Episode 20: What Next for International Conflict Stabilisation?

This episode examines the future of international efforts to build stability, prevent conflict and meet security challenges in the most fragile and conflict-affected states and societies around the world following the perceived failure of Western-led stabilisation efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Simon Rynn, RUSI Senior Research Fellow for African security, Ahmed Hassen, RUSI Associate Fellow, and Ada James Emanuel, an independent researcher, discuss with Dr Neil Melvin, Director, RUSI International Security Studies, the set of ideas that underpin international stabilisation efforts, the experience of applying these concepts over the past two decades, lessons learnt, and the future challenges of promoting stabilisation as geopolitical competition becomes an increasingly important part of regional conflicts. The contemporary experiences of Somalia and northeast Nigeria are considered.

This episode forms part of the project on 'Stabilisation: Shaping International Policy and Practice', which is run in partnership with First Call Partners (FCP).

Stabilisation: Shaping International Policy and Practice

Focusing on existing operations from around the world, the project examines the future of stabilisation missions and how policymakers can draw lessons from past failings.

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    This material has been funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.


Dr Neil Melvin

Director, International Security

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Simon Rynn

Senior Research Fellow, African Security

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Ahmed Hassen

Associate Fellow - Specialist in security of East Africa and the Horn

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Ada James Emanuel

Freelance Researcher

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