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Negotiating for Peace as a Non-State Actor


Fri. & Sat., April 13 – 14, 2017, 9am-5pm Description: Non-state actors can focus entirely on finding pathways to end violence and build peace rather than advancing narrow national interests or government policies. Official negotiations [...]

Negotiating for Peace as a Non-State Actor2018-02-28T09:28:47-05:00

Civilian Protection: Skills for Practitioners


Fri., February 2, 2018, 9am-5pm Description: Drawing on current best practices in the field, this course teaches practical skills that enable armed and unarmed actors in violent conflicts to prevent and mitigate abuses toward civilians. The course [...]

Civilian Protection: Skills for Practitioners2018-02-28T09:31:31-05:00

Frameworks for Accomplishment of Peace Processes


by Daniel Mesa Gómez Conflicts all around the world are composed of complex contexts and different actors. Solutions to such conflicts also need to be complex—involving series of negotiations and multiple implementation stages—and ideally lead [...]

Frameworks for Accomplishment of Peace Processes2017-09-01T16:45:50-05:00

Reimagining Bosnia and Herzegovina


By Philippa Meikle Preface: Participants of the inaugural Sarajevo Symposium were asked to participate in a day-long capstone simulation. All participants were presented with a fictional scenario of Bosnia and Herzegovina, five years in the [...]

Reimagining Bosnia and Herzegovina2017-09-01T16:45:50-05:00

The Value of Vulnerability in Negotiations


By Milica Njegovan It is a rare skill to make people laugh and gasp with amusement when speaking about post conflict transition. Hind Kabawat, founder of the Syria Center for Dialogue, Peace and Reconciliation and [...]

The Value of Vulnerability in Negotiations2017-09-01T16:45:50-05:00

Disarmament? Demobilization and Reintegration


By Daniel Mesa Gómez The Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) processes are strategies used in United Nations peacebuilding and peacekeeping operations, although they have begun to be used independently by states and other institutions involved [...]

Disarmament? Demobilization and Reintegration2017-09-01T16:45:50-05:00

Shaping Peacemakers


by Milicia Njegovan On Monday, July 17th I saw the opening of the International Peace and Security Institute’s (IPSI) inaugural Symposium in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina (BiH). This is the first IPSI symposium to [...]

Shaping Peacemakers2017-09-01T16:45:51-05:00

Forgiveness and Hope


By: Karen Fancher The film screening of “Pretty Village” was a profound glimpse into the dynamics of reentering a community after suffering mass atrocities at the hands of one’s neighbors. I was impressed by [...]

Forgiveness and Hope2017-09-01T16:45:53-05:00

Creative Transitions in Central Sahel


By Daniel Mesa Gómez Audra Dykman explored a framework to holistic transitions by looking at the Central Sahel region as a case study to reflect on what has to be done in situations where a [...]

Creative Transitions in Central Sahel2017-09-01T16:45:53-05:00

Memory and Reconciliation


By Phillipa Meikle On the last day of the first week of our Symposium, we enjoyed a presentation regarding Memory and Reconciliation from Dr. Sabina Čehajić-Clancy, who is an Associate Professor of Political Psychology, Department [...]

Memory and Reconciliation2017-09-01T16:45:53-05:00

There Is No Such Thing as Universal


By Alexandria Farris While listening to the speakers today a thought that kept coming to mind was how often one person's idea of what's best for someone else isn't actually what's best for that person. [...]

There Is No Such Thing as Universal2017-09-01T16:45:53-05:00

Sarajevo Symposium – Day 2


By Philippa Meikle On the morning of the second day of the Symposium, all 31 participants and staff members engaged in an exercise run by Deborah Mancini which aimed at broadening our perspectives of governance and [...]

Sarajevo Symposium – Day 22017-09-01T16:45:53-05:00

Sarajevo Symposium – Day 1


By Alexandria Farris The first day of the Sarajevo symposium introduced the complexity of post-conflict societies. At first glance, a post-conflict transition may appear as a somewhat generalizable idea that all post-conflict transitions can [...]

