Peace and Development Studies, Department for Social Studies, Linnaeus University
During the last 15 years, the global pattern of armed conflicts and violence has changed dramatically. Conflicts today involve not just a complex set of societal groups, but also foreign actors, with their own political and economic interests. What is more, the distinction between conventional wars between states, domestic conflicts, and violence in society in general is starting to fade. The starting point is that it is not possible to study a conflict based on one single phenomenon. We must study peace, conflict, security and development together in order to learn how different aspects of societal development work together.