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Dr Chuck Thiessen is a scholar and practitioner whose academic research has focused on international peacebuilding processes in Afghanistan, Palestine, Somalia, and other war-torn contexts. He is currently interested in:

  • The ethics of international intervention in contexts of war with a special focus on local ownership
  • The way in which the interventions of ‘rising power’ actors in post-war contexts compare to traditional peacebuilding actors
  • The growing and potential roles for faith/religious groups in contexts of conflict

Dr Thiessen has consulted for several international and local organisations in Afghanistan and has managed a variety of peacebuilding and development projects in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Palestine, and Turkey. He is also the co-principal investigator for the EU-Marie Curie (IRSES)-funded project ‘Perspectives of Conflict Transformation from the Middle East and Europe’ (CTMEE). Prior to his current position, Dr Thiessen worked as the Research Manager for a peacebuilding NGO (Cooperation for Peace and Unity) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Research Interests

Conflict transformation; Conflict resolution; Emerging powers and peacebuilding; International peacebuilding; Local ownership of peacebuilding; Peace economics; Religion and peace.

Vision Statement

I am quite concerned with the growing dissatisfaction with, and local resistance to, internationally directed peacebuilding interventions across the globe. It appears that some of this discontent results from the international-domestic relationship in these war-affected contexts. Thus, I am interested in contributing to current peacebuilding literature by exploring potential revisions to current peacebuilding practice and agendas that ensures increased local ownership of peacebuilding activities and is inclusive of a broader range of local actors. Methodologically, I aim to provide an active voice to on-the-ground development and peacebuilding leaders and local populations in my research.

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Research Output 2007 2019

Turkey in Somalia: Challenging North/Western interventionism?

Thiessen, C. & Ozerdem, A., 8 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Third World Quarterly. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

organizational behavior
analytical framework
conflict resolution
narrative interview

Proceed with caution: Research production and uptake in conflict-affected countries

Thiessen, C. & Byrne, S., 2018, In : Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. 13, 1, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

development aid

The Evolution of Conflict Transformation Theory and Practice in Israel and the occupied Palestine territory

Thiessen, C., 2017, Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians: Dynamics of Peace and Justice in Occupied Territory. Ozerdem, A., Thiessen, C. & Qassoum, M. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 3-19 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Participation in conference

Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in Palestine

Chuck Thiessen (Organising Committee)
5 May 20156 May 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference