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      Conflict, Security, and Development Conference 2018: Organizing the Peace in City of London

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      March 8, 2018

      Thursday   6:00 PM

      The Macadam Bldg, Surrey St
      City of London, Westminster WC2R 2NS

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      Conflict, Security, and Development Conference 2018: Organizing the Peace

      The Conflict, Security & Development Conference is a joint initiative of postgraduate master’s students from the Conflict, Security and Development (CSD) programme, the War Studies Department and the Institute for International Development (IDI) at King’s College London. With great pride, this year’s conference has come to its fifth edition. The two-day conference – which will take place on March 8th-9th, 2018 – will be focusing on “Organizing the Peace: Triumphs & Tribulations”. Inspired by Aristotle’s quote: “it is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace”, we wish to critically assess peace-making for its successes and failures, in understanding how can peace be effectively organized. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday agreements, as well as the 40th anniversary of the Camp David Accords, offering an excellent opportunity to assess these agreements and explore the lessons learnt. In this light, fruitful discussions can emerge on the process of making peace agreements and most importantly on how to sustain them.The last couple of decades have seen proliferation of peace agreements, yet their efficacy to maintain the peace in conflict-ridden areas has been heavily criticised. With important peace agreements implementation currently underway in South Sudan and Colombia, we seek to gather a number of experts that will offer their insight on the process of making peace. The Conference is structured around four individual panels, introducing leading policy-makers, practitioners and academics in the field to critically analyse and discuss specific aspects with regards to important policy questions and debates surrounding peace agreement. It also offers a networking opportunity for both recruiters and students. SPEAKERS: DAY 1: WIIS UK Opening Remarks on International Women's Day: Dr. Heather Williams: Lecturer in Defence Studies and entre for Science and Security Fellow, KCL Opening Keynote: Jonathan Powell: Director and Founder of Inter Mediate, Former Downing Street Chief of Staff DAY 2: Panel 1: Negotiating the Peace The Rt. Hon. David Trimble: Lord Trimble: House of Lords Member, Nobel Peace Prize for work on Good Friday Agreement John Williams: Advisor to the Syrian Opposition at the Geneva Peace Talks Nita Yawanarajah: Senior Conflict Advisor & Mediator at Oxford Process & PhD Candidate at King's College London Panel 2: Securing the Peace Dr. Anastasia Voronkova: Editor, Armed Conflict Survey; Research Fellow for Armed Conflict and Armed Conflict Database, IISS Nici Darendorf: Senior Protection Advisor for the Norwegian Refugee Council, Independent Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Consultant Nick Melgaard: British Army Captain Panel 3: Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Dr. Melanie Garson: Teaching Fellow, UCL Nyeko Caesar Poblicks: East and Central Africa Projects Manager at Concilation Resources Dr. Bill Kissane: Associate Professor, LSE Panel 4: Sustaining the Peace Adrian Johnson: Senior Research Analyst in the Multilateral Research Group, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Diane Corner: Former Deputy Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) Leah Wawro: Programme Manager for the Conflict and Insecurity team at Transparency International Salem Mezhoud: Visiting Senior Research Fellow, African eadership Centre, KCL Closing Keynote: Dr. Funmi Olonisakin: Interim Vice-President and Vice-Principal International, Professor, KCL

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