Sarajevo Symposium – Day 12017-09-01T16:45:53-05:00

My Rotarian Amazement


by Luis Pedro Fernández Smith One hundred and twelve years ago in Chicago, a lawyer named Paul Harris decided with three of his friends, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele and Hiram Shorey, to create a club to forge community [...]

My Rotarian Amazement2017-09-01T16:45:54-05:00

If Walls Could Talk


by Micaela Segal de la Garza As I returned to my birthplace of Reggio Emilia, I found myself trying to soak up as much of the societal culture and history as possible. On our first [...]

If Walls Could Talk2017-09-01T16:45:55-05:00

Can you reconcile without forgiving?


by Elissa Al Roumi, Lebanon  “What is forgiveness? Can you reconcile without forgiving?” this was the opening question of our last session after a four weeks Symposium. Robi Damelin stood there listening to our “scientific” [...]

Can you reconcile without forgiving?2017-09-01T16:45:59-05:00

Negotiating in an International Context


  Alpana Modi (Australia) Tuesday’s session on “Negotiating in an International Context” was an eye opening experience for me. I learned the intricacies of international negotiating, and that “silence is worth more than a thousand [...]

Negotiating in an International Context2017-09-01T16:46:00-05:00

Reconciliation: Who is it for?


  Kendal Jones (US) Although scholars and practitioners in the field of post-conflict transitions tend to view reconciliation as an “obvious objective” and perhaps even the main challenge to rebuilding communities after conflict, the victims [...]

Reconciliation: Who is it for?2017-09-01T16:46:00-05:00

Memory and Reconciliation


by Rachel Naguib, Egypt How can we forget violent conflicts that left us psychologically devastated and our feelings full of apprehension, relief, anger and lethargy? Memory is not only a product of the past, but [...]

Memory and Reconciliation2017-09-01T16:46:00-05:00

Paved with Good Intentions


Kate Kranz Jordan (USA - Allied Joint Force Command, Naples/US Naval Forces Europe/Africa, ISAF, United States Naval Academy) At the end of the second week of the symposium, we set out to resolve a number of the [...]

Paved with Good Intentions2017-09-01T16:46:00-05:00

Conceptualization to Application: Reflections on a Week Exploring International Criminal Justice Mechanisms


  Jennifer MacNeill (US) It is one thing to sit in a classroom for weeks, months - years even, and learn about concepts such as “restorative and retributive justice”, “frameworks”, and “alternatives to state building”…It [...]

Conceptualization to Application: Reflections on a Week Exploring International Criminal Justice Mechanisms2017-09-01T16:46:00-05:00

Prosecutorial Strategies in an International Context


  Ojo Osaigbovo (Nigeria/Australia) The debate regarding the efficacy of punitive versus restorative justice has been an increasingly central one in global political discourse. As a proponent of a punitive form of post-war transitional justice [...]

Prosecutorial Strategies in an International Context2017-09-01T16:46:01-05:00

On Bureaucrats and Monsters


(Sarah Littisha Jansen, Canada)  To hear David Crane, former founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, tell it, one would understand that the greatest insult he ever received was when Thabo Mbeki [...]

On Bureaucrats and Monsters2017-09-01T16:46:01-05:00

IPSI’s 2015 Visit to the ICTY


Alpana Modi (Australia) The last 24 hours on the ICTY have been highly educational – dining with an interpreter of the ICTY, attending the hearing of Ratko Mladić at the ICTY and having a question [...]

IPSI’s 2015 Visit to the ICTY2017-09-01T16:46:01-05:00

Pray the Devil Back to Hell…


by Leenat Jilani, Canada Yesterday our class had the great privilege of hearing from Joyce Neu, a conflict resolution specialist and the first team leader of United Nations’ Standby Team of Mediation Experts. However, it was [...]

