» Archive for: May, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 5.07.24 PMThe Handbook on Human Security: A Civil-Military-Police Curriculum, published by GPPAC, the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the KROC Institute for Peace Studies of Notre Dame University, aims to provide practical guidance and a shared set of terms and concepts to enable civil-military-police coordination to support human security.

“No one group can achieve human security on their own without working with others. Civil society, military and police all have roles to play in achieving human security.” 

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 4.41.27 PMIn this animation, GPPAC explains what Human Security is and why it is important. Human security refers to the security of people and communities, as opposed to the security of states.  The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a member-led network of civil society organisations (CSOs) active in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding across the world. 

For GPPAC, the human security approach is not only centred on people as objects of interventions, but also as providers of security in their own right. It challenges us to consider participative ways of doing and evaluating our work.

How Syria was swept by the merchants of death


Photo: Pablo Tosco / AFP / Getty Images

Article by Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU. Originally posted on TransConflict.

“We are living in a leaderless world, in an age where complacency has become a virtue, indifference a relief, lack of courage a cautious maneuver, and the absence of resolve a salvation.

The unimaginable sacrifices that the Syrian people have made should not be in vain. The international order, civility and morality are at stake. If the international community fails to act now, future generations will recall how the community of nations lost its moral compass and humanity, and subjected the whole world to the bleakest days yet to come.”

Current Call for Submissions


Why do people leave their homes? What happens through the migration journey? How do youth and adult migrants navigate the process of relocation?

Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, issue 29(1) will focus on exploring and understanding the global refugee crisis. This special issue centers on current realities and discourses on refugees, forced migrants, unaccompanied minors, and displaced people in multiple contexts. The contributors will explore the quest for freedom through the lens of human security and rights.

 Both academics and practitioners are encouraged to submit essays of 2,500 to 3,500 words to Peace Review no later that 5 p.m. PST on Oct. 15, 2016. For more information about the general themes visit Peace Review website. 


26th International Peace Research Association (IPRA) General ConferenceScreen Shot 2016-02-23 at 12.43.51 PM

Place: University of Sierra Leone, Freetown

Date: 27th November – 1st December 2016

Most wars fought in the world are now civil conflicts although they attract less global attention compared to
international conflicts. Because civil wars are increasingly common in developing countries and go on for years, a report by the World Bank in 2003 argued that civil war is now an important issue for development. War represents an obstacle to development, and conversely, development can prevent war. 

The Conference  intends to help generate interest amongst peace researchers in the global South and North in the way that exploitation of mineral and forestry resources in Sierra Leone and other African, Latin American and Asian countries has caused extensive damage. This is both to the environment and people, not only threatening post-conflict reconstruction efforts but reinforcing structural problems such as poverty.

General call for papers. Submissions should be done online by May 23, 2016. 

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Place: International Peace Studies, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. 

Date: September 8-9, 2016

The conference seeks to generate debate and ongoing relationships between scholars and practitioners interested in key issues surrounding the dynamics of violent political conflict, dialogue, diplomacy, and peacebuilding. The conference will feature a keynote speech from Stathis Kalyvas (Yale), and the winner of the Conflict Research Society book prize.

There is an open invitation for paper and panel submissions in the following sections:  Peace, Conflict and Commemoratio, Scientific Study of Conflict and Cooperation, Peace and Conflict Studies and Connecting research and practice. Individual and panel proposals should be submitted online by May 31, 2016. 


Update on conflict dynamics and peacebuilding efforts.

Recommended article by Kisuke Ndiku, originally posted on TransConflict.

“It is a timely juncture in which to offer an update on peace in the Greater Horn and Great Lakes Region in Africa – South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somaliland, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.”


“Overall the Greater Horn and Great Lakes Region in Africa has been relatively stable but the concerns of governance and peace continue to be given very limited attention. This only happens when violence and disruption give rise to some short-term attention to violence and conflict, but not to peace. This is where a change is needed, focusing peace as opposed to focusing on violence. Peace as a continuum that assures growth and freedom needs to be catalyzed more than before through concerted engagement between communities, politicians, political parties and relevant organs of government. Exploring, identifying and using key pillars that contribute to community peace needs attention in each country.”


images-1The course will support decision makers and practitioners to design and implement effective full spectrum responses to crises situations.  The target audience is mid-ranking personnel of organisations engaged in political/diplomatic, peace-building, development/humanitarian and military/security operations. The Kennedy Institute has identified a need for comprehensive conflict analysis prior to an intervention in a conflict and for ongoing analysis to ensure that the intervention responds to changing dynamics.

The course will be held at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University from the  Monday 13th to Friday 17th June, 2016. Closing Date: Fri 20 May 2016.  For more information click here. 

Inside the Storytelling Revolution

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 11.58.03 AMLike peace, stories are about process and product; stories shape the way we interact with our surroundings and how we define our role in the world. We find purpose and belonging through stories—as individuals, communities, and nations.  

The Alliance for Peacebuilding latest issue of Building Peace, Inside the Storytelling Revolution, is dedicated to the transformative and revolutionary power of storytelling. It examines the countless ways we communicate with one another and the power that stories hold to inspire peace as well as war.


Recommended article by Ron Kraybill, originally posted on Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN).

Everywhere I’ve lived and worked, I’ve met people who feel a deep inner echo to the idea of making peace.  I’m a bit mystical about such things. The inner echo is one mark of a calling and I have a lot of time for people hearing it. But then it gets complicated.  How to get from inner echo to outer action? Sustaining my own call over 37 years and observing others, I’ve learned a few things:images

1. View A Job In Conflict Resolution And Peacebuilding As A Long-Term Objective.

2. Maintain At Least One Area Of Expertise Or Credentials Besides Peacebuilding.

3. The Path To Full-Time Work In Conflict Resolution Often Runs Through Something Else You’re Already Good At.

4. Expand Your Vocational Goal From Mediator To Peacebuilder.

5. Polish Writing Skills.

6.  Learn Inbound Marketing.

7. If You Aspire To Peacebuilding Internationally, Get A Foundation In Community Development.


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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