Supported by generous grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation, the Program on States and Security aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on peacebuilding and post-conflict state-building, and to bring together academic researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.
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Find the new generation of experts conducting research on post-conflict settings. The Database includes more than 300 young scholars and practitioners.

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Practitioners and policymakers can also find syntheses of recent academic research, research on specific policy areas, and working papers on peacebuilding and post-conflict state-building (also available in Spanish and French).

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The Story Behind the Findings: Ethical and Emotional Challenges of Field Research in Conflict-Prone Environments
Academic scientific literature rarely gives an account of the "stories behind the findings". Nonetheless, the ethical and emotional challenges the researcher is confronted with have a profound impact upon the research process.  This paper provides a comprehensive review of literature reflecting upon the challenges of field research in conflict-prone environments.
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Latest Research

The Colombian experience with counterinsurgency and counternarcotics campaigns has been identified as a model to be implemented in Afghanistan, currently the main conflict engaging the United...


Conducting Research on Conflict-affected Youth

During my time in the DRC, and in my work with child soldiers, one is often challenged with...

Whose Ethics? International Research Activites in Conflict Affected Communities

Two weeks after the Asian tsunami in 2004, I saw a flood of researchers from Western...

Talking about 'victims'

I am currently conducting research in Sierra Leone, a place in which I have done research...