September 21st is World Peace Day. Can such an idea ever be more than an aspiration? Is world peace possible? If we mean resolving or preventing violent conflict, then the answer must surely be “Yes”.
Mahamat Kamoun has been appointed as the Central African Republic's first Muslim prime minister by president Catherine Samba-Panza. Nyeko Caesar Poblicks explains the importance of wider inclusivity and participation in local and national dialogue.
In this article Janet Adama Mohammed, our West Africa Director, explains why young at-risk men are essential to lasting peace in central Nigeria. This piece was originally published in The Guardian.
As the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front meet in Kuala Lumpur, Froilyn Mendoza, founder of TLWOI, shares how she and other indigenous women are fighting for their voices to be heard in the new Bangsamoro Basic Law.
Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Chairperson of the Philippines’ Government peace panel for negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), spoke to Conciliation Resources about the aims and challenges of the Mindanao peace process as she reflects on the lessons learned from past peacebuilding efforts.
On 25 January 2014 the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front concluded sixteen years of negotiations seeking to putting an end to an armed conflict which originated in 1968. Kristian Herbolzheimer explains the origins of the conflict, details the innovations that led to the deal, outlines the ramifications of the deal itself, and warns that lessons need to be learnt to ensure that the implementation of the agreement is effective.
A grassroots community initiative in the Central African Republic is rejecting violence and bringing Christians and Muslims together in favour of peace. Nyeko Caesar Poblicks, recently returned from the capital Bangui, explains more.
The recent breakthrough in Colombian peace talks – an agreement by parties on political participation – can be seen as a way to innovate and democratise the peace process itself. Kristian Herbolzheimer, Director of Conciliation Resources' Colombia Programme explains.
Governments remain reluctant to engage armed groups, a complex, risky and highly political action. Yet, as Teresa Dumasy explains, constructive engagement with armed groups can create the conditions for the peaceful resolution of conflict.
As decision-makers start to consider a wider variety of options in response to the Syrian crisis, David Newton and Teresa Dumasy assert that a multi-faceted peace process – one that promotes the wide variety of non-violent peace and reconciliation initiatives already being led locally – is what can help transform society and build sustainable peace