Dr Cronin-Furman speaks out against US migrant detention centers

C&C member Dr Kate Cronin-Furman has spoken out against US migrant detention centers on its southern border with Mexico.

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Kate argues that the treatment of migrants meets the definition of a ‘Mass Atrocity’. Drawing on her experience as a human rights lawyer and human rights academic, she outlines the possible consequences for those involved. In an article for Slate Magazine, Kate sides with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in describing the centers as “concentration camps” and explains why.

For more, follow Kate on Twitter @kcroninfurman.

Workshop on State-Citizen Interactions during and after Violence

The Global Governance Institute (GGI), along with members of the Department of Political Science’s Conflict & Change group, organized a very well attended workshop on State-Citizen Interactions during and after Violence.

The GGI undertakes cross-disciplinary study of crucial governance “deficits” in order to explore the nature of the problem, the processes, structures and institutions involved, and potential solutions. This workshop focused on the interactions between states (and various agents of the state) and civilians in and after revolutionary uprisings and violent conflicts, and the consequences of global governance initiatives aimed at fostering stability.

The workshop brought together practitioners, policy makers, and academics to facilitate discussion around four themes: How do states’ governance (or lack thereof) affect civilians’ motives, opportunities, and strategies of resistance? During revolutionary uprisings and armed conflicts, how do the strategies of states and civilians affect each other? How do these strategies shape the state-society relationships that emerge in the aftermath of violence? And what are the consequences for civilians—intended and unintended—of governance reforms, such as security sector reform, and international organizations and external states’ involvement in fragile and conflict-ridden states.

Prof. Kristin M. Bakke kicked off the workshop by chairing a panel focused on governance and civilian interactions with the state. Dr. Nils Metternich chaired a panel covering state and civilian strategies during conflict, followed by a panel chaired by Dr. Zeynep Bulutgil on stability after conflict. Dr. Manuel Vogt concluded by chairing a panel on governance reforms and external actors. Presentations were given by participants from the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of Arizona, the Department for International Development, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, King’s College London, the University of Mannheim, the University of Maryland, the University of Oslo, the University of Oxford, the Peace Research Institute Oslo, the University of Strathclyde, UCL and Uppsala University. Participants from Conciliation Resources and the Università degli Studi di Firenze also contributed to each round of panel discussions.

Updates: Dr Cronin-Furman

It has been a busy few weeks for C&C member Dr Kate Cronin-Furman, Lecturer in human rights at the Department of Political Science at University College London (UCL).

On 23 April 2019, Kate wrote “What happened in Sri Lanka? Here’s what you need to know” in the Washington Post. In it, she presents important context to the recent Easter Sunday attacks, analyses the Sri Lankan government’s response to the attacks and describes how the attacks might affect the upcoming presidential elections.

On 6 June, Kate was also quoted in the Daily Beast article “Remember The Darfur Genocide? With Saudi Help, One of the Killer Commanders There Is Taking Over Sudan”, which investigates the role of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the ongoing crisis in Sudan.

Looking ahead, on 17 June Kate will be part of an expert panel to discuss ‘The Prosecutors', a feature length documentary that tells the story of three dedicated lawyers who fight to ensure that rape in war is not met with impunity. The panel, which also includes Director and Producer Leslie Thomas and PhD student Vindhya Buthpitiya, will discuss depictions of human rights victims in film and photography. You can sign up for the event here.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/20...

Dr Vogt presents parts of his forthcoming book at University of El Salvador

On March 29, Manuel Vogt, Lecturer in International Security at the Department of Political Science, held a talk on ‘Indigenous Mobilization and Political Inclusion in Central America’ at the University of El Salvador in San Salvador. The talk took place on the occasion of the University's inauguration of the new academic year. Manuel presented parts of his forthcoming book on ‘Mobilization and Conflict in Multiethnic States’ (Oxford University Press), focusing on the impact of ethnic mobilization in Latin America. Manuel’s work shows that in extremely unequal multiethnic societies, ethnic organizations promote the political inclusion of historically marginalised groups. Thus, rather than fomenting division and violence, as suggested in previous research, in societies with a history of ethnic discrimination, ethnic organizations contribute to between-group equality.