Integrated Peacebuilding, recently published by Westview Press (2013), addresses the importance of weaving peacebuilding methods into diverse sectors including development, humanitarian assistance, gender, business, media, health, and the environment Incorporating peacebuilding approaches into these areas is critical for transforming today's protracted conflicts into tomorrow's sustainable peace.
The presenters will discuss the growing trend of integrating peacebuilding into international humanitarian relief, development, and related sectors, by donors and implementing partners and explore what this means for the future of the field. In particular, they will highlight what works, what the key ethical and practical challenges are and identify areas where more research is needed.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a discount rate.
Craig Zelizer is the Associate Director of the MA in Conflict Resolution within the Department of Government at Georgetown University. His areas of expertise include working with youth from violent conflict regions, civil society development and capacity building in transitional societies, program evaluation and design, conflict sensitivity and conflict mainstreaming, the connection between trauma and conflict, the role of the private sector in peacebuilding, and arts and peacebuilding. He has published several articles, and co-edited the book Building Peace, Practical Reflections from the Field (Kumarian Press, 2009).
He is also the founder of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, the leading online network connecting over 30,000 peacebuilding and development professionals from around the world to be more effective agents of change. He has worked for/or consulted with many leading many leading development and peacebuilding organizations in the US and overseas. Dr. Zelizer is also a former Boren Fellow in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Fulbright Junior Fellow in Hungary. He holds a PhD from George Mason University.
Mike Jobbins is Senior Program Manager for Africa at Search for Common Ground. He supports the management, design, and development of programming in 22 countries across Africa. He previously worked in SFCG’s country programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, where he supported the startup and management of projects on elections, SGBV prevention, refugee reintegration, security sector reform, and postwar governance. Mike led field missions in humanitarian and emergency settings and opened SFCG’s first offices in North Katanga, North Kivu, and Equateur Provinces of the DRC. Previously, Mike worked at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, on African affairs. He holds a MA from Georgetown University and a BA from Harvard.
Mike wrote the chapter on the nexus of Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding.
Tobie Whitman has been promoting women’s participation in peace and security for over ten years and has written extensively on gender and peacebuilding. She recently oversaw the research program at The Institute for Inclusive Security and worked as a Senior Conflict Specialist with the Office of Military Affairs at USAID. She has advised on projects with development and security organizations including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Women for Women International, Pact, the Carter Center and the World Bank Institute. She previously served as a Policy Analyst with The Institute for Inclusive Security focused on expanding its training program and supporting coalitions of women in Uganda and Liberia. She has taught numerous courses and seminars, including at American University, Catholic University, the Foreign Service Institute, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the US Institute of Peace. She is currently an independent consultant. She holds a PhD in International Relations from Cambridge University and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University.
Dr. Whitman co-wrote the chapter, “Gender and Peacebuilding,” which discusses the powerful influence of women’s participation in peacebuilding, past and present, and how women's inclusion contributes to lasting peace.
Since 1999, the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum (CPRF) has provided a monthly platform in Washington for highlighting innovative and constructive methods of conflict resolution. CPRF’s goals are to (1) provide information from a wide variety of perspectives; (2) explore possible solutions to complex conflicts; and (3) provide a secure venue for stakeholders from various disciplines to engage in cross-sector and multi-track problem-solving. The CPRF is co-sponsored by a consortium of organizations that specialize in conflict resolution and/or public policy formulation.