1st International Conference – Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies | November, 29th and 30th

INVITED SPEAKER

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga

United Nations Special Representative for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

 

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The absence of justice, in its diverse forms, is not conducive to safe environments and, in the end, does not promote peaceful societies.At this conference, we intend to explore the concepts, techniques and tools for Conflict Management and Resolution, highlighting their limitations and strengths. The conference will focus on violent and non-violent conflicts with the potential of destabilizing security, both among and within countries, exploring their power and interest issues.
The conference is organized around thematic panels on conflicts in the regional areas of Africa, Greater Middle East and other regional areas and on the theoretical aspects of conflict resolution and peace studies.

The articles presented at the conference will be considered for publication in one of two formats: at the journal JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations (bilingual, open access, SCOPUS) or in a book published by UAL/OBSERVARE.

Presentations can be submitted in Portuguese or English.

“Conflict Management and Resolution” was initiated in 2015 as part of the research strand “Security Studies, War and Peace” of the OBSERVARE research centre. The objective of the project is to undertake academic research, applied research for public policy and advanced university training in the area of Conflict Management and Resolution.

In the first phase (May 2015 to Jully 2018) the project was co-coordinated by General Carlos Branco and Professor Ricardo Sousa. In this phase the project’s goals were to make a state of the art assessment of the theoretical framework regarding Conflict Management and Resolution, which were gathered in two publications:
• Thematic issue of the journal JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations Vol. 7, No. 1 (May-October 2016) co-edited by Carlos Branco and Ricardo Sousa. Published in Portuguese and English. link
• Book published in Portuguese entitled “Incursões na Teoria da Resolução de Conflitos”. Lisbon: OBSERVARE-UAL, 2017, co-edited by Carlos Branco, Ricardo Sousa and Gilberto Oliveira. link

In the second phase of the project, initiated in August 2018, the project is coordinated by Prof. Ricardo Sousa and aims to apply the theoretical framework identified previously to case studies.

With this goal, an international conference will take place on 28 and 29 of November 2018, which will lead to two publications in 2019: a thematic issue at JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations (SCOPUS) and a book.

PROCESS COMPLETED on July 31th 2018
We welcome presentations that explore several areas, from conflict prevention to peacebuilding, including conflict management, security sector reform and institution building, in intra and inter-state conflicts regardless of: their causes (religious, ethnic, among others), the role of informal and external actors, the importance of the conflicts in the different regional political dynamics and the methods and strategies used (mediation, use of force, truth commissions, and track II diplomacy, among others) to mitigate the tensions between parties. We are particularly interested in understanding how these aspects affect the processes to reach and maintain peace.

The presentation can deal both with theoretical and methodological issues as well as empirical evidences of conflict resolution, namely the presentation of case studies.
We are particularly interested in case studies that: a) are relevant to the Portuguese geostrategic interests (for instance, in North Africa or the Sahel), to the regions where they occur or with global relevance; b) illustrate the use of the different concepts, techniques and tools of conflict resolution; c) or that focus on the role of multilateral organizations with a security mandate.

The proposals should be sent with:

– Abstract (maximum of 300 words)
– Brief biographical resume of the authors mentioning the affiliation, location and country as well as emails for contact.

Information about the paper proposals or other questions regarding the conference should be sent to the following
email: conflictresolutionpeacestudies@autonoma.pt

Organising Committee

Luís Moita – Professor, UAL, Portugal

Ricardo Sousa – Assistant Professor, UAL, Portugal

Cristina Dias – Research and Development Support Department, UAL, Portugal

Manuel Serejo – Coordinator, Communication and External Relations Department, UAL, Portugal

Paula Pereira – Researcher, OBSERVARE, UAL, Portugal

Rita Romeiras – Designer, UAL, Portugal

Scientific Committee

Luís Moita – Professor, UAL, Portugal

Luís Tomé – Associate Professor, UAL, Portugal

Ricardo Sousa – Assistant Professor, UAL, Portugal

Paula Pereira – Researcher, OBSERVARE, UAL, Portugal

José Manuel Pureza – Professor, School of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Gilberto Oliveira – Assistant Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ermelinda Liberato – Assistant Professor, University Agostinho Neto, Angola

Ana Santos Pinto – Assistant Professor, FCSH –UNL, Portugal

Teresa Cravo – Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University of Coimbra, Professor

Anícia Lala –Senior Advisor, DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team, Switzerland

Raquel Freire – Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Alexandra Magnólia Dias – Assistant Professor, FCSH –UNL, Portugal

NOVEMBER 29TH 2018 – THURSDAY

9 am – Reception of Participants

9.30 am – OPENING SESSION
Parfait Onanga-Anyanga
United Nations Special Representative and Head of MINUSCA.

11 am – Coffee

11.15 am – PANEL 1 – Africa

12.45 am – Lunch

2 pm – PANEL 2 – Middle-East

3.30 pm – Coffee

3.45 pm – PANEL 3 – Other geographical areas

5.15 pm – End of the first day or end of the Conference

NOVEMBER 30TH 2018 – FRIDAY

9.30 am – PANEL 4 – Africa

11 am – Coffee

11.15 am – PANEL 5 – Middle-East

12.45 am – Lunch

2 pm – PAINEL 6 – Other geographical areas

3.30 pm – Cooffee

3.45 – 5.15 pm – CLOSING SESSION

5.15 pm – END OF THE CONFERENCE

 

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