Having in mind the approaches and benefits of the EU campaigns regarding broad spectrum of issues in post-conflict areas of Western Balkans and Turkey, and the influence of the same on development of effective and results oriented civil society, TACSO (Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organizations), together with organizations Civic Initiatives and ICSW, hosted the event ‘’EU and Civil Society: Quo Vadis?’’ – a joint inquiry into possibilities for the future in the Western Balkans and Turkey (WBT).
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies
Conference “Restoring peace: building post-conflict societies”
Date: July 3, 2017
Place: Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Academic interest in peace building has traditionally looked at societies in transition to peace in the immediate years following a conflict. Yet, less is known about peace building as a long-term process. This conference aims to explore the ways that a multiplicity of actors and processes advance peace and stability in societies overcoming conflict. It also seeks to interrogate not only traditional issues related to peacebuilding such as security, human rights and economic development, but also aspects related to the symbolic and cultural expressions of reconciliation and social cohesion.
The path to reconciliation is a multifaceted, multi-layered, inter-active process with no specific time limit. It is not an absolute nor restorative but forward looking one, building new, stronger relationships reaching into the future. This wide-ranging project masterminded by the Bosnian Youth and Communication Center and other civil society organisations reflects this admirably.