» Archive for: July, 2016

logo-131x78The global human rights education and training centre (HREA) is offering self-directed and tutored e-learning courses on conflict, migration and gender-based violence.
HREA is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization that supports human rights education, dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to protect human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities. For the fourth term, November to December 2016, HREA is offering the following courses that may be interesting for SJP alumni:

– Children in War and Armed Conflicts
– Education in Emergencie
– Gender-based Violence
– International Human Rights Law (Foundation Course)
– Migration and Asylum (Foundation Course)
– Psychosocial Consequences of Migration and Asylum
– Data Collection and Analysis for Project Monitoring and Evaluation
– Gender Responsive Budgeting

Deadline for early registration discount: 1 September 2016. For more information about HREA’s courses, application process and fees please click here

Innovations in the Colombian peace process

Recomended reading by Kristian Herbolzheimer, originaly posted on The Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre’s website on 27 June images2016. 

According to Herbolzheimer Colombia is becoming a global reference for identifying political solutions to apparently intractable conflicts. His report describes all these innovations and other developments which have led up to peace agreement.

“Building peace raises more questions than answers. Every peace process learns from developments elsewhere, but also innovates to adjust to challenges present in the local context. These innovations can in turn become a reference for international peacebuilding processes. The peace negotiations between the government of Colombia and the FARC include at least five major innovations in the field of conflict transformation.” Namely: a clear procedural distinction between peace negotiations and the peace process; positioning the rights of the victims at the centre of the talks; addressing the structural problem of rural development; creating a Gender Subcommission; and planning for implementation long before the agreement is signed. These innovations could have relevance to peace processes elsewhere.

To read the full text please click here.

New challenges and responses


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Source: Mursi tribe ethiopia, Rod Waddington, Flickr

While in Central America organized violence, carried out without any clear political objective or ideological basis, has taken on an epidemic form, this form of non-conventional armed violence is also shaping post-conflict and conflict environments such as Libya, Mali, Somalia and Syria. These cases show that there is ever greater hybridity between criminal, paramilitary and political behaviour in global manifestations of armed violence.  Pressure to rethink the policies adopted towards these non-state armed groups – whether they are extremist factions, urban gangs, drug trafficking organizations, vigilante groups or protection racketeers – has intensified as the efforts to stifle them through security measures alone yield disappointing results.

The Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre in collaboration with the Conflict Research Unit of the Clingendael Institute published the first reports in a series of papers commissioned on the subject of “non-conventional armed violence,” in order to explore these issues through case studies, comparative analyses and policy papers. For more information and to access the reports visit Clingendael Institute website.


Plural Security Insights

Category: Publications

26 Jul 2016

Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit (CRU) consortium project Plural Security Insights seeks to foster effective security and rule of law policy and practice by offering empirical insights on plural security provision in urban contexts.  Led by Research Fellow Megan Price and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the project provides empirically-based policy advice on how local governance structures might interact with various local security providers to improve security outcomes for urban residents.


Source: Andrea Scire / flickr

In many contexts around the world, the state is not the sole provider of security. Rather, an array of coercive actors assert claims on the use of force, an arrangement understood as ‘plural security provision’.  This phenomenon, and its policy implications, are examined in case studies of three urban contexts: Beirut (Lebanon), Nairobi (Kenya), and Tunis (Tunisia). The approach of the project privileges a bottom-up perspective, challenging both conventional state-centric international security and rule of law assistance and local policymakers to better engage with modes of security provision that people view as legitimate, effective, or at least the best available.

Here you can find the final synthesis paper that summarizes recurrent themes from the case studies and provides recommendations and advice for policy makers working in contexts of security pluralism.




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Applications due by Oct. 3, 2016

Dates: 4 – 13 January 2017 (10 days)

Location: Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica.

Experiential peacebuilding is an approach that applies “learning by doing” to the challenge of building relationships between people on different sides of conflict. Respoding to the need for field experience and applied skills in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, the Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding is a 10-day expedition based course that combines a unique wilderness experience with experiential learning techniques in a multi-cultural environment. It is designed for working professionals and students who seek to get out of the classroom to apply and advance their leadership, empathy and conflict resolution skills.

