Root of Conflict Podcast

Why are some places affected by violence and disorder while others enjoy peace and stability? From the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts, Root of Conflict analyzes violent conflict around the world, and the people, societies, and policy issues it affects. Harris Public Policy students meet with leading experts and key stakeholders to discuss what can be done to create more peaceful societies.

This series is produced in partnership with The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. 

Root of Conflict


Coping With the Global Refugee Crisis

There are currently over 70 million people displaced by war, conflict, and persecution worldwide (more than the population of Thailand). The vast majority of them are in low- and middle-income countries without adequate resources to support and resettle them. On this episode, Pearson Fellows Sonnet Frisbie and Mwangi Thuita spoke to Dr. Cindy Huang, vice president of strategic outreach at Refugees International and a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, about policy initiatives that can improve protection and outcomes for displaced people. They engage in a wide-ranging conversation about the politics of refugee resettlement, weaving together narrative and evidence for policymakers, how refugee policy can be integrated into our support for host countries’ development agendas, and “Me Too” in the development community.

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Police Violence in America

For the last several years, police violence in America has come to the forefront of public consciousness. It is an issue that can polarize the country, but for years, there lacked a data-driven analysis of police violence on a national level, and concrete policy recommendations on the issue were hard to come by. On this episode of Root of Conflict, Pearson Fellows Sonnet Frisbie and Mwangi Thuita speak with Sam Sinyangwe, activist, data scientist, and co-founder of Mapping Police Violence, the most comprehensive database of people killed by police. Sam discusses the evidence-based approaches to measuring police violence in America, and the importance of conveying the data, to the public and to policymakers, in a way that can affect real policy change.

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What the long-term effects of COVID-19 could be

In this podcast episode, Paul discusses with Peter Wolf, a CPOST researcher, the long-term implications of the COVID-19 virus and how it could change global power relations. 

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