Roundtable: Why are some democracies so violent, and can they be made safe?

  • 17 Jan 2019
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty St, London WC1N 2LS


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Why are some democracies so violent,
and can they be made safe?

Alina Rocha Menocal ('94)


an event with

Dr Rachel Kleinfeld ('98)

in conversation with

Baroness Helena Kenndy QC,

and reflections from

Dr Markus Mayer and Prof. Jenny Pearce

Thursday, 17 January 2019
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

5:00 pm: Registration
5:30 pm: Programme

Doughty Street Chambers
54 Doughty Street
London WC1N 2LS


Please note: This event is free to attend, however pre-registration is required.


About the Event: 
The world has become consistently less peaceful and more violent over the past decades. Contrary to popular perception, however, neither war nor terrorism is a leading source of this violence. So what are the main factors that account for this trend across states and societies, which has become especially prevalent among democracies in the developing world? 

This event, co-organised by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Overseas Development Institute, will explore this question and ask what the implications may be for how international actors and the donor community seek to address the problem of violence and conflict. 

Anchored around Rachel Kleinfeld's new book A Savage Order, the panel will feature insights on the links between violent groups, organised crime and (democratic) politics from a variety of perspectives, and reflect on some of the responses that have been explored in different settings to overcome violence. 

Co-organised by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law (London), and the Overseas Development Institute (London), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington DC).


Chair Alina Rocha Menocal ('94) is Senior Research Fellow in Politics and Governance at OverseaDevelopment Institute (ODI), a leading think tank on international development based in London. She is also Senior Democracy Fellow at the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Rights and Governance at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Over the past fifteen years, she has been involved in a series of projects and assignments that seek to bridge the gap between research and policy in thinking about governance, as well as to inform more effective engagement and ways of working among international development actors in developing country settings. She holds a BA from Yale, in political science. 
Dr Rachel Kleinfeld ('98), Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld focuses on issues of rule of law, security, and governance in post-conflict countries, fragile states, and states in transition. She was the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project, a movement of national security, political, and military leaders working to promote people and policies that strengthen security, stability, rights, and human dignity in the US and around the world. In 2010, Rachel was named one of the top 40 Under 40 Political Leaders in the US by Time magazine. She holds a BA from Yale University.
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute 
Dr Markus Mayer, Regional Director, Asia, International Alert 
Prof. Jenny Pearce, Latin America and Caribbean Centre, London School of Economics, and Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice, Edge Hill University

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