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Conflict, Security & Development Research Group

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The Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG) is based within the Department of War Studies, the largest and most successful European university group of scholars focused on research relating to all aspects of war, peace, security and international relations past, present and future. Since 2005, CSDRG has undertaken a wide range of research, policy, advisory, teaching and training activities relating to conflict, security and development, enabling it to serve as a true bridge between academic scholarship and real world decision-making in these fields. Research on topics of immediate relevance to war-to-peace transitions include four ongoing modules on the reintegration of armed groups; on international organisations and peacebuilding; on the use of force in peace operations; and on atrocities and violence during war. Past modules have explored the role of women in peace and security and the effectiveness of aid in ending conflict and consolidating peace agreements. The CSDRG is led by Professor Mats Berdal of the Department of War Studies

Mission Statement: To undertake, supervise and support empirically informed and policy relevant research, as well as conceptual and theoretical work, into the linkages between conflict, security and development in international relations. The programme is aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of the impact of violent conflict and war on development and, conversely, of how different levels or states of development influence the nature and character of contemporary armed conflict.   

The CSDRG’s former sister unit, the Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG), was established in 1999 as an autonomous research, policy and training group. It maintained close partnerships with various UK government departments including DFID and the Stabilisation Unit, the United Nations, and a host of other inter-governmental, national, and non-governmental bodies, particularly in Africa. The CSDG has closed down as a physical unit but key staff continue their work at King’s through the African Leadership Centre (ALC), now a fully-fledged training and research unit attached to the Department for International Development, The Journal of Conflict, Security & Development, established in 1999, also continues to publish out of CSDRG. A legacy website provides access to the extensive range of academic publications and policy reports produced by CSDG:






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