For more information about the program and how to be part of  this international community of students and practitioners working towards peace pleace visit Outward Bound Peacebuilding website.  

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Date: 5th – 6th of September 2016

Place: University of Bradford, UK

To mark the 100th anniversary hundredth anniversary of the birth of Adam Curle, peace scholar, Bradford’s Peace Studies Division is hosting the Adam Curle Centenary Symposium. 

Curle’s approach to Peace Studies  interdisciplinary and practical. His experience in peacemaking and development informed his conception of “peaceful relationships” which he regarded as key to understanding peace and conflict at different levels, from the quest for individual peace to the negotiation of settlements to interstate wars. The symposium aims to strengthen interdisciplinary and practice-oriented explorations of ‘peaceful relations in the 21st Century’ and to assess the ongoing relevance of Curle’s ideas to the challenges the world faces today.

Academics and practitioners around the world are invited to a dialogue that will take a fresh, critical look at the state of Peace Studies and Practice today. There are 5 streams of events running through the symposium, each bringing a different angle to the forefront: peacemaking, peace, social change and development, peace and education,  arts and peace, non-violence and civil resistance. Confirmed speakers include esteemed academics such as Cynthia Enloe (Clark University), John Paul Lederach (Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies), and James Thompson (University of Manchester).

For more informarion, the symposium programme, and online registration in click here.  


Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of Peace. 

Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden

Date: The Hague, 29 – 30 September 2016

Traditionally, jus post bellum has been more concerned with the justice of war, rather than the justice of peace. It has been focused on states, rather than non-state actors. The conference will explore to what extent international law contains norms and principles of just and sustainable peace in specific areas, such as ending of conflict and conflict termination, security, movement of persons, among others.


Call for papers: Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and be accompanied by a CV. Submissions must be written in English and sent to j.m.iverson@law.leidenuniv.nl no later than 5 August 2016. Draft papers should be submitted by 15 September 2016.


The following abstract is part of an article by Fabio Andres Diaz, that was posted on Transconflict on the 5th July 2016.  The complete article is available here.

Historic ceasefire agreements between FARC and the Colombian government have brought an end to a 50-year conflict. The battle for peace now lies with the Colombian people.

These historic agreements are the result of advances in the current peace process. During the last two years, several initiatives in favour of a de-escalation of the conflict in Colombia have been undertaken by FARC and the Colombian government.


Colombians on the streets celebrating the agreement.

The beginning of the end?

Despite the important moves towards peace, it would be premature to claim that war is over. First, the fighting in Colombia is not limited to FARC. Other guerrillas such as the ELN and EPL, paramilitary forces, drug trafficking groups and cartels are also significant contributors to this violence.

Secondly, whilst agreements have been signed they are yet to be implemented. At the moment the agreements are the promise of where the country wants to get to. It will take years of hard work to get to a true state of peace.

Thirdly, peacebuilding efforts need to envision peace as something more than the disarmament of rebels, or rebels out of uniforms. The existence of rebels and armed groups that replace the state and claim to be the sovereign in different parts of Colombia is a symptom of something greater: participation, legitimacy and the consolidation of the Colombian state.

Finally, international experience shows that violence increases after agreements are signed, by spoilers or opponents to the process. Paramilitary forces and drug traffickers are preparing their response to the agreements and the possibility of peace. Those who have made millions of dollars through violence will not allow the agreements to compromise their profits and may resort to what they know to do best: violence and fear.

The battle for peace

Now the agreements have been signed, campaigns to support and oppose the achievements will begin. This is where the real battle for peace lies. The Colombian peace process is unlikely to succeed if it is not owned and defended by Colombians. Without this support, the agreements will be a mere piece of paper, devoid of any symbolic, reconciliatory or foundational power for the future of Colombia. It is time for everyone in Colombia to try to move beyond the legacy of conflict, and to begin to work for peace.

Fabio Andres Diaz is a Colombian researcher on peace and conflict. He is a Researcher in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Rhodes University and at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Festival of Peace and Justice

Category: Events

14 Jul 2016


 On the occasion of the U.N. International Day of Peace The Hague will be completely swept away by the Just Peace Festival during the weekend of 21 to 25 September 2016. There will be a  number of festivities, including debates, concerts, tours and (photo) exhibitions.

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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