Co-sponsored with the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution, this talk explores how the international community engages in resolving civil wars. It investigates why, despite the best of intentions, and the investment of significant resources, peace processes often fail to consolidate peace, and, even when civil war does not resume, violence, insecurity and instability pervade many post-war societies. It draws on case studies from across Africa, Asia and the Pacific to map the successes and failures of peace processes across the spheres of governance, security and transitional justice, and pays particular attention to the way the international community's approach to peacemaking has contributed to the weaknesses of peace process since the end of the Cold War.
Dr. Jasmine Westendorf is a Lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University, Australia. Her research focuses on civil wars, negotiated peace processes, international approaches to peacebuilding, and the impacts of intervener behaviours (such as sexual exploitation and abuse) on the outcomes of peace processes. She has conducted field research in East Timor, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nepal, Cyprus, Palestine, at UN Headquarters in New York and with the humanitarian sector in Geneva. dsfs
The event will be held in the ICC Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Boardroom on Monday, March 20th at noon.