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City Responsibility: Municipal Institutions as the First Frontier of Conflict Prevention and Peace building

  • David Connolly
Tuesday 20 February 2018
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

Municipal institutions, given their close proximity to citizens and their needs, are arguably best situated within the state to anticipate and respond to the outbreak and escalation of violent conflict. However, rapid urbanization and the fragmentation of violent conflict have placed increasing demands on cities to design and deliver more collaborative and inclusive processes of local governance and effective mechanisms for managing conflict. Based on a selection of city case studies from stable and fragile states, this paper compares and contrasts the roles of municipal institutions and actors in preventing the initial outbreak and escalation of contemporary violent conflict. In particular, the paper examines the approaches by city municipalities to strengthen the social contract of citizens, and tests the assumption that elected leaderships are more effective in preventing violent conflict because they are more directly accountable to citizens.

About the speaker

Dr. David Connolly is Head of Research and the former Head of the Conflict Prevention Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. He works at the intersection between research, policy and practice in fragile and conflict-affected states, specializing in the role of evidence in conflict prevention and post-conflict recovery, and with focus on institutional governance. David’s expertise has been commissioned to strengthen knowledge, policy and frontline practice by several governments (Afghanistan, Netherlands, and UK), multilateral agencies (UN and World Bank), international NGOs, the private sector, the Netherlands Scientific Research Council, the Qatar Foundation, the Roosevelt Foundation, and the Rotary Foundation. From 2005 - 2013, David was a research fellow, lecturer and program director at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, University of York, UK.

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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