UN sponsored conflict resolution in Kyrgyzstan: Why do external peacebuilding interventions not correspond to insider needs?
Leverhulme Small Research Grant
Total value of project
Dr Chuck Thiessen
United Nations Peacebuilding Fund
Duration of project
01/05/2017 - 31/10/2018
This research contributes to a better understanding of the multi-level formation (international, national, regional, local sites) of United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) projects in Kyrgyzstan and elsewhere. In particular, it explores the localization of the directives of the UN Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (2016) during UN peacebuilding project development processes in Kyrgyzstan and elsewhere.
The research included interviews in Kyrgyzstan that surveyed important debates over the drivers of radicalization and violent extremism and the way UN agencies and their local government and civil society partners conceive of and define these thematic concerns. Interviews were also conducted in the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in New York to situate and compare the experience of peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan with the global experiences of the PBF across the numerous conflict-affected countries.
Chuck Thiessen (2019) Preventing Violent Extremism While Promoting Human Rights: Toward a Clarified UN Approach, International Peace Institute, New York
Chuck Thiessen (2019) The Strategic Ambiguity of the United Nations Approach to Preventing Violent Extremism, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2019.1647685