Tuesday, 30 October 2018

International conference \ Stabilization—For Whom and to What Ends?

BICC invited to the international conference "Stabilization—For Whom and to What Ends?" on 20 November 2018 in Bonn.

Opening of the conference: BICC researchers Katja Mielke, Esther Meininghaus, Conrad Schetter and Max Mutschler. BICC\S. Heinke

Stabilization has regained currency as a policy paradigm in international security, foreign and development policy. So-called stabilization efforts are directed particularly at regions that witness violent conflict or that are perceived to be at risk thereof. Under its umbrella, we find measures as diverse as direct military interventions, train and equip programmes for security forces, as well as development and humanitarian aid programmes.

This conference brought together around 80 practitioners and academics working on issues related to stabilization in contexts of violent conflict to critically examine the concept(s) of stabilization and to reflect on risks and benefits of stabilization measures in practice. Among other things, the conference discussed the understanding of stabilization, how it works in practice and whether the growing significance of stabilization implies abandoning support for democracy and human rights.

Press release "Internationale Konferenz \ 'Stabilization—For Whom and to What Ends?'" (in German, pdf)

Press release "International Conference \ 'Stabilization—For Whom and to What Ends?'" (in English, pdf)

The conference was sponsored by the Foundation for International Dialogue of the Savings Bank in Bonn and the Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung (german foundation for peace research).


Conference programme