International Expert Forum
The IEF is organized by the FBA and the International Peace Institute (IPI).
Its primary purpose is to improve practice by attempting to identify what appears to be the application of effective measures - by whom, when, how and in what types of conflict.
Forum 2016: Environmental Governance, Climate Change and Peacebuilding
The seminar was held on 20 May in Stockholm, Sweden. Researchers from institutions such as Uppsala University, University of Maryland and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) participated in panel discussions about environmental governance, climate change and peacebuilding throughout the day, along with representatives from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the FBA. The day started with an introductory speech by FBA Director-General Sven-Eric Söder and Francesco Mancini from International Peace Institute. Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation, participated through a video message.
Click here to read the FBA Brief from the forum.
Forum, November 2015: Governance, Peace-Building, and State-Society Relations
The forum was held in New York, on 17 November 2015. The theme was governance, peace-building, and state-society relations. A peace-building gap has emerged, where the relationship between citizens and the institutions affecting their lives is a missing link in many peace-building efforts.
The forum assessed the state of the art in knowledge and practice at the crossroads of governance and peace-building, together with the state-society relationship. How can the level of trust and confidence between societies and their state institutions, and among citizens, be strengthened? Leading researchers and practitioners in peace-building were present at the forum, hosted by IPI.
To see a video of the keynote speech and the first session, please click here.
Forum, April 2015: Peace-Building in Cities
The seminar was held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 17 April 2015. The theme was violence and rapid urbanization in fragile and post-conflict countries. The populace in many new and growing urban centres in such contexts suffers from insecurity, violence, and the impotence of weak institutions.
During the forum, instruments to manage and prevent violence in urban settings were discussed together with innovative approaches and solutions to address these concerns. Special attention was paid to the predicament of women and children. Leading researchers and practitioners in urban planning, crime prevention, security, development, and peace-building in fragile cities were present at the forum.
Click here to read the FBA Brief from the forum.
Forum 2014: Organized Crime, Conflict and Violent Extremism
In late 2014 an IEF seminar entitled “Building Peace at the Nexus of Organized Crime, Conflict, and Extremism” was held in New York. The seminar explored the complex ways that organized crime, conflict, and extremism interact with one another and pose threats to peace. It also reflected on the best means of devising effective responses in particular relation to multilateral peace operations and peace-building actors.
Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peace-building Support opened the IEF with a keynote speech. Among other speakers were James Cockayne, Head of Office at the United Nations, UN University, Jessie Banfield from International Alert, and Henk-Jan Brinkman from the UN's Peacebuilding Support Office.
Forum 2013: Peace-Building and Post-Conflict Recovery
The IEF seminar 2013 was held in New York on 23 May 2013. More than 40 participants representing different UN agencies, international and regional organizations, think tanks, universities and research institutions came together to discuss the challenges of restoring and building peace in countries and societies emerging from conflict and to examine the role of external actors in supporting such processes. A particular focus was on democracy, transitional justice and economic recovery. Click to read a report from the forum.
Forum, December 2012: Peacekeeping Operations and the Durability of Peace
On 10 December 2012 an IEF seminar was held in New York. The theme was the ways in which peacekeeping operations contribute (or not) to the durability of positive peace. The forum brought together top level quantitative and qualitative researchers to discuss recent insights with policy makers and practitioners. The forum highlighted the challenges of effective peacekeeping, its confrontations, and the various ways missions have adapted their strategies to achieve both short and long-term dividends. Click to read a report from the forum.
Forum, June 2012: Mitigating the Consequences of Violent Conflict
The IEF seminar in New York on 6 June 2012 was entitled “Mitigating the Consequences of Violent Conflict, What Works and What Does Not?” The participants, representing UN agencies, permanent missions to the UN, NGOs, think-tanks and universities, discussed the consequences of violent conflict and the means for alleviating the effects on civilians. Click to read a report from the forum.
Forum 2011: Preventive Diplomacy
The inaugural IEF seminar was held in New York on 15 December 2011. It was entitled “Preventive Diplomacy: What Works and What Doesn't”, and more than 50 participants came from UN permanent missions, multilateral agencies, think-tanks and universities. Click to read a report from the forum.