Sadly, violence is a permanent feature of our time. We see wars between states as well as violent clashes within different countries that drag on for years and increasingly target the civilian population. To this we must add the rise of anonymous daily violence in places where victims outnumber the casualties of many wars.
In light of this distressing reality, the quest for peace grows more imperative and urgent with each passing day: a peace that aspires to something more than the absence of violence and is not content to propose exclusively securitarian solutions that only address the most visible problems. Not only do we need to determine the underlying causes that lead individuals or groups to resort to violence in order to achieve their goals, but we must also activate social, political, economic and diplomatic mechanisms which will ideally abort those dynamics before they erupt into violence, or at least mitigate their effects in order to reach a compromise and find a way out.
We have the analytical capacity to determine the processes that lead to violence and peace. We also have the means to take action before, during and after violence breaks out. What we lack, for the most part, is the active political will to use that knowledge and those resources with multilateral, multidimensional vision in order to secure a fair, global, enduring peace. This is the greatest challenge facing us today.
Over the course of six days, we will debate and analyse these topics with the help of experts in different fields of knowledge and experience.
Coordinated by: IECAH (Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action)
10 October 2017Talks Building Peace: More than the Absence of War
In contrast to the traditional definition of peace as the absence of open violence or war, in the (…)
17 October 2017Talks Peace Processes: Results and Reality
The term "peace process" refers to the efforts—especially of a diplomatic, social, political, (…)
18 October 2017Talks Other Threats to Peace: Central America's Northern Triangle
The NTCA (Northern Triangle of Central America, comprising Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador) is (…)
19 October 2017Talks After the Treaty: Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration
Once a peace treaty is signed and the post-war reconstruction process begins, one of the trickiest (…)
25 October 2017Talks Women and Peace: An Absolute Priority
Although today no one denies that conflicts affect men and women (and boys and girls) differently, (…)
26 October 2017Talks The Reconstruction of Syria and Iraq: Two Case Studies
All the evidence indicates that the DAESH pseudo-caliphate will ultimately be dismantled in the (…)