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.
Committee Room 10 - House of Commons
22 October 2013 at 7pm
Chair: The Lord Alderdice
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
Tuesday 4 June 2013
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.
Baroness Hussein-Ece OBE
The Lord Alderdice
David Burrowes MP
Professor Dr Alp Ozerdem
Chair, Peace Building at University of Coventry (on the geopolitical perspective and developments in the region)
Trustee, Association of Historical Dialogue and Research in Cyprus (on the role of historical dialogue between the two communities)
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)
Director, Engi Conflict Management, London
(update since the meeting in May 2012)
All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues
All Party Parliamentary Group on Cyprus
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
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.
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues &
the International Committee of the Red Cross
Grimond Room, Portcullis House
21 March – 6-8pm
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?
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
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues
in association with
The Cordoba Foundation and Islamic Relief
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Committee Room 10
House of Commons
Chair: Andy Slaughter MP
Throughout the world’s most volatile regions, academics and practitioners are proposing that novel approaches to peacebuilding should now incorporate indigenous and local cultural methods of interventions and analysis into the systematic ‘Western’ models being employed.
Islam as a religion and a tradition is replete with teachings and practices of nonviolence and peacebuilding. Since its formative years, Muslim communities have been empowered by various Islamic values and principles of peace. Nevertheless, since the September 11 attacks of 2001, a large number of studies have ignored the Islamic tradition of peace and nonviolence and focused mainly on Islamic fundamentalism and recent emergence of radical Islamic movements.
So how do Muslim men and women resolve their conflicts peacefully and establish just social, political and economic systems?
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues, The Cordoba Foundation and Islamic Relief invite you to a meeting that will focus on addressing the Islamic traditions of conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
Prof Mohamed Abu Nimer is professor in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC, and Director of the Salaam Institute for Peace and Justice. He is an expert in conflict resolution and dialogue for peace. As a practitioner, he has conducted conflict resolution training workshops and intervened in many conflict areas around the world including: Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Philippines (Mindanao), Sri Lanka and the US. His list of publications include Interfaith Peacebuilding and Dialogue in the Middle East: From Sacred to Political; Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in Islam:Theory and Practice; Reconciliation, Coexistence, and Justice:Theory and Practice.
Dr Qamar ul Huda is a scholar of Islam and Senior Program Officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Centre at the US Institute of Peace. His area of expertise is Islamic theology, intellectual history, ethics, comparative ethics, the language of violence, conflict resolution and non-violence in contemporary Islam. His edited USIP book, The Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam, provides a critical analysis of models of nonviolent strategies, peace-building and conflict resolution in Muslim communities. His research is on comparative Sunni-Shi’ite interpretations of social justice, ethics and dialogue, and how the notion of justice is used and appropriated. Dr Huda is the author of Striving for Divine Union: Spiritual Exercises for Suhrawardi Sufis.
Dr S Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana is a founding member and the Associate Director of Salam Institute for Peace and Justice. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC. In addition to teaching, lecturing and publishing extensively, Dr Kadayifci-Orellana has facilitated dialogues and conflict resolution workshops between Israelis and Palestinian; conducted Islamic conflict resolution training workshops with imams and Muslim youth leaders in the United States, Saudi Arabia and Sudan; organised and participated in interfaith and intra-Muslim dialogues; and was part of the first American-Muslim delegation to Iran in November 2012.
Approaches to Humanitarian and Development Aid
With CAFOD, CARE, WVI and SAFERWORLD
As the British government places increased emphasis on addressing conflict and insecurity; how do international NGOs and local actors take conflict into account in their programming and how has government policy shifted to recognise the importance of this critical approach?
We invite you to an early evening exploration of this critical issue.
Speakers will include:
Evans Onyiego, Director of Caritas Maralal, Kenya
Representative from DfID Chase Conflict Issues Group (TBC)
Speaker from the Conflict Sensitivity Consortium
Tuesday 11th December 2012
Committee Room 9
House of Commons
Chair: Rt Hon George Howarth MP
Voices across borders
Policymakers and diasporas in the UK
working for peace and development
Thursday 29 November 2012
Committee Room 6
House of Commons
We are pleased to invite you to the launch event for IA’s new report,
Voices Across Borders.
The report aims to deepen understanding of diaspora communities in the
UK and to improve partnerships between the diaspora and policymakers on
peacebuilding and development policy and practice.
The event will give you the chance to meet members of the Congolese,
Pakistani, Somali and Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora communities who took part
in the research, along with the researchers themselves.
Please RSVP by
Tuesday 27th November