Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace)
Coordinators: Dr Liz Carmichael, Dr Andrew Gosler
The Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace) is a multi-disciplinary initiative to promote the academic study of peace, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping at the University of Oxford. OxPeace comprises scholars and students from a variety of disciplines. It organizes lectures, seminars and conferences, and through its email lists it publicizes information about other related events.
The concept of ‘peacebuilding’ has come to be central to peace studies. Successful outcomes in peacebuilding depend on inclusive perspectives. The study of peace adds a fresh dimension to established disciplines and engenders a distinctive multidisciplinary synergy, drawing on politics and international relations, economics, development; gender, media, environmental studies; history; war and conflict studies; education, anthropology, law, ethics and theology to name only a few.
Oxford has a unique comparative advantage. In addition to its wide range of relevant academic disciplines, it has strong links to practitioners. It is thus well placed to promote dialogue between the two communities, to bring scholarship and research to bear on policy analysis and practice and to draw on the insights of practitioners to inform scholarship. OxPeace seeks to promote links between grassroots practitioners, NGOs, policy makers and academic researchers. It sees opportunities for links with scholars and research institutes in the Global South.
The OxPeace report for 2016-2017 is available to read in the CIS Annual Report here.
If you would like to join the OxPeace network (locally or worldwide), and/ or wish to post or receive information about relevant meetings, research, etc., please contact: Dr Liz Carmichael MBE, St John’s College, email@example.com, tel. 01865 277351 or Dr Andrew Gosler, Mansfield College, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 01865 271158
Among other events, OxPeace has held an annual multidisciplinary conference in May since 2009:
2018 The Business of Peace: Roles of Economics and Business in Peacebuilding
2017 Positive Peace: Concepts and Practice
2016 Studying Peace and Studying Conflict: Complementary or Competing Paradigms?
2015 Peace and the UN at 70
2014 New Wars? No Wars? Peacemaking in New Contexts
2013 Future of Peacebuilding
2012 Disciplines of Peace
2011 Media in Conflict and Peacebuilding
2010 Building Peace
2009 The Serious Study of Peace
OxPeace Steering Committee:
Co-Convenor: Revd Dr Liz Carmichael MBE (Theology)
Co-Convenor: Dr Andy Gosler (Human Sciences)
Prof. John Gledhill (Development); Prof. Neil MacFarlane (International Relations); Prof. the Lord Alderdice (Centre for Resolution of Intractable Conflict); Dr Richard Barltrop (Researcher & consultant mediator); Dr John Chesworth (Muslim-Christian Studies); Dr Isabella Bunn (Law & Human Rights); Prof Jake Lynch (Sydney Univ); Dr Myra Blyth (Theology & Religion); Dr Robert Harris (Modern Languages); Dr Fiona McConnell (Geography & Environment); Jeremy Cunningham; Christopher Watson; Rosie Houldsworth; Antony Ives; Alex Barnes; Alex Amari; Tim Epple; Dr Annette Idler (Director of Studies, Changing Character of War Programme); Tomoyuki Hashimoto; Elena Butti; Serkan Birgel; Dr Julia Viebach; Solange Fontana.
Professor Richard Caplan (CIS, International Relations); Professor Mary King (RAI & UN University for Peace); Dr Phil Clark (Transitional Justice, SOAS); Dr Rama Mani (Senior Research Associate, CIS); Professor Henry Shue (IR; Human Rights); Dr Hugo Slim; Bryony Winn (Consultant, McKinsey’s; Development); Lord Williams of Oystermouth; Prof Cheyney Ryan.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes; President Jimmy Carter; Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; the Most Revd Justin Welby; Jose Ramos-Horta.
OxPeace is glad to acknowledge the ongoing support of the Oxford Peace Research Trust (OPRT) a registered charity founded in 2003 with the aim of promoting the study of peace in Oxford.
- to serve as a forum for interaction and the sharing of knowledge among academics, scholar-practitioners and policy-makers
- to promote knowledge of current research in relevant fields in Oxford
- to conduct research projects
- to hold seminars, workshops and conferences on thematic, area, and methodological issues
- to inform members about other related events within and outside Oxford
- to promote interaction and exchange among academics, scholar-practitioners and policy-makers in the Global North and South
- to promote links with academics and scholar-practitioners in other centres, and to act as a contact point for those working in or visiting Oxford
- to inform and involve graduate researchers
- working with the University Development Office, to raise £4 million for the permanent endowment of a Chair in Peace Studies at Oxford
OxPeace Negotiation Training
Date: Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 March 2019 (ninth week, Hilary Term)
Venue: Queen Elizabeth House, Mansfield Road, Oxford
Led by Valentin Ade (The Negotiation Studio) and Douglas Carpenter (Coordinator for Economy and Natural Resources of the European External Action Service Department for Africa, participating in a personal capacity; his main interest is the link between national resources and security) with added input from Lord Alderdice (Northern Ireland) and Dr Liz Carmichael MBE (South Africa). This three-day course will cover different types of negotiation, setting up the team, structuring the talks, dealing with setbacks, communication etc. with exercises and simulation. Open to students, academic staff, and practitioners. Fee students £30, staff £50, practitioners and others £100. Accommodation is not offered by the organisers.
