The aftermath of conflict on any community can be devastating and long-lasting, with the attendant mental health and social implications proving complex and numerous. More often than not, this has a negative impact on the rebuilding process, as well as on the social and political stability of communities previously engaged in war.
This event will address one of the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) programme’s key priorities - “Countering Other Threats to Security” and will focus on the appeasement of opposing factions within a nation-state who are, for different reasons, sworn enemies. A multidimensional process, this endeavour fuses psychological, social, economic and legal issues into a precarious roadmap for peace.
However, the general consensus is when you engage the two opposing sides of a conflict in the reconciliation process, the chances of maintaining peace at the post-conflict stage become more feasible
Keynote speakers at this event will present and discuss topics such as:
- what is reconciliation?;
- the victims and the perpetrators;
- childrens feelings and attitudes toward former enemies and perpetrators;
- how do we live together in North Caucasus?; and,
- living together after Beslan.
This event, which builds on the progress made at the 2009 SPS workshop “Returnees and the social reconstruction of communities affected by armed conflict” held in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, will gather and analyse models of reconciliation best practices from countries that have experienced conflict.
The Tel Aviv University (Israel), University of Zagreb (Croatia) and the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland) are among the participating institutions engaged in and contributing to this NATO Science workshop.
This workshop is funded through NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme. For more information, visit www.nato.int/science (see “Calendar” for organisers’ contact details).