Understanding what works and what doesn’t work is important when planning interventions to reduce organised violence. This study by University of Bath uses machine learning to analyse the extent to which power-centric ‘masculine’ language is present in key UN and US government texts. With a focus on interventions in Syria, the study aims to find links between masculine language in public statements, the types of interventions they relate to, and the levels of organised violence in the places where those interventions occur.

The research will be divided into two sub-questions:  

  1. the agency of successful intervention – who should intervene?  
  1. method/approach of intervention – how could international agents be successful in their interventions? 

This study focuses on what kind of combinations of actors and what kind of approaches produce the best outcome in terms of the reduction of organised violence.  

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