To apply, please send your brief CV and brief statement on why you would like to participate to Student Assistant, Alex Barnes: email@example.com.
OxPeace Conference 2019: 'Peace and the Anthropocene: Humanity, Environment, Sustainability'
Date: Friday 17th to Saturday 18th May 2019
Venue: St John's College, Oxford
Conference fee: Students £5, non-students £10; please pay on arrival. Dinner tickets are available separately.
OxPeace suggests as a working definition of ‘peace’: ‘Human security and human flourishing, in a sustainable environment, with the constructive management of conflict.’
The OxPeace Conference 2019 aims to explore the challenges to peace, and responses to those challenges, that arise from the ascendancy of human beings on planet Earth and the consequent impacts on our environment. The programme is under construction, but could range from climate change and its many consequences including migration and human rights, loss of biodiversity, scarcity of basic resources (water, food), to fossil fuels, energy policy including nuclear energy, the problem of plastics, the roles of IT and social media, conservation, re-forestation, innovative technological solutions, and the roles of women. What level of human population can this planet peacefully sustain? What answers are there to this question? What ethical, political and practical issues arise?
Confirmed speakers include Professor Franz Baumann, New York University (former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Environment and Peace Operations) and Dr Jeremy Leggett (British social entrepreneur and writer, founder of Solarcentury and SolarAid).
The conference dinner will take place on Friday 17 May 2019, with speaker Dr Jeremy Leggett. Dinner tickets will be £40 and are payable in advance, though a limited number of subsidised student places at £20 are available. To reserve your place, please contact the Conference Organiser, Jeremy Cunningham: firstname.lastname@example.org. The main programme continues on Saturday 18 May, 09:00 to 17:30.
To register, please contact Conference Organiser, Jeremy Cunningham: email@example.com.
Book Launch: When Political Transitions Work: Reconciliation as Interdependence
Monday 5 November 2018 1.15 pm, Seminar Room L, Law Faculty, Manor Rd/ St Cross Rd
#OxPeace jointly with OTJR hosts Dr Fanie du Toit, Chief Technical Adviser on Reconciliation for UNDP to launch his book, When Political Transitions Work: Reconciliation as Interdependence (OUP). Fanie du Toit was previously Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in Cape Town and now heads up the UNDP reconciliation programme in Iraq. With discussant Dr Kate O'Regan, Director, Bonaero Human Rights Institute, former Constitutional Court judge in South Africa. In his book, Fanie underlines the successes of the increasingly criticised South African transition since 1994 and, drawing heavily on the South African experience, he reconceptualises reconciliation in terms of interdependence. See book review at: https://mg.co.za/article/2018-10-12-00-someone-is-defending-sas-transition
'Grassroots Reconciliation: Local Peace Committees in Iraq'
Monday 5 November 2018 5 pm, Seminar Room C, Manor Road Building
OxPeace and CIS jointly host Dr Fanie du Toit, Chief Technical Adviser on Reconciliation for UNDP, speaking on rebuilding social cohesion in Iraqi villages, reintegrating ex-ISIL fighters. Dr Du Toit writes: "Prior to the military defeat of ISIS in 2017, reconciliation efforts in post-Baathist Iraq largely failed to reduce sectarian violence, or political and institutional instability. So, given the realities on the ground, is reconciliation in Iraq possible at all? I will argue that the current moment does offer a new (and possibly unprecedented) chance for peace in Iraq with reference to the UNDP’s most recent attempts at creating Local Peace Committees in the Anbar and Ninewah governorates.”
Dr. Nikita S.W. Chiu: 'War & Peace and Space'
12 October 2018, 5:00 pm, Larkin Room, St. John's College.
OxPeace jointly with CCWC and Centre for Technology and Global Affairs:
At the peak of the Cold War, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project demonstrated successful docking of US and Soviet modules in orbit. The project illustrates that international co-operation could be possible even under the most testing political environment. As the Outer Space Treaty which calls for the peaceful exploration and use of outer space celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, the international community witnesses mounting pressure on space resources and competitions in outer space. Against the backdrop of recent debates on the potential establishment of a "Space Force" and UK's exploration of an alternative satellite system to rival Galileo, can peace in space be sustained or would it be rendered a mere romantic concept?
Dr. Chiu is Research Fellow in Robotics and Outer Space at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs at the University of Oxford. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge. Her work examines the impact that technologies have on international relations and the international order, with a specific focus on space and quantum technologies, as well as highly autonomous systems. Combining her teaching background in Chinese foreign policy, security, and global governance, she will investigate the socio-economic and political implications associated with recent space policy developments in the upcoming talk. The presentation will also include an attempt at answering the newly announced £92m question - Can a British Global Navigation Satellite System be feasible?
