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At any one moment, at least a few regions of the world are undergoing great social upheaval. From war and economic collapse to crime and pandemics. What follows are often large flows of people fleeing the situation. But this can also create dramatic changes in how people feel about their security, and not just in the home country itself, but also in the neighbouring countries that people flee to. How exactly citizens living through these situations react, and what influences their sense of security is something that Dr. Annette Idler, of the University of Oxford examines. In our conversation about her current project "Transitions and Social Cohesion in Context of Multiple Crises" which she is leading along with Freie Universität Berlin professor Sérgio Costa, we talk about what it really is that influences people's perceptions and experiences of security. And to what extent refugee flows and organized crime matter in the breakdown of social cohesion.
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Based on the novel methodology developed by project The Changing Character of Conflict Platform, this roundtable addresses connections between the conflicts in the African Great Lakes region and South Sudan. We start by introducing our methodology suggesting a new approach to the analysis of complex conflicts together with visualisations of spatiotemporal conflict dynamics. Subsequently, we focus on actual as well as potential (future) connections between the two conflicts. In addition, we discuss flows between those two regions, such as migration of people, as potential connectors. The roundtable concludes with the practitioners’ viewpoints on the main challenges in addressing cross-border conflicts and the flows that connect them and suggests possible solutions.
Annette Idler - Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Centre, University of Oxford
Kate Tkacova - Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre, University of Oxford
Chloe Lewis - Development Impact Evaluation (DIME), World Bank
Adrian Garside - Research Fellow at the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation, King’s College London
Carlos Vargas-Silva - Research Director and Associate Professor at the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford
Michael Comerford - Team Leader on the DFID South Sudan Peacebuilding Opportunities Fund, Oxford Policy Management (OPM)
CONPEACE research shows how the absence of basic services in border communities fuels crime, prostitution, and begging. These tensions and the emerging xenophobic discourses have become an explosive mix that threatens the security of the individuals, and the stability of the frontier.