swisspeaceKurs The participants of this year's CAS in Civilian Peacebuilding Essential. swisspeace

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials

What impact does peacebuilding have? What are the challenges involved in working in fragile contexts? How do gender roles change during a conflict and what implications does this have? How and at what point can mediation work help to defuse conflicts? How can a society come to terms with the most serious human rights violations and infringements of international humanitarian law? How can a “war economy” be transformed into an economic system that is conducive to peace?

These questions lie at the heart of the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials. Over a total of 22 days (once a month on a Friday/Saturday), this further training course, which is designed to be undertaken alongside professional work, gives participants a chance to update their knowledge of selected areas of civilian peacebuilding and provides training in practical methods. The course is designed for practitioners and academics interested in bridging their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge on civilian peacebuilding.

The CAS course will be held from September 2017 to August 2018 and is a module of the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Civilian Peacebuilding offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel

On governance, art, and dealing with the past: three new publications by swisspeace

swisspeace has already published three new publications this year. A report was published in January that investigates local governance in Syrian opposition areas and analyzes how this is perceived in the community. As well as swisspeace, Leila Hilal and the Syrian civil society organization LACU (Local Administration Councils Unit) were also involved in the report.

swisspeace has also published a critical reflection on a roundtable addressing the role of art in the promotion of peace. It concludes that art can convey a feeling of normality during times of war and offer space for reflection and communication. This potential of art to promote peace must be granted greater consideration in future.

A new working paper by Melanie Altanian deals with the question of how archives are used in the Armenian-Turkish context. It shows how the notion of “truth” – and therefore efforts to come to terms with the past – can be highly problematic in this context and offers suggestions to improve the situation.