Alliance for Peacebuliding, 2010 Annual Conference Uniting the Peacebuilding Universe, Annapolis, MD

2010 Annual Conference Uniting the Peacebuilding Universe

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This year's Conference will focus on bringing together the people and organizations that are doing peacebuilding work. Monday will feature panels highlighting six sectors, including youth, religion, gender, economics & business, environment and governance.


Sunday, November 7 through Tuesday, November 9

Historic Inns of Annapolis

To reserve your room, call 1.800.847.8882 and reference the Alliance for Peacebuilding.


Registration Costs:
Members - $270
Non-Members - $300

*Ask about our day rates.



Day 1, Sunday Nov 7th – Annapolis, MD

10:00-3:00 pm GPPAC North American Regional Meeting
12:00-2:30 pm Registration begins
2:30-5:00 pm Annual Membership Meeting
                            Membership Committee Meeting
5:00-6:00 pm Presentation by David Smith of the US Institute of Peace
6:30-7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm    Member Presentations/Open Space
Day 2, Monday Nov 8th– Annapolis, MD

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast
9:00-10:15 am Plenary session featuring Club of Madrid:
  • Matt Hodes, Club of Madrid’s Director of Programs will discuss the Club’s Shared Societies Project. The Club of Madrid is an independent organization dedicated to strengthening democratic values and leadership around the world by drawing on the unique experience and resources of its Members –more than 70 democratic former Heads of State and Government from 50 countries. The Club of Madrid membership offers today’s leaders an unequaled body of knowledge and political leadership.
  • The Shared Societies Project (SSP) is a global initiative that provides leaders with greater understanding of the benefits of social cohesion, the incentives and means to act to advance it. The project supports democratic development through promoting leadership for dialogue, diversity and social cohesion.
  • A central tool of the SPP is the Commitments and Approaches for Shared Societies which are grouped in four categories: institutional arrangements, safeguards, service provision and inter-community development. These commitments have been identified as key policy areas which are essential features of a shared society and thus, leaders are asked to make a commitment to these if they have not already done so. They also can be used as a check list to review those areas in which a state has made progress and those areas in which more work needs to be done.
  • The SSP engages with leaders throughout the world, and can serve as a resource for many AfP members. Their work also showcases the intersection of democracy and peacebuilding efforts.
10:30 am-12:00 pm Panels
  • Environment - Practitioners from the mediation, development, advocacy and policy communities will reflect upon their respective roles in preventing and managing conflict associated with land, minerals, and climate change. Participants will gain insights into how to strengthen their own roles in environmental peacebuilding and how their role fits into the larger environmental peacebuilding field.
    • Moderator: Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    • Panelist: Juliana Birkhoff, Resolve
    • Panelist: Cynthia Brady, Conflict Management & Mitigation, USAID
    • Panelist: Sasha Lezhnev, Enough! Project
  • Youth
    • Panelist: Saji Prelis, American University
    • Panelist: Michael Shipler, Search for Common Ground
    • Panelist: Rebecca Wolfe, Mercy Corps
  • Women & Gender- Women not only bear the impacts of violent conflict, they also play a critical role in prevention, resolution, security and peacebuilding. In this panel, we will share experiences of women’s unique and effective contributions to waging peace, and explore elements of a women's peacebuilding forum with opportunities to integrate gender perspective into our strategic priorities and approaches.
    • Moderator:  Kimberly King
    • Panelist: Abigail Disney, Philanthropist and Documentary Filmmaker
    • Panelist: Kathleen Kuenhast, US Institute of Peace
    • Panelist: Carla Koppell, Institute for Inclusive Security, A Program of Hunt Alternatives
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm Panels
  • Economics & Business - The panel will explore the ways in which economic activities - including corporate engagement, private sector development, economic development, microfinance, and livelihoods activities -can promote peace. After a theoretical overview of the field, panelists from several organizations will present on concrete projects, describing what works and the challenges they face in order to promote peace and stability in local contexts.
    • Moderator:  Raymond Gilpin, US Institute of Peace
    • Panelist: Dost Bardouille-Crema, CDA Corporate Engagement Program
    • Panelist:  Aaron Chassy, Catholic Relief Services
    • Panelist:  Diana Klein, Economy & Peacebuilding Team, International Alert
    • Panelist: Jenny Vaughan, Mercy Corps for a focus on livelihoods
  • Religion- Religion plays a complex role in modern conflicts, serving as both a motivator for terrorism and acts of violence and a powerful force for peace. In this panel, we will explore the intersections between Religion, Conflict and Peace, and how Religion is shaping the process of peacebuilding in the US and abroad.
    • Panelist: David R. Smock, Religion and Peacemaking Program, US Institute of Peace
    • Panelist: Professor Roy Hange, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University
  • Governance - This session will broadly examine the major agendas of democratization, elections, and marketization undertaken as part of post-conflict peacebuilding agendas, as well as issues related to rule of law, transparency and public accountability. The principle of local ownership will be examined, as well the gap between high-minded rhetoric and the execution of local ownership in practice.

