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In most cases, post-war societies continue as violent and dangerous as during the war, sometimes even more. The major conflict potential after a war has ended has to do with the violent remains of the clash, such as individual and collective shock, extreme poverty, inequality and destruction, displacement and dispossession, family separation, constant fear of retaliation and discrimination and, in a larger sense, loss of any future perspectives. In this context, we must also consider the massive emergence of new patterns of war blurring the lines that distinguished interstate and intrastate wars, as well as civil and ethnic wars and unleashing unbounded violence.
Accordingly, there is no pure ‘post-conflict’ state, but only a permanent process of conflict resolution through non-violent means, a manifold process that implies a continuous learning in negotiation and consensus building (mostly by trial and error), and hard work.
In this Panel we debate the conditions and perspectives of ‘post-conflict peace-building’ strategies as foreseen by Boutros Boutros-Ghali in his 1992 groundbreaking report ‘An Agenda for Peace’ regarding to the challenges of today. Based on the different experience of several penalists we will debate the task of peace-building from diverse but complementary viewpoints and try to present it as an interdisciplinary effort across cultures, nations and life experiences. Accordingly, we will focus on the gradual transformation from a culture of hate and revenge into a culture of trust through a comprehensive approach regarding common tasks and a capacity building in non-violent conflict management.