Public event – Security, development and stabilisation: Promoting peaceful transitions through international engagement

Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 1:00pm

17 September 2009 13:00-14:30
Overseas Development Institute
Also streamed online

This meeting host a discussion on emerging policy responses in frgaile states, how they translate into practice and what needs to be done to improve peaceful transitions through international engagement.

Also streamed online – return to this page on the day of the event to watch live video coverage. Add to calendar

International actors have become increasingly concerned with the threat that fragile states pose to global peace and security and to the populations living within their boundaries. In order to tackle the difficulties and complexities associated with stabilising these contexts, new approaches have been developed that seek to align traditionally distinct policy spheres (defence, development and diplomacy) through so-called ‘integrated’ or ‘comprehensive’ approaches. Principles and guidelines have also been developed to guide good international engagement in these contexts. Yet, in practice, there is a recognition that engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states is not working as well as it should and more needs to be done. There are on-going debates between the precise relationship between security and development and the ability and role of external actors in stabilising these contexts and supporting wider war to peace transitions.

This meeting, the second of a series on fragile states, will discuss these emerging policy responses, how they translate into practice and what needs to be done to improve peaceful transitions through international engagement.

This event has been supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Speaker:
Donald Steinberg – Deputy President, International Crisis Group
Discussant:
Julian Lindley-French – Netherlands Defence Academy
Rory Keane – International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF), OECD (TBC)
Chair:
Robin Niblett – Director, Chatham House

An ODI public event in the Development, security and transitions in fragile states series .

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