The International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) will hold its 9th International Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 10-13 April 2017. The Conference  invites delegates and participants to nominate or submit proposals for speakers and presenters. Deadline: November 30, 2016

The conference theme, “Cities as Living Museums for Peace”, will highlight Belfast’s social and political transformation from a divided, troubled city to a one which models peace consciousness through postconflict healing and reconciliation.

Paper sessions will include individual or co-authored historical reports, case studies of museums or other places, events or people, peace education. For more information about it click here.


The Hague Institute distinguished speaker series: General Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defense of The Netherlands
Date: Wednesday 23 November – 16:00-17:008eca4bc7-04c5-438d-a788-66d1728685ec

General Middendorp will deliver a lecture entitled “The Military and the Pursuit of Global Justice”. On behalf of the Minister of Defense, General Middendorp is responsible for preparing and executing military operations carried out by the Netherlands armed forces.

A question and answer session moderated by Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute, will follow the lecture. Registration required.

The Institute for Economics and Peace, a leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyze peace and to qualify its economic benefits, developed a conceptual framework, known as the Pillars of Peace, which are eight factors that provide a roadmap to overcome adversity and conflict, and to build lasting peace.

Graph 8The Positive Peace Report 2016 investigates these factors, why they are important, and how they work together to reduce levels of violence and improve resilience and peacefulness. The report asserts that peace is much more than the absence of violence:

It “introduces new thinking and evidence about Positive Peace. Positive Peace is defined as the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. These same factors also lead to many other positive outcomes that support an optimum environment in which human potential can flourish. Without a better understanding of how societies operate, it will not be possible to solve humanity’s major challenges. Positive Peace combined with systems thinking provides a unique framework from which to better manage human affairs.”

The report offers a compilation of research on positive peace and resilience. You can download it here.


Global Terrorism Index 2016

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9 Nov 2016

9d29c7b8-2ba5-4dd5-95e2-65969f4a704cLaunch Panel Discussion
Date: Thursday 17 November – 12:30-14:00
Location: The Hague Institute For Global Justice

The Global Terrorism Index is the world’s leading metric for policymakers in their efforts to track and understand how to measure the impacts and underlying drivers of terrorism.

Produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), The Index scores 163 countries over the past 16 years by aggregating the number of terrorist incidents, number of fatalities, injuries and the amount of property damage and then weighting the results over five years with the highest weighting being the most recent year. It explores significant correlations with other important indicators such as education, poverty, governance, etc. 

During the panel Mr. Daniel Hyslop, Research Director at IEP, will present findings from 2012 Index. Ms. Ingrid van Engelshoven, Deputy Mayor at the Municipality of The Hague; Dr. Alastair Reed, Acting Director of The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, and Ms. Amy Cunningham, Senior Advisor at the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund TBC, will share their thoughts and expertise about the findings in a moderated discussion. Registration required.


Young Peacebuilders Forum 2016

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9 Nov 2016

Unknown-1In September 2016, The Hague hosted the Young Peacebulders Forum, which brought together young working in the field of peacebuilding to discuss about advocacy efforts for peace of youth organizations. Organized by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), the forum focused specifically on the advocacy efforts of youth peace organisations.

The forum was an opportunity to discuss UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security as well as other policies relating to youth participation in peacebuilding including European Union and Council of Europe policies.  The Forum identified some of the challenges lying ahead for the youth peace movement, and helped lay the ground for a common understanding of the needs we face together as well as common priorities for the actions we need to undertake.



International Migrants Day

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8 Nov 2016

There are over 232 million international migrants in the world today, and an estimated 20 percent of migrants are in an irregular situation. Migrant-Rights-Key-imageGlobally, migrants continue to endure a number of serious violations of their fundamental rights.

Yes,  you can support migrant rights within your own organization or community. Join the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Mr. François Crépeau, in a month-long social media campaign seeking to promote the respect and protection of #MigrantRights.

This year’s Campaign will have a particular focus on ending the immigration detention of children and families, consistent with the recommendation of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and a growing number of UN and civil society voices.

For more information about it visit the #MigrantRights Campaign website, which will be regularly updated beginning 18 November with stories, infographics, and videos, which you are encouraged to share.

Get involved!



14344876_1204216509620704_6979543680110075351_nAfter more than 52 years of war, the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace agreement on September 26. This Sunday, 2 October, the people of Colombia must decide if they support it.

Facing a unique opportunity, Colombian youth is playing a very important role, Colombian youth is playing a very important role. This article by Lina María Jaramillo, originally posted by Transconflict on September 30, 2016, is an interesting reading about youth Colombians ‘Yes’ movement. 

The author notes that in Colombia “civil society groups, many of them led by young people, are keeping their distance from political parties and political leaders, activating their own movements and campaigns to promote peace and reconciliation. The young people involved in these movements realise that peacebuilding is their generation’s challenge. They accept that there is uncertainty and risk involved in accepting the peace agreements. But for them any peace is better than no peace, any uncertainty better than a future with guns, guerillas and war”.


Sí me la juego: I am in, Peace my Friend, Peace Youth, The Youth for Yes movement  “are a sample of the vibrant civil society that is growing around the plebiscite vote. Youth are celebrating the opportunity for peace, convincing others of how positively peace could transform Colombia and rallying people to go out and vote.”

 To learn more about these movements read the complete article please click here.

Date: 9 – 10 November 2016d880x320

Place: The Hague, the Netherlands.

Facing contemporary challenges like terrorism, cyber-attacks and hybrid warfare requires dialogue and collaboration within academia, as well as between academia and other stakeholders in the public and private sector.

But what security issues or challenges to focus on? who should take the lead, from what perspective and what is the added value of collaboration between private and public actors? Find answers to these and other questions during the International Conference ‘Who determines the security (research) agenda’, organized by the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) focuses on multidisciplinary research and education within the international scientific field of security studies.

For more information about the speakers, schedule and registration please visit the event’s website.  


Italy’s Jihadists in Syria: The Case of Maria Giulia Sergio (“Lady Jihad”)
Article by Dr. Francesco Marone, posted originally at International Center for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) on 28 September 2016. 
“As is well-known, today the danger of so-called “foreign fighters” in Syria and Iraq has ranked high on the agenda. In this regard, Italy represents an interesting national case (…) There is relatively little public information on Italy’s jihadists in Syria and Iraq. However, the case of Maria Giulia Sergio, nicknamed “Lady Jihad” by Italian media, is well-known and deserves attention.”
By examining the case of Sergio, the author sheds light on some of the particularities concerning Italy’s jihadists, including the role of foreign recruitment networks and the prevalence of individual pathways of radicalisation.


“Territorial Peace and Land Grabbing in Colombia”

Article by Lyda Fernanda Forero and Danilo Urrea originally posted at The Transnational Institute (TNI) website on 30 September 2016.

According to the authors, the end of Colombia’s armed conflict will not mean real peace if the neoliberal status quo persists. The peoples of Colombia have real solutions to the country’s environmental and social problems. In their opinion, there are two antagonistic views of peace, justice and the future Colombia in the country: “pax neoliberal” led by the government, and Colombian people’s narrative of peace. Interesting article that should be read with caution. To read the complete article please click here


“The Santos administration has manufactured and popularized the idea that peace is equivalent to the subjugation of insurgent groups. It has tried to define peace as the result of the negotiations with the FARC guerrilla (…) Diametrically opposed to the government’s idea of peace, organised peoples are building a narrative of peace as equivalent to social and environmental justice. In this narrative, the abandonment of arms by the agents of the conflict is but one step in the process to build a country with dignity, and not the end point nor an indication that the process has been consolidated.”

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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