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Peacebuilding in the 21st Century – Future Pathways and New Challenges

May 08th, 2014
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News from Berlin – In light of the current armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Mali, Syria and Ukraine the FriEnt PeaceBuilding Forum is organized a panel discussion, which took place on May 7th at the Urania in Berlin, and dealt with Germany’s role in the world and the prevailing challenges and dynamics regarding peacebuilding operations. With the emergence of powers such as China, Russia and Brazil and other non-OECD donors, the parameters for peacebuilding have changed dramatically and this issue has attracted considerable interest over recent weeks. The international community's track on engagement is mixed; however, Western approaches such as the liberal peace paradigm and the responsibility to protect (R2P) are not fully endorsed by the emerging powers.  Fragile countries are also gaining in confidence and are demanding that international donors align their engagement to these countries’ own strategies for overcoming fragility and conflict. Therefore it is crucial to review the options and scopes for peacebuilding to discuss future pathways in order to contribute to recent development, peace and security in the 21st century. The panel discussion addressed the principles and approaches of current international processes such as the Post-2015 Agenda or the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. However, new partnerships must be developed and the role of civil society initiatives have to be discussed.

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