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PSRP Panel: Shaping Inclusive Political Settlements: Critical Approaches to International Peacebuilding

August 28, 2017 - August 30, 2017

International actors involved in peace processes and peacebuilding – such as third-party mediators, representatives of UN agencies, regional organisations or international NGOs – are increasingly seeking to encourage inclusive political settlements. Our panel aims to look critically at how these actors influence processes of inclusion, and the impact of these efforts in specific contexts. Different international actors promote diverse forms of inclusion, from the inclusion of armed groups into power-sharing institutions, to establishing spaces for women, minorities, or vulnerable groups to shape governmental agendas.

As theoretical ideas and tangible practices of inclusion continue to develop, this panel invites context-driven papers which address the role played by and aims of international actors in shaping inclusive peace processes. This could include: moral and political rationales for deciding who should be included or excluded; existing relationships between international and local actors, and the effects this has on inclusion; the role of international norms in guiding particular approaches; and how existing power relations are reproduced or challenged by international peacebuilding efforts. What are the unintended consequences of promoting particular forms of inclusion, and what challenges are presented by existing practices? We welcome contributions from scholars at all career stages.

Convenors: Astrid Jamar and Laura Wise, Law School, University of Edinburgh

Chair and Discussant: Tomas Van Acker, Ghent University

Discussant: Judith Verweijen

Speakers and Papers’ titles:

  • Mathijs van Leeuwen, Joseph Nindorera, Jean-Louis Nzweve, and Corita Corbijn, Strengthening Local Peace Committees: The ‘local turn’ and ‘effective’ peacebuilding in Burundi and eastern DRC.
  • Laura Martin, Putting the ‘Local’ in Local Ownership: Examples from Sierra Leone.
  • Laura Wise, White Lab Mice and Trojan Horses: Implementing Decentralisation in Kosovo.
  • Michael Lidauer, Civil Society in the Myanmar Peace Process and Peacebuilding – included or not?
  • Mertkan Hamit and Başak Ekenoğlu, Possibility of an Alternative Negotiation Method for the Longest National Problem in Europe.
  • Astrid Jamar, Bringing Women and Victims to the Transitional Justice Table – Seeking Participation or Legitimacy?
  • Chulani Kodikara, Internationalized justice and local injustice: Addressing impunity for Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka.
  • Allison McCulloch, Joanne McEvoy, International Mediation of Power-Sharing Settlements.

Attendance details: conference participants

Full paper abstracts [PDF]

Photo Credit: © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti


August 28, 2017
August 30, 2017
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