Conflict Prevention Soldier
The purpose of the APPG on Conflict Issues is to encourage dialogue on issues relating to conflict; especially on the practical means to prevent, transform and resolve violent conflict.

ORGANISED CRIME: The hidden face of violent conflict and instability

Conflict is changing – and one major factor affecting the shape, scope and scale of contemporary violent conflict is organised crime and illicit economies

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The global peace and security agenda struggles to engage with the issue. But organised crime impacts all aspects of human security in conflict-affected countries, and even in countries ‘at peace’ organised crime can no longer be left to the security and justice sectors alone. For example, the links between crime and politics in some countries demand better governance structures, more civilian oversight and more civic activism to keep governments accountable in their fight against organised crime.

Based on recent conceptual and practical work, the APPG on Conflict Issues and International Alert invite you to join a discussion on the pressing questions around these issues. How does organised crime affect conflict dynamics in Mali, Colombia or Pakistan? What are some first steps to begin responding to these complexities? And what can the peacebuilding community bring to the conversation?

Chair: TBA
9 December 7-9pm
Committee Room 9, House of Commons

Speakers
Phil Champain, International Alert Director of Emerging Programmes: Peacebuilding realities of organised crime and urban violence: Mali and Pakistan
Dr Markus Schultze-Kraft, Institute of Development Studies: The interpenetration of organized crime and the state – Colombia
Charlie Edwards, Director of National Security and Resilience, Royal United Services Institute: Global trends of organised crime and links with insecurity – A policy perspective
Jessie Banfield, Independent Consultant, author of Crime and Conflict, The New Challenge for Peacebuilding: What role for the peacebuilding sector?

RSVP: appgci2@gmail.com

Scottish independence – the implications for conflict

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A meeting to discuss the effect possible Scottish independence could have on a broad range of conflict and defence issues in Europe, including:​

  • Trident
  • NATO
  • the UK armed forces
  • the settlement in N Ireland
  • pro-union Scots
  • the independence movements in the Basque Country and Catalunya
  • the politics of Belgium
  • UK defence contracts

18 June @ 7pm
Committee Room 11 – House of Commons

Chair: The Lord Alderdice

Speakers: To be confirmed

To book a place RSVP to appgci2@gmail.com

Faith and Fighting

Is religion now at the root of the world’s violent conflicts?

‘The battles of this century are less likely to be the product of extreme political ideology – like those of the 20th century – but they could easily be fought around the questions of cultural or religious difference.’ Tony Blair, 25 January 2014

Is the former prime minister correct in his analysis? Has religion supplanted political ideology as the main driver for violent conflict around the world? And if he is correct, what is the wisest  way to respond politically, socially and religiously?

On the panel:

  • The Rt Rev The Lord Bishop of Coventry
  • William Neal , Head of Communications at The Tony Blair Faith Foundation
  • Maajid Nawaz, co-founder of The Quilliam Foundation
  • Professor Richard Norman, Vice-President of the British Humanist Association

Chair: The Lord Alderdice

9 April @ 7pm
Committee Room 10 – House of Commons

To book a place RSVP to appgci2@gmail.com

The Syria Vote – what are the implications for UK policy on conflict?

Does the House of Commons vote on 29 August against military action in Syriamark a break with past thinking on the use of armed force by HMG or is it a one-off decision that could be revised in light of future conflicts?

The last time Parliament denied a British prime minister a mandate to use military force abroad was in 1782, when it voted against further fighting in the American colonies.

So has the Syria vote in effect recognised that a limit has been reached on the utility of force in achieving political objectives? Has the experience in Iraq and Afghanistan scarred policy-makers for a generation or more? Is this the end of liberal intervention and R2P?

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues invites Parliamentarians, peace-builders and the public to come together to discuss these questions – and more.

Speakers: APPGCI Advisors Simon Fisher and Judith Large

Committee Room 10 – House of Commons
22 October 2013 at 7pm
Chair: The Lord Alderdice

Beyond Right and Wrong

How do the victims and perpetrators of violent conflict move on after a political settlement?

After the blood has dried, treaties are negotiated and screams have turned to silence, victims and perpetrators face an uneasy and painful peace. All wounds have not healed.

This 80-minute film portrays the resilience of humanity when facing the chasm between rage and acceptance.

It tells the stories of people who both endured and perpetrated cruelty and aggression in the genocide in Rwanda, the violence in Israel/Palestine, and the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The focus is on extreme situations – and the profoundly moving stories everyday possibilities that can arise from them.

With a contribution in person from Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project.

Committee Room 4 – Houses of Parliament
8 October 2013 at 7.30pm
Chair: The Lord Alderdice

Civil Society, Peace and the Basque Country

Tuesday 4 June 2013
6.30pm-8pm
Committee Room 18

Chair: The Lord Alderdice

Some eighteen months after the Aiete Conference and ETA’s definitive cessation of armed action, civil society in the Basque country organised a social forum to promote civil society participation in the peace process. The Forum addressed three outstanding topics:

  • an agenda for disarmament and the reintegration of prisoners and exiles
  • a  guarantee of all human rights and democratic freedoms
  • how to deal with the past and lay the foundations for future coexistence          

The Forum was held on 14-15 March in Iruñea (Pamplona) and Bilbao, with the participation of twelve  international experts. Over 600 people took part in the two sessions –  more than 300 requests had to be turned down for lack of physical space.

Lokarri will publish the conclusions of this initiative later this month (May 2013).

Forum organiser Paul Rios and Andy Carl – Director of Conciliation Resources and member of the international panel – will discuss the initiative and the current situation.

Cyprus: What Now?

Introduction:
Baroness Hussein-Ece OBE

Co-Chairs:
The Lord Alderdice
David Burrowes MP
Speakers:
(Alphabetical Order)

Professor Dr Alp Ozerdem
Chair, Peace Building at University of Coventry (on the geopolitical perspective and developments in the region)

Marios Epaminondas
Trustee, Association of Historical Dialogue and Research in Cyprus (on the role of historical dialogue between the two communities)

Meliha Kaymak
Former Consultant, The Economic Growth and Development for Enterprises Project in Cyprus (on the role of trade and commerce between the two communities)

Dr Neophytos Loizides
Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Relations Department, University of Kent (on governance and power sharing)

Yeshim Harris
Director, Engi Conflict Management, London
(update since the meeting in May 2012)

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All Members of both Houses are welcome

Note for non-Parliamentarian attendees:
The entrance to the Houses of Parliament is down the ramp onto Cromwell Green. Please allow at least 15 minutes to get through security.

5.30pm on Monday 20th May 2013
Committee Room 11
House of Commons

1 May – Book Launch in Parliament with Patrick Coburn of The Independent

On 1 May, the tenth anniversary of the declaration by President George W Bush of ‘Mission accomplished!’ in Iraq, the APPG on Conflict Issues is hosting the launch of Iraqi Media: From Saddam’s Propaganda to American State-Building by Haider Al-Safi of BBC Arabic.

The venue is the Jubilee Room, the time is 11.30am-1pm and if you are around we’d be delighted to see you.

Urban violence: What role for traditional humanitarianism?

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues &
the International Committee of the Red Cross

Grimond Room, Portcullis House
21 March – 6-8pm

Chair: TBA

The United Nations predicts that by 2050 the world’s urban population will reach 6.3 billion. Chronic violence is already reaching epidemic proportions that make day-to-day life in some cities comparable to living in a war zone.

Is there is a place for humanitarian actors to assist those vulnerable to becoming victims of this violence? Drawing on their experience of providing aid to those caught up in conflict, can humanitarian organisations overcome the challenges of working in such contexts – or are the barriers simply too high to overcome?

Speakers

Dr Robert Muggah – research director of the Igarapé Institute, a principal of the SecDev Group and professor at the International Relations faculty of the Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro.

Pascal Daudin – Head of the ICRC Humanitarian Policy Unit

Elena Lucchi – Independent Consultant on Humanitarian Affairs