Category: Events

Adding Peacekeepers to the Debates of Critical Liberal Peacebuilding

Peacebuilding journalAnne Flaspöler, Postdoctoral Researcher at the EDDA Center of Excellence, has recently published the article “Adding Peacekeepers to the Debates of Critical Liberal Peacebuilding: New Insights from the Perspective of Peacekeeping Training in Africa” in the academic journal Peacebuilding. The article explores the implication of peacekeeping training for the current debates of the critical liberal peacebuilding scholarship, more specifically the concepts of “hybrid peace” and “recourse to localism”. In so doing, it looks at the training realities presented by two case studies, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (Ghana) and the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (South Africa). This shows the training centers’ struggle to accommodate the demands posed by the complexities of today’s peace support operations while creating an active learning environment. Based on these findings, the article discusses what they reveal for the operationalisation of the concepts of “hybrid peace” and “recourse to localism”, identifying the challenges of their non-prescriptive nature and dismissal of standardisation for the peacekeeping training context.

International Conference: Future of Democracy

Future of DemocracyThe EDDA Research Center hosts an international conference entitled Future of Democracy, which will be held May 20–21 2016 at the lecture hall of the National Museum of Iceland (Þjóðminjasafn). The two-day conference, which is part of a research project funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS), will be followed by a citizens meeting at the Reykjavík City Theatre (Borgarleikhúsið). The conference will deal with various perspectives of participatory and deliberative approaches, asking how and in what respect they can improve democracy and democratic choices. In addition, practitioners, activists and researchers will present actual democratic experiments for discussion, both focused on Icelandic cases and on experiments from around the world. The aim is to have a useful critical discussion of innovative projects and exercises.

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Reykjavik Roundtable on Human Rights: Democratic Accountability, State Sovereignty, and International Governance

Together with the Berlin-based Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), EDDA hosts the “Reykjavik Roundtable on Human Rights: Democratic Accountability, State Sovereignty, and International Governance” that will be held on 28 April 2016 at the National Heritage Building in Reykjavík. The purpose of the conference is to gather academics, judges and defense lawyers at the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice, politicians, and human rights representatives at the Council of Europe and other institutions to discuss the tension between human rights regimes and Great Power politics. Panel themes include human rights violations and state sovereignty; democratic accountability, transnational rights, and international obligations; the mediation of human rights protection in the United Nations; human rights conventions: international governance, state prerogatives, and non-state involvement.

The conference program is available here.

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International Conference: Inclusive Peace: Women, Peace and Security post 2015

EDDA, in collaboration with the United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST) and the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs is organizing an international conference entitled “Inclusive Peace: Women, Peace and Security Post 2015. The conference will take place on 14 – 15 April 2016 at the National Museum of Iceland, Lecture Hall, in Reykjavík.

2015 was a commemoration and landmark year of global efforts towards women’s rights and gender equality. It not only marked the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as well as he 15th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on women, peace and security. It also saw the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will guide global development policy over the next 15 years and which includes peace and gender as cross-cutting issues. Together these milestones draw a clear link between gender equality, peace and security, and sustainable development, calling for inclusive approaches for active participation of women at all levels of conflict prevention and resolution, peace building and peacekeeping.

The conference programme is available here.

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International Conference: Maritime Emergency Management and Transnational Cooperation in the High North

nullEDDA, in cooperation with the High North Center at the Business School at North University in Bodø, Norway is organizing an international conference entitled “Maritime Emergency Management and Transnational Cooperation in the High North”. The conference, which is a part of the “Maritime Preparedness and International Partnership in the High North” (MARPART) project will take place 25 February, 2016 at the lecture hall at the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavík.

The program will focus on safety and security in the Arctic as well as on cross-institutional and transnational cooperation between Norway, Russia, Iceland and Denmark/Greenland in the fields of maritime preparedness and search and rescue. Special emphasis will be on maritime disasters and large-scale incidents; commercial activities and environmental risks; maritime hazards and responses; and post-emergency operational management issues, such as state versus corporate interests, international norms and legal regimes, and responsibilities of security actors.

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