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Workshop | Security, Conflict, and Peace

From Thursday February 22, 2024 at 9:30, to Friday February 23, 2024 at 13:30

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This workshop brings together researchers from IBEI and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), who work on issues of security, conflict, and peace.


Thursday 22 February 2024

09:30 - Opening
Institutional welcome by Laura Chaqués Bonafont, Professor of Political Science at the Universitat de Barcelona and IBEI Director.
Introductory words by co-organizers Christian von Soest (GIGA) and Martijn Vlaskamp (IBEI).

09:45 - Panel 1: Peace and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa
Chair: Megan Smith (Universitat Pompeu Fabra).

    • Religion and Peace / Violence (Discussed by Oscar Mateos) — Matthias Basedau (GIGA).
    • Religious Leaders as Promoters of Peace? Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone and Togo (Discussed by Frank-Borge Wietzke) — Julia Köbrich (GIGA).
    • Transcending the ‘Elite Curse’ Narrative: Exploring Structural and Socio-Community Factors in South Sudan’s Conflict and Peace Dynamics (Discussed by Matthias Basedau) — Oscar Mateos (Universitat Ramon Llull).
    • Beyond Urban Bias? Urban-Rural Inequalities and Street-Level Riots in Africa (Discussed by Julia Köbrich) — Frank-Borge Wietzke (IBEI).

11:15 - Coffee break

11:30 - Panel 2a: Conflict and Post-Conflict Dynamics
Chair: Oscar Mateos (Universitat Ramon Llull).

  • Banal Nationalism and Everyday Violence: Debating Genocide Beyond Conflicts States (Discussed by Jesus Renzullo) — Gustavo Alves Santana (Rio de Janeiro State University and IBEI).
  • Dynamics of Conflict Transformation After Civil Wars States (Discussed by Frank-Borge Wietzke) — Cornelius Haritz (GIGA).
  • Determinants of Changing Attitudes About Corruption in Ukraine (Discussed by Cornelius Haritz) — Lesley-Ann Daniels (University of Oslo and IBEI), Frank-Borge Wietzke (IBEI) and Marina Povitkina (University of Oslo).
  • Climate Change and Conflict: Food Scarcity and Production During the Drought of 2022 and the Incidence on Criminality in Producing States (Discussed by Gustavo Alves Santana) — Jesus Renzullo (GIGA).

11:30 - Panel 2b: Regime Stability in the MENA Region
Chair: Tutku Ayhan (IBEI).

  • Blaming Nature: Regime Survival and Natural Disaster in Syria (Discussed by Mohamed Sabry) — Christiane Fröhlich (GIGA).
  • The Energy Transition in Tunisia: State-Society Relations, Policy Coalitions and Chances for Transition Success in an Oil-Producing Country (Discussed by Christiane Fröhlich) — Mohamed Sabry and Jewellord Nem Singh (both International Institute of Social Studies - Erasmus University Rotterdam).
  • Pathways to Political Instability: Explaining the Varying Consequences of Oil Price Shocks (Discussed by Eckart Woertz) — Martijn Vlaskamp (IBEI).
  • Resource Mobilization and Regime Survival in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq (Discussed by Martijn Vlaskamp) — Eckart Woertz (GIGA).

13:00 - Lunch break

13:45 - Panel 3a: Sanctions Regimes
Chair: Martijn Vlaskamp (IBEI).

  • The Political Psychology of Sanctions (Discussed by Adam Holesch) — Houssein Al Malla (GIGA).
  • Money Talks? The Effectiveness of Sanctions in the ‘Rule of Law’ Conflict in the EU (Discussed by Houssein Al Malla) — Adam Holesch (IBEI) and Clara Portela (Universitat de València).
  • How the USA and EU Use Individual Sanctions (Discussed by Alina Sokolenko) — Christian von Soest and Natalie Strom (GIGA).
  • Personalization of Power Under International Sanctions (Discussed by Christian von Soest or Natalie Strom) — Alina Sokolenko (Universitat Pompeu Fabra).

13:45 - Panel 3b: The European Union in the World
Chair: Esther Barbé Izuel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and IBEI).

