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 February 2012  


Last week's Qur'an burnings and violent protests in Afghanistan are indicative of mistrust and misunderstanding beQu'ran phototween the Afghan public and international forces. 3P's Lisa Schirch and development advisor Karim Merchant point out that it may be time for a change in strategy. Click here for article.


Iraq Delegation of Civil Society Leaders  

3P hosted a delegation of four Iraqi civil society leaders directing NGO networks of human rights, humanitarian, development and youth organizations in Washington to speak with various offices across the government, policy organizations, NGOs, as well as faith communities and other public audiences about what the important role of civil society in building a foundation of peace and stability in Iraq. 


The delegation with 3P's Program Manager, John Filson 

Culminating a series of meetings with Iraqi civil society leaders in Iraq, the delegation communicated the civil society priorities for this next stage. With the US military presence ended, it is up to the Iraqis themselves to ensure the government does not return to authoritarian rule. After losing so many Iraqi and American lives over the last 9 years, it is critical for the US to articulate clear and unequivocal support for genuine democratic process in Iraq that ensures accountable governance, protection of human rights, and a robust civil society sector that allows citizens to directly shape the affairs that affect their lives.


Read our policy brief on the role of Iraqi civil society in the post-US era. 


Click here for survey summary of over 100 Iraqi NGO leaders conducted by Mennonite Central Committee that identifies the most pressing priorities of Iraqi civil society.   



3P Director Lisa Schirch is conducting training on Afghan governance, civil society and the need for a comprehensive peace process to a variety of US government and military training institutes.  Since August 2010, 3P is training all outgoing foreign service officers going to Afghanistan.  In January, 3P traveled to Camp Atterbury to a training base and simulated Afghan village in southern Indiana to give a keynote dinner talk on Afghan governance and civil society to a group of senior commanders and their teams who will lead the twelve Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan.  This presentation focused on the importance of humanitarian space for the safety and contributions of Afghan civil society and international NGOs, highlighting the contributions civil society makes to governance and development throughout the country.  In addition, 3P is training military leaders at Quantico Marine Center, the National Defense University and other military audiences in the importance of respecting an independent civil society. 
3P in London to support Comprehensive Afghan Peace Process

3P presented at London's Chatham House and the London School of Economics in February on the design of a comprehensive Afghan peace process, with an emphasis on 6 different mechanisms to include civil society participation.

At Chatham House, 3P presented with Jonathan Goodhand and Bart Klem in their comparative research on Norway's role in mediating peace processes. At LSE, 3P
presented alongside the US State Department adviser to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Rina Amiri, Conciliation Resources Director Andy Carl and Open Society Institute staff Fatima Ayub in a discussion on the importance of including Afghan civil society in a comprehensive peace process.  

Humanitarianism and the Crowded Civil-Military Space


Peter Walker and Antonio Donini of Tuft's University's Feinstein International Center presented their research at an event organized and facilitated by 3P along with InterAction on 19 January, 2011.

Peter Walker and Antonio Donini talk with Worldvision's Randy Tift in front of InterAction's Memorial to Fallen Colleagues whose lives were cut short providing relief and development services around the world.

Walker and Donini examined the evolving field of humanitarian response and the increasing linkage between humanitarian, development and security goals and actors.    


They presented Feinstein's research on three broad areas, drawing from their research reports on Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector (2010) and Winning Hearts and Minds: Examining the Relationship between Aid an... along with their forthcoming book on the instrumentalization of aid.


1.            Working with Complexity: How is the humanitarian enterprise handling the complexity it faces, with more frequent and more types of crises, competition between and amongst local and international actors, and differences between state vs non-state humanitarian approaches?


2.            Aid and Military Sharing Space: What does research suggest about the use of humanitarian and development projects in the service of counterinsurgency to bring or maintain security in strategically important environments, and by "winning hearts and minds" undermine support for radical, insurgent, or terrorist groups?


3.            Working with the State: With sovereignty and nationalism increasingly impacting on the practice of humanitarian action, how are tensions between "state avoiding" and the "state embracing" agendas affecting humanitarianism?


Click here for Peter Walker's powerpoint presentation.

Click here for Antonio Donini's powerpoint presentation.   

Upcoming Events


Afghan Civil Society Congressional Briefing 

Today, February 29, 2012
2pm - 4 pm in the House Office Building, B-338 Rayburn, Washington DC.

Join Rep. James McGovern and Rep. John Garamendi for Afghan Civil Society Perspectives with Afghan-made documentary short films, a live video conference with Afghans and expert testimony and roundtable discussion with Michael Sheridan, Director and Founder of Community Supported Film; Peter Lems, Program Director for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran at American Friends Service Committee and Lisa Schirch, Director of 3P Human Security.  Further information attached.

China's Role in Conflict Affected Regions
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC

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SaferWorld will present their new research report China's Role in Conflict-Affected Regions highlighting the implications for peace and stability of China's growing diplomatic, military, economic, and aid engagement in conflict-affected states.

A respondent from USAID will offer comments on this increasingly important issue and what it means for the US approach both in conflict-affected states and with China.
Thank you to our Funders...


3P Human Security is grateful for the support of our funders who make our work possible. These include the Compton Foundation , the Colombe Foundation  and  the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's new Peacebuilding Program.

Many of 3P's programs are not yet fully funded.  Your private donations make it possible for us to print our publications for distribution to Congress and to support very modest transportation for our delegates from Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere to come to the US to talk to policymakers here. 

We welcome donations of any size through Eastern Mennonite University's secure server Donations page. Just click here to make a donation!
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