I want to invite you all to participate in an important webinar on “Does Peacebuilding Work; Cases of Mali, Somalia and Sudan” hosted by Science for Peace (S4P).
Date and Time: 6 – 7:15 pm on Thursday, June 25th, via Zoom.
Click here to register. Once registered, you will be sent a link to the Zoom gathering. Pour yourself a glass a wine.
Peacebuilding is an enormously important topic that SfP has never, as far as I know, critically examined. As an Africanist for 40 years, I can attest that peacebuilding efforts, often fostered by the United Nations and/or nongovernmental organizations, have saved and improved many lives in many countries. The challenges of peacebuilding activities in war-torn countries – often with several warring factions and no widely legitimate government – are poorly understood.
Three superbly well-informed panelists have generously agreed to address us, each focusing on one or more of the three African cases mentioned earlier. Each has had years of experience studying or working on the ground on peacemaking and peacebuilding. Dr. Vladimir Zhagora, originally an academic and now a member of the SfP board, is former Senior Political Affairs Officer at the UN responsible for peace negotiations. Dr LeeAnn McKenna has had 30 years of experience in conflict resolution and peacebuilding activities, including teaching trainers of non-violent direct action in Sudan for several years. Dr Khalid Ahmed is Adjunct Lecturer of African Studies at the University of Toronto and an expert on peace negotiations and civil conflict in Sudan and South Sudan.
Each panelist will address us, via Zoom, for a maximum of 15 minutes. We will then have a Q & A session of 15 minutes. Please join us early, if you are attending just the webinar, at 5-10 minutes before the 6 pm start.
Dr Richard Sandbrook
University of Toronto