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SIPRI to host panel at PAX Protection of Civilians Conference 2020

SIPRI hosts panel at PAX Protection of Civilians Conference 2020
People browse shops in Kirkuk bazaar in December 2005. Photo: Shutterstock

On 2 December, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) will host a panel discussion on ‘Local Understandings of Human Security: Evidence from the Field’. The panel discussion will be held in a virtual format as part of the PAX Protection of Civilians Conference 2020 on 1–3 December.

The panel aims to demonstrate the importance of local-level research and programming on human security for peacebuilding. By defining ‘human security’ in its broadest sense, the panel will examine local perceptions and understandings in a number of geographic case studies. The first case study is on the Sahel and West Africa and will review challenges to security, development and governance at the community level and how local perception surveys of human security can be used to inform policy. The second case study will examine the impact of the Islamic State on perceptions of security and threats to human security for minorities in the Nineveh Plains, Iraq. The third case study is on Kirkuk, Iraq. It will investigate how the political and societal order influences behaviour at the local level and how an understanding of these dynamics can help to build peace.

Discussants

Dr Dylan O’Driscol, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme

Shivan Fazil, Researcher in the Middle East and North Africa Programme

Amal Bourhrous, Research Assistant in the Middle East and North Africa Programme

Dr Virginie Baudais, Deputy Director of the Sahel and West Africa Programme

Dr Shourjya Deb, Researcher in the Sahel and West Africa Programme

 

Click here to register for the conference. The registration is open until 23 November 2020.

Click here to view the conference programme.