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Mark B. Taylor

Mark B. Taylor is a research director at the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Oslo. His research covers human rights and security, as well as a range of issues pertaining to both the Middle East and the economies of armed conflict.

Research areas:  Peace processes and mediation , Global trends , Middle East and North Africa

Publications

The big dilemma of small soldiers: recruiting children to the war in Syria
Children of Syria by Beshr O with CC licence from flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/beshro/8705520570/in/photolist-egh4Yf-9VCpWt-bEQzGF-89DRep-e3jWyz-e3jWvX-e3qBC9-e3jWwK-hKiUpV-egh475-ok5wnw-8ZSDMb-hWiphQ-e3qBKd-e3jWsk-e3jWyB-i2oSVN-dDL7UU-dDL7QJ-6cWqH8-eUqTyu-as9WCm-6hcKTj-e38ZTn-p6anng-oojrfd-jAN3RL-hWbYL6-6cL5F7-2b3dxm-aWY962-bDqtaS-bSkckP-bSkb64-bDqrYw-bSkdXv-bSk9gK-bDquP1-bSkcUg-bSk9VV-e3eFDU-jAMVvJ-jAM1Da-bTHTr2-LMjqF-jALXhb-qXhckx-qddvP9-ecfYha-9Q5zZz Tone Sommerfelt , Mark B. Taylor 16 February 2015
This report considers child recruitment to the war in Syria from the refugee populations in Jordan based on interviews with international and Jordanian officials, as well as Jordanian citizens and Syrian refugees. more  
Book review: The Israeli Peace Movement: A Shattered Dream by Tamar S. Herman
The Israeli Peace Movement - a Shattered Dream Mark B. Taylor 19 December 2013
Twenty years after the Oslo peace accords, the euphoria felt by many Israelis has been transformed into a belief that peace with the Palestinians is not peace at all, but in practice means war. How did this happen? And what was the role of the Israeli peace movement in this process? more  
Conflict trade: regulating illicit flows to and from war
GP WASR-10 SW1911PD POWERLINE 901 by Teknorat with cc license from Flickr Mark B. Taylor 1 October 2013
Due diligence offers the possibility of excluding goods from global flows if they are produced through human rights abuse or used for conflict financing, while at the same time it can limit harm to livelihoods and avoid the wholesale criminalisation of informal economies. To that end, further inter-governmental policy coordination is n... more  
Conflict financing: what’s wrong with war economies?
Arms Trader Manufactors Weapon in his Workshop on the Smugglers' Bazaar by nicolas with cc license from Flickr Mark B. Taylor 21 May 2013
International responses to the economic dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding have been hampered by a confusion of approaches and the complexity of the realities of armed conflict or widespread violence. The conflict-financing framework is proposed as a practical means of understanding what responsibilities arise in war economies an... more  
Economies of violence and peacebuilding: towards policy coherence
Conflict minerals 10 by ENOUGH project Mark B. Taylor 9 May 2012
The economies of irregular armed conflict are hard to control, but recent developments at the United Nations and OECD suggest that international responses to self-financing wars are evolving into a coherent approach. What is needed is the institutional capacity both to develop strategies appropriate for the economies of particular conf... more  

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