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Dr Chuck Thiessen is a scholar and practitioner whose academic research has focused on international peacebuilding processes in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, 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 that new emerging interveners relate to conventional interveners in post-war contexts.
  • The growing use of 'preventing violent extremism' (PVE) approaches to peacebuilding.

Dr Thiessen has consulted for the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund and several other international and local organisations in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan and has managed a variety of peacebuilding and development projects in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Palestine, and Turkey. He is currently the Principal Investigator for a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) /Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project exploring peacebuilding and economic survival in 5 conflict zones. Prior to his current position, Dr Thiessen worked as the Research Manager for a peacebuilding NGO in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Research Interests

  • Post-war international development and peacebuilding interventions; conflict and development; statebuilding; the prevention of violent extremism; international norms and civil society; local ownership; international organizations; and international conflict resolution and analysis.

Vision Statement

I am quite concerned with the growing dissatisfaction with and local resistance to international 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/intervention 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

human rights
dual role

The Strategic Ambiguity of the United Nations Approach to Preventing Violent Extremism

Thiessen, C., 15 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

narrative interview

Turkey in Somalia: Challenging North/Western interventionism?

Thiessen, C. & Ozerdem, A., 25 May 2019, 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

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