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Annual International Conference 2015 : Request for Proposals - The Intersection of Diplomacy, Development and Defense: Faith and Ethnicity at the Crossroads


When Oct 9, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015
Where New York
Submission Deadline Jun 30, 2015
Final Version Due Sep 18, 2015
Categories    ethnic conflict   religious conflict   interfaith dialogue   mediation

Call For Papers

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) is currently accepting papers for the 2015 Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding to be held October 9-11, 2015 at the Riverfront Library Auditorium, Yonkers Public Library, 1 Larkin Center Yonkers, New York 10701.
Theme: "The Intersection of Diplomacy, Development and Defense: Faith and Ethnicity at the Crossroads"

Conference Synopsis:
Since the earliest times, human history has been punctuated by violent conflict among ethnic and religious groups. And since the beginning there have been those who have sought to understand the causes behind these events and grappled with the questions around how to mediate and mitigate conflicts and bring about peaceful resolution. In order to explore recent developments and emerging thinking supporting modern approaches to diffuse current conflicts, we have selected the theme, The Intersection of Diplomacy, Development and Defense: Faith and Ethnicity at the Crossroads.

Early sociological studies supported the premise that it is poverty and lack of opportunity that drive marginalized groups to violence against those in power, which can metastasize into hatred fueling attacks against anyone belonging to a “different group”, for example by ideology, lineage, ethnic affiliation and/or religious tradition. So the developed world’s peacebuilding strategy from the mid-20th century forward became focused on eradicating poverty and encouraging democracy as a way of alleviating the worst of social, ethnic and faith-based exclusion.

During the last two decades, there has been increasing interest in the triggers, mechanics and dynamics that launch and sustain radicalization that pits people against one another resulting in violent extremism. Today, last century tactics have been paired with adding military defense into the mix, based on the assertions of political leadership, as well as some scholars and practitioners that the training and equipping of foreign armies by our own, when combined with collaborative development and diplomatic efforts, offers a better, more proactive approach to peace building. In every society, it is the history of the people that shape their governance, laws, economies and social interactions. There is a great deal of debate as to whether the recent shift to the “3Ds” (Diplomacy, Development and Defense) as part of U.S. foreign policy supports the healthy adaptation and evolution of societies in crisis, the improvement of stability and the likelihood of sustained peace, or whether it is actually disruptive to the overall social well-being in the nations where the “3Ds” are implemented.

This conference will host speakers from a variety of disciplines, fascinating and well informed panels and what is sure to be very lively debate. Often, diplomats, negotiators, mediators and interfaith dialogue facilitators are uncomfortable working alongside military members believing their presence to be antagonistic. Military leadership frequently finds challenges to carrying out their support missions subject to the broader timelines and impenetrable command structure of diplomats