2:45-3:30 pm Advocacy Program

  • Build Peacebuilding into US Government Policy, Chic Dambach (Alliance for Peacebuilding) and Lisa Schirch (3D Security Initiative)
    • Throughout 2010, the Alliance for Peacebuilding and our partner 3d Security Initiative have been working with key staff on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (HCFA) and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to promote incorporation of peacebuilding concepts, policies and programs into US foreign policy and structures. The primary opportunity to create significant progress is the possibility of a new Foreign Assistance Act which HCFA chair Howard Berman is determined to produce. The staff for both the House and Senate embrace our basic concepts, and we continue to work with them on the most appropriate language in the bill and to encourage strong support. We will outline the concepts on our proposals and discuss strategies for AfP members and allies to further promote this extremely important initiative. 
  • Legalize Peacebuilding: NGOs and Counterterrorism Laws, Kay Guinane (Program Manager, Charity and Security Network)
    • Everyone in the peacebuilding community has known all along that the Patriot Act prohibits providing "material support” to organizations on the State Department terrorist list. It had been assumed that trying to persuade extremists to turn away from violence and engage in peaceful dialogue would never be construed as providing support. However, in June 2010 the US Supreme Court ruled in Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project, that talking to terrorists or the communication of expert knowledge helps lend "legitimacy” to the organization and it constitutes material support. In other words, any engagement with a proscribed group, even if it resulted in them becoming peaceful and participating in a democratic process could land you in jail! Obviously, it is an outrageous ruling, and AfP is helping lead a coalition of organizations seeking remedies through executive orders and Congressional action. We will provide background information and discuss strategies for AfP members and allies to help bring about changes in the policy.

3:30-5:00 pm Open space, time for participants to display their work/promotional materials

  • Film Screening: Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, by Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University
  • Presentation by Peter Dixon, Concordis International, on their conflict prevention work in the border areas of Sudan.
5:30-6:00 pm Reception
6:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm  Keynote Speaker:  Abigail Disney, Philanthropist and Documentary Filmmaker
  • Trailer from her new Film Series, Women, War and Peace
8:00 pm Member Presentations/Open space
  • Film Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Abigail Disney
Day 3, Tuesday Nov 9th– Washington, DC (there is no fee to participate in this event)

7:30-8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 am Buses leave for Capitol Hill

10:00-11:15 am Peacebuilding in the US Government

  • Neil Levine, Director of the Office on Conflict Management and Mitigation at USAID
  • Karen Hanrahan, Chief Operating Officer of Department of State’s Quadrennial Development and Diplomacy Review

The State Departments first Quadrennial Development and Diplomacy Review is a significant accomplishment in raising the profile of development and diplomacy and setting out a detailed longterm strategy for US policy in these areas to match the longstanding Quadrennial Defense Review. Recent changes within USAID are already evident of new initiatives relevant to peacebuilding in the US Government.

11:15-12:00 pm Civil Society and the US Government: Building Better Relations for Peacebuilding

A March 2010 roundtable with USAID laid out an agenda and recommendations on how to improve US Government and Civil Society relations in conflict affected regions to improve peacebuilding practice. Peter Woodrow, representing AfP members and Neil Levine, representing USAID, will start off this discussion of how to prioritize specific recommendations for work over the next 1-2 years.

12:15-1:30 pm Peacebuilding and US Foreign Assistance: Challenges to Making the Case for Peacebuilding on the Hill

  • Steve Feldstein, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Daniel Silverberg, House Committee of Foreign Affairs

In spring 2010, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Committee on Foreign Affairs professional staff developed a peacebuilding policy paper for discussion as part of a process of rewriting the Foreign Assistance Act. The authors of this paper will share how the concept of peacebuilding is being received on Capitol Hill, including the questions and challenges of peacebuilding’s effectiveness.

1:30-2:30 pm John Lawrence, Chief of Staff for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

John Lawrence will give a post-election analysis of the political climate and indicate what the implications of the election may be for legislative initiatives in the peacebuilding community.

3:00-4:00 pm Teaching Consensus Building Skills to Congress

Alliance for Peacebuilding member Melanie Greenberg has worked with the Partnership for Secure America (Judy Oliver, Invited) to teach bi-partisan Congressional staff negotiation and consensus building skills to work together more effectively. This presentation and discussion will look at both opportunities and challenges to this pedagogy.

4:30 pm Buses depart from Capitol Hill to Annapolis, MD

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