OxPeace Annual Conference 2018: ‘The Business of Peace: Roles of Economics and Business in Peacebuilding’
Friday 11 - Saturday 12 May 2018, at St John’s College
Speakers: Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK (at dinner),
Professor Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, BSG, Oxford University,
Dr Marcel Smits, Institute of Economics and Peace, The Hague, NL,
Andres Ucros, Director of Peacebuilding, Bogota Chamber of Commerce, Colombia,
Dr Liz Carmichael MBE, Emeritus Research Fellow, St John’s College, Oxford,
Dr Sarah von Billerbeck, Lecturer in Politics & International Relations, Reading University,
Eva Grosman, Centre for Democracy & Peace Building, Belfast; CRIC, Oxford,
Josie Lianna Kaye, researcher-practitioner, Trustworks Global, London,
Tina McKenzie, business leader, MD of Staffline, Belfast.
Podcasts (not of Steve Kenzie) available at http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/building-peace
Training Workshop on Negotiation and Mediation
Saturday 24 February 2018, at St John's College
OxPeace jointly with the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy (ODID, QEH), at St John’s: one-day Training Workshop on Negotiation and Mediation, with Douglas Carpenter and Martin Albani of the European External Action Service. Presentation with Q&A on EU policy and peacebuilding activity in Africa; a 4-hour simulation; and debriefing. Fully subsidized by OxPeace and GGD. An excellent workshop. 18 participants.
Book Launch: Whose Peace? Local Ownership and United Nations Peace Keeping
Monday 19 February 2018 at 17.00 in QEH
OxPeace jointly with the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy: talk and book launch of Sarah von Billerbeck’s Whose Peace? Local Ownership and United Nations Peace Keeping (OUP).
OxPeace seminar: Professor Alexander Bellamy (Queensland): ‘How can world peace be organised?’
Friday 2 June 5 pm, Larkin Room, St John’s:
Abstract: World peace is out of fashion: not even pacifists believe in it nowadays, wrote Susan Sontag. Yet a series of recent UN reviews came to the conclusion that peace is fundamental to the achievement of other goals. The peace imperative was recognised by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which call for peaceful and inclusive societies. This talk examines the challenges that make world peace so difficult, considers past efforts and ideas, and introduces some tangible steps that can be taken to better organise the world for peace.
Alex Bellamy is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the University of Queensland, Australia. His forthcoming book is "East Asia's Other Miracle: Explaining the Decline of Mass Atrocities" (Oxford, 2017).
The seminar will be followed by drinks. All welcome.
Global Peace Index 2017 Launch
Auditorium, St John's, 7.30pm, Wed 7 June:
The Institute for Economics and Peace will be releasing the 11th edition of its Global Peace Index. Is the world becoming more or less peaceful? The 2017 report provides the rankings of 163 countries according to levels of societal safety and security, militarisation, and ongoing conflict.
Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, will present the findings of the 2017 Index. The Bishop of Derby, Lord Browne and Professor Richard Caplan will also speak.
Hosted by the Institute for Economics and Peace and OxPeace, with the Centre for Resolution of Intractable Conflicts (CRIC) and the Changing Character of War programme (CCW).
Followed by a drinks reception. All welcome.
Wed 10 May at 5 pm: "The peace process in Colombia: the constitutional dimension".
Criminology Seminar Room, Law Faculty, St Cross Building (next door to Manor Rd building).
Judge Manuel Jose Cepeda Espinosa, president of the International Association of Constitutional Law, a professor in the Faculty of Law at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, and former judge of the Colombia Constitutional Court,
"The 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas has entered the implementation phase. As the UN Security Council verifies the bilateral ceasefire and FARC's disarmament, the Constitutional Court continues to review key aspects of the process, such as the nature of the peace agreement, its ratification, the mechanisms for its implementation and its central elements, mainly the transitional justice instruments. The talk will discuss the role of constitutional law in peace building in Colombia and the challenges ahead."
OxPeace joint event with the Bonavero Human Rights Inst, OTJR, and CCW.
Saturday 6th May 2017 OxPeace annual Day-Conference: ‘Positive Peace: Concepts and Practice', 09.30 -17.30 at St John's College, Oxford. With Conference Dinner on Friday, 5th May at Rewley House.
Speakers include: Lord Alderdice (Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris Manchester College, Oxford), Mark Segal (DFID, on peace and the SDGs), Phil Vernon (Programme Director, International Alert, on positive peacebuilding), James Smith (Aegis Trust, on peace education), Mieke Lopes Cardozo (UNICEF, peace education), John Curtis (Iran Heritage Foundation, on the role of cultural preservation in building positive peace) and breakouts on peacebuilding in Colombia, extremists' concepts of peace, etc.
Wednesday 15 February (Fifth Week) at 5 pm: Joint OxPeace and Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) lecture and discussion, in the Lecture Theatre, Manor Rd Building:
"Twenty years later: Reflecting on South Africa's truth, reconciliation and amnesty processes and the jurisprudence they generated in the Constitutional Court”
Speaker: Justice Catherine (Kate) O'Regan, inaugural Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College:
"I will focus on how issues of the TRC came before the Constitutional Court … very interesting cases, and also very interesting bigger questions underpinning them."
The South African TRC raises classic issues around building and keeping peace with justice. All welcome. Followed by drinks.
OxPeace joint seminar with the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE):
Prof Wendy Pullan (University of Cambridge): ‘Violent infrastructures, places of conflict: Urban order in divided cities.’
