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Colombian Peace Talks on the Horizon

Government and FARC meet in Havana

In USIP's Olive Branch blog Virginia Bouvier writes on 27 August 2012: "Tonight Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed the rumors that crested and then exploded after former President Alvaro Uribe tweeted that President Santos had authorized secret peace talks in Havana between government authorities and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), Colombia’s largest guerrilla group.

Junior Professionals in EU Delegations (JPD)

New traineeship programme at the European Union. Deadline for applications: 19 September 2012

The purpose of this programme is to enable junior talented and promising university post-graduates who hold at least a Masters Degree from the Member States of the EU to gain first-hand experience in the work of Delegations and a deeper insight into their role in the implementation of EU external relations policies, including the Common Foreign Security Policy.

Exiting Conflict, Owning the Peace: Local Ownership in International Peace Operations

A Joint Study Project by Friedrich Ebert Foundation and London School of Economics

In cooperation, Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the London School of Economics have implemented a study project that explores from both a top down and a bottom up perspective, the norm of local ownership and the challenges of promoting it in the context of international peacebuilding. Within the study three cases of late-stage intervention emerged: Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. The research findings reveal the need to re-think local ownership within international peace building, both in theory and in practice. It underlines the need for a more rigorous concept of local ownership that takes account of grass root perceptions and expectations of peacebuilding, and which constructs an effective relationship between local and external actors.

Doctoral/postdoctoral fellowship on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Call for Applications by European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA). Deadline for submissions: 1 August 2012

European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) is a young NGO which seeks to build bridges between Europe and Armenia. Goals include encouraging people to people contacts between key members of civil society, raising public awareness of Europe in Armenia, as well as raising awareness of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh in Europe. For a truly exclusive research placement, we are now seeking a highly motivated European PhD student or young post-doc researcher to be granted our first Karabakh Research Fellowship in Stepanakert (Nagorno-Karabakh).

‘Virtual Spaces for Conflict Transformation’

Call for Tenders of the Berghof Foundation

This year’s Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation focuses on the potential of internet-based platforms and social media to promote (or obstruct) conflict transformation. The Berghof Foundation invites interested and qualified applicants to submit their proposals by no later than July 7, 2012 (Online Application Form).

Communication is aid

infoasaid launches free e-learning course on humanitarian communication

A new, free online learning course, Communication is Aid, aims to raise awareness and build basic skills for communicating effectively with crisis-affected communities, before and after an emergency breaks. The course is divided into five modules that include interactive, scenario-based challenges that let learners make key decisions about communication in situations like earthquakes, hurricanes, and post-conflict environments.


Environmental Degradation, Conflict and Forced Migration

Call for Papers of the Second ESF-ZiF-UniBi Research Conference. Deadline for submissions: 1 July 2012

The European Science Foundation (ESF), Bielefeld University and its Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre “From Heterogeneities to Inequalities” (CRC 882), GICC-EXCLIM, and COST Action IS1101 on Migration and Climate Change are seeking proposals for their joint conference on: Tracing Social Inequalities in Environmentally-Induced Migration.