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New program to help countries recover from regional conflicts

By Lola Pak | Emory in the World | March 31, 2013

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SARR director Bruce Knauft will lead the new Comparative Postconflict Recovery Project.

Bruce Knauft is not a political scientist or a seasoned humanitarian. As an anthropologist, however, he saw the need for a collective dialogue between policymakers, humanitarians, scholars and other groups in conflicted regions around the world to help find a sustainable solution for states at risk. In 2008, with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, Emory’s Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology formed the States at Regional Risk Project (SARR) to jump-start this much-needed conversation in conflicted regions around the world.

Now with SARR coming to a close this spring, the program is in the process of transitioning into the Comparative Post-Conflict Recovery Project (CPRP). With an award of nearly $300,000 from Carnegie’s “States in Transition” grant program, Knauft plans to narrow the focus of CPRP to state-building and peace-building, particularly in Asia and Africa.

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