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Research Report

Annual Report 2003: Conflict Research Unit

Clingendael Institute
Copyright Date: Mar. 1, 2004
Published by: Clingendael Institute
Pages: 28
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  1. (pp. 5-5)

    The Conflict Research Unit (CRU) is a special section of the Clingendael Institute’s Research Department. It came into being as a special unit in 1998, although several of its activities started earlier. The CRU focuses on the study of intrastate conflict and on ways of preventing and dealing with these conflicts. The work of the CRU has a special though not exclusive emphasis on the developing world and countries in transition, and aims at translating theoretical insights into practical policy recommendations, as well as developing tools for decision-makers in national and multilateral governmental and non-governmental organizations.

    The CRU consists of...

  2. (pp. 7-8)

    Each conflict has its own particular origins and is embedded in a unique socio-economic, political, military and cultural setting. The CRU takes the multi-causal nature of current conflict and the way in which different factors compound one another as its starting point. Although conflicts can have different manifestations, the CRU approaches conflict with a particular focus on group identity. This requires extensive knowledge of societies at risk, ruling elites, politics, history, culture, demographics and the economy. A crucial element in this regard is the political relations of social groups to each other and to the state. Instead of thinking in...

  3. (pp. 9-10)

    The CRU’s work over the last years has led to a build-up of experience in the following fields:

    Here, the CRU builds on the experience gathered in the project on ‘Causes of Conflict in the Third World’, which investigated the causes and nature of violent conflict in a selected number of countries. In 2003 a major synthesis study of the experiences gained during this project was published by Pyt Douma, The Origins of Contemporary Conflict. A Comparison of Violence in Three World Regions (Clingendael Study 18). In the ‘Coping with Internal Conflict Project’ that was operative during 2002, the CRU...

  4. (pp. 11-15)

    The research projects and other activities undertaken during 2003 are indicated below, including their duration and, if relevant, their total budget in euro.

    The Conflict Research Programme (CRP) is a four-year during programme (2003-2006; € 1,998,000) funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and carried out in close consultation with DMV/VG. The aim of the programme is to provide DMV/VG with policy-focused analyses and instruments to improve the effectiveness of Dutch policies in the field of peace, security and development. The research agenda for 2003 comprised a number of sub-programmes described below. For each sub-programme a detailed planning of...

  5. (pp. 17-24)

    Utstein Workshop on ‘Enhancing Democratic Governance of the Security Sector: An Institutional Assessment Tool’, organized by the Clingendael Institute in collaboration with the Netherlands MFA, DMV/VG, The Hague, 19 March 2003.

    Policy Research Seminar, Diplomatic Academy of Romania, Bucharest, 23-30 April 2003.

    Start-up Workshop ‘Democratic Transition in Post-Conflict Societies. Building Local Institutions’. Clingendael Institute, The Hague, 1-4 May 2003.

    Training Programme on Social Harmony Component in Higher Education, Hotel Le Kandyan, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2-5 June 2003.

    Seminar on ‘Rebuilding the Democratic Republic of Congo: Which Role for the Donor Community?’ organized by the Clingendael Institute (Conflict Research Unit) with...