4 pm Thursday 1 Dec (Eighth Week) in the Gottman Room at SoGE (Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Rd). All welcome.
Professor Wendy Pullan is Senior Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. She is Principal Investigator for 'Conflict in Cities and the Contested State’, and from 2003 to 2007, directed the ESRC funded ‘Conflict in Cities: Architecture and Urban Order in Divided Jerusalem’, upon which the present project is built. In 2006, Professor Pullan received the Royal Institute of British Architects ‘ inaugural President’s Award for University Led Research for work on Conflict in Cities.
Professor Pullan’s research focuses on meaning and change within urban conditions, both historical and contemporary. Her work is informed by the underlying relationships of urban praxis to planning, policy and theory, and she has studied various multidisciplinary situations that reflect the city. She has published widely on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern architecture and cities, especially Jerusalem, including the recent edited volume Making Architecture (Jerusalem: 2006). With Political Scientist Mick Dumper, she is now completing Politics and Urban Order in Divided Jerusalem.
At the Cambridge Department of Architecture, Professor Pullan directed Tripos (undergraduate) teaching and more recently Graduate Studies. Her research students have studied various sites in Europe and the Middle East, focusing upon the culture of cities and architectural themes within them.
Professor Pullan holds a BA from the University of Toronto, a BArch from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from Cambridge. She lived and taught in Jerusalem for 13 years.
‘Perils and tribulations of peacemaking today’
5.15 pm Wednesday 25 May in All Souls (Old Library).
With Alvaro de Soto: A Peruvian, Alvaro de Soto had a long UN career 1982-2007, serving as UN special representative in El Salvador, Burma, Cyprus, and in the Middle East peace process; he is now with the Global Leadership Foundation.
De Soto will be in conversation with Edward Mortimer CMG, who served until January 2007as the Director of Communications in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General. He is an author, journalist, and fellow of All Souls.
This event is jointly sponsored by OxPeace, CCW and CIS.
'Studying Peace and Studying Conflict – Complementary or Competing Paradigms?'
St John’s College, Oxford, Saturday 14 May 2016
Eighth Annual OxPeace Conference,with Conference Dinner
Conference Dinner Friday 13 May in Rewley House
Dinner speaker : John Simpson CBE, World Affairs Editor, BBC News
‘Is the world a more dangerous place today?’
In a career spanning 46 years with the BBC, John Simpson has earned a reputation as one of the world's most authoritative voices in journalism. He has covered some of the most defining moments in modern history and reported from more than 125 countries and from 41 conflict zones. Meet the speakers, meet John Simpson - we’d love to see you at this excellent dinner. Places are limited: please register asap (see above for conference registration form). Dinner tickets: non-students £40; student tickets only £20 for first 20 students to register.
Conference Saturday 14 May: Registration from 09.00 at Auditorium, St John’s.
First Plenary 09.30; Breakout sessions 11.30-13.00, 14.00-1530;
Second Plenary 16.00 – 17.30
Followed at 19.30 by a multimedia reflection in the Auditorium:
‘The Dynamics of War and Peace: Drama, Poetry, Music and Art’.
First Plenary 09.30, Auditorium:
Studying Peace and Studying Conflict: Complementary or Competing Paradigms?
Chair : Dr Annette Idler.
Prof Roger Mac Ginty (Manchester Univ.) ‘Top-down, bottom-up and the missing middle: The nature of contemporary peace’; Prof David Keen (LSE) ‘War and peace: two sides of the same coin?’; Prof John Gledhill (Oxford) ‘Conflict within Peace Studies? A Bibliometric Survey of the Field of Peace and Conflict Studies’
First Breakout sessions 11.30 – 1300, (A) Studying Conflict to Build Peace (Auditorium)
Chair : Prof John Gledhill.
Dr Robert Johnson (Oxford): ‘The study of war in Afghanistan: understanding the routes to peace in an era of 'perpetual war.’ Dr Kristin Bakke (UCL): ‘External Patrons and Credible State-Builders in Post-Soviet de facto States’; Dr Annette Idler (Oxford): Violent Non-state Groups as Peace Spoilers: Designing A Post-conflict Strategy for Colombia.
B. Verification in arms control; Issue-linkage in peace missions;
Winning control after civil wars (Reception Room)
Chair and discussant: Dr Kate Roll. Rupert Burridge (DPhil student, Lincoln College: ‘The Production of Verification’; Maline Meiske (DPhil student, St Antony’s): ‘Negotiating Collective Peace: Issue Linkage and the Provision of Troops to EU Peace Missions’; Nicholas Barker (DPhil student, Nuffield): ‘Winning the Peace: The Struggle for Control after Civil Wars’.
Second Breakout sessions 14.00 – 15. 30
C. Syria: governance, conflict and peace – two practical perspectives (Auditorium)
Chair and respondent: Professor Keith Krause, with practitioner consultants Dr Richard Barltrop: ‘Talks, negotiations and efforts to end Syria’s conflict: missed opportunities?’ and Jon Bennett: ‘State Building in the midst of conflict: lessons from Syria’ on evaluating DFID’s programme for capacity-building during conflict.
