Beyond Doha and Geneva. Peacemaking engagement of Afghans and Syrians in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany
|Title||Beyond Doha and Geneva. Peacemaking engagement of Afghans and Syrians in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Meininghaus, E, Mielke, K|
|Institution||Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)|
BICC Working Paper “Beyond Doha and Geneva—Peacemaking engagement of Afghans and Syrians in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany” highlights how history writing and research have sidelined organically emerging initiatives for peace from within societies facing war — including among those living abroad. In contrast, empirical evidence in this Paper demonstrates that bottom-up engagement of exiles has entailed activities from the grassroots to the highest level. At times, this engagement is comparable to official Track 1 talks that comprise representatives of the major armed factions of a conflict. In conclusion, Esther Meininghaus and Katja Mielke argue that such Afghan- and Syrian-led initiatives should receive significantly more scholarly attention in writing the history of war and peace, with a much stronger emphasis on the perspective of those who are concerned the most.