The International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS) is a forum for critical scholars, students and practitioners of peacebuilding to exchange ideas, keep in touch with each other and with developments in the field. The Association will hold an Annual Conference (in Manchester or elsewhere) and will be linked with the new journal Peacebuilding. Besides […]

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Call for Papers: Shaping Peace – Local Infrastructures and State Formation

Call for papers for our Third Annual Conference of the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies and the ECPR Standing Group on Critical Peace and Conflict Studies (11-12 September 2014) at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester What shapes peace? We are familiar with the top-down interventions organised around military, […]

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NOB Prize

In 2013, IAPCS and its journal Peacebuilding decided to inaugurate the NOB (Notorious Belligerent) Prize, as a gentle way of mocking the Nobel Peace Prize. Over the years, the Nobel Peace Prize (began by the inventor of dynamite) has been awarded to some very questionable winners; Henry Kissinger and Menachem Begin come to mind. President […]

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2013 Conference Keynotes

Recordings of the two keynote lecture delivered during the 2013 IAPCS Conference by Prof. David Chandler (Westminster – “Peacebuilding at the End of Power”) and Prof. Sharbanou Tadjbakhsh (Sciences Po – “The Power of Powerlessness”) can be found below:    

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2013 Conference Programme

The final version of our conference programme is now available. You can download a copy by clicking here. We would like to wish safe travels to those joining us. We look forward to seeing you in Manchester!

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Dan Smith joins Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Dan Smith, General Secretary of International ALert, will be joining the Institute in January 2014 as Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies. Dan will be teaching on our MA in Peacebuilding (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/taughtdegrees/courses/part-timecourses/course/?code=09139) and will also work with us to develop a HCRI’s collaboration with International Alert. Dan has been Secretary General of International Alert since 2003, a […]

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Special Research Report

New report by the Security Council: The Security Council and the UN Peacebuilding Commission

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Second Annual Conference of IAPCS and the ECPR standing group on Critical Peace & Conflict Studies at HCRI, University of Manchester

The Call for Papers for our Second Annual Conference of the IAPCS and the ECPR standing group on Critical Peace and Conflict Studies is now out. Its theme is on ‘Peace and Power’ and it will be held at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester, on September 12 & 13, 2013. Proposals […]

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UNSC Resolution 2086 (2013): ‘Multidimensional’ Peacekeeping

Security Council endorses importance of ‘multidimensional’ approach to peacekeeping aimed at facilitating peacebuilding, preventing relapse into conflict. See the report and the text of the resolution here

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HCRI Public Lecture, 11 February 2013

On Monday, February 11, HCRI will host Prof. Carolyn Nordstrom for a public lecture on In/Tangible Boundaries: In &Out of Place. The lecture will be held from 5-7pm at Room LG12, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester. Prof. Nordstrom will also run a masterclass titled The idea of romanticizing vs. enabling the local in peacebuilding.

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Preparing for Peace

New report by OSCE: Preparing for Peace: Communications in Conflict Resolution

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