D. Environmental Peace and Conflict (Reception Room)
Chair: Dr Andy Gosler, Director, Ethno-ornithology World Archive, with Polly Higgins: ‘Ecocide Law: the missing Crime against Peace’; Dr Hilary Pearson: ‘Intellectual property rights relating to local botanical knowledge of indigenous peoples’; and Dr Shonil Bhagwat: ‘Faith, Environment and Development: From Conflict to Cooperation’.
Second Plenary 16.00: ‘Conceptualizing Peace’: Chair: Dr Liz Carmichael
Professor Peter Wallensteen (Uppsala, Notre Dame) 'What is Peace?'
Dr Denisa Kostovicova (LSE) ‘Reconciliation and Scale’
Professor Richard Caplan (Oxford) 'Measuring Peace'
Saturday 14 May, 7.30 pm, in the Auditorium, St John’s College, Oxford :
‘The Dynamics of War and Peace: Drama, Poetry, Music and Dance’
multimedia artistic presentation and audience reflection with Dr Rama Mani and Dr Annette Idler
This multimedia event forms part of the OxPeace Conference and is open to all.
Each war deepens social divisions, yet each has the potential to lead to a breakthrough in human and societal renewal. Based on real-life experiences with war-affected populations and combatants, and grounded in academic and professional expertise in global peace and security, this special multi-media performance combines theatre, dance, poetry, music and visual art to bring to life the volatile dynamics of war and the potent potential for peace. Jointly sponsored by OxPeace, the Changing Character of War Programme, the Centre for International Studies, and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva. A second performance will take place on Wed 1 June 18.30 in the Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix, Geneva.
On the Conference theme: The study of “conflict” and the study of “peace” are often seen as two sides of the same analytic coin. Those who study the causes and dynamics of (violent)conflict, it is assumed, do so to facilitate understandings of how conflict can be managed peacefully. Conversely, it is assumed that those who study peace and/or practise peacebuilding base their work on a thorough understanding of how and why conflict might turn violent.
Despite the promise of symbiosis, however, there has long been a suspicion that, in practice, there is only limited intellectual exchange between studies of violent conflict, on one hand, and research on peacemaking and peacebuilding, on the other. In this conference, we will explore whether that is indeed the case and, if so, whether it is possible (and desirable) to create intellectual bridges between studies of conflict and the study/practice of peacebuilding.
This conference will consider what studies of violent conflict can teach us about peacemaking and peacebuilding; and what can mutually be learnt between the study and practice of peacebuilding and the academic study of war and conflict. Panels and contributions will focus expressly on these questions, as well as diverse related themes including environmental issues and the relationship between academic research and the practice of conflict resolution/ transformation and peacebuilding.
Conference Organiser, Jeremy Cunningham: firstname.lastname@example.org
OxPeace event, all welcome: Thursday 28 April 2016 at 3.30 pm, Seminar Room C, Manor Road Building
'Sustainable Development Goals, Migration, and UN reform'
Talk and discussion with Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Michael Møller has worked for 30 years for the UNHCR and other parts of the UN. He will talk and introduce discussion on the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the current migration crisis, and UN reform in light of the structure, history and future of the UN.
Michael Møller will be introduced by Professor Richard Caplan and the discussion will be chaired by Dr Nemat Bizhan and Dr Annette Idler.
'Hard but not Impossible: State Building and the Peace Process in Afghanistan'
Global Economic Governance Program (GEG) and the Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace).
Friday 26th February 2016
2:30-4:00 pm, Seminar Room 1, Blavatnik School of Government,
Afghanistan faces increasing challenges following the withdrawal of the bulk of international combat forces from 2012, sharp declines in foreign aid, legacy of the highly contested 2014 presidential elections, and the ability of Taliban insurgents to challenge central government control of the country. This situation, on the one hand, undermines state building processes and stabilisation while, on the other, it offers an opportunity to readjust the course of state building and the peace process.
The panel will discuss the following questions:
- What are the challenges and promises of state building and the peace process in Afghanistan?
- How can the international community support continuing state building and peace processes in Afghanistan?
- How will women and civil society actors affect (or be affected by) the peace process?
Dr. Nematullah Bizhan, is an Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow at University College, University of Oxford, a Visiting Fellow at Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, and a former Afghan Deputy Minister. He has been a prominent youth and civil society activist since 1996 in Afghanistan.
Barbara J. Stapleton was the senior political adviser to the European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan (2006-2010), former Policy Coordinator for ACBAR the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief, the main Afghan and international NGO coordination body in Kabul (2003-2005). She is a member of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.
Dr. Orzala Ashraf Nemat is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Development and Conflict at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, and a governance and civil society expert in the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit. She has been a prominent civil society activist since 1999.
Richard Caplan is Professor of International Relations and Official Fellow, Linacre College, University of Oxford.
Whose Peace? Local Ownership and UN Peace Operations
Speaker/Convenor: Sarah von Billerbeck (University of Reading)
Date: 24 Feb 2016 17:00
Location: Seminar Room 2, ODID, QEH, 3 Mansfield Road
Series: Global Governance & Diplomacy Public Speaker Series
Dr Sarah von Billerbeck is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Reading.
