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20072019
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Biography

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

interventionism
Somalia
Turkey
organizational behavior
analytical framework
Palestine
conflict resolution
Israel
contact
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
promotion
globalization
poverty
violence

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