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Conflict, Societal Peace and Social Cohesion

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2:00 pm
Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute (DIE)


How does violent conflict affect social cohesion and which domestic and international efforts can help to restore social cohesion afterwards? Can dealing with a history of violent conflict through transitional justice help to rebuild healthy societal relations after civil war? These questions will be addressed in two panels that bring together recent, policy relevant research and allow us to discuss the findings and their policy implications.

Session I: Post-Conflict Transitional Justice & Societal Peace (14:00 – 15:30)

•    Cyanne E. Loyle (Penn State University): Truth and Consequences in Post-Conflict Societies
•    Karina Mross (DIE): Dealing with the Past for a Peaceful Future? Analyzing the Effect of Transitional Justice Instruments on Trust in Post-Conflict Societies.
•    Charles T. Call (American University & Brookings Institution): Hybrid Anti-impunity Commissions: Lessons for External Actors

Session II: The role of social cohesion in peacebuilding (16:30 - 18:00)

•    Fletcher Cox (William Jewell College): Social Cohesion in Conflict-Affected Countries: Mapping Challenges, Dilemmas, and Opportunities
•    Charlotte Fiedler (DIE): Social Cohesion After Armed Conflict: A Literature Review
•    Monica Rijal (United Nations Development Program - UNDP): Strengthening Social Cohesion: Conceptual Framing and Programming Implications

Contact Information

Daniel Nowack / Gisela Kuhlmann
daniel.nowack@die-gdi.de / gisela.kuhlmann@die-gdi.de