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Peace, Illicit Economies, Development: Pathways Out of Conflicts in Borderlands

"This session uses research on the dilemmas and trade-offs involved in transforming illicit drug economies into peace economies in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar, to inform a panel discussion on the implications of the research for peace-building and development policy."

Watch a recorded webinar in which researchers share detailed findings of their work in the boderlands of Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.

This event is part of the Fragility Forum 2020 Virtual Series.

About the Presenters

Jonathan Goodhand

Professor, SOAS University of London

Jonathan Goodhand is Professor in Conflict and Development Studies and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, School of Social and Political Sciences. His research interests include the political economy of armed conflict, war economies, war-to-peace transitions and the role of international aid in relation to these processes, with a particular focus on South and Central Asia (especially Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal). Increasingly, his work has explored the role of borderlands and frontier regions in conflict and post-war transitions. 

Marina Caparini

Senior Researcher and Programme Director, The Governance and Society Programme, Stockhold International Peach Research Institute

Marina Caparini (@MarinaCaparini) is a Senior Researcher and Programme Director of the Governance and Society Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), where she conducts and oversees research on inclusion, institutional reform and peacebuilding. Recent topics of research include police reform, policing in stabilization environments, peacekeeping and organized crime. Her current research focuses on governance and environmental crime, linkages between health and peace, and ‘Triple Nexus’ approaches that seek to better coordinate or align humanitarian development and peacebuilding outcomes. She holds a PhD in War Studies from King's College, London.

Alexandre Marc

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institutions

Alexandre Marc was the Chief Specialist of the World Bank’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group. He has over two decades of experience working in areas related to conflict and violence in the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and East Asia. At the Bank, he led the social cohesion and violence prevention team from 2009-2012 and was responsible for post-conflict reconstruction programs in Eastern Europe, as Sector Manager for Social Development, Europe and Central Asia Region. Marc did research and consulting on Africa at Oxford University (St. Antony’s College) and for the Société de’Êtudes et Économiques et Sociales in Paris. In 2005 he was a visiting fellow at the Paris Centre d’Êtudes et de Recherche Internationale (CERI) where he undertook research on cultural identity and minorities. He is now Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution.

Paul Quinn

Heah of From Violence to Peace (Global Lead), Christian Aid

Paul is Head of From Violence to Peace for Christian Aid. Throughout his career he has provided technical, strategic and programmatic guidance, tackling issues of fragility in contexts across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. He previously led the conflict prevention and peacebuilding work of Islamic Relief Worldwide; was a Political Advisor for the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN; led research funded by the European Commission and Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs; was a Director of a UN Peace Messenger Organization; lectured ‘Peace and Conflict’ at University College Dublin. He holds a PhD in International Relations.

Eric Gutierrez

Senior Adviser on Tackling Violence and Building Peace, Christina Aid

Eric Gutierrez joined Christian Aid’s policy team in 2010. Previously, he was based in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and South Africa, working for other INGOs. He authored reports and books on the conflict, peace process, and criminal enterprise in Muslim-majority areas of southern Philippines. He is part of the SOAS-led Drugs and (dis)order research project on finding answers to the question “How do war economies transform into peace economies?” He authored Christian Aid’s “Drugs and Illicit Practices: Assessing their Impact on Development and Governance”, published in 2015, and is completing his dissertation “Criminals Without Borders: Resilience and Interdependency in Opium and Coca Commodity Chains” at the Erasmus University Rotterdam International Institute of Social Studies.

Target Audience

Practitioners and general public

Questions Submitted


- May 30, 2021


- Jan 12, 2021


- Aug 21, 2020
Good and interesting contents.

Mohammad Nadir

- Aug 16, 2020
Good to know this!

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Aug 14, 2020
Peace, Illicit Economies, Development: Pathways Out of Conflicts in Borderlands
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