Her research focusses on UN peacekeeping, civil war and post-conflict reconstruction, the UN, institutional legitimacy, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
She previously worked for the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, the American Refugee Committee in Guinea, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Lebanon.
She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford and previously taught at King's College London.
Her book, Whose Peace? Local Ownership and UN Peacekeeping will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.
Joint event sponsored by OxPeace and CIS
'The Politics of Compassion: Combatting Xenophobic Nationalism with Empathy, Altruism, and a Relational View of Security'
Tuesday 2nd February 2016, 5pm in Seminar Room A at the Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford
Speaker: Kevin Clements (Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago)
Chair: John Gledhill (Department of International Development, University of Oxford)
'Dealing with the past to build a peaceful future in Northeast Asia'
On Wednesday 3 February at 1pm in the Old Dining Room, Harris Manchester College.
Professor Kevin Clements reports and discusses on problem solving workshops, dealing with traumatic history, between China, Japan and Korea which he has have been organising for the past two years. Refreshments will be available. All welcome.
Joint event sponsored by OxPeace and the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflicts (CRIC).
Saturday 31 October 2015, 09.30 – 17.30 at St John’s College, Oxford: ‘Conflict and Cultural Heritage’, day conference jointly organised by OxPeace with the Changing Character of War (CCW) programme, Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA), the Ashmolean Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and other organisations: The Conflict and Cultural Heritage Conference aims to raise public awareness and develop understanding of the issues surrounding the protecting of cultural heritage at risk from armed conflict. Focussing on the Middle East, the area currently undergoing the greatest destruction and where the heritage is most at risk, we aim to demonstrate the importance of the heritage, why its destruction matters, and what can be done. Topics to be explored will include the material heritage of the region from international and local perspectives, and the living heritage of communities with rich and longstanding traditions, before exploring why such destruction is happening, and the beliefs that underlie extremist practices. Focus will then move to an overview of what is being done already, and what more the international community can do. The Conference is intended to provide information from a variety of cultures, perspectives, and organisations, including academics, archaeologists, the military, and the media, raising awareness of the multi-cultural nature of Middle Eastern heritage, and its global relevance in the past and today. Planning in progress, contact Annette.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
OxPeace joint with CCW invites you to:
Business, War and post-conflict recovery
A vital but often neglected aspect of building peace
Jolyon Ford, Thursday 4 June, 5.15pm
Allen and Overy Room, Pembroke
Followed by a wine reception.
What are the roles and responsibilities of business in helping or hindering post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding? In this talk, Dr Jolyon Ford will discuss the role of the private sector during and after war.
Dr Jolyon Ford is an associate of the Global Economic Governance Programme. His research focuses on the regulation of investor and business activity in fragile and conflict-affected states, options for fostering responsible and conflict-sensitive business practices, and public policy on the private sector's role in meeting development goals. He is author of the book Regulating Business for Peace (CUP, 2015) and his blog is Private Sector - Public World. Until end 2013 he headed the sub-Saharan Africa practice for Oxford Analytica, the global strategic analysis and advisory firm; before that had worked variously in government, an intergovernmental organisation, civil society and academia. From Zimbabwe, he holds degrees from the Australian National University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
OxPeace invites you to its seventh annual Day-Conference: ‘Peace and the UN at 70’
Saturday 9th May 2015 (end of Second Week, Trinity Term)
Venue: St John's College, Oxford. 09.00 for 09.30 start; ends 17.30
Updated information: speaker changes
Please return the Registration Form here to Jeremy Cunningham: email@example.com
We also invite you to the Conference Dinner, with guest speaker Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown, on the evening of Friday 8th May, 7 for 7.30 pm at Rewley House, corner of Wellington Square and St John St.
Day-Conference Sat 9 May 2015 : Programme, 09.30 - 17.30 (registration 09.00)
Registration for the Sat 9 May Day-Conference is free of charge (a small contribution of £5 per student, £10 per non-student will be asked on the day to cover the cost of the refreshments and the sandwich lunch). You are welcome to walk in on the day, but please register beforehand if possible, it helps with organization and catering. Thanks!
09.30: ‘Peace and the UN at 70’ (Plenary)
Edward Mortimer was UNSG Kofi Annan's Director of Communications. He is a fellow of All Souls and President of the British Association of Former UN Civil Servants. He was Senior Vice President of The Salzburg Global Seminar 2007-2011, and is a member of the Advisory Council of Independent Diplomats. He is an Advisory Board member for the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation. Before joining the United Nations he was a columnist and leader writer for the Financial Times.
Hilde Johnson, member, UN High Level Panel on Review of Peace Operations; Special Representative of the UNSG for South Sudan -2011-2014, formerly Dep. Exec. Director, UNICEF: on ‘Protection of civilians, with special emphasis on South Sudan’.
Discussant: Professor Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations, Oxford.
11.30: Two parallel breakout sessions:
Justice, Peace and Reconciliation in the Great Lakes: Chair: Dr Annette Idler (CCW Pembroke Coll); Dr Julia Viebach (JRF, Mansfield Coll; Career Development Lecturer in Criminology): transitional justice in Rwanda; Dr Henning Tamm (Fellow in Politics, Nuffield Coll) on the DRC; Dr Patricia Daley (School of Geography & the Environment, Oxford) on post-conflict Burundi.
