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Title [en]
Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes
Abstract [en]
In light of on-going globalization, environmental degradation, economic maldevelopment and violent conflict in many parts of the world, high levels of transnational migration flows will continue for the foreseeable future. An important puzzle to address is how the level of integration of immigrants abroad affects both their perceptions of, and impact on, efforts to build peace in their homelands. This question is part of a wider academic interest in how integration is related to the transnational behaviour of diaspora communities. Understanding what shapes the attitudes and behaviour of diasporas is very important given their potential power to influence the situation in the homeland for better or worse.

Previous research finds that some diasporas promote peace-building, and others a return to ethnic war. However the determinants of their attitudes and capabilities have yet to be fleshed out. Case studies will be conducted on diasporas originating from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey. Through semi-structured interviews in Sweden, diaspora attitudes and capabilities will be mapped out. Subsequently, partially matched interviews will be carried out in their homelands, tracing some of their personal connections, but also interviewing other community members. This will facilitate identification of diaspora attitudes and impact of diasporas on homeland connections in comparative perspective.

Both home and host countries share a strong interest in understanding how diasporas may be encouraged to support peace-building efforts rather than foment ethnic nationalism and war. For homelands, moderating key diaspora communities and supporting their positive efforts may help to prevent the growth of transnational insurgencies and terrorist networks that might otherwise prove difficult and costly to defeat. For hostlands, it is important to prevent, or avoid inadvertently fuelling, conflicts that lead to humanitarian crises, deteriorating relations with homelands, and greater externalized costs paid by the international community (e.g. accommodating refugee outflows and subsequent repatriation endeavours, demand for humanitarian aid and development assistance, and international terrorism). In the process, new political, economic and social resources for building peace in the homeland may be tapped and nurtured.

Other project activities:
"Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes", 14-16 May 2007 at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.

Main financial support:
Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Publications (3 of 3) Show all publications
Hall, J. & Swain, A. (2007). Catapulting Conflicts or Propelling Peace? Diasporas and Civil Wars. In: Globalization and Challenges to Building Peace: .
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Catapulting Conflicts or Propelling Peace? Diasporas and Civil Wars
2007 (English)In: Globalization and Challenges to Building Peace, 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-15125 (URN)9781843312871 (ISBN)
Available from: 2008-02-05 Created: 2008-02-05 Last updated: 2022-01-28
Swain, A., Amer, R. & Öjendal, J. (2007). Globalization and Challenges to Building Peace. Anthem Press, London, New York & Delhi
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Globalization and Challenges to Building Peace
2007 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Anthem Press, London, New York & Delhi, 2007
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11322 (URN)
Available from: 2007-10-28 Created: 2007-10-28 Last updated: 2020-06-29
Kostic, R. (2003). Strategies of livelihood in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina: A study of the economic predicament of returning home. Mimeo, Gothenburg University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategies of livelihood in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina: A study of the economic predicament of returning home
2003 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mimeo, Gothenburg University, 2003. p. 35
Series
Legacy of War and Violence Working Paper Series ; 4
Keywords
economy, post-war reconstruction, peacebuilding, returnees, refugees
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-15289 (URN)
Available from: 2008-02-08 Created: 2008-02-08 Last updated: 2020-06-29
Principal InvestigatorSwain, Ashok
Co-InvestigatorHall, Jonathan
Co-InvestigatorKostić, Roland
Research StudentBaser, Bahar
Coordinating organisation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research
Period
2007-01-01 - 2009-12-31
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:2018

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