Illegal proliferation of small arms and ammunition is increasingly fueling crime and violence in Bangladesh society and polity. Evidence-based research has linked gun smuggling and armed violence with greedy politicians and a corrupt administration. Addressing these issues with the government is sensitive and risky for activists.
Join Neila Husain as she presents her research and work engaging government institutions, members of parliament, security agencies, civil society organizations, donors, international organizations and the media in dialogues designed to gain political buy-in for collaborative action towards resolving illicit arms trade in the country. Her presentation will be followed by a discussion on the challenges of engaging spoilers in dialogue in Bangladesh.
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Neila Husain lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and currently works as a freelance conflict and security analyst. After obtaining her Masters from the University of Dhaka, she started her career as a research associate at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Relations, a leading government think tank. After several years of desk research and a series of publication, Neila became Saferworld's Country Representative in Bangladesh where she got the opportunity to talk to and work with local communities including women and people of various ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds on issues related to community security, peace building and mediation. Neila has also given lectures at academic institutions including the Foreign Service Academy, the National Defence College and Dhaka University.
As a peace process is underway, track-I mediation efforts are crucial in reaching cease fire and peace agreements with the leaders of armed groups. While these negotiations are underway, grassroots mediators work diligently across the country to mitigate the violence perpetrated by armed men on civilian populations. Converging these two tracks can provide critical reinforcement in helping to advance sustainable peace.
Join our guest speakers at our next Mediation IMPACT working group meeting to discuss the way Mediation Support Units of multilateral organizations encourage collaboration with grassroots mediation efforts and the impact this has on agreement implementation? Are there institutional processes for vertical coordination between track-I and grassroots mediators during a peace process? Does community input in pre-agreement negotiations help or hurt the post-agreement implementation phase? Is coordination realistic at the height of the violence?
Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2016 - Time: 10:00 - 11:30am (ET)
Location: Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), 9th floor
Conference call-in #: 877-446-3914 (password: 244691)
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Guest speakers (via Skype/call-in):
- Ambassador Frederic Gateretse-Ngoga, Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division, Peace and Security, African Union Commission
- Julian Davis, Standby Team Coordinator, Mediation Support Unit, Policy and Mediation Division, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations
- Canan Gunduz, Mediation Advisor, Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Mediation, European External Action Service
- Kristian Herbolzheimer, Philippines/Colombia Program Director, Conciliation Resources
Join the conversation as we debrief the last several months of mentoring a team of students from GWU and GMU that assessed the conflict dynamics of several Diaspora communities in DC in preparation for a summer conflict resolution apprenticeship. We'll discuss the results of the assessment and explore the working group's next steps.
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Join our next mediation IMPACT working group meeting as we examine the topic of “the person of the mediator” and try to answer the following questions:
The mediator’s selection process and its impact on Track-I peace process and/or grassroots mediation outcomes
- What are your selection criteria for mediators and why?
- What external factors (i.e. cultural, political, financial…) play into your selection process?
- What do you look for when creating a mediation team?
The training/professional experiences of mediators and its impact on Track-I peace process and/or grassroots mediation outcomes?
- What are the core competencies and skills needed for new mediators?
- What has been the training and professional experience of mediators?
- Who trains mediators and what does that training look like?
The role and mandate of the mediator and its impact on Track-I peace process and/or grassroots mediation outcomes?
- How does the mandate of the mediator impact the outcome of the process?
- Are States effective mediators?
- How does the role of the mediator impact the outcome?
Dr. Christina Stenner, OSCE, Mediation Support Office