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Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice

The Practice of Conflict

CCRJ scholars are engaged in research on the practices associated with conflict.  Laleh Khalili is conducting a multi-yer research project on the genealogy of the techniques and practices of incarceration and detention in counterinsurgencies. The project has produced several articles on the history of Israeli management of Al-Ansar prisoner-of-war camps in Lebanon, the use of proxies and MPCs in carceral practices of Abu Ghraib, the gendering of counterinsurgency, and the continuities in counterinsurgency practice in Palestine since the 1930s. The project will also produce a monograph that looks at the ways in which the conjuncture of nascent liberal human rights, autochtonous anticolonial resistance, and metropolitan anti-imperialism resulted in transformation of specific war-fighting methods broadly from mass-slaughter to ostensibly more human carceral practices. These carceral practices have however been deeply structured by racialised hierarchies and as such they combine managerial and disciplinary power with brutal sovereign power, as has been characteristic of policing and incarceration in modern colonial states.