Summer School: Afghanistan
How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding the conflict dynamics in Afghanistan? And how can insights from Afghanistan advance academic research? Afghanistan showcases the potentials and challenges of peace and conflict studies. Eighteen years after Operation Enduring Freedom began, Afghanistan’s path to peace is yet to be defined.
swisspeace’s summer school provides an overview of current academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and state building and critically reflects on their relevance for the Afghan context. Following an introduction to peace and conflict theories and the architecture of international peacebuilding, participants will analyze the Afghan context and reflect on scenarios for future developments.
What are the main developments in Afghanistan in the past decades of violence and war? Who are the key actors and what are the main drivers of conflict? How can the root causes of the conflict be addressed and what is the role of external actors in this process? Participants will focus on specific topics relevant to the Afghan context including the international peacebuilding and development architecture, state formation, local governance, peace mediation and civil society.
In this course, you will:
- understand key moments of Afghan history and discuss latest developments.
- analyze the key actors and main drivers of the conflict.
- assess the role of external and business actors in peace and conflict.
- focus on specific topics relevant to the Afghan context including peace processes, gender & diversity, dealing with the past, business & human rights.
- exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
The summer school is designed for practitioners with an academic background, PhD-students and recent graduates. The course will be held with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 participants.
A university degree (minimum BA) or an equivalent educational background is required, professional experience is an asset.
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