New Directions in the Study of UN Peacebuilding: Chair: Dr John Gledhill, with doctoral and post-doctoral students: Ellen Ravndal on the Institution of the UN Secretary General; Kate Roll on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) in Timor–Leste; Allard Duursma on UN mediation in African civil wars; and Dana Landau on peacebuilding in Kosovo.
14.00: ‘Religion in peace and conflict: extreme warmaking, dedicated peacebuilding’ (Plenary)
Professior Alpaslan ÖzerDem, Director, and Laura Payne, Research Associate, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, present current research on religious (particularly Anglican) conflict prevention worldwide.
Imam Monawar Hussain, Islamic Tutor at Eton College, on ISIL and Islamic responses to extremism.
16.00: Peace and the Proposed UN Sustainable Development Goals
Jonathan Granoff, Global Security Institute, on development and peace; Sunil Suri, Saferworld, on security and peace.
Chair: Dr Isabella Bunn, international lawyer, Regent’s Park College.
Conference Dinner: Friday 8 May
The Conference Dinner is on Friday 8 May, 7 for 7.30 pm at Rewley House, the speaker is Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown. The cost per person is £35, but the first 15 students to apply will pay only £10 for a subsidized place. Confirmation of a place and instructions on how to pay will be sent to you via email. Tickets first come, first served; places are limited so please apply as soon as possible. Dress code: Smart casual.
All enquiries to Conference Organiser, Jeremy Cunningham: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace) presents its 2nd annual training series:
Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in New Contexts
This 3-day intensive course brings together practitioners and students to develop their understanding of key concepts and issues in contemporary conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Sessions will include case studies and exercises facilitated by experts in each field.
The course will run from 1pm to 6.30pm on Monday, 16 March, and 9.30am to 6.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday 17-18 March 2015. There will also be evening events such as a film screening and a pub night. Materials and refreshments will be provided. Unfortunately, we cannot provide accommodation and attendants will need to organise their own lunches.
Where: Oxford Department of International Development
Fees: University of Oxford postgrad. students: £50
University of Oxford staff: £150
External participants: £350
- New technology, conflict and peace
- Peacebuilding in the context of transnational organised crime
- Peacebuilding through arts and culture
- Conflict resolution in the context of terrorism
- Peacebuilding and gender
- Safety and security for peacebuilders
To apply send a completed application form to the course administrator at Philliphnelson@gmail.com by Thursday, 26 February 2015. Spaces are limited, so reserve your place ASAP!
For any questions please contact Annette Idler (email@example.com).
‘The Art of Transformation: Creating Peace in the Fog of War’
Dr. Rama Mani will perform poetry and testimony from war-zones and be in conversation with Edward Mortimer, Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis and the audience at 2pm on Armistice Day, 11 November 2014 in the Ashmolean Museum's Auditorium to mark the 100th Anniversary of WWI and honour victims of 21st century wars. Co-sponsored by the Centre for International Studies (CIS), the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) and the Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace).
'Britain in Palestine 1917-1948: Understanding the present conflict'
Thurs 30 Oct at 7.45 pm in the Auditorium, St John's.
Excerpt from Faraway, so Close, theatre piece by Amy Hailwood. Launch of new educational documentary film: 'Britain in Palestine 1917 - 1948'.
Discussion with panel: Prof Avi Shlaim FBA, Dr Andy Gosler, Dr Mary Embleton, Sir Vincent Fean KCVO (recently retired as British Consul-General, East Jerusalem); Rabbi Danny Rich, chaired by Revd Dr Liz Carmichael MBE.
OxPeace Event joint with the Balfour project. Commemorating the 97th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
Restorative Justice Symposium Fri 20 - Sat 21 June (8th week), joint with the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent’s Park College
Details from: Myra.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 18 May 4 pm to 6 pm in St John’s College Auditorium, Beyond Forgiving: a 28 - minute film followed by discussion by the film's subjects Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele from South Africa. Joint with Initiatives of Change and the Forgiveness Project. Drinks follow the discussion. Chair: Revd Dr Liz Carmichael.
In 1993 Lyndi Fourie was killed in the Heidelberg Tavern Massacre in Cape Town, aged 23. Nine years later, her mother, Ginn Fourie, heard a radio interview with the man who had ordered the attack. Letlapa Mphahlele, the former Director of Operations of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA), the military wing of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), was in Cape Town to promote his biography, Child of this Soil. Since then both have been working to further conciliation in South Africa through the Lyndi Fourie Foundation.
Friday 16 May 12.30pm in Seminar Room A, Manor Road, OxPeace joint with the CIS and African Studies: Jane Boulden (Royal Minilary College of Canada) discusses her edited volume Responding to Conflict in Africa: the UN and Regional Organizations. A light sandwich lunch is provided at the start of the event.
Drawing on an edited volume of the same title, Dr. Boulden will present the findings of her recent study on how the United Nations and regional organizations respond to conflict in Africa. With a particular focus on the implications of the nature of this UN-regional interaction for the UN, the talk will affirm some traditional assumptions about UN-regional cooperation while challenging others.
