winners

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Philipp Schulz and Margherita Belgioioso, winners of the Cedric Smith Prize 2018. Philipp received his PhD from Ulster University in December 2017 and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bremen in Germany. Margherita received her PhD from the University of Essex in March 2018 and is currently a Lecturer in International Relations...

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Winner of 2018 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize

The Conflict Research Society congratulates Ana Arjona on winning the 2018 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize for her book titled Rebelocracy: Social Order in the Colombian Civil War published by Cambridge University Press (November, 2016). The prize committee received over 40 nominations from conflict/peace researchers, institutions, practitioners and publishers from around the world. The committee chose the...

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Dresden Forum for International Politics, February 2018

Member of CRS Council and Senior Research Fellow at CARC, University of Kent Judith Large gave an opening address at the Dresden Forum on International Politics 8/9 February 2018, on the theme of ‘Sustaining Peace through democratic governance: Challenges for the International Agenda’. The forum was organised by the Development and Peace Foundation SEF in conjunction with both the Government...

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