Dealing with the Past
Dealing with a legacy of gross human rights violations is one of the greatest challenges facing societies in the aftermath of violent conflict. Research suggests that there is a relationship between the ability to address this legacy in a comprehensive and inclusive manner and the potential to develop sustainable peace. swisspeace uses the technical term "Dealing with the Past" to underline that this is a long-term process that involves a wide range of activities, including initiatives to address root causes of conflict.
Latest Activities and Publications
08 - 16 July 2014
Dealing with the Past Advanced Learning Course
swisspeace and the FDFA organized the annual Dealing with the Past Advanced Learning Course for Professionals. Link.
Briony Jones, 2014
Ensuring a political space for conflict by applying Chantal Mouffe to post-war reconstruction and development
in: Progress in Development Studies, July 2014, 14(3): 249-259. Link.
Briony Jones and Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen, 2014
Reconciliation in South Sudan in the context of the current crisis
Critical Reflection following the KOFF Roundtable on Dealing with the Past in South Sudan. Download.
10 June 2014
KOFF Roundtable on Dealing with the Past in the African Great Lakes Region
This roundtable focused on experiences in the African Great Lakes region in order to explore the approaches of international, national and local community actors to dealing with the past and the tensions inherent in determining priorities for building peace. With Wendy Lambourne and Briony Jones. Program.
Mandate for HSD of FDFA, 2014
Regional course on Dealing with the Past
Within the "Archives and Dealing with the Past" project, swisspeace conducted a regional workshop focussing on Dealing with the Past issues in the African Great Lakes Region. Burundi, 02 - 06 June 2014. More info.