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Interview with Emma Leslie, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum

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Re:think Peacebuilding – Kicking-off the debate 2015

Marc Baxmann & Natascha Zupan

“Seizing opportunities” was the theme of FriEnt’s first Peacebuilding Forum, which took place in Berlin in May 2014. Against the background of a changing global context for peacebuilding, the Forum ended with a strong call to re-think current peacebuilding policy and practice in terms of our partnership approaches, the responsiveness to local needs and the embracement of complexity concepts. However, there was a clear sense of optimism among participants that we are already moving into the right direction and that there are promising initiatives at both the policy and practice level.

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Got complexity? How systems and complexity thinking can help peacebuilders

Rob Ricigliano, Co-Director Peacebuilding Program at University of Wisconsin

Peacebuilders are struggling with a series of challenging and important imperatives: how to build more sustainable, locally-owned initiatives; how to avoid negative impacts; and how to do more with fewer resources. Many have looked to systems thinking and com-lexity science for help. This post is meant to help inform that search. Before exploring what systems thinking and complexity science can offer peacebuilders, it is important to say what they do not offer. Systems thinking and complexity are not “magic bullets” that can instantly reveal the answer to intractable problems. And, while systems and complexity offer a powerful critique of more linear, short-term approaches, they are not a rejection of traditional practice. Finally, even though the rage in many parts of the field is to find the right tools, systems thinking and complexity approaches to peacebuilding are not just a set of tools. So what do systems thinking and complexity have to offer peacebuilders?

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German responsibility in a complex world

Natascha Zupan

Since Germany’s President Gauck, Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Defence Minister von der Leyen called, at the Munich Security Conference, for Germany to take on a greater role in international affairs, a lively public debate about a new German foreign policy has been well under way. But apart from a new communication strategy, where are the gaps in terms of responsible peace and security policy?

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Business as usual is not an option: Peacebuilding between shrinking space and new opportunities

20. Mar. 2014
Marc Baxmann

Shrinking space … Many of the developments that have taken place in recent years point to a shrinking space for governmental and civil society peacebuilding practitioners. Due to a number of trends that have emerged during this period, peacebuilding is coming under growing pressure to justify itself and prove its worth with reference to the successes that it has achieved. This is decreasing – or at least changing – the options for action

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