OxPeace invites you to its annual Day-Conference: ‘New Wars? No Wars? Peacemaking in New Contexts’, on Saturday 10th May 2014 at St John's College, Oxford. Please return the Registration form to: Esther.email@example.com
We also invite you to the Conference Dinner, with guest speaker Professor Mary Kaldor (LSE) on the evening of Friday 9th May, 7 for 7.30 pm at Rewley House.
Day-Conference Sat. 10 May 2014: 09.00 registration, first session 0930, ends 17.00.
The opening Plenary features Prof. Sir Hew Strachan, Prof. Margaret Macmillan and Dr Heather Jones (LSE). They will focus on the Conference theme, which sits at the nexus of three current areas of investigation in the field of peace and conflict studies. The first is the persistent claim that the nature of warfare has shifted fundamentally since the end of the Cold War, as interstate war has been incrementally superseded by what some describe as ‘complex emergencies’ – civil conflicts that that blur the lines between war, politics and organized crime. This focus on the shifting dynamics of war, however, has been countered by an intellectual movement which argues that violence within and between societies is not so much morphing, as declining. The thesis of an apparent end to violence and war, in turn, invites reflection on a third area of investigation: the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of what was to be the ‘war to end all wars’ – the First World War.
Breakout sessions will explore: Peace and Conflict in Burma; Wars and inclusive peacemaking in the Balkans; ‘Peace, conflict and new media: current examples, old practices?’; and Arts and Culture in C21st conflict and peacebuilding. Names of speakers are on the poster.
Update: The final Plenary speaker will be Professor Monica Duffy Toft, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, on new challenges in war and peacemaking.
The Conference Dinner will be addressed by Professor Mary Kaldor on the theme: ‘New Wars? No War?’ Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. She is the author of many books, including 'The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the Changing Rules of War and Peace', 'New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era' and 'Global Civil Society: An Answer to War'. Professor Kaldor was a founding member of the European Nuclear Disarmament and of the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly. She is also convenor of the Human Security Study Group which reported to Javier Solana, and now to Cathy Ashton.
Monday 10 March: Professor Rosemary Hollis (City University, London) and students on the Olive Tree programme: “Rethinking the Discourses of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”, Joint with Merton Global Directions. TS Eliot LT, Merton, 5.30 pm
Intensive training course for current Oxford students (and limited numbers of staff):
Mon 17- Wed 19 March, 2014 (9th Week): Developing Critical Expertise in Peacebuilding, Mediation & Prevention: Global Experiences, Key Lessons and Developments in the Field.
Instructor: Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen, PATRIR. Organised and sponsored by OxPeace. This course is open to students, and to a very limited number of faculty, of Oxford University on a first registered, first accepted basis. To apply: please email your details (name, college, course) and a brief paragraph stating why you wish to attend, to student assistant Jure.Jeric@stcatz.ox.ac.ukas soon as possible. This three-day, practical course will bring students and practitioners together in an intensive course on peacebuilding, mediation and prevention, filled with extensive examples from cases around the world, and practical ideas and key knowledge for people working in the field. The course will draw on a wide range of contemporary case studies and will combine large group lectures with small group, problem-focused discussion.
The special registration fee for Oxford University participants for the full three days is (a mere!) £30 for students, £50 for staff. Accommodation and food are not included. Coffee etc available. The daily programme will run from 9am to 6pm. This course will also be open to a small number of external practioners.
Further course: Intensive in Prevention of Armed Conflict & Armed Violence: with focus on Electoral Violence Prevention and Armed Violence Prevention. Thurs 20- Fri 21 March, 2014 (9th Week), at QEH, organised by OxPeace. Instructor: Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen, PATRIR. A number of Oxford student and/or staff participants will be welcome on this second programme, which partuicularly targets international practitioner participants, focusing on prevention of electoral violence and prevention of armed violence. The fee for this two-day course is an additional £30 for Oxford students, and for staff £50. To apply: Please email student assistant Jure.Jeric@stcatz.ox.ac.uk providing your details (name, college, course) and a short paragraph stating why you wish to attend this particular course on prevention. Normally you will be expected to attend the first course before this one; but if you have some experience in the field, you may be accepted on the second course alone. Please apply as soon as possible. Places will be limited. Accommodation and food are not included. Course runs daily from 9 am to 6 pm, with a break for lunch.
Monday 24 February: Professor Alastair Hay (University of Leeds) “Beyond the Nobel Peace Prize: Chemical Weapons and the OPCW” Joint with Merton Global Directions. Mure Room, Merton, 5.30 pm
The Colombian Conflict: Spillover Effects and Expectations in the Andean Region
Speaker: Simonetta Rossi, Former United Nations Peace and Development Advisor for Ecuador
Monday, 27 January 2014, 5pm, Department of International Development (Queen Elizabeth House), Mansfield Road, Oxford
The current peace process between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) aims to bring to an end the decades-old armed internal conflict in Colombia. Simonetta Rossi will discuss the impact of the conflict in Colombia on its neighbours and the expectations in the Andean region from the current peace talks. For information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org