Correspondent: Gilberto Algar-Faria Date: 20 April 2018 Article We are pleased to announce that the EU-CIVCAP partner CEPS has recently launched its first of an exciting new range of video commentaries, collectively known as #CEPScomments. One of the latest videos in this series stars EU-CIVCAP staff member Giovanni Faleg, who speaks about the EU’s Comprehensive and … Continue reading Giovanni Faleg on the EU’s Comprehensive and Integrated Approach
How can international actors work together effectively towards building peace and preventing conflicts? This question has been at the centre of policy and academic debates for more than twenty years. Because of the uniqueness of its institutional architecture and the level of ambition set by its external action doctrine, the EU provides a strong and compelling model in its integrated approach to external conflicts and crises.
In the aftermath of civil wars, local elections are often viewed as transformative moments when voices from the margins can be heard and where new, more inclusive political settlements can be forged. However, existing academic research has been more cautious about the peacebuilding potential of local government institutions.
We are pleased to announce that our impact project, PeaceCapacity, has published its deliverables – a handbook for practice and a policy briefing. The project was designed to support the meaningful integration of civil society actors in Kosovo and the Horn of Africa (particularly marginalised groups, e.g. women/girls) into peace processes.
Among the instruments that can be exploited for conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities, dual-use technologies are gaining attention in scholarly and technical debates. Born as spin-offs of military projects, dual-use technologies are now developed in both the military and the civilian domain and operate in a vast number of fields, ranging from biology to security.
How do local peacebuilding actors develop their own models of post-conflict reconstruction? This question has been subject to extensive academic discussion since the limitations of mainstream liberal peacebuilding models became evident in the late 1990s. Many local peacebuilders in Cambodia and Mindanao have presented strong potential to promote advanced ownership of their programmes as well as limitations that should be addressed to offer good foundations for stable peace and sustainable development.