Uncertainty and Extremism among Ukrainian Fighters


What is the role of contested social identities in sustaining peace, justice, and strong institutions? Why do some Ukrainian citizens join paramilitary battalions instead of the regular Ukrainian army? What are the attractive features of groups that use extralegal violence? What is the connection between uncertainty and extremism?

Although we are leaving the month of October and the sustainable development goal of the month, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, the importance of the goal remains. Some troubling trends can be observed, not least in the wake of the ongoing pandemic: state actors taking a stronger grip over power as well as armed groups using the situation to their advantage. What is the way forward?

Drawing from his field research interviewing paramilitary fighters in Ukraine applying uncertainty-identity theory – paired with his knowledge concerning peaceful and inclusive institutions in insecure societies – FUF Lund wants to invite Sida Alumni Khalil Mutallimzada to address these topics related to Goal 16. The aim of the lecture is to contribute to the conversation surrounding goal 16, how uncertainty can have a strong motivational effect leading to extreme behavior or attitudes, what social and political implications this may entail, and how state institutions can function effectively by including and integrating all citizens.

Where: Zoom
When: 2020.11.02; 17:00-18:30
Speaker: Khalil Mutallimzada

The lecture is free and open for everyone, but you need to register to get the Zoom link.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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