SOAS University of London

SOAS scholars lead major new study for the UK government's stabilisation unit

25 June 2018

Professor Jonathan Goodhand and Dr Patrick Meehan in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London have co-authored, with Dr Christine Cheng from Kings College London, a major study on how international interventions in conflict-affected countries have affected violence reduction and post war transitions for the UK government's stabilisation unit.

The report ‘Elite Bargains and Political Deals’ was launched on 14 June by Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State (Department for International Development) at Chatham House. Developed over 18 months in conjunction with a multi-disciplinary academic team, the report provides a more robust evidence base for the UK’s approach to stabilisation and helps policy makers to deliver more effective interventions in conflict contexts.

The report considers the relationship between elite bargains, political settlements and peace agreements, given the degree to which the interactions between all three shape transitions out of conflict. It establishes a framework for analysing elite bargains and understanding how external diplomatic, security, economic and transitional justice interventions can affect them and pathways out of violent conflict.

Further information on the report can be found on the project website.