October 19, 2010
On October 5, JICA-RI invited two experts of conflict and state-building to JICA headquarters to offer their perspectives to JICA specialists in this area and to field questions. Oliver Richmond of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Albrecht Schnabel of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces spoke on the changing trends in state-building and exchanged views with JICA officers working in this field.
Richmond and Schnabel also contributed to a JICA-RI workshop by critiquing research papers and exchanging views with the participants. The workshop, held on October 4 and 5 at JICA-RI, offered the researchers of the project "State-building in Conflict-Prone Countries" the chance to update each other on interim research progress, comment on work and suggest new avenues of study. Participants included JICA-RI Senior Research Fellow Shinichi Takeuchi and Research Associate Ryutaro Murotani.
The discussions in general fell into polarized concepts. Is centralized or decentralized state power more conducive to successful state-building? How can the development community improve its approaches to state-building if state-building is inherently an endogenous process by local actors? Why do the concepts of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and SSR fall short of the reality depicted by the researchers and practitioners?
The JICA-RI project "State-building in Conflict-Prone Countries" seeks improved ways of building capable and legitimate states through the activities of SSR, DDR of former combatants and Transitional Justice (international courts and truth commissions). Through comparative analysis of the state-building processes around the world in recent years, this research attempts to serve JICA and development institutions worldwide by providing a better understanding of the timing, sequencing, scale and type of intervention necessary to improve donors' roles as a catalyst for state-building.
Related Research Area: Peace and Development
|Day||October 04, 2010(Mon) - October 05, 2010(Tue)|
|Place||JICA-RI, JICA headquarters|