On 2 December, SIPRI will host a panel discussion on ‘Local Understandings of Human Security: Evidence from the Field’. The panel discussion will be held in a virtual format as part of the PAX Protection of Civilians Conference 2020 on 1–3 December.
The panel aims to demonstrate the importance of local-level research and programming on human security for peacebuilding. By defining ‘human security’ in its broadest sense, the panel will examine local perceptions and understandings in a number of geographic case studies. The first case study is on the Sahel and West Africa and will review challenges to security, development and governance at the community level and how local perception surveys of human security can be used to inform policy. The second case study will examine the impact of the Islamic State on perceptions of security and threats to human security for minorities in the Nineveh Plains, Iraq. The third case study is on Kirkuk, Iraq. It will investigate how the political and societal order influences behaviour at the local level and how an understanding of these dynamics can help to build peace.
Dr Dylan O’Driscoll, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme
Shivan Fazil, Researcher in the Middle East and North Africa Programme
Amal Bourhrous, Research Assistant in the Middle East and North Africa Programme
Dr Virginie Baudais, Deputy Director of the Sahel and West Africa Programme
Dr Shourjya Deb, Researcher in the Sahel and West Africa Programme
Click here to register for the conference. The registration is open until 23 November 2020.
Click here to view the conference programme.