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Schar School Assistant Professor Philip Martin and two colleagues are among 15 scholars to receive a 2020 Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award. The international awards are presented to “make significant contributions to understanding the causes, manifestations, and control of violence across the globe,” according to the foundation.
Martin, who teaches in the Schar School’s Master’s in International Security program, and colleagues Jeremy Speight of the University of Alaska and Giulia Piccolino of Loughborough University in England are researching post-conflict politics in Côte d’Ivoire.
In selecting the awardees, “highest priority was given to research that addresses urgent, present-day problems of violence,” said the New York City-based foundation, “what produces it, how it operates, and what prevents or reduces it.”
“Obviously, it is an honor to be selected to receive a grant award from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, one of the leading organizations in the United States committed to understanding issues of political violence, and preventing violence,” said Martin.
“This grant will support my team’s research on the behaviors of ex-combatants and former rebel commanders in Côte d’Ivoire, a country that is still recovering from a civil war in 2011 and remains quite fragile, especially amid the ongoing economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We hope that with this grant support from the HFG Foundation our project will shed light on the complex and varied roles that former rebels play in post-conflict peacebuilding, and inform the work of both local and global policy actors who aim to stabilize conflict-torn societies.”