‘Local’ Conflicts in Transnational Entanglements

Expert Event: ‘Local’ Conflicts in Transnational Entanglements

On Tuesday 1 July, the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law organized a one day Expert Event under the Chatham House Rule with a mix of 15-25 academics, policy-makers and NGO representatives to brainstorm how multidimensional external interventions can be made more fit-for-purpose in view of the transnational dimensions of many present-day conflicts.

The Expert Event took two recent case studies – Afghanistan and Mali – to delve into a discussion of two specific questions:

  • What are the key connectors between local conflicts and transnational audiences, resources and tools, and what challenges does this create locally for restoring peace?
  • What improvement efforts should be considered to make multidimensional external interventions better fit for purpose in this environment so that they can make a more sustainable contribution to build peace?

The expert event was followed by a panel discussion. Read more below:

Panel Discussion: ‘Local’ Conflicts in Transnational Entanglements
Challenges for multidimensional external interventions in building sustainable peace

The aim of the Panel Discussion was to further elaborate on central themes that have been identified by key experts during an Expert Event (by invitation only) on the topic, earlier that day. The outcomes of the Expert Event and Panel Discussion have fed into a research report advancing concrete recommendations for policymakers.

In addition, participants had the opportunity to engage in an online debate on these issues before and after the event.


Present-day conflicts are characterized by significant complexity that results in part from increasing connections between the local and the global that have been enabled by greater ease of communication, transport and technological progress. This complexity makes it difficult to understand, address and resolve current conflicts because it diversifies the aims and interests of conflict parties, increases the number and type of actors that can be involved, and diversifies the strategies and tools they utilize.

Visit the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law website for more details.


  • Thomas Barfield (Boston University)
  • Emile Simpson (Former UK armed forces, author of ‘War from the ground up’)
  • Peter Tinti (Journalist)
  • Christopher O’Donnell (UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations)



Further Reading

New Publications: Making Water Cooperation Work

The Hague Institute has released the two final reports for its project ‘Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work’. The two publications present research findings…

News Brief

The End of U.S. Leadership on Human Rights?

For a column in Dutch newspaper NRC, journalist Michel Kerres, diplomatic editor for the newspaper, spoke to Stephen Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes…

Media Mention