Politics of Recognition and Conflict Transformation

In PRIF Report 4/2022 Hanna Pfeifer, Anna Geis und Maéva Clément analyze the consequences of recognition of armed non-state actors

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What are the societal and political conse­quences of the recognition of armed non-state actors (ANSAs) in the context of asym­metric conflicts? In the new PRIF Report, authors Hanna Pfeifer, Anna Geis and Maéva Clément dis­cuss diverse contem­porary examples and present the state of re­search on recognition dynamics. They shed light on the ambi­valences of recognition practises and “thick recognition” in asym­metric conflicts, revealing dilemmas and un­intended conse­quences. The three authors recommend further empirical research and know­ledge transfer among practi­tioners, re­searchers, and policy­makers to better under­stand the dynamics and draw benefits for inter­national security and conflict manage­ment.

Prof Dr Anna Geis holds a professorship in Political Science with a focus on international security and conflict studies at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. Dr Maéva Clément is Lecturer in Inter­national Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies at the Institute of Social Sciences, Osna­brück Univer­sity.

Download: Pfeifer, Hanna/Geis, Anna/Clément, Maéva (2022): The Politics of Recognition, Armed Non-State Actors, and Conflict Transformation, PRIF Report 4/2022.