Lakhdar Brahimi keynote speaker at ‘Conflict diplomacy’ conference

1 February, 2011

The art of the possible: Conflict diplomacy in an era of new global challenges”, will address how conflict diplomacy should adapt to a changing, globalised world.  Lakhdar Brahimi, a member of The Elders, will be the after dinner speaker.


The art of the possible: conflict diplomacy in an era of new global challenges

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 February  (WP1090)

This conference will tackle the challenges of diplomacy and conflict resolution in the twenty-first century by leveraging the collective knowledge of leading practitioners from across the world who have honed their skills in the service of governments, IGOs, and NGOs.

The work of diplomacy will remain fundamental to the promotion of international stability, but it needs to adjust to the demands of rapid globalisation and the emergence of new actors engaged in new modes of conflict. Just as the world is changing, so are the challenges facing the institutions and individuals entrusted with mediating or negotiating peaceful settlements to conflicts of unprecedented complexity and dynamism. Most contemporary conflicts are multi-issue, multi-stakeholder affairs, today fought not only on the battlefield but also in multilateral forums and the media.  A new model of diplomacy will be needed in order to meet new challenges.

This conference will assess what the new diplomat needs to have in terms of skills, knowledge, and support, as well as the role that the international community can play in preventing and resolving conflict through diplomacy.

The conference is structured as a high level meeting in extended roundtable format, with four sessions each lasting three hours.  We are organising this conference in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, and USIP President Richard Solomon will be the opening speaker.  Lakhdar Brahimi will give the conference dinner address.

Mr Brahimi was a veteran, high-level UN envoy and advisor, and is now one of “The Elders“, an independent group of eminent global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela.  There are currently ten members of the group, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.


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