  • Caught Off Guard or Discouraged from Telling an Inconvenient Truth? Evaluating the Performance of German Knowledge Producers prior to Russia’s War on Ukraine (Discussed by Adrià Rivera Escartin) — Eva Michaels (Leiden University and IBEI).
  • The Hydrocarbons-Stability Nexus in Algeria in the Light of EU’s Green Transition (Discussed by Juan Pablo Soriano Gatica) — Adrià Rivera Escartin (IBEI).
  • EU-Latin America Security Cooperation in Times of Complex Threats (Discussed by Zhanpeng Wang) — Juan Pablo Soriano Gatica (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and IBEI).
  • Chinese Perspectives on the Concept of EU Strategic Autonomy (Discussed by Eva Michaels) — Zhanpeng Wang (Beijing Foreign Studies University).

15:15 - Coffee break

15:30–17:00 - Panel 4a: International Security and External Interventions
Chair: To be determined.

  • The UN Counterterrorism Regime Complex: Creation and Contestation in the Security Council (Discussed by Mira Demirdirek or Hamid Talebian) — Miruna Barnoschi (IBEI).
  • Iran and Turkey’s Recent Engagement with Africa Since the Beginning of the War in Ukraine (Discussed by Miruna Barnoschi) — Mira Demirdirek and Hamid Talebian (GIGA).
  • MENA through Russian Eyes: Reshaping Security Architecture (Discussed by Elena Simanschi) — Olena Osypenkova (GIGA).
  • Stirring Turbulence: (Dis)information in Moldova (Discussed by Olena Osypenkova) — Elena Simanschi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and IBEI).

15:30–17:00 - Panel 4b: The European Union’ Southern Neighborhoods
Chair: Elena Simanschi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and IBEI).

  • Selective Immigration, Gendered Victimhood & Neoliberal Nationalism: Yezidi Refugees in Germany (Discussed by Megan Denise Smith) — Tutku Ayhan (IBEI) and Güneş Tezcur (Arizona State University).
  • Recalibrating the Local Lens: Drivers and Transformations of the EU’s Territorial Agenda in the Southern Neighbourhood (Discussed by Tutku Ayhan) — Adrià Rivera Escartin (IBEI) and Fátima Fernández Fernández (Universitat Oberta Catalunya).
  • Power, Violence, and Security at Europe’s Southern Border: Resistance Among Migrants and Asylum-Seekers in the Canary Islands (Discussed by Fátima Fernández Fernández) — Megan Denise Smith (Universitat Pompeu Fabra).

Friday 23 February 2024

10:00 - Panel 5: States and Violence
Chair: Eva Michaels (Leiden University and IBEI).

  • Power, Governance, and Coordination in the Prevention of Violent Extremism and Terrorism: The Cases of France and Spain (Discussed by Désirée Reder) — Aitor Bonsoms García (IBEI and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).
  • Foreign Recruitment and Civil-Military Relations (Discussed by David Kuehn) — Abel Escribà-Folch (Universitat Pompeu Fabra and IBEI).
  • Autocratization and the Military in the Post-Cold War Era (Discussed by Abel Escribà-Folch) — David Kuehn (GIGA).
  • Legitimation of State Violence against Peaceful Protest (Discussed by Aitor Bonsoms García) — Désirée Reder (GIGA).

11:30 - Coffee break

12:00-13:30 - Panel 6: Human Rights and Peacebuilding
Chair: Gustavo Alves Santana (Rio de Janeiro State University and IBEI).

  • Navigating Dispossession, Violence, and Neoliberal Humanitarianism: Female Rohingya Activists and Caring for the Community (Discussed by Amrita Saikia) — Tutku Ayhan (IBEI) and Hannah Colpitts-Elliott (IBEI).
  • Emotions and Security (Discussed by Sabine Kurtenbach) — Aurora Ganz (IBEI and Universitat Pompeu Fabra).
  • Beyond the Liberal Peace: The Importance of Human Rights for Peace (Discussed by Aurora Ganz) — Sabine Kurtenbach (GIGA).
  • Women in Peacebuilding: Bodo Women’s Informal Peace Negotiations in the Bodoland Territorial Region of Assam (Discussed by Hannah Colpitts-Elliott) — Amrita Saikia (GIGA).