The Analysis of Armed Conflict Essay

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Introduction

Wars can be very chaotic. If you have lived in a turbulent context, or through a situation of armed conflict, then you will know that sometimes it is hard to make sense of what is going on.

In this lesson we are going to learn some tools for analyzing the conflict scenario, to help make sense of what is happening. There are many tools that we could use, and some are quite technical. However, we will start with tools which are simple to use, but very helpful in understanding the armed conflict.

Warm Up Activity: Group Discussion

Ask trainees to consider and share their responses to this question: “Why should we analyze the conflict scenario?”

Some possible reasons are to discover the following:
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No such thing as neutrality
Handout 5a - Effects of Humanitarian Work

Humanitarian work can have negative effects as well as positive ones. It is almost impossible to be involved and to be “neutral”.

For example: Humanitarian work can be…

Politically negative:
• give legitimacy to one or other group in the conflict
• create a perception of bias, alienating groups you need to work with on behalf of the children

Politically positive:
• encourage local participation in processes that lead to peace
• enable people to question the ethics of war, and look for constructive values and principles

Socially negative:
• take decisions and responsibility for resolving problems away from the local population
• undermine active participation in the rebuilding process
• reinforce displacement of local population

Socially positive:
• facilitate participation and promote responsibility, among all including the young people
• create community cohesion
• support the most vulnerable people, including children

Economically negative:
• drain funds from community into needs created by the war
• propagate the conflict by providing funds or resources

Economically positive:
• ensure fair and equitable access to resources
• create alternative subsistence economies instead of relying on the economy of the conflict

Culturally negative:
• import foreign cultural

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