» Archive for: February, 2016

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Grand Prize Grand Prize “Dominique” by Sibylle George.

In October 2015, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) asked Lebanese young people to use their cameras to explore their understanding of the Lebanese civil war as it shapes their country’s past and present. “The War as I See It” youth photo contest was organized to raise awareness about the importance of truth seeking and truth telling about people’s experiences of the war and post-war violence.

In this photo gallery,  you’ll find the winning photographs.


Rigoberta Menchu and Guatemalan activists listen to the sentence.

Guatemala has struggled for years with impunity; this historic trial is a step in the right way.

Two former Guatemalan soldiers have been sentenced to 120 and 240 years in prison after they were found guilty of raping women in the Sepur Zarco military base in the 1980s as part of a military strategy.

The Sepur Zarco case is the first wartime sexual abuse case prosecuted in Guatemala, and the first of sexual and domestic slavery tried in a national court.



The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit is a call to action by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reduce human loss and suffering from crises. The Summit will take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. 


On February 9th, Ban Ki-moon launched the report for the World Humanitarian Summit. In his report, the Secretary-General called on world leaders and on all concerned citizens to renew our commitment to humanity and inspire the global leadership and unity needed to prevent and end suffering.

He asks all stakeholders to accept and act upon 5 core responsibilities to deliver for humanity: global leadership to prevent and end conflict, uphold the norms that safeguard humanity, leave no one behind, change people’s lives- from delivering aid to ending need, and invest in humanity. Putting forward an ‘Agenda for Humanity‘, he outlined the key actions and strategic shifts necessary to deliver on them.

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In its World Report 2016, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries, concluding that the politics of fear led governments around the globe to roll back human rights during 2015.  

The report states that the spread of terrorist attacks beyond the Middle East and the huge flows of refugees spawned by repression and conflict led many governments to curtail rights in misguided efforts to protect their security. “These backward steps threaten the rights of all without any demonstrated effectiveness in protecting ordinary people,” says Executive Director Kenneth Roth. 

Watch this video for a quick summary. To download or purchase the full report click here


Border zones can be sites of conflict among states and transnational actors over currency and trade, migration and refugees, environmental threats, and contested sovereignty.ban_ColombianSupporters_450x240

The program is designed to equip early-career professionals, graduate students, and other future peacebuilders with practical tools, knowledge, and hands-on experience to understand the complexities of conflicts within and across border regions, and the types of interventions that can be used to transform these conflicts. It will take place from June 5-24, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador at FLACSO, with graduate-level credit issued by UMass Boston.

Watch the course video for more information on the course’s topics, objectives and speakers. The application deadline is 21 March 2016.

o-US-SYRIA-HUMANITARIAN-AID-facebook-300x192As conflicts and crises continue to stretch the humanitarian system, there is a growing need for critical thinking and reflection.

Taking place in London from 5 to 11 June, the course provides mid-career and senior professionals with the opportunity to reflect on key issues in preparing for, responding to and transitioning out of humanitarian crises. Watch the course video for more information on the course’s topics, objectives and speakers. The application deadline is 13 March 2016.



The conference will be held at the University of Cambridge and will run from 7 September 2016 to  Friday 9 September 2016. It will coincide with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Cambridge Center for African Studies. The call for papers will close on  2nd April 2016. For more information enter here.

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 12.43.51 PMInternational Peace Research Association(IPRA)  calls for papers for its 26th General Conference on the topic of ‘Agenda For Peace And Development: Conflict prevention, post-conflict transformation, and the Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate.’ Deadline for Submission of abstract and panel proposals is 3rd March 2016.

Civil conflicts represent an obstacle to development, and conversely, development can prevent war. This double causation gives rise to virtuous and vicious circles. Whilst conflict and violence may have many origins, poverty and conflict are two dependent variables that can cause each other leading to human disasters that become protracted. Yet, despite the growing nexus between economic development, conflict dynamics and the potential complications of behavior, this interrelated area has so far attracted relatively little focus from peace researchers. The focus of the 26th IPRA General Conference will be to address this gap in peace research.

The conference, which is is scheduled to take place in Freetown between 27th November -1st   December 2016, will also explore interrelationships between disaster, development, conflict and media related perspectives on peace and human security.


Exploring linkages between Tech & Peacebuilding

How can we use technology for peace, towards transformation?

Peacebuilding is fundamentally about change, and most discussions about peacebuilding are Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 10.36.39 AM
really about how to change less than ideal situations into slightly better ones. Over time, answers to these questions have increasingly recognized that conflict might, in fact, contribute to positive political, cultural and societal processes. The change needed no longer revolves around resolving or managing conflict, but rather transforming it away from violence and destruction towards constructive change.’

What are we trying to change, and what can technology affect in these processes?

The key facets of these complex questions will be covered by the Build Peace 2016 Conference: Towards Transformation, which is going to take place in Zurich from 9 to 11 of September 2016 If you have relevant work on how technology can contribute to building peace and are interested in sharing your work, you can apply to speak, showcase a tool or contribute a work of art to the conference.  Applications are open until April 15, 2016.


International Institute of Social Studies

Conflict and Peace Studies is a specialization within the Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Conflict and Peace Studies teaching team.

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