Pray the Devil Back to Hell…2017-09-01T16:46:01-05:00

In the Pursuit of Justice


Benita Sumita (India) International justice is a powerful and powerless word simultaneously. It means all and nothing as I have come to see and understand it in the last couple of days of learning about [...]

In the Pursuit of Justice2017-09-01T16:46:01-05:00

You Think You Know Statebuilding?


Daniel Holmes (Canada)  Forget everything you thought you knew about statebuilding. The esteemed Dr. Robert Lamb challenged the class with the most difficult and frustrating lesson to date. As the day started, Dr. Lamb led [...]

You Think You Know Statebuilding?2017-09-01T16:46:01-05:00

Reflections on the Balkan Condition


Elfrid Pati (Albania) It is three days since the 20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre, and as I sit in a boat-turned-outdoors seating for a restaurant I’ve recently grown fond of on one of The [...]

Reflections on the Balkan Condition2017-09-01T16:46:01-05:00

The Right of Resistance


by Giovanna Maselli, Guatemala "Most of what we commonly call women’s history is actually the history of women’s roles in the development of nonviolent action.” –Pam Mcallister   Dr. Mary E. King opened today’s session [...]

The Right of Resistance2017-09-01T16:46:02-05:00

Civil Resistance: Nonviolent Force for Change


by Kareem Bessisso, Palestine We began the day with Dr. Maciej Bartkowski who provided us with a thorough introduction to the origins and ideas that underlie the modern practice of civil resistance. The roots of [...]

Civil Resistance: Nonviolent Force for Change2017-09-01T16:46:02-05:00

Post Conflict Peace Building


by Carol Grojean, United States  In 1982 the danger of nuclear annihilation  seemed to have been eased but there were many other challenges going on in the world: Geopolitical corruption Religious Ideology Spheres of influence [...]

Post Conflict Peace Building2017-09-01T16:46:02-05:00

Finding your way in a world of uncertainty


by Maria Winters DiMarco, United States This week we have had the privilege of being trained in negotiation tactics by Wilbur Perlot, director of the Clingendael Academy. As a communications professional, I am fascinated with [...]

Finding your way in a world of uncertainty2017-09-01T16:46:02-05:00

Discovering the Real ICC


  Auriane Botte (France) Day 4 was entirely dedicated to the International Criminal Court (ICC). As I am passionate about the ICC and International Criminal Justice, this day promised to be full of exciting discoveries [...]

Discovering the Real ICC2017-09-01T16:46:02-05:00

Restorative and Retributive Justice: Where Do We Stand?


Elysa Hogg (Canada) The theme of today’s classes was ‘Mapping the Fields of Restorative and Retributive Justice.’ Within the first five minutes of the morning Dr. Tom Zwart distributed several international court scenarios for us [...]

Restorative and Retributive Justice: Where Do We Stand?2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Fearless Innovation


Laura Steele (Australia) After diving headfirst into fixing the post-conflict situation in Libya, guided and inspired by the highly accomplished and somewhat hard-core transition specialist and practitioner Audra Dykman, the scene was set early on [...]

Fearless Innovation2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

What is Your Theory of Change?


Benita Sumita (India) “A man who wants to move a mountain does so by carrying away small stones at a time,” Confucius There is no doubt that the 2015 Hague Symposium is about the big [...]

What is Your Theory of Change?2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Negotiation and Empathy


by Janine Bressmer, Germany/Canada  In today’s session of the IPSI Bologna Symposium we had the pleasure of meeting and learning from Wilbur Perlot, the Deputy Director of the Clingendael Institute, a Dutch Institute of International [...]

Negotiation and Empathy2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Putting the Just in Justice


Nathan Williams JP (Australia) The International Peace and Security Institute’s 10th Hague Symposium began with a dinner at the Rootz Restaurant attended by esteemed guest speaker Justice Richard Goldstone. Justice Goldstone was the first Chief Prosecutor [...]

Putting the Just in Justice2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Discontinuous Shifts


by Carol Grojean, United States Crossing the chasm of paradigm shifts can be tough for leaders. In conflict management, how can we help leaders move away from the model of aggression-to-violence-to-win or lose at the [...]

Discontinuous Shifts2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

How does one quantify peace?


Leo Lou, China/United States    How does one quantify peace? What credible databases concerning conflicts, safety, military, or crime statistics should one throw into the mix to construct the “formula for peace”? How do countries get compared [...]

How does one quantify peace?2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Building bridges for peace


by Shagufta Hayat, Pakistan Participants coming from diverse backgrounds, origins and cultures widen the message of coming together for a cause, to understand and respect each other’s norms, values and traditions. In a larger perspective [...]

Building bridges for peace2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Embracing complexity


by Ben Collard, Australia Today we heard from the Bologna Symposium's keynote speaker, Lieutenant-General (retd.) Roméo Dallaire. The General is a former Artillery officer, a position that encompasses a variety of roles, the primary one [...]

Embracing complexity2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

“We stumbled into a new era”


by George A. Stairs, Canada With that, The Honourable Lt-Gen. (Rtd.) Roméo Dallaire launched into his description of the “New World Disorder,” the state of affairs existing in the post-Cold War world where the previous [...]

“We stumbled into a new era”2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Putting Peacebuilding to the Test


Zunaira Malik, United States of America Take thirty six individuals: lawyers, students, and practitioners, train them in transitional justice and pragmatic peacebuilding, and then put them to the test. This has been our life for [...]

Putting Peacebuilding to the Test2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Searching the Soul for Peace


by Raghda Abu-Shala, Palestine    When we first arrived at the 2014 IPSI Bologna Symposium each participant was asked to choose one training day to write a blog post reflecting our thoughts on what we [...]

Searching the Soul for Peace2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Experiences in Knowledge and Training


by Mojdeh Abtahi, Iran We concluded the second week of the 2014 Bologna Symposium with Clingendael Institute Deputy Director Wilbur Perlot as well as Alvaro de Soto, a career diplomat who has held senior positions [...]

Experiences in Knowledge and Training2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

The Efficacy of Non-Violent Action


by Punya Bagga, India/Canada As we moved into our third week of the symposium, we were introduced to a form of conflict resolution, or more appropriately, a different way of waging conflict: nonviolent action. Hailing [...]

The Efficacy of Non-Violent Action2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

La verità, niente di più sovversivo


by Claire Connellan, Austrailia    On Thursday, as our third week at the Bologna Symposium neared its end, we began the first of two days of presentations by Jack Duvall, Dr. Maciej Bartkowski and Dr. [...]

La verità, niente di più sovversivo2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

Simulation Preparations with Wilbur Perlot


Kevin Coffey, Ireland In anticipation of the intensive three-day simulation geared towards achieving peace in the fictionalized war-torn Beladusham, IPSI participants had the pleasure of being trained in negotiation by Mr. Wilbur Perlot; the deputy-director [...]

Simulation Preparations with Wilbur Perlot2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

Numbered days at The Hague


Emily Fountain, United States of America Steven Biko once wrote, “In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift - a more human face.” I remember reading [...]

Numbered days at The Hague2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

The ICTY and Help From the Media


Matthew Dato, United States of America Here at the International Peace and Security Institute’s summer symposium in The Hague, I have had the extraordinary opportunity to listen to thought-provoking speakers, to be instructed and guided [...]

The ICTY and Help From the Media2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

Peering into a Window of the Past


Jennifer Kerner, United States of America How does the world make sense of unimaginable atrocities and establish some semblance of justice for those affected by these events? On Wednesday, Former Special Advisor to the Prosecutor [...]

Peering into a Window of the Past2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

Reintegrating Local Needs into DDR Processes


William Bejan, United States of America As an International Peace and Security Institute participant who had the pleasure of attending last year’s Bologna Symposium on Conflict Resolution, I am grateful for the new insights I [...]

Reintegrating Local Needs into DDR Processes2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

The Meaning of Resistance


Adriana Roque Romero, Colombia It has been almost a week since we arrived to The Hague, and we have been learning about various issues concerning the elements involved in post-conflict transitions, mainly through the scope [...]

The Meaning of Resistance2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

Is the past really past? Some important insights


by Elinah Nciizah, Zimbabwe  We are in our last week at the IPSI 2014 Bologna Symposium yet every day is a first-hand discovery of shared thoughts, ideas, knowledge and practice. Certainly, learning at the 2014 [...]

Is the past really past? Some important insights2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

Learning from the Field


Felix Papineau, Canada It is sometimes stated that the 20th century, which brought us the First and Second World Wars as well as the Cold War, was the century of conflicts, while the 21st century will [...]

Learning from the Field2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

Transitional Stabilization


Sophia Carrillo, United States of America One of the highlights of The Hague Symposium is the immense breadth of experience the speakers divulge during topic lectures, translating to an incredible opportunity to glean best practices [...]

Transitional Stabilization2017-09-01T16:46:05-05:00

Without Justice There Is No Peace


by Oscar Sánchez Piñeiro As we have seen from the 2014 IPSI Bologna Symposium speakers who have presented their work in the last few weeks, there exists a proliferation of NGOs and private entities involved [...]

Without Justice There Is No Peace2017-09-01T16:46:05-05:00

Refreshing Perspectives at the Half-Way Point


Adriana Abu Abara, Australia July 24 began with a site visit to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. It began like any other introduction to a tribunal: the logistics, the courtroom, and the cases before the [...]

Refreshing Perspectives at the Half-Way Point2017-09-01T16:46:05-05:00

A Revised Agenda for Peace


by Stephen Wilson, Australia The year was 1992. Senior Political Advisor, Álvaro de Soto was accompanying recently-appointed United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on a long-haul flight. With the recently achieved El Salvadorean Chapultepec Peace Accords [...]

A Revised Agenda for Peace2017-09-01T16:46:05-05:00

Establishing Governance in Transitions


Catarina Inverso, Brazil   How, and from where, do systems of governance emerge in a post-war context?Is a top-down or a bottom-up approach better equipped to establish a new government? What about hybrid approaches of [...]

Establishing Governance in Transitions2017-09-01T16:46:05-05:00

A Time for Peace


Victoria Barker, United States of America As I biked to the Clingendael Institute of International Relations this morning, the city seemed eerie — I hardly passed anyone else on the usually bustling bike path. The whole [...]

A Time for Peace2017-09-01T16:46:06-05:00

Negotiations: It’s about who gets what!


by Trust Mamombe, Zimbabwe Enter Wilbur Perlot, the Deputy Director of the Clingendael Academy and a ‘Specialist in Difficult Negotiations’ (SDN, my creative acronym).  Here is a man with a non-negotiably long CV. That being [...]

Negotiations: It’s about who gets what!2017-09-01T16:46:06-05:00

Mirroring Biases in Considering Reconciliation


Nancy Waterstraat, Germany   Is reconciliation always feasible and necessary? The first part- feasibility- might be a quite obvious maybe or even no. One of the most striking realizations personally, however, was that maybe the [...]

Mirroring Biases in Considering Reconciliation2017-09-01T16:46:06-05:00

Blending Theory & Practice


by Robert Heyn, Germany Last Wednesday was a very special day for me.  I was very much looking forward to Wilbur Perlot's class on international negotiation.  Whenever negotiation was on the schedule during my undergraduate [...]

Blending Theory & Practice2017-09-01T16:46:06-05:00

Learning to Honor Justice the Hard Way


Santiago Alberto Vargas Nino, Colombia   July 17 marked the celebration of the Day of International Criminal Justice. On this very special occasion, participants at The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice organized [...]

Learning to Honor Justice the Hard Way2017-09-01T16:46:07-05:00
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