Civil Society and Peace in Afghanistan

Civil Society and Peace in Afghanistan

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110




Event Video

The Institute for Peace & Justice presents "Civil Society and a Comprehensive Peace Process in Afghanistan" as part of the IPJ Speaker Series.

Building peace and security in Afghanistan is complex, requiring civil society, government and military approaches to address deep-rooted political, economic and social conflicts. Based on lessons learned from other national peace processes, Lisa Schirch, PhD, will describe the different types of initiatives needed from grassroots reconciliation to top level diplomacy, from economic development to security sector reform and demobilization, disarmament and reintegration of former insurgents. Using photos and illustrations from her time in Afghanistan, Schirch will provide a map of a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan.

Schirch is executive director of the 3D Security Initiative and professor of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), which promotes civil society perspectives on conflict prevention and peacebuilding in U.S. security policymaking. A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch has written four books and numerous articles on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Her current research interests include civil-military dialogue on human security and supporting a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan.

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