Over the last three decades, peacebuilding practice has been dominated by a set of assumptions that set countries onto the pathway towards a ‘liberal’ peace. Yet the ‘liberal’ project to rebuild societies after armed conflict has become increasingly dysfunctional, orphaned and cashless. These changing strategic landscapes highlight that peacebuilding has reached a critical juncture. What’s next? If ‘liberal’ peacebuilding was a project to achieve participation, prosperity, and stability all at once and at the same time, has the new common denominator become to prioritize stability and prosperity first, and leave participation for later? What does this sequence mean for the notion of inclusive transformation processes and participatory politics? What expertise and know-how in the broader peacebuilding constituency may need to be re-calibrated so that peacebuilding practice remains relevant in managing an ever more turbulent world? The talk will reflect on these questions while providing a glimpse into the diversification of peacebuilding practice over the last two decades, especially in contexts where peace is built without calling the process to get there ‘peacebuilding’.
Is Peacebuilding Dead? What Next?
Dr. Achim Wennmann, Executive Director, Peacebuilding Platform, Geneva
15:40 Panel discussion by the following persons (proposed subject to change)
- Dr. Herman Salton, Professor, International Christian University
- Mr. Koji Sakane, Senior Director, Office for Peacebuilding and Reconstruction, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
- Mr. Ken Inoue, Senior Advisor on Democratic Governance, JICA
16:00 Short break
16:10 Comments by participants followed by open discussion
16:55 Concluding remarks
17:00 End of the Seminar followed by an Apéro (participation fee, 1000 yen)