The complexities of peace
Maintaining peace long after civil war ends
Learn how our research is changing the world.
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For many people, it’s easy to take peace for granted, however, according to recent studies, 30 nations are currently engaged in civil war or violent conflict. Many more are wracked by internal strife.
But why is it that when the international community pours so many resources into conflict resolution, it often fails? As our research uncovers, the standard ‘technocratic approach’ to peacemaking focuses on elections and constitutions, but it doesn’t explore why people won’t participate.
At La Trobe, we’re guiding policymakers to instead take a grassroots approach that addresses the political, social and economic drivers of violent resistance.
Our aim is clear: to help build lasting peace in a world wracked by conflict.