Research

Our research program aims to be innovative and provocative, marrying commitment to rigorous, interdisciplinary research with creative questioning in order to spark new conversations about we might understand and respond to the challenges of armed conflict today. Methodologically inductive, all of our programs are founded on analysis into the questions of the nature and causes of violent conflicts and mass atrocities, and how they are ended.

Our current research projects include:

New Wars, New Peace: This program studies how scholarship on “new wars” has evolved, what new peacebuilding practices have emerged, and, in light of these changes, what challenges academics and policymakers face today.

How Mass Atrocities End: This projects aims to explore the oft-neglected empirical study of how genocides and mass atrocities have actually terminated.

Global Arms Trade and Corruption: This project focuses on the ways that the global arms business corrupts democratic practices in both selling and purchasing countries. It includes research and public outreach components.

Conflict in the Horn of Africa: The Horn of Africa is a region in which political power and resources are fiercely contested, and in which diverse models of political authority and conflict have emerged. Understanding how these systems function is the principal goal of our research.

Justice and Security Research Program: This research program, in partnership with the London School of Economics, explores patronage markets and hybrid political orders: how fragile and conflict-ridden countries really function in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Seminar Series:  Each year, the WPF hosts a number of closed-door research seminars that bring together leading experts from around the world to share their research and engage in focused discussion with a small group of colleagues.