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.

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)

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

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

Peacebuilding in Islam: An Introduction

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues
in association with
The Cordoba Foundation and Islamic Relief

Tuesday 22 January 2013
6.30pm-8.30pm
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.

Speakers

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.

Putting Conflict Sensitivity Centre-stage

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 
6.30-8.30pm 
Committee Room 9
House of Commons

Chair: Rt Hon George Howarth MP