Senior Researcher from NUPI Visited BPC
Dr. Cedrik de Koning from the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) visited Bangladesh Peacebuilding Centre (BPC) from 6- 7 March, 2018. He is the Senior Research Fellow in the Peace and Conflict Research Group at NUPI. He is also a Senior Advisor on Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding for the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).
During his visit, he delivered a lecture on “From Peacebuilding to Sustaining Peace: The Evolution of a Concept”. In his presentation, he discussed the historical context of the peacebuilding. He evoked the concept of peacebuilding by retracing the three major phases of the history of peacebuilding. The classical phase is known as the post-conflict peacebuilding era. During this phase, the principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies, Johan Galtung coined the concept of peace by focusing on the narration of negative peace and positive peace. Notable policy such as the Agenda of Peace was made by Boutruos Boutruos Ghali in this phase in 1992. Dr. Koning, then, gave the example of the important research of the eminent professor Paul Collier on the peacebuilding during the modern phase. The UN peacebuilding architecture was also made during the modern phase of peacebuilding.
He also described the contemporary phase of the peacebuilding. The UN Secretary General António Guterres’s latest addition of “Sustaining Peace” as a counterpoint to the term of peacebuilding is the notable work of the contemporary phase. He also discussed on the enduring features of the peacebuilding. The importance of several dimensions of the peacebuilding was also discussed in his presentation. Dr. Koning also gave some important recommendations for the newly established BPC.
To disseminate the knowledge, Dr. Koning focused on conducting research and organinsing seminars along with training programmes. He also focused on the issue of strategic patience that BPC needs to follow for being a successful institution. Stressing on building operational civilian capacity was also made by the visiting researcher. After Dr. Koning’s presentation, H. E. Sidsel Blaken, Norway Ambassador to Bangladesh, expressed her view on the importance of the peacebuilding. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, Director General, BPC, expressed his gratitude to H. E. Sidsel Blaken, Norway Ambassador to Bangladesh for her endless support.
Relevant military personnel, students from public and private universities and a good number of researchers participated in the open discussion and raised their valuable opinions, observations, questions and suggestions.