NUPI researcher to give talk during TEDx event
TEDx is derived from the TED talk concept and is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together for quality lectures, discussion and debate.
On Friday, NUPI’s Cedric de Coning will give a talk during a TEDx event in Bilbao, Spain. To read an abstract of the talk, please click here:
The Bilbao event will be live streamed, but the streaming will not be archived. To view the live streaming on Friday 29 June, go to http://www.tedxdeusto.com/ and click the 'Attend' menu point. There you will find a link which on Friday only will take you to the live streaming of the session.
A shift in peacebuilding ideology
De Conings lecture will be on one of his major research topics, the implications of Complexity for peacebuilding, where he proposes a radical shift in how peacebuilding is viewed and conducted.
- I argue that the international community has, to date, failed to find the balance between international support and home-grown context-specific solutions, de Coning says.
Peacebuilding is local
He asserts that the peacebuilders’ efforts have contributed to the very weaknesses and fragilities they meant to address, and he makes the case for a significant re-balancing of the relationship between international influence and local agency.
- Our current development ideology is aimed at cloning the liberal market democracy model. Instead, we should assist societies with developing the robustness and resilience they need to cope with their own peace consolidation challenges locally, he says.
About Cedric de Coning
Cedric de Coning is a research fellow with NUPI and a peacekeeping and peacebuilding advisor for ACCORD. He is also a special advisor to the Head of the Peace Support Operations Division of the African Union and a member of the Advisory Group of the UN Peacebuilding Fund.
To read more about Cedric de Coning’s research, click here.