Towards Sustainable Peace: Understanding the linkages between social, political, and ecological processes in post-war countries
Post-war countries are among the most difficult policy arenas for international and domestic actors. The challenge is not only to stop violence and prevent violence from rekindling, but moreover to help countries reset their internal relations on a peaceful path. The indirect, long-term effects of wars further exaggerate this challenge. Many of these relate to political and social aspects of post-war countries. Lasting impressions of human rights abuses committed during wars continue to shape the relations among members of societies for decades to come. Both, socio-economic and political impacts challenge the stability of post-war countries for many years. The challenges to public health have been found to be particularly severe and affect disproportionately the civilian population of post-war countries. Environmental and climate change expose post-war populations further, escalating the human costs of war long after active combat has ceased.
In his talk Florian Krampe will argue that to build peace we need to acknowledge and understand this long-term interplay of social, political, and ecological processes in post-war countries. It will be crucial to understand the potential and dynamics of natural resources and environmental issues in this context.
Dr. Florian Krampe is a political scientist, specializing in peace and conflict research, international relations and political ecology at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. He currently works on peacebuilding, the social and political impacts of climate change, water security and governance, as well as environmental peacebuilding.