FBA at the Almedalen Week 2017

During this year’s Almedalen Week in Visby, Sweden, the FBA organized a series of seminars in the area of conflict and security, development and peacebuilding.

Two of them were held in English.

The US and the UN – an on-and-off relationship of great matter to world peace

Monday July 3 14.00-14.45 Sverige i världen

 

 

Trump dismissed the UN early in his campaign. Now he proposes large scale budget cuts effecting peacekeeping operations in particular. At the same time the US uses the Security Council to take strong stands and urge UN to act more powerful. Who will build future peace and based on which principles?

Participants: Richard Gowan, associate fellow European Council on Foreign Relations, Lena Sundh, former Deputy UN Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Deputy Head of the peacekeeping operation MONUC, Jan Eliasson, former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN. Moderator: Marika Griehsel.

Conflicts to watch in 2017

Thursday July 6 16.00-16.45 Sverige i världen

 

The world is becoming a more dangerous place. Extremism and the number of conflicts are on the rise. And the consequences are global, in the form of growing refugee flows. FBA and International Crisis Group discuss the most volatile wars to watch this year – with Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen and Mali on top of the list.

Participants: Robert Malley, Vice President for Policy at International Crisis Group and former Adviser to President Barack Obama, Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs, Head of Research at FBA. Moderator: Marika Griehsel.

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Strengthening Africa’s regional forces for peace

Millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa are displaced due to war. FBA is now establishing long-term collaborative relationships with various regional organizations in order to contribute to a peaceful development on the continent. At the forefront is the cooperation with ECOWAS, a community of 15 countries in West Africa, to which FBA offers training for key personnel.

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Responsive and Responsible: Politically Smart Rule of Law Reform in Conflict and Fragile States

There is a long-standing recognition that rule of law is an essential element in achieving sustainable peace and development. In recent years it has gained even more prominence in policy discourse and as a core ingredient of broad-based international commitments, with the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 16 as a clear indicator for where we are headed. Yet, what has been lacking in rule of law reform, or at least it has been only marginally represented, is a political approach to address the underlying causes of problems and obstacles to rule of law.

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    Technical problems, political fixes: assessing rule of law in local governance in Ukraine

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