CGS Tenth Annual Conference Spring 2013

Students, faculty, scholars, and policymakers are invited to attend a two-day event on Globalization and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding on March 28-29, 2013

Not Your Father’s Peacebuilding:

New Post-Conflict Realities

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Thursday, March 28, 4:30pm-6:30pm
George Mason University 
Mason Hall, Meese Room
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA


Friday, March 29, 9:00am-3:30pm
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Root Room, 2nd Floor
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC


RSVP with name and organizational affiliation(s) to
Both events are free and open to the public
Registration is only required for the March 29th event
Participants can attend either or both days
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This is not your father’s peacebuilding. Globalization is changing the art and science of peacebuilding, and with it, our understanding of its study, practice, and very definition. Efforts to deliver justice while building peace in conflict-ridden countries such as Colombia, Libya, and El Salvador face real tensions. In addition, emerging actors are increasingly looking to mobilize globally in order to influence local conflict dynamics, whether through transnational advocacy, diaspora lobbying, or international support for regional peacebuilding. At its 10th Annual Conference, the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University is excited to showcase cutting-edge scholarship and insight from academics, policy makers, and practitioners working on peacebuilding in an age of new post-conflict realities.

The first day of the conference will feature a keynote lecture by Roger Mac Ginty (Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manchester) in Mason Hall on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus.

The second day will feature a public conference at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC, featuring a keynote luncheon speech by Dr. Mac Ginty, and two panels.

Dr. Mac Ginty’s keynote will address the tendency to ignore the capacity of so-called “ordinary” people to utilize skills that maximize co-existence and tolerance. He suggests a typology of “everyday peace” and investigates how it can be harnessed as part of wider peacebuilding – bearing in mind the limitations of everyday peace and the dangers of “romanticizing the local.”



Mason Hall, Meese Room

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

4:00 – 4:30                  Sign-in/Refreshments

4:30 – 5:15                  KEYNOTE LECTURE: Everyday Diplomacy

  • Roger Mac Ginty University of Manchester, Peace and Conflict Studies at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, and the Department of Politics

5:15 – 5:30                  Break

5:30 – 6:20                  MEDIATED BREAK-OUT SESSION

With the Dialogue & Difference Project

6:20 – 6:30                  Closing Remarks  


Choate Room A/B

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC

RSVP by March 22 with name and organization affiliation(s) to

8:30 – 9:00              Registration

9:00 – 9:15                Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9:15 – 11:00              Truth & Justice: Building Peace and Accountability in Post-Conflict Latin America

  • Marc Chernick
    Georgetown University, Department of Latin American Studies & School of Foreign Service“Transitional Justice at the Negotiating Table: Tensions and possibilities in the Havana talks between the Colombian Government and the FARC”
  • Glenda Mezarobba
    National Institute for Studies on the USA (INEU) & The Brazil Truth Commission“Brazilian Truth Commission:  Is it time for accountability?”
  • Kirsten Weld
    Harvard University, Department of History“The Justice Offensive:  Guatemala’s Human Rights Trials and War by Other Means”
  • Jo-Marie Burt
    George Mason University, Department of Latin American Studies & Public and International Affairs“War Crimes Prosecutions: How Latin America is Reckoning with its Violent Past”

11:00 – 11:15              Coffee Break

11:15 – 1:00                Global Actors, Local Peacebuilding: Linkages and Networks

  • Agnieszka PaczynskaGeorge Mason University, School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution“Clash of Visions: Traditional Donors, Emerging Powers, and Local Voices in Liberia”
  • Charles T. Call
    U.S. Department of State & American University, School of International Service
    “New Approaches to Peacebuilding: The State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations”
  • Terrence Lyons
    George Mason University, School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution“ Framing the Global Debate: Transnational Mobilization and the Ogaden Conflict”
  • Paul Williams
    George Washington University, Department of International Affairs“Managing Mogadishu: External Actors and Local Conflict Dynamics in Twenty-First Century Somalia”

1:00 – 2:00                  Lunch

2:00 – 3:00                  KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Everyday Peace Indicators

  • Roger Mac Ginty
    University of Manchester, Peace and Conflict Studies at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, and the Department of Politics

3:00 – 3:30                  Closing Remarks       


The Center for Global Studies appreciates support for this event provided by the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative

Event co-sponsors: The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Latin American Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Programs, Global Affairs, the Human Rights & Global Justice Working Group, and University Life at George Mason University

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