Assessing “The Responsibility to Protect” Ten Years On – a Roundtable




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CRS peace and conflict research News Update

1st December 2011 http://www.conflictresearchsociety.org.uk/


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Assessing “The Responsibility to Protect” Ten Years On – a Roundtable

December 8, 2011, Thursday, 18:00; Boardroom, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster, W1B2UW.

Places are limited; contact Aidan Hehir (a.hehir@wmin.ac.uk ) to reserve a seat.


People’s Peacemaking Perspectives’ in West Africa

December 8, 2011, Thursday, 6.30-8.30pm, London,

Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 6. RSVP: fcolchester@c-r.org


Catalyse: Class Acts

January 20, 2012, Manchester Imperial War Museum, Steve Potter and Cheryl Delisser. http://www.acat.me.uk/event/644/catalyse+-+class+acts+2012-01-20.htm


Influence and Conflict. 5th IMA conference on Analytical Approaches to Conflict

December 16, 2011, deadline for abstracts, conferences@ima.org.uk

March 23, 2012, deadline for Early Bird Fees registration

April 23-25, 2012, conference, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK


2012 Historical Analysis for Defence and Security Symposium

The Ministry of Defence and The Defence Science and Technology

Laboratory, Dstl Portsdown West, Portsmouth, UK

e-mail: Deborah Cheverton (dacheverton@dstl.gov.uk)

March 26, 2012, abstract deadline; May 4, 2012, registration deadline

May 16-17, Wednesday-Thursday, 2012, conference


The Construction(s) of Conflict and Peace

January 15, 2012: abstracts, panel deadline, Email: exceps-conference@exeter.ac.uk

July 9-10, 2012, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus


ICT in Conflict & Disaster Response and Peacebuilding Crowd Map

https://ict4peace.crowdmap.com/main. Email: ictinemergency@gmail.com


a new blog titled "eConflicts" http://econflicts.blogspot.com/

Cyberconflict, cyberwar, cybersecurity, cyberdefense, information warfare.


Invitation for contributions on Restorative Justice practice for a special issue of the CRS newsletter

If you would like to contribute a short piece please contact Jim Termotto:

Email: crs2012@restorativejusticesociety.net.


Is there a website for employment opportunities in peace & conflict research?

I know of http://www.jobs.ac.uk/ Other suggestions? Email: gordonjburt@gmail.com




‘Do not send me CRS peace and conflict research News Update

If you send this message to me, gordonjburt@gmail.com, then I shall take your name off the list.




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Assessing “The Responsibility to Protect” Ten Years On – a Roundtable

December 8, 2011, Thursday, 18:00; Boardroom, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster, W1B2UW. Places are limited; those not affiliated with the University of Westminster should contact Aidan Hehir (a.hehir@wmin.ac.uk ) to reserve a seat.


The Security and International Relations Programme at the University of Westminster is hosting a roundtable on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) to mark the ten-year anniversary of the publication of the seminal report by the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS). The ICISS report has become a key document on humanitarian intervention and the international protection of human rights, and R2P has since achieved a remarkable ubiquity in international political discourse. NATO’s intervention in Libya in March 2011 – widely heralded as “R2P in practice” and the dawn of a new era” – reinvigorated this debate, while ongoing events in the Middle East and Africa have ensured the currency of the topic. This roundtable brings together prominent academic specialists in this field to assess the evolution of R2P and its likely future efficacy.

Participants:· Professor Meryvn Frost, Kings College London· Professor Jennifer Welsh, Somerville College, University of Oxford · Dr James Pattison, University of Manchester· Dr Aidan Hehir, University of Westminster


More information can be found via the Security and International Relations Programme blog (http://westminsters-international-relations.blogspot.com/)

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Director of Security and International Relations Programme

Department of Politics and International Relations

University of Westminster

32-38 Wells Street

London

W1T3UW


Profile: http://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/directory/hehir,-aiden

Security and International Relations Programme Blog: http://westminsters-international-relations.blogspot.com/




People’s Peacemaking Perspectives’ in West Africa

December 8, 2011, Thursday. 6.30-8.30pm,

London, Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 6. RSVP: fcolchester@c-r.org


The entrance to the Houses of Parliament is down the ramp onto Cromwell Green.

Please allow at least 15 minutes to get through security.


All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues

and

Conciliation Resources


Analyses of West African conflicts often tend to be country-specific. Yet the

region is fluid and interconnected by nature, and its conflicts are characterised by common problems, easily diffused across permeable borders and between

neighbouring states.


Recognising the complex inter-linkages between West African conflicts, Conciliation Resources presents two participative conflict and peacebuilding analyses that situate local people’s perspectives at the heart of their recommendations.


The meeting will be an opportunity for participants to hear views from Conciliation Resources staff and from two peacebuilders from the region:


Koffi Sylvere Tchedoh

(West Africa Action Network on Small Arms, Ivory Coast)


Paul Koroma

(National Movement for Justice and Democracy, Sierra Leone)


Background notes:

The analyses are part of Conciliation Resources and Saferworld’s European Commission-funded project, People’s Peacemaking Perspectives (PPP).


A regional analysis of West African conflict systems: drawing on regional discussions, the report looks at the Mano River region (Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone), Nigeria (Delta region and Plateau State) and the Casamance region of Senegal (linking Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau). Focusing on common themes such as centre-periphery tensions, political violence and the exclusion of youth, the report reflects on how a holistic response to region-wide problems could effectively address threats to peace in the region. A tailored policy brief will accompany the main report.


Sierra Leone and Liberia conflict and peacebuilding analysis: despite the transition of both countries from war to peace, common structural causes of conflict persist in both states. Drawing on a wide spectrum of local opinions, and building upon the themes highlighted in the West African conflict systems analysis, a tailored policy brief makes recommendations on political reform, reconciliation, youth exclusion, local conflict resolution and decentralisation to help consolidate the fragile peace currently experienced in both countries. An Accord – international review of peace initiatives - is expected to be published in early 2012 (see www.c-r.org).


Conciliation Resources is an independent organisation working with people in conflict to prevent violence and build peace. www.c-r.org


***Secretariat, APPG on Conflict Issues www.conflictissues.org.uk




Catalyse: Class Acts

January 20, 2012, Manchester Imperial War Museum, Steve Potter and Cheryl Delisser. http://www.acat.me.uk/event/644/catalyse+-+class+acts+2012-01-20.htm

[Steve Potter and Julie Lloyd presented the Dialogue Mapping Day at Goldsmiths in October.]




Influence and Conflict. 5th IMA conference on Analytical Approaches to Conflict

November 30, 2011, deadline for abstracts, conferences@ima.org.uk

March 23, 2012, deadline for Early Bird Fees registration

April 23-25, 2012, conference, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK


Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in the application of influence as a tool for achieving objectives or maintaining outcomes. One reason for this is that actions alone seldom achieve intended effects - there is a need to change 'hearts and minds' if developments are to sustain any lasting impact.  This conference will provide a forum for the exploration of the synergy between soft and hard power in conflict situations.  As is appropriate for an IMA-supported event the emphasis will be upon the contribution that explicitly analytical approaches can make to this theme.  Specifically it is expected that the relevance of mathematics and mathematical logic will be demonstrated in those abstracts accepted for the conference programme.
The conference topic brings to the fore the art of strategic communication (defined by Tatham as: 'A systematic series of sustained and coherent activities, conducted across strategic, operational and tactical levels, that enables understanding of target audiences, identifies effective conduits, and develops and promotes ideas and opinions through those conduits to promote and sustain particular types of behaviour').  It also demands the melding of ideas from a wide range of disciplines – naturally majoring upon mathematics but also including decision sciences, diplomacy and international relations, peace and war studies, anthropology and psychology, military and political science, linguistics and communication studies - whose practitioners and scholars presently engage with the influence and conflict. 

This conference, the 5th in an established and successful series hosted by the IMA will, like its predecessors, provide a forum for sharing the latest thinking in these disparate fields and for building multidisciplinary links between researchers.   It will bring together conflict analysis and its practical consequences.  The organisers are especially seeking contributions that, while springing from rigorous mathematically-based theory, pay attention to the applications.  Case studies would therefore be perfectly appropriate.  We invite proposals for facilitating workshops and running simulations as well as reports of experimentation and interactive modelling.     

This is an international event and will attract contributors from many countries.  The conference is intended as a meeting place for those who operate directly in arenas of conflict (e.g. the military, staff of NGOs, mediators), those who provide support or advice (e.g. analysts, contractors, counsellors) and others who offer theoretical concepts and practical frameworks for handling conflict (e.g. academic researchers).   While the organisers, by locating this conference at RMAS, are deliberately setting out to indicate a strong military dimension, this will not be an exclusive focus: indeed it is only by working with other communities of practice that the military missions are likely to succeed.


Organising Committee:
Prof Jim Bryant (Sheffield Business School)
Dr Deborah Goodwin (The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)
Mr Gordon Burt (Conflict Research Society)
Mr Donal O'Neill (Hoptoad Enterprises, Surrey)
Mr Colin Irwin (Dstl, Portsdown)

Call for Papers
Papers will be accepted for the conference based on a 200 word abstract. Abstracts should be submitted by 30 November 2011 either online at http://online.ima.org.uk/ or by email to conferences@ima.org.uk

For further information on this conference, please visit the conference website:  
http://ima.org.uk/conferences/conferences_calendar/influence_and_conflict.cfm

Or contact: Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer, IMA
E-mail: conferences@ima.org.uk Tel: +44 1702 354020
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England SS1 1EF.


Conference Fees

Early Bird Fees will be available until 23 March 2012:

IMA Member: £305.00 Non IMA Member: £425.00 Student: £120.00

After 23 March 2012, the fees will be:

IMA Member: £ 325.00 Non IMA Member: £ 445.00 Student: £140

All Conference fees include refreshments and lunches throughout the conference, room hire and wine reception on evening of 23 April.

Residential Fee ‐ £95 (includes single en‐suite bed & breakfast accommodation in the Slim Mess for the nights of 23 and 24 April 2012 and the conference dinner on the evening of the 24 April)

Conference Dinner‐24 April (separate purchase for non-residential delegates)‐ £42*

Early Bird Fees must be paid by 23rd March otherwise the higher price will be implemented. To register for this conference, or for further information, please visit the conference webpage:

http://www.ima.org.uk/conferences/conferences_calendar/influence_and_conflict.cfm




2012 Historical Analysis for Defence and Security Symposium

The Ministry of Defence and The Defence Science and Technology

Laboratory, Dstl Portsdown West, Portsmouth, UK

e-mail: Deborah Cheverton (dacheverton@dstl.gov.uk)

March 26, 2012, abstract deadline; May 4, 2012, registration deadline

May 16-17, Wednesday-Thursday, 2012, conference


Initial Call for Papers and Participation


Historical Analysis: For almost 30 years, MoD and Dstl have

used analysis of historical campaigns and developments in

academic understanding of conflict to provide a ‘reality-check’ to

UK defence policy.

The aim of this symposium is to bring together analysts, military

historians and policy makers to discuss the use of historical

lessons to understand topical and enduring defence and

security issues.

The theme of the 2012 symposium will be: “Defence in a

changing security environment: lessons from the real world”.


Keynote Lectures

Wednesday 16th: Speaker TBA

Thurs 17th: Professor Paul Rogers (The University of Bradford)


Topics in previous years have included the following areas:

Causes of political instability and conflict

The internal dynamics of insurgent organisations

British official military histories

Future force structures operating in the past


Do not feel restricted by the topics mentioned above. We are

bringing together interested parties from diverse backgrounds and

submissions are encouraged in all areas related to defence and

security where real world analysis, historical or contemporary, can

add value.

There is no fee for participation, but unfortunately we cannot

subsidise travel or expenses. Food and refreshments will be

provided.

The symposium will allow for 45 minute presentation slots to

encourage active discussion of the topics covered. Contributions

will be accepted on the basis of a 200-300 word abstract.

The deadline for abstract submission is 26th March 2012

The deadline for registration is 4th May 2012

Authors will be advised of acceptance by 30th March 2012

Requests for participation and abstracts of presentation, as well as

all administrative queries should be sent by e-mail to: Deborah

Cheverton (dacheverton@dstl.gov.uk)

This will be an international forum. Presentations must be

UNCLASSIFIED

Due to the location of the symposium, it will be necessary for all attendees to

provide some personal information for security purposes. This will be

collected closer to the event.




The Construction(s) of Conflict and Peace

January 15, 2012: abstracts, panel deadline, Email: exceps-conference@exeter.ac.uk

July 9-10, 2012, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus


Call for Papers

Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies’ (EXCEPS) 2012 Conference


Conference Convenor: Professor Gareth Stansfield


Organizing Committee: Dr Mary-Alice Clancy, Mrs Zoё Jennings, Dr Klejda Mulaj, Dr Clémence Scalbert-Yücel and Professor Gareth Stansfield


The manner in which conflicts are analyzed and represented are intimately linked to conflicts’ various stages, including efforts to mitigate and/or abate their violent effects, be it through military intervention, humanitarian aid and/or the creation of new political dispensations. The shared understandings that provide the bases for these representations and analyses however, are the products of various discursive practices within governments, NGOs, academia, journalism and manifold cultural productions (e.g., literature, visual arts, museums, etc.). These practices are contingent and messy, and often deeply contested.


The conference will investigate these practices from a multidisciplinary perspective, incorporating insights from both practitioners and academics. It seeks to uncover how the interplay of economic incentives, organizational cultures, political and social climates, and personal and collective beliefs lead to the production and privileging of particular types of knowledge vis-à-vis conflict and peace. It also seeks to explore how these processes vary across occupations, disciplines, time and space. For instance, how do donor and NGO priorities affect the production of ‘local’ knowledge within a conflict site? Are certain stakeholders accorded greater legitimacy vis-à-vis knowledge production? How does access to conflict areas and privileged informants, language and translation, as well as the processes of data collection and representation inform specific conflict interpretations and mitigation efforts? Similarly, if a conflict is located within the ’academic periphery’, how do the practices and priorities of the ‘core’ (e.g., US academia) shape knowledge production? In terms of time, how does knowledge change as conflicts transition away from violence, thus becoming ripe for ‘lesson’ extraction and exportation?


Beyond governments, NGOs, the media and academia, the conference also seeks to investigate how cultural productions create, affirm and/or challenge knowledge of peace and conflict. Specifically, how is knowledge of conflict and peace encoded through architecture and space planning, the visual arts, literature, museums, etc.? Do the different organizational cultures and intended audiences governing the production of these cultural artefacts create different types of knowledge? How are these types of knowledge incorporated and/or challenged by other knowledge producers within conflicts and peace processes?


The conference committee welcomes abstracts and panel proposals on any aspect of this theme. To submit a proposal for a paper or panel, please send an abstract of a maximum of 500 words to exceps-conference@exeter.ac.uk by 15 January 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 February 2012. As a limited student travel fund will be available, please indicate in your abstract if you wish to be considered for this fund.




ICT in Conflict & Disaster Response and Peacebuilding Crowd Map

https://ict4peace.crowdmap.com/main. Email: ictinemergency@gmail.com


We are pleased to draw your attention to the ICT in Conflict & Disaster Response and Peacebuilding Crowd Map. We hope you find this map interesting to the readership of your CRS newsletter - as a resource, but also to invite the readers to include their ICT related project / programme / initiative in the map.


ICT is being used in many ways to help with disaster & conflict early-warning, management & resolution and for peacebuilding; this map offers a resource of who is doing what worldwide. It captures the large variety of activities carried out in projects, programmes and initiatives at various levels of society and decision-making; their content ranges from policy frameworks to actual technological solutions. The map illustrates the role of civil society organisations, states, multilateral organisations, academia and companies in the field, the difference ICT can make and the impact it can have.


The ICT in Conflict & Disaster Response and Peacebuilding Crowd Map was produced by Laura Morris, an independent researcher in crisis communication, and myself, a freelance GIS Consultant, with the aim of encouraging and supporting networking and collaboration for the sharing of information, ideas & appropriate practice to help those affected by conflict and crisis effectively.


If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at ictinemergency@gmail.com .


Kind regards,

Christine Broenner [and Laura Morris]




a new blog titled "eConflicts" http://econflicts.blogspot.com/

Cyberconflict, cyberwar, cybersecurity, cyberdefense, information warfare.


I am pleased to inform you that I set up a new blog titled "eConflicts" http://econflicts.blogspot.com/

You will find in this blog information about new publications, conferences, researches, events, incidents, technology, related to Cyberconflict, cyberwar, cybersecurity, cyberdefense, information warfare.

This blog is a multilingual and international platform. I will publish contents in French, English and other languages.

You may use this blog to promote your own works, articles, books, conferences... and comment the posts. You may send me the links to the articles you might wish to promote.

Have a look on this blog, become new members... and disseminate this information to your colleagues.

If you have any question, please contact me.

My current website http://infowar.romandie.com will be closed next December 31st 2011.


Best regards,

Daniel Ventre

CNRS - France

Researcher.

Author of "Cyberwar and Information Warfare" Wiley-ISTE, August 2011.

http://econflicts.blogspot.com/




Is there a website for employment opportunities in peace & conflict research?

I know of http://www.jobs.ac.uk/ Other suggestions? Email: gordonjburt@gmail.com


From time to time I am asked:

‘I am beginning to look around for employment. Would you know of a website, or a database, specifically devoted to those seeking employment opportunities in areas related to Peace Research, Conflict Resolution/Conflict Management/transformation (and any related, overlapping areas)?’




best wishes

Gordon Burt

Chair of the Conflict Research Society

gordonjburt@gmail.com

http://www.conflictresearchsociety.org.uk/

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