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Professor Kevin P Clements.

Professor Clements is the Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.

He comes to this position from International Alert where he was Secretary General from January 1999 to September 2003. During his time there he was on the Board of the European Centre for Conflict Prevention and President of the European Peace Building Liaison Office in Brussels.

Prior to becoming Secretary General of International Alert Kevin was the Vernon and Minnie Lynch Chair of Conflict Resolution at the Instititute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University Fairfax Virginia USA 1994-2000 and Director of the Institute from 1994-1999.

He was formerly Director of the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra . He started his career at Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand and has had visiting or permanent academic positions at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Queen Elizabeth House Oxford, The University of Hong Kong, The University of Canterbury, the Institute of South East Asian Studies-University of Singapore, the University of East Anglia, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He has been an advisor to the New Zealand, Australian , British , Swedish and Dutch governments on conflict prevention , peace, defence and security issues. He was, a member of the New Zealand Government’s Defence Committee of Enquiry in 1985.

He was President of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) from
1994-1998, President of the IPRA Foundation from 1995-2000 and Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Peace Research Association.

Professor Clements has been a regular consultant to a variety of non governmental, governmental and intergovernmental organisations on disarmament, arms control, conflict resolution, development and regional security issues. He has written or edited 6 books and over 150 chapters /articles on conflict transformation, peacebuilding, conflict sensitive development and the development-peacebuilding-security nexus .
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Australasia, South East Asia ( Malaysia, Indonesia) Oceania, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Africa, Burundi, the Caucasus, Georgia,
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Professor and Foundation Director, The Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the University of Queensland, brisbane Australia
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Mainstreaming, Development, Civil Society
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Evaluation, Program Design, Advocacy, Intervention
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Development and Peace Building
Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment
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1. From Right to Left in Development Theory, 1979, Institute of South
East Asian Studies, Singapore.

2. With F.Corner, D.Hunt and B Poananga, 1985 Defence and Security : What New
Zealanders Want Vols 1 and 2 Wellington, Government Printer.

3. Back from the Brink : The Creation of a Nuclear Free New Zealand,
1988 Allen and Unwin, Wellington & London.

4. Elise Boulding, Clovis Brigagao, Kevin Clements (Editors) 1990 Peace,
Culture and Society : Transnational Research and Dialogue, pp 320,
Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, USA. .

5. Editor, Peace and Security in the Asia Pacific Region:Post Cold War
Problems and Prospects pp 400 1993 Tokyo, United Nations University Press

6. K.Clements and C.Wilson (eds) 1994 UN Peacekeeping at the Cross Roads pp
180 ANU Peace Research Centre

7. K.Clements and R .Wards (eds) 1994 Building International Community:
Cooperating for Peace:Case Studies. pp 329 Sydney Allen and Unwin Ltd

8. Kevin P Clements, 1997 Teori Pembangunan:dari kiri ke kanan, Jogjakarta, Pustaka Pelajar, This is the Indonesian Translation of an updated version of From Right to Left in Development Theory

9. Majid Tehranian and Kevin P Clements (eds) 2005 America and the World:The Double Bind, Rutgers University New Jersey, Transaction Publishers.

10. Kevin Clements and Nadia Mizner (eds) 2007 [forthcoming]. The Centre Holds:Reform of the United Nations in the 21st Century. Rutgers University New Jersey, Transaction Publishers.

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Three Year Lectureship in Peace and Conflict Studies

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We are advertising a three year lectureship in Peace Education at the  National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago beginning in Nov ember this year. White it is highly desirable that the candidate be specalised in Peace Education we are also interested in applicants with other major foci in the field but with a secondary interest in Peace Education as well. Please circulate this to all your networks and if you are interested in joining a…


Two Weeks to go until Applications Close for Deputy Director /Associate Professor Tenured NCPACS Otago U

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Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Deputy Director (Confirmation Path)


Deputy Director Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand

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Te Whare Wananga o Otago


Dunedin, New Zealand


Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Deputy Director (Confirmation Path)




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Tenure Track Lectureship in Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand

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This is a great opportunity to join the NZ National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies as a tenure track Lecturer in an innovative post graduate theory, research and practice programme. Deadline closes on January 22nd 2010 so get your applications in now.



Te Whare Wananga o Otago

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Last Two Days to apply for Post Graduate Masters and Ph.D Scholarships in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Univesity of Otago

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Scholarships in Peace and Conflict Studies

Applications are invited for two three-year PhD scholarships from the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago. The scholarships are available to both International and Domestic students.

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At 11:55am on March 18, 2011, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…

Dear Prof. Kevin,

nice to meet you at peace network

At 10:11am on October 22, 2010, Luka Paulino Morbe Gore said…
i'm interested in those field on conflict settlement, partly because most of my lifespan been bred in the style in Sudan.
the commentator is a holder of Bsc in Development Communications(Division One)
At 9:42am on October 20, 2010, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…
Hi Prof Kevin, How you doing. Nice to contact with you by peace network. I wanna share with you that our NGO wish to establish a institute in Pakistan on education to human rights, peace study & conflict resolution. But i need a charter University who can give us affiliation on it. Can you help us on this matter. Best of luck.
At 9:21am on January 24, 2010, ckvishwanath said…
Dear prof,

how is the shifting balance between left and right.
nuclear issue and future of earth?i like to share some of the information.
in solidarity,
At 11:16am on October 22, 2009, Omolara T. Balogun said…
Dear Prof.,
How you doing? Sure, i'll make contact with your PA to obtain relevant information required.
At 11:11am on September 29, 2009, Muhamamd Moosa Rind said…
Dear Kevin,
how r u my beloved freind. what is new in your life and in social work.

i am ur old freind from Johi, Sindh, where your country Oil Exploration Company BHP billiton working but not doing any kind of development work plz advice us like what we do to received our ownership share from them.
and they are daily basis taking more than 1.5 billion Pakistani Ruppes Gas but peoples are suffring in piosn water after there exploration and chemical drough through our in open place and air near by City.
plz help us to save our society/Nation from curse of BHP...
At 8:40pm on February 9, 2009, shyam tosawad said…
Dear Friend
Nice to see you in this net work,wish you all the best for your prosparity,peace and success.I introduce my self as a dealer of gems and jewellery,i look for ward for a bussiness associate from jewellery trade.i also loking any idia which we can share and by mutual co opration can start any new trade.

i shall be happy if you could include me in your friend circle ,"I do bussiness to make friends ,not making friends to do bussiness."your well being and friendship is highly appriciated
At 11:46pm on December 15, 2008, Jo Berry said…
Dear Kevin
How exciting creating a new Center in New Zealand, how is it going? Life here is very busy, lots of work with Pat Magee. We are receiving a amazing response wherever we go, I am continually moved at his preparedness to open up with me. Lots of exciting plans for the next years, once i have sorted out funding!!
Lots Love
At 10:10pm on November 19, 2008, Rene Wadlow said…
I am pleased to send you an article on the need for reconciliation bridge-builders in areas of tensions and conflicts as in eastern Congo. Just as world citizens had pushed in the 1950s for the creation of UN Forces with soldiers specially prepared for peace-keeping service, so now we are again pushing for a new type of world civil servant. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have all contributed actively to military-peacekeeping forces. Perhaps these same countries can take a lead in forming reconciliation teams. Your support and advice would be most appreciated. With best wishes, Rene Wadlow

East Congo — Need for Reconciliation Bridge-Builders

Rene Wadlow

On bridges are stated the limits in tons

of the loads they can bear.

But I’ve never yet found one that can bear more

than we do.

Although we are not made of roman freestone,

nor of steel, nor of concrete.

From “Bridges” – Ondra Lysohorsky

Translated from the Lachian by Davis Gill.

Violence is growing in the eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, basically the administrative provinces of North and South Kivu. The violence could spread to the rest of the country as Angolan troops may come to the aid of the Central Government as they have in the past while Rwandan and Ugandan troops are said to be helping the opposing militia led by Laurent Nkunda. While Nkunda and his Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) say that they are only protecting the ethnic Tutsi living in Congo, Nkunda could emerge as a national opposition figure to President Joseph Kabila, who has little progress to show from his years in power.

There is high-level recognition that violence in Congo could spread, having a destabilizing impact on the whole region. UN diplomats, led by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, have stressed that a political solution — not a military one — is the only way to end the violence, and they are urging the presidents of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania to work together to restore stability. The instability, along with Congo’s vast mineral and timber riches have drawn in neighboring armies who have joined local insurgencies as well as local commanders of the national army to exploit the mines and to keep mine workers in near-slavery conditions.

The United Nations has some 17,000 peacemakers in Congo (MONUC), the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission, but their capacity is stretched to the limit. Recently, the General in command of the UN forces, Lieutenant General Vicent Diaz de Villegas of Spain resigned his post after seven weeks — an impossible task. Their mission is to protect civilians, some 250,000 of which have been driven from their homes since the fighting intensified in late August 2008. The camps where displaced persons have been living have been attacked both by government and rebel forces — looting, raping, and burning. UN under-secretary general for peacekeeping, Alain Le Roy, is asking for an additional 3,000 soldiers, but it is not clear which states may propose troops for a very difficult mission. While MONUC has proven effective at securing peace in the Ituri district in north-eastern Congo, it has been much less successful in the two Kivu provinces.

The eastern area of Congo is the scene of fighting at least since 1998 — in part as a result of the genocide in neighboring Rwanda in 1994. In mid-1994, more than one million Rwandan Hutu refugees poured into the Kivus, fleeing the advance of the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front, now become the government of Rwanda. Many of these Hutu were still armed, among them, the “genocidaire” who a couple of months before had led the killings of some 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda. They continued to kill Tutsi living in the Congo, many of whom had migrated there in the 18th century.

The people in eastern Congo have lived together for many centuries and had developed techniques of conflict resolution, especially between the two chief agricultural lifestyles: that of agriculture and cattle herding. However, the influx of a large number of Hutu, local political considerations, a desire to control the wealth of the area — rich in gold, tin and tropical timber — all these factors have overburdened the local techniques of conflict resolution and have opened the door to new, negative forces interested only in making money and gaining political power.

UN peace-keeping troops are effective when there is peace to keep. What is required today in eastern Congo is not so much more soldiers under UN command, than reconciliation bridge-builders, persons who are able to restore relations among the ethnic groups of the area. The United Nations, national governments, and non-governmental organizations need to develop bridge-building teams who can help to strengthen local efforts at conflict resolution and re-establishing community relations. In the Kivus, many of the problems arise from land tenure issues. With the large number of people displaced and villages destroyed, it may be possible to review completely land tenure and land use issues.

World citizens were among those in the early 1950s who stressed the need to create UN peace-keeping forces with soldiers especially trained for such a task. Today, a new type of world civil servant is needed — those who in areas of tension and conflict can undertake the slow but important task of restoring confidence among peoples in conflict, establishing contacts and looking for ways to build upon common interests.

Rene Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens
At 2:13pm on November 19, 2008, THUSHARA WITHARANA said…
Hi Kevin,

We join as a group & we try to make peace in Sri Lanka.We are graduates in peace & Conflict Resolution.we study about peace.But here is a war.

Sri Lankan government and LTTE members fight in northern areas.So tamil people in northern areas face most of dificulties.Not only tamil or northern people bit also southern people face bomb attacks.

So we think we have a responsibility.And we join as a group.we need some help.we need knowladge and small fund.

can U help us.plz reply me.or can U give me details about helping organization plz send me.



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