Following times of volatility, effective post-conflict reconstruction and peace-building are vital to re-establish political and social stability. This helps guard against a quick slide back into conflict or unfavourable forms of authoritarian rule. Examples from history, such as the transition of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, teach us that disjointed peace agreements can lead to political turmoil.
Professor Paul Jackson, from the University of Birmingham, has worked with a number of international bodies and governments to advise on the most successful approaches to conflict resolution and peace-building. His research – supported by the Economic and Social Research Council and Department for International Development – has revealed insights into the significance of governance and power-sharing relationships, and connected issues of decentralisation, demobilisation and post-conflict reconstruction.