Webinar on Conflict and Peacebuilding in Mozambique

The Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN), in collaboration with the African Leadership Center (ALC) of Kings College London, and Wilton Park held a virtual two-day webinar on “Conflict and Peacebuilding in Mozambique,” from September 21 to 22, 2021. The webinar was the latest in a “Peacebuilding in Africa series” launched in 2015 aimed towards ‘moving peacebuilding beyond state and elite-centered approaches to encompass the wider communities involved in conflict, including youth and women’s networks on the continent.’ Participants included high-level practitioners, scholars, activists, and staff and fellows of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), African Peacebuilding Network (APN) …

2020 SSRC Fellow Lecture

Aihwa Ong Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley Speaks on: Near-Humans, Cloned Monkeys, & CRISPR Babies: Productive Uncertainty in China’s Quest for Biosecurity   With responses by: Duana Fullwiley Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University Guobin Yang Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communications & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 4:00 PM (ET) Watch the Lecture   About the Lecture Anthropological inquiry enhances STS (Science, Technology, and Society Studies) by analyzing the diversity of contexts and perspectives that participate in contemporary knowledge-making processes. The focal point for the discipline concerns how values and beliefs about being …

Brown Bag Meeting on the Search for Common Ground Pastoralism Toolkit (VTC)

On 29 July 2021, CPPF convened a CPPF Brown Bag Meeting on the Search for Common Ground Pastoralism Toolkit. This meeting was convened to help Search for Common Ground share the results from its recent “Pastoralism and Conflict: Tools for Prevention and Response in the Sudano-Sahel” publication with relevant bodies in the UN system.

Great Lakes Donor Conference (VTC)

On 9-10 June 2021, CPPF convened a two-day workshop on the UN Regional Strategy for the Great Lakes with the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, the UN Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), the government of DRC, regional government and civil society representatives, and the international diplomatic community in Kinshasa.

Chad (VTC)

On 28 April 2021, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) convened an expert brainstorming on Chad in partnership with the UN Central Africa division. This brainstorming brought together scholars and expert practitioners with representatives from key UN departments to discuss recent developments in Chad. The first session was a practical assessment of recent events following the death of President Idriss Deby. The second session provided an opportunity to reflect on the implications of his death for the broader region.

Virtual Book Launch of Researching Peacebuilding in Africa: Reflections on Fieldwork, Theory and Context

The virtual book launch commenced with the introduction of the editors of the book, Ismail Rashid and Amy Niang, and the book launcher, Nomfundo Walaza, by Cyril Obi, the program director of the SSRC’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen) programs. This was followed by the presentation of the overview of the book by the editors and some chapter contributors. The editors explained that the book was the product of dialogues that facilitators/mentors had with each other as well as APN fellows during training workshops held annually since 2013, on the various dimensions …

Abe Fellowship Colloquium | The Political Economy of the Abe Government and Abenomics Reforms

SPEAKERS Hoshi Takeo | 星 岳雄 Professor, University of Tokyo 東京大学大学院経済学研究科教授 Phillip Lipscy  | フィリップ・リプシー Associate Professor, University of Toronto | 2014 Abe Fellow トロント大学政治学部准教授 | 安倍フェロー(2014年度) The government of Abe Shinzo, in power in Japan from 2012 to 2020, represents an important turning point in Japanese politics and political economy. Abe became the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history, reversing a trend of short-lived leaders. His government not only stands out for its longevity, but also for its policies: Abe implemented a variety of significant changes, among the most important being a series of economic reforms to reinvigorate Japan’s …

Africa Great Lakes Region (2030) Sustaining Peace

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Search for Common Ground and the Faculty of Law, University of Goma, held a virtual conference on “Africa Great Lakes (2030) Sustaining Peace, on March 23-24, 2021. The conference was held over two days and organized around two themes. On the first day presentations and discussions were focused on “Consolidating and Sustaining Peace,” while presentations and discussions on the second day focused on, “Building Economies of Peace and Prosperity.” The opening session on the first day of the conference featured brief welcome remarks by Cyril Obi, Program Director of the SSRC’s African Peacebuilding Network …

Colombia-Venezuela Border (VTC)

  On March 3, 10, 17, 2021, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and Peacebuilding (DPPA), CPPF convened a series of meetings on the border area between Colombia and Venezuela, together with colleagues from the United Nations and external experts on both sides of the Colombian-Venezuelan border.