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Conference – Reimagining peace: New agendas for research & policy in times of conflict

Conference - Reimagining peace: New agendas for research & policy in times of conflict

08/05/2023 - 09/05/2023
12:00 - 15:30

Vlaams Parlement

On Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 May 2023, the Flemish Peace Institute hosted an international conference  in cooperation with Tampere Peace Research Institute, Post-Conflict Research Center Sarajevo, Peace Research Center Prague and Peace Research Institute Oslo.

The conference was conducted entirely in English.

Please see this page for a conference report and several recorded sessions. 



Monday 8 May 2023 (13.30 – 18.00) – Peace research in times of conflict

12.00:                  Registration & light lunch

13.30:                  Welcome by  Nils Duquet (director Flemish Peace Institute)

13.45 – 15.00:   Thematic break out groups 
(Every attendee selects 1 session)

Session A: Climate & Conflict

Chair: Halvard Buhaug (PRIO)

  • Ingrid Boas (Wageningen University)
  • Nina von Uexkull (Uppsala University and PRIO)
  • Cedric de Coning (Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs)

Session B: Feminist peace research 

Chair: Élise Féron (Tampere Peace Research Institute)

  • Itziar Mujika Chao (University of the Basque Country)
  • Swati Parashar, (University of Gothenburg)
  • Punam Yadav (University College London)

15.30 – 16.45:   Thematic break out groups (Every attendee selects 1 session)

Session C: Arms proliferation & disarmament

Chair & introduction: Michal Smetana (Peace Research Centre Prague)

  • Diederik Cops (Flemish Peace Institute)
  • Moritz Kütt (Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Hamburg)
  • Anna Nadibaidze (University of Southern Denmark)

Session D: Global crisis & local peace 

Chair: Velma Saric (Post-Conflict Research Center)

  • Tiffany Fairey (King’s College London)
  • Marko Kljajić (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
  • Maarten Van Alstein (Flemish Peace Institute)

17.00 – 18.00:   Keynote speech by Mary Kaldor (London School of Economics)
Register here and follow the speech live on Zoom.

18.00 – 20:00:   Networking & walking dinner 

Tuesday 9 May 2023 (9.00 – 15.30) – Europe Day: Peace research for policy and innovation

You can follow all interventions between 9.15 am and 12.15 pm and join the Q & A via Zoom. Register once here.

9.15 – 9.30: Welcome by Liesbeth Homans (Speaker of the Flemish Parliament) & Nils Duquet (director of the Flemish Peace Institute)

9.30 – 10.15: Interactive panel discussion- Emerging technologies: impact on peace and security?

Moderator: Sibylle Bauer (SIPRI– Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)

  • Lode Dewaegheneire (Stop Killer Robots)
  • Frank Kuhn (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt)

10.30-11.15: Interactive panel discussion on post-conflict peace-building: lessons for policy and civil society

Moderator: Keith Krause (Geneva Graduate Institute)

  • Charline Burton (Search for Common Ground)
  • Owen Greene (University of Bradford)

11.30-12.15: Interactive panel discussion on Europe and peace in the world  

Moderator: Jorg Kustermans (University of Antwerp)

  • Marko Lehti (Tampere Peace Research Institute)
  • Lisa Musiol (International Crisis Group)

12.30 -13.30: Light lunch

13.30 – 15.30 : Next Generation Peace Research

Young researchers present new solutions.

15.30 – 15.45 : Closing remarks