Cross-border Conflicts and their Connections: The Case of the African Great Lakes and South Sudan


Location: Seminar Room C, Manor Road Building, Oxford

Date: 4 July 2019 12:30

A light sandwich lunch is served at 12.30pm. All are welcome.

Based on the novel methodology developed by project The Changing Character of Conflict Platform, this roundtable addresses connections between the conflicts in the African Great Lakes region and South Sudan. We start by introducing our methodology suggesting a new approach to the analysis of complex conflicts together with visualisations of spatiotemporal conflict dynamics. Subsequently, we focus on actual as well as potential (future) connections between the two conflicts. In addition, we discuss flows between those two regions, such as migration of people, as potential connectors. The roundtable concludes with the practitioners’ viewpoints on the main challenges in addressing cross-border conflicts and the flows that connect them and suggests possible solutions.

Annette Idler - Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Centre, University of Oxford

Kate Tkacova - Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre, University of Oxford

Chloe Lewis - Development Impact Evaluation (DIME), World Bank

Adrian Garside - Research Fellow at the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation, King’s College London

Carlos Vargas-Silva - Research Director and Associate Professor at the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford

Michael Comerford - Team Leader on the DFID South Sudan Peacebuilding Opportunities Fund, Oxford Policy Management (OPM)