PSRP Covid-19 Research

PSRP COVID-19 and Conflict Research

The Political Settlements Research Programme is working on a number of initiatives relating to the impact of Covid-19, and associated response policies, on peace processes and armed conflict. Much of this work is in early stages and more information will be published in due course.


In March 2020, the UN Secretary General called for a global ceasefire in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are tracking global ceasefires that have been called as a result of Covid-19, and combining this with our existing knowledge on ceasefires and specific country contexts to assess the varied outcomes and implications of these ceasefires.

Peace, Conflict and Covid-19 Survey

This is a survey-based small-scale research project assessing the impact of Covid-19 and related response policies on peace processes and armed conflict in over 15 countries across four continents. A short online survey will elicit insights from country experts. The responses will be qualitatively assessed and taken as a comparative trend study on how covid-19 and covid-19 response policies impact peace processes globally, putting it together with other reports and secondary sources from the field.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Times of crisis often crystalise identities and loyalties. The research aims at assessing the socio-political impact of Covid-19 situation in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which government and populations often feel alienated from the federal state. It mainly focuses on evaluating 1) the level of political trust in a number of actors who provide as many sources of information about the situation; 2) social cohesion across the region’s cities and communities. The responses of almost 1,000 Kurdistanis will be quantitatively and qualitatively analysed and compiled in a report to be published in Arabic, English and Kurdish. Research conducted in collaboration with Open Think Tank (OTT).

The Impact of Covid-19 on the Treatment and Lives of refugees/IDPs in the Middle East

In the middle of the humanitarian catastrophe that resulted from raging and protracted conflicts in several Middle Eastern countries, the Covid-19 situation is all the more alarming since it rendered refugees and IDPs particularly vulnerable. This study mainly focuses on evaluating how the Covid-19 situation impacted 1) the work of humanitarian workers; 2) the perception of refugees/IDPs as vulnerable populations; 3) the mitigation of the humanitarian crisis. Perceptions and insights of experts – humanitarian workers, policymakers, civil society – acting at the (inter)national and local levels will be collected via an online survey to be sent over 7 countries and administrative entities. Research conducted in collaboration with Open Think Tank (OTT).

Intergovernmental responses in the Global South

Many regions in the Global South have more recently dealt with public health crises and frequently deal with trans-border issues. Responses from Global South intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) to the COVID-19 crisis may provide examples of effective strategies that other regions could adopt. The project will gather information on the responses of IGOs to the COVID-19 crisis through the collection of press releases, joint statements, declarations, resolutions, and other similar documents. It will then produce research on the responses of organisations in Latin America, Africa, and Asia to answer two questions.  First, how have IGOs responded, and what strategies can be applied elsewhere.  Second, what strategies developed to react to this crisis will become part of standard operations and potentially inform responses to future crises?

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