Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding; Civil-Military Relations; Counterterrorism; European Union Politics; Asia; MENA.
Background & Qualification
Cornelia Adriana Baciu is PhD student at the School of Law and Government. Previously, she was pre-doctoral fellow of the ZEIT Stiftung Hamburg and worked as a Risk Analyst at a security management company in Konstanz, Germany, where she focused her work on armed conflict, civil unrest and political instability in Asia and Middle East. Cornelia Adriana Baciu studied Politics and European Studies in Germany, India and Romania and completed an internship at the Terrorism Prevention Branch, United Nations.
Multi-Track Conflict Resolution Mechanisms Fostered by Civil Society in Military Environments. A Case Study of Pakistan
This PhD research project evaluates the approaches taken by civil society in ending violent conflicts and promoting peace in militarised environments. The conflict resolution potential of local peacebuilders in Pakistan has been neglected both empirically and theoretically, in that the peacebuilding and “peace formation” (Richmond 2011) attempts made by civil society in Pakistan are rarely addressed by locally focused literature. This study will fill this gap by conducting a thorough analysis of the peacebuilding approaches of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Pakistan, in the post 2000 period. The main objective of the dissertation is to explore (1) factors influencing the relationship between peacebuilding CSOs and the military, (2) whether the level of restriction varies in function of CSOs type (foreign-funded, domestic funded, voluntary) and (3) how CSOs develop mechanisms for coping with restrictions and maximising the impact of their peacebuilding work. Robust evidence will be provided by employing an innovative methodology using multiple research methods and applying Pakistan as a least-likely case. The researcher has previously conducted field research in Pakistan and through Dublin City University (DCU) has strong connections to allow safe and fruitful fieldwork.
2015/2016: Tutorial LG 133 ‘Introduction to Research Skills and Methods’ for BA in Economics, Politics and Law.
- “Patterns of Civil Society Participation in Democratic Counterterrorism and Counter-Radicalisation Strategies. A Case Study of Pakistan” – paper presented at the International Conference on Post-Conflict Rehabilitation in Islamabad, Pakistan, November 2015.
- “Evaluating Conflict Resolution Mechanisms Fostered by Civil Society. Evidence from Pakistan” – paper presented at the International Conference on Asian Studies in Niigata, Japan, June 2015.