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Conflict Capital: Explaining the Outcomes of Post-Conflict Transitions

  • Christine Cheng
Thursday 20 April 2017
LUC Campus Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
The Hague

What factors explain the success or failure of a post-conflict transition? Scholars have focused on a host of factors that are rooted in the politics and economics of civil wars, but in doing so, we have broadly overlooked the social impact of civil war. In her talk, Dr. Cheng will address this gap by introducing the concept of conflict capital. Building on the social capital literature, ‘conflict capital’ refers to a society’s norms, networks, and bonds of trust that are created in the crucible of civil war, through intense experiences with violence. Incorporating conflict capital into our understanding of post-conflict transitions contributes to a more complete understanding of violence in the aftermath of war, and some of the puzzling social dynamics of post-conflict transitions. She will sketch out a model of how conflict capital is created, destroyed, and activated. She argues that the intensity of shared war experiences leads to more resilient post-war networks and increased “stickiness” in building and maintaining bonds of trust.


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The lecture will be followed by the opportunity to ask questions. 

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