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June 2012  
A1Human Security Roundtable:
Comparing Terms & Institutionalization

As institutions begin to use and operationalize the related concepts of human security, protection of civilians, and citizen or civilian security, there is growing Human Security Roundtable

terminological confusion about the similarities and differences in each approach. A May 8, 2012 "Human Security Roundtable" in Washington, DC organized by 3P Human Security brought together global experts in each of these concepts to discuss their common ground and distinct elements.   Key experts from the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Union, the U.S. Department of State and National Defense University as well as NGOs and global civil society organizations participated in our roundtable related concepts in diverse contexts.   

 

Read our blog for more details and look for our 10-page report on the Roundtable out next month. 

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Pakistani Delegation:
Culturally-Based Approaches to Peacebuilding 

Pakistani civil society is developing a range of innovative approaches to address extremism and conflict in their country to better foster peace. Drawing on local cultural and religious traditions, civil society finds positive ways of building support for peace and human rights. US policy can learn from these indigenous interventions to be more effective at supporting peace in the region.

 

 3P Human Security published two policy briefs to coincide with the Pakistani delegation visits. Please click here to read:

 

Cultural Approaches to Peacebuilding in Pakistan

Ali Gohar from Just Peace Initiatives based in Peshawar, Pakistan presents at the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum 
3P invited and hosted a Pakistani delegation to share their culturally-based approaches to peacebuilding in Pakistan.  Ali Gohar, a former Fulbright fellow at Eastern Mennonite University, shared from his article, linked here, on how Jirga processes are evolving in Afghanistan and Pakistan, highlighting it's role in restorative justice.
Allaho--A lullaby for you my daughter! by Samar Minallah 
Samar Minallah's video "Allaho: A Lullaby for you my Daughter" highlights girls' value 

Filmmaker, anthropologist and human rights advocate Samar Minallah shared how she uses films portraying positive leadership and elements of tribal culture that support women and girl's empowerment. Click here to watch her video Allaho: widely watched throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan's tribal areas on mobile phone to highlight the value of girls and girl education.  
A3QDDR in Action:
Civil Society Sustainability in U.S. Foreign Policy
3P's 2009 "Memo to the Obama Administration" made three key policy recommendations: make conflict prevention a priority, develop a Civil Society Liaison Office and create a training program to enhance the skills of US departments in conflict assessment and prevention.  All three of these recommendations are now a reality in the US State Department's Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).  In February, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton launched the Strategic Dialogue Initiative with Civil Society to elevate U.S. engagement with partners beyond the government.  On May 17, 3P presented alongside the State Department's Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, Dr. Tomicah Tillemann.  While conflict prevention and civil society are new priorities for the State Department, many challenges continue to impact human security.  QDDR panel Schirch 3P outlined next steps and remaining challenges in fully implementing this vision.

Click here to watch the panel webcast or listen to the panel podcast at
the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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AfP Conference: Material Support, the New Deal, & Civ-Mil Simulation Exercise
 
Building on our ongoing work with the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), 3P organized two panels and an in-depth civil-military simulation exercise as part of the AfP Annual Conference in May. The first panel included experts on US counter-terrorism laws related to Material Support restrictions that make it illegal to engage groups designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) in track II peacebuilding and demobilization efforts. 
 
Neil Levine, USAID Director of Conflict Management and Mitigation Office
USAID Director of Conflict Management and Mitigation Office Neil Levine sits on panel with 3P facilitator John Filson and Dayna Brown of CDA Collaborative Learning Project
The second panel featured USAID's Conflict Management and Mitigation Office and civil society representatives who discussed the U.S. government's implementation of peacebuilding and statebuilding principles of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States signed last year at the Forth High Level Forum in Busan, aimed at fostering more sustainable and locally-owned development outcomes in conflict-affected countries. They also discussed the goal of building peacebuilding principles into the new global development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015. 
 
3P also organized a 2-hour simulation on the challenges of civilian government, military and civil society stakeholders working in conflict affected regions to better understand dilemmas, tensions, and opportunities between these distinct groups that each have their separate goals. 
 
Ambassador Rick Barton who heads the US State Department Bureau on Conflict Stabilization Operations (CSO) also talked at the AfP conference on new priorities in conflict assessment and prevention. Earlier this year 3P organized a small roundtable discussion with Ambassador Barton to highlight ideas and concerns related to civil society peacebuilding efforts.
A6Afghanistan's National Solidarity Program

Afghanistan's National Solidarity Program (NSP) provides an interesting model for coordinating and aligning efforts of the Afghan government, international assistance, international NGOs, Afghan civil society organizations and local Afghan communities in governance and development.    

 

3P hosted an event on May 9 with InterAction featuring Karim Merchant, former NSP Operational Director and Claire Lockhart, Director of the Institute for State Effectiveness. The speakers gave an in-depth history of how NSP structured partnerships between the World Bank, international donors, the Afghan government and international and local NGOs along with traditional Afghan civil society to develop innovate and effective development and governance programs. Merchant and Lockhart also described the future direction of the program. 

Clare Lockhart and Karim Merchant provide insight into the evolution and future of the NSP 

 

The NSP's lessons learned about how to coordinate diverse stakeholders to support both governance and development in a conflict-affected country are particularly important in light of the upcoming Tokyo Conference on International Assistance in Afghanistan in July, as well as broader discussions about Aid Effectiveness in Washington and through the Busan Process.

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Special Thanks and Welcome for 3P Program Assistants

3P hosts a variety of student interns for their practicum placements. A note of thanks to Amanda Jantzi-Robinson for the tremendous addition she made to the 3P team as 3P's Program Assistant during the spring term. Amanda earned her Masters Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, where she presented a capstone report based on her work at 3P that analyzed strategies for connecting the voices of local civil society stakeholders around the world to U.S. policymakers in order to foster greater conflict prevention and human security outcomes in U.S. policy. Amanda's hard work and energizing presence boosted 3P's work during the spring, as she helped host civil society delegations from overseas,
revamped 3P's online communications and news updates, and helped organize a successful Alliance for Peacebuilding Annual Conference. Special thanks to Amanda.    
Amanda, far left, with Iraqi delegation in February 2012
 
3P welcomes Hossam Mansour from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs who will serve as 3P's Program Assistant during the summer. Hossam brings extensive hands-on peacebuilding experience to 3P's work. He immigrated to the United States from Egypt, where he remained active in support for democratic reforms. Hossam was the researcher for David Ottoway's book, "The King's Messenger," and was the official translator of the former Egyptian presidential candidates Ayman Nour's  blog. During the 2011 Egyptian revolution Hossam organized a number of large peaceful protests in Washington DC in support of democratic change. His interests as a student and practitioner of peacebuilding include the intersection between democratization and conflict resolution as well as the transitions taking place across the Arab world. Hossam will bring his knowledge and experience to 3P's policy activities in Washington to research US policy toward civil society during the Arab Spring. 
Thank you to our Funders...
3P Human Security is grateful for the support of our funders who make our work possible. These include the Compton Foundation, the Colombe Foundation  and  the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's new Peacebuilding Program.

Many of 3P's programs are not yet fully funded.  Your private donations make it possible for us to print our publications for distribution to Congress and to support very modest transportation for our delegates from Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere to come to the US to talk to policymakers here. 

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