Citizenship in violent settings

A township at night

A wide gap has opened between the erstwhile vision of a prosperous and secure post-Cold War world and the present realities of violent conflict and chronic poverty experienced by much of the world's population. Where national security has been achieved, it has often been at the expense of human rights and democratic governance. What kind of security would hold at its core the interests of individuals and communities, and not solely the protection of the state? And when the very institutions tasked with making people secure are often the ones people distrust the most, can a more democratic approach to security restore legitimacy? This research theme sought to answer these questions by exploring examples of how people move from violence, through participation, to substantive citizenship. The local settings for the research include the partner countries of Brazil and Nigeria, with additional work in Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica and Uganda

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