Peacebuilding, justice and security: taking stock of the past 25 years

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Peacebuilding, justice and security: taking stock of the past 25 years

The term peacebuilding was first coined in the 1990s as part of a renaissance of peace operations in the post-Cold War world. As a concept, peacebuilding referred to reconstruction of societies torn (or on the verge of being torn) by war or violent conflict, with a focus on changing power structures and addressing root causes that led to conflict.

The justice system and the security sector constitute two such power structures that experienced a great deal of activism. The launch of truth and reconciliation commissions as well as the implementation of a fair judiciary system represented a challenge for both societies that recovered from civil conflict and international stakeholders.

The reform of the security sector has also proven to be a daunting task, with both successes and failures. Training local troops and forming qualified and professional police and military officers can bring stability to a precarious post-conflict environment.

This conference will have for objective to identify the best practices on these key peacebuilding dimensions. The conference will focus more specifically on justice, security, development and state building themes. A more detailed program can be accessed here.

This conference is organised by the Conflict Research Centre, in partnership with the Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada (PACS-CAN) and the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS).

8 : 50 – 9:00 Introductory words – Mathieu Landriault (Saint Paul University)

9 : 00 – 10 : 30 Panel 1 : Memory and justice issues in peacebuilding

Chair: Jean-François Rioux (Saint Paul University)

Neil Sargent (Carleton)

The Claims of Law, Memory, and Justice in Postconflict Reconstruction

John Packer (University of Ottawa)

The Role of National Dialogues in Transitions to Sustainable Peace

Philippe Dufort (Saint Paul University)

Producing Historical Memory in Colombia: "The Battle is all there is"

Andy Tamas (University College Dublin)

Traditional and Modern Legal Systems: Lessons from Afghanistan

10 : 30 – 10 : 45 Break

10 : 45 – 12 : 15 Panel 2 : Power struggle and cooperation between local and international actors in peacebuilding

Chair: Anna Sheftel (Saint Paul University)

Mathieu Landriault (Saint Paul University), Paul Minard (Saint Paul University) Mathieu Rowsell (University of Ottawa)

Impacts of UN Peacekeeping Radio on Local Population Attitudes

Ruby Dagher (University of Ottawa)

International Community, Local Population: Perception of Legitimacy in Lebanon, South Sudan and Senegal and the Implications for Post-Conflict State Institution-Building

Vern Neufeld Redekop (Saint Paul University)

Integrative Peacebuilding: Developing the Heuristic Skills to Deal with the Complex Challenges of Multiple Interacting Systems

Éric Dion (École nationale d'administration publique)

Canada's Key Village Approach (KVA) in Afghanistan: A Lesson in Synergy

12 : 15 – 13 : 15 Lunch

13 : 15 – 14 :45 Panel 3 : Security Sector reform and state-building

Chair: Paul Minard (Saint Paul University)

Mark Sedra (Canadian International Council)

Canada and Second-Generation SSR

Gaëlle Rivard-Piché (Defence Research and Development Canada)

2nd-generation SSR in El Salvador

Stephen Baranyi (University of Ottawa)

Second-Generation SSR, Transformation or Neo-Colonial Continuity in Haiti?

Meredith Henley (Global Affairs Canada)

Canada's Approach to Security Sector Reform

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