Webinar Series co-organized by SPF and Conciliation Resources

Launch event for Accord No.29, “Pioneering peace pathways: Making connections to end violent conflict,” and the new report “Public support for peacebuilding: Public attitudes in Japan towards peacebuilding and dialogue with armed groups” (Thursday, October 15, 2020)

Internal and regional conflicts are still rampant in many parts of the world. While Japan has contributed to peacebuilding in conflict areas in various ways, the country’s support has been mainly focused on post-conflict reconstruction and development, and — with the exception of the Southern Philippine (Mindanao) conflict — its support for peace dialogues has been limited. On the other hand, European countries have undertaken enormous efforts in so-called “peace mediation support.” This type of support includes a wide range of activities that not only allow a third party to build trust with the conflicting parties to work toward a ceasefire or political settlement, but also that encourage the parties themselves to confront the structural causes of the conflict and share their wisdom to transform the situation. 

The reality of the peace process is messy and fragile, and formative dialogue initiatives are largely informal and secret. Negotiations stop, start, and mutate over many years. Given these circumstances, initiating the peace process is a difficult task, and documentation and analyses are generally not readily available. To fill this gap, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in collaboration with Conciliation Resources (CR), a UK-based organization specializing in peace mediation support, are pleased to present two new publications.

The first is “Pioneering Peace Pathways: Making connections to end violent conflict,” the latest edition of CR’s Accord publication series. This publication explores the essential ingredients necessary to foster peace dialogue in violent conflict, the ways that societies and conflict parties can try to move from fighting to talking, and strategies for policymakers and peace practitioners to accompany and effectively support conflicting parties. 

SPF and CR are also launching a new report, “Public support for peacebuilding: Public attitudes in Japan towards peacebuilding and dialogue with armed groups,” which outlines the results from a public opinion survey on attitudes towards peacebuilding conducted in Japan in December 2019. This survey found that the majority of Japanese people support peacebuilding activities including dialogue with armed groups. We will delve into these results and discuss the importance of Japan's active involvement in promoting peace dialogues and conflict resolution, especially in Asia.

We hope that this webinar will encourage more people in Japan to deepen their interest in peacebuilding, especially in peace mediation support.
Date & Time
Thursday, October 15, 2020, 18:00-20:00 JST
Venue
Online
Organizer
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Conciliation Resources
Speakers
Remarks:
Dr. Atsushi Sunami, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Mr. Jonathan Cohen, Executive Director, Conciliation Resources

Speakers:
Dr. Teresa Dumasy, Director of Policy and Learning, Conciliation Resources.
Mr. Akihito Hayashi, Expert in the Mine Action Sector in Cambodia, Japan International Cooperation Agency
Dr. Alexander Ramsbotham, Director of Accord, Conciliation Resources
Ms. Cate Buchanan, Mediation Support and Process Design Specialist
Dr. Akiko Horiba, Program Director/Senior Program Officer. Asia Peace Initiative Department, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Commentator:
Professor Toshiya Hoshino, Professor, Osaka University

Moderator:
Ms. Maho Nakayama, Director, Asia Peace Initiative Department, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Speakers' Profile
Mr. Jonathan Cohen is the Executive Director of Conciliation Resources. He has extensive experience in dialogue and confidence building initiatives, receiving an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to conflict prevention and resolution in 2007. He was previously CR's Director of Programmes, overseeing programmes in Africa, the Caucasus, South Asia and Southeast Asia. He is the Chair of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, a platform of 41 peacebuilding organisations.

Dr. Teresa Dumasy is the Director of Policy and Learning at Conciliation Resources. She leads CR's work to share evidence and learning with international policymakers and promote peacebuilding responses to conflict. She also coordinates UK NGO efforts to address the impact of counterterrorism legislation and sanctions on humanitarian and peacebuilding work.

Mr. Akihito Hayashi is a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expert in the mine action sector in Cambodia. He previously worked as a program officer of the Asia Peace Initiatives Department at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) working to build media networks in Southeast Asia and conducting the survey on public attitudes in Japan about peacebuilding and dialogue with armed groups. He is currently a visiting fellow at Sophia University’s Institute of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Dr. Alexander Ramsbotham is the Director of Accord at Conciliation Resources and serves as Series Editor for CR's flagship publication. He also leads CR's partnership work with the Political Settlements Research Programme, an initiative which focuses on inclusive political settlements to end violent conflict.

Ms. Cate Buchanan is a mediation support and process design specialist. She currently works for the UN Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General - Yemen as a Senior Adviser and also in advisory roles for Conciliation Resources, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, UN Mediation Support Unit, International IDEA and UNFPA Myanmar. 

Dr. Akiko Horiba is a Program Director and Senior Program Officer of the Asia Peace Initiatives Department at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) with a focus on Southern Thailand conflict, women’s political participation in Asia, and strengthening civil society networks in Southeast Asia. She is also a lecturer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Before joining SPF, she worked as a Policy Secretary for the House of the Representatives. Her research interests are conflict analysis, peacebuilding, and Southeast Asia politics.

Professor Toshiya Hoshino is a professor at Osaka University. Until August 2020, he was an Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations for 3 years. He was the Former Vice President of Osaka University. From 2013-2016, he was the project head of SPF-supported “Asia Peacebuilding Initiatives.” His expertise includes the theory and practice of international relations with special emphasis on human security.
Program

Launch event for Accord No.29,
“Pioneering peace pathways: Making connections to end violent conflict,”and the new report
“Public support for peacebuilding: Public attitudes in Japan towards peacebuilding and dialogue with armed groups”

 
18:00 Welcome Remarks
 by Dr. Atsushi Tsunami, President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Introductory Remarks
 by Mr. Jonathan Cohen, Executive Director, Conciliation Resources
18:10 Session 1. Report on Japan Survey
 by Dr. Teresa Dumasy, Mr. Akihito Hayashi
18:30 Session 2. Presentation on Accord29
 by Dr. Alexander Ramsbotham, Ms. Cate Buchanan, Dr. Akiko Horiba
19:10 Session 3. Comment
 by Professor Toshiya Hoshino 
19:20 Q & A Session
Moderator
 
by Ms. Maho Nakayama
20:00 Closing
Language
Japanese, English (English/Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided)
Other
Free Registration, with Japanese/English Simultaneous Transation
Reservation
Please register from the below link on this page by Wednesday, Oct. 14, 23:59 p.m. 
※ URL to access the webinar will be sent by Thursday morning, October 15.
Registration is capped at 300 participants and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
※ Personal information collected at the time of registration will be used to send invitations to seminars and lectures hosted or sponsored by Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
Contact
Asia Peace Initiative Department (Akiko Horiba, Sanae Hayashi, Tamaki Yamada)
E-mail : s-hayashi@spf.or.jp / t-yamada@spf.or.jp
Tel : 080-4076-8365 / 080-4365-8443
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