Since 2016, the world has experienced major events which are likely to greatly affect the world’s order as well as peace and security. These events include: Brexit; Trump becoming the US President; the rise of aggressive xenophobic leadership in many countries that advocate and overlook violence in order to endorse their agendas; wars, conflicts and tension in regions as diverse as Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Palestine, the Korean Peninsula, South China Sea/West Philippine Sea/East Sea; the non-Resolution of many low intensity and frozen conflicts and the potential rise of ethnic and identity conflicts; etc. Besides, increasing military spending, foreign military bases, terrorism, internal conflicts, territorial disputes, militarization and the nuclear arms race, neo-racism, refugee crisis, oppression of minorities and xenophobic nationalism have been threatening people’s lives and peace and security.
The conference SCIENCE · PEACE · SECURITY ’19 aims for an accurate understanding and fruitful discussions of today’s and tomorrow’s peace and security challenges. This includes scientific-technical as well as interdisciplinary contributions, focusing on problems of international security and peacebuilding as well as contributions dedicated to transparency, trust-building, arms control, disarmament, and conflict management.
Die KURVE Wustrow bietet im Herbst 5-tägige Fachseminare in englischer Sprache zu verschiedenen Themen an. Sie richten sich an Fachkräfte, die im Bereich der zivilen Konfliktbearbeitung tätig sind. Sie dienen der Vertiefung von vorhandenem Wissen und sind stark auf die Bedürfnisse der Teilnehmenden zugeschnitten.
Zu den grundlegenden Elementen der Friedensarbeit gehören die Initiierung, Förderung und Begleitung der Konversation zwischen Konfliktparteien. Diese Prozesse erfordern ein genaues Verständnis der Situation, eine empathische und neutrale Haltung gegenüber allen Parteien und umfassende Kommunikationsfähigkeiten. Die Schwerpunkte dieses Seminars liegen auf Ihrer Rolle als Friedensberaterin und -berater in einem Konflikt und der Haltung, dem Wissen, den Fähigkeiten und Hilfsmitteln, die für die Begleitung von Dialogprozessen nötig sind.
Understanding the emotional effects of conflicts and disasters on their victims and responding to the victims` needs are crucial capacities for peace workers and staff of NGOs working in conflict areas and disaster situations. In this training you will get familiar with the emotional responses to traumatic events, effects of traumatic events on specific vulnerable groups and the social impacts of trauma. Further, the role of the counselling person and the work with victims will be explored and special attention is given to the needs of the caregiver.
Peace workers face threats not only because of where they work but also because of what type of work they do. This training aims at proactively managing security on an organisational level while touching aspects of personal security. Therefore coordination or management level staff of NGOs and others who are responsible for security of fieldworkers or activists will benefit most. The training is structured alongside a security management framework that can also be used for advancing organisational security later on. We work with inputs, examples, exercises and small group work.
Fragile states are of major concern to actors spanning from local citizens to global policy makers. Not only are they particularly prone to violent conflict, they are also held responsible for a range of public bads transcending national borders. While ‘fragility’ is pervasive in donor and aid organizations’ thinking, the concept remains unclear and fuels the debate on how the international community should best respond. This course focuses on the conceptual, policy and implementation challenges of statebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.
Organisations working in conflict zones are often faced with specific challenges like rapidly changing environments. Often they experience tensions between a strong obligation and commitment towards assisting communities in distress and on the other hand of complying with standards of professional organisations as also demanded by international donors. The seminar introduces key concepts of organisational development and the facilitation of change processes in organisations or teams.
This certified Core Course at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) comprises theoretical inputs and practical exercises tailored to the realities in the field. All modules enhance interpersonal skills, highlight the importance of active involvement in the host society, and promote a reflective and critical approach. Junior professionals benefit particularly as they get the opportunity to reflect on their own mission readiness and motivation.
Application deadline for scholarships: 26 July 2019
Peace Work aims at establishing and nurturing inclusive societies that provide equal access to social, political and economic resources to all – irrespective of their ethnic origin, age, gender, physical or mental condition, religious background, sexual orientation, etc. The training introduces the concepts of Anti-Bias and Social Inclusion. It aims at strengthening respect for diversity and creating awareness for discrimination and social exclusion. Participants will reflect how they themselves are involved and/or affected by the social/global power relations.