Stabilisation Research Initiative


Over the past years, developments in the broader MENA region have emphasised the need to tackle the challenges of peacemaking and stabilisation efforts across the full conflict management cycle (from prevention to resolution).

A consensus has formed among governments, donors, development agencies and scholars alike, that, to be sustainable, any stabilisation programming needs an integrated, comprehensive approach. This means making use of the full spectrum of instruments of national power, thereby bringing together the dimensions of military stabilisation and security, with humanitarian and development objectives, economic recovery, good governance and justice and reconciliation.

With its Stabilisation Research Initiative (SRI), the Emirates Diplomatic Academy aims at increasing understanding of various aspects of stabilisation and conflict-resolution and at adding value to the broader debate on peace, stabilisation and conflict resolution efforts in the region.

Publications

  • Nov 2018 + Working Paper

    Competing for Justice: Transitional Justice and Stabilisation in the Middle East/North Africa

    Dr Zinaida Miller

    This EDA Working Paper identifies factors that shape the potential for transitional justice in the MENA region to reinforce stability, foment change, and allocate power. Rather than focusing on a single case study, it references salient characteristics and challenges raised by different national and regional situations. The paper is structured around four categories: (1) the choice and design of mechanisms; (2) the conditions of transition; (3) the inclusion of economic factors; and (4) the role of memory, history, and reconciliation.

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    Stabilisation and Peacebuilding Efforts Since the 1990s Oct 2018 Dr Jonathan Fisher and Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert. View More
    Oct 2018 + EDA Working Paper

    Stabilisation and Peacebuilding Efforts Since the 1990s

    Dr Jonathan Fisher and Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert.

    Stabilisation has increasingly become the central guiding rationale behind international interventions in situations of conflict and peacebuilding. It has also become a core policy discourse used to articulate and describe both the content and ambitions of such interventions. This EDA Working Paper explores what has been the nature of stabilisation missions since the end of the Cold War. It compares three case studies (Uganda in the 1990s, Haiti in the 2000s and South Sudan since the mid-2000s) that have been on the recipient end of stabilisation practices.

  • Oct 2018 + Working paper

    Contemporary Approaches to International Stabilisation Efforts

    Dr Victor Gervais

    This EDA Working Paper looks at a variety of relevant international attempts to build the conceptual and institutional toolkit for stabilisation activities. It first provides an overview of what makes stabilisation distinctive from competing concepts and practices, and then reviews a range of institutional models and bureaucratic mechanisms developed in various Euro-Atlantic countries with experience leading stabilisation responses. Along the way, the paper lays out priorities, options and ways forward that together could support ongoing attempts by new actors involved in stabilisation efforts, in particular in the MENA region, to develop their own conception of stabilisation and build the instruments they need to build state resilience and promote peace and security across the region.

  • May 2018 + EDA Working Paper

    Yemen: Immediate-To-Short Term Actions to Improve the Humanitarian Situation

    Dr Saskia van Genugten

    This EDA Working Paper looks into ways to improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen in the immediate to short term. The focus is on finding solutions in four areas: the increase in food insecurity, the disruption of basic services, the spread of communicable diseases and the needs of those that are internally displaced. It argues for solutions with regard to access and distribution of vital goods throughout Yemen, stabilisation of Yemen’s financial system and ensuring indiscriminate basic service provision and for scaling up assistance and living up to aid pledges.

  • Apr 2018 + EDA Working Paper

    Consolidating the Iraqi State: Challenges and Opportunities

    Dr Victor Gervais

    Iraq stands at a pivotal moment - once again. The military defeat of Daesh represents a renewed opportunity to reorient the country's trajectory towards long-term stability and economic prosperity. While the task of rebuilding areas liberated from Daesh will require sustained efforts in the coming years, the Iraqi elites must also ensure that problems of a deeper structural nature will be tackled. Without this, the military success again Daesh will soon vanish; This working Paper analyses the broad structural challenges facing the Iraqi state, along with possible solutions, in order to establish clearer priorities and options for dealing with them. In particular, three key elements of structural fragility are identified in three dimensions of the state's capacity and sustainability.

  • Apr 2018 + EDA Working Paper

    Stabilisation in the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa: Different Dimensions of an Elusive Concept

    Dr Saskia van Genugten

    Politicians and commentators commonly talk of the need for ‘stability’ and ‘stabilisation’ when referring to the current situation in the broader Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Indeed, stabilisation is what the broader MENA region seems to be in desperate need of, but a lack of consensus around what stability entails and how to get there, might keep fueling instability instead. This paper is a first of a series that will be published as part of the EDA’s Stabilisation Research Initiative (SRI), led by EDA faculty members dr. Saskia van Genugten and dr. Victor Gervais. In this framing paper, the author offers an initial exploration of the different dimensions of stabilisation as can be found in the existing literature, thereby combining current ideas, approaches and lessons identified by practitioners and academics alike. Along the way, the paper identifies common challenges and areas for further exploration within the EDA’s research initiative.

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