What We're Reading

July 2021 | Whose Vulnerability? Trauma Recovery in the Reintegration of Former Violent Extremists

This month, RESOLVE highlights recommended readings from our latest Policy Note, "Leveraging the Peacebuilding Potential of Cross-border Trader Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Author Maryam Rokhideh introduces cross-border traders, actors embedded in licit and illicit networks at local and regional levels, who present an underexamined yet critical point of entry for analyzing and addressing conflicts and thus should be included in new and ongoing peacebuilding programming. The policy note provides recommendations on how policymakers can leverage the untapped peacebuilding potential of cross-border traders and decrease their spoiling power. This What We’re Reading digest was recommended by the author to give a more background on cross-border trade, war economies, and conflicts, the peacebuilding potential of cross-border trade, and social networks and armed groups.

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International Alert
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2016-04-04
Small-scale cross-border trade plays an important role in enabling the flow of (mainly agricultural) produce between countries in the Great Lakes, and provides economic livelihoods for th...
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Alexander Ramsbotham and I. William Zartman
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2011-01-01
Armed conflict does not respect political or territorial boundaries, but forms part of wider, regional conflict systems through dynamics that cross borders: refugee flows, ‘nomadic’ a...
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OECD Sahel and West Africa Club
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2017-01-01
This publication examines how policy actors involved in cross-border co-operation contribute to the regional integration process in West Africa. It uses a pioneering methodology, known as...
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Ami C. Carpenter
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2014-01-01
The recent conflict in Iraq evolved from an insurgency against the interim U.S. led government (the Coalition Provisional Authority or CPA) into a sectarian civil war. Violence became wid...
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Patrycja Stys, Judith Verweijen, Papy Muzuri, Samuel Muhindo, Christoph Vogel, and Johan H Koskinen
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2019-05-05
There is a tendency to consider covert networks as separate from overt networks. Drawing on data from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we demonstrate that this is not the case and id...
Partner Publication
Lauren Van Metre
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2016-10-07
Focusing on six urban neighborhoods in Kenya, this report explores how key resilience factors have prevented or countered violent extremist activity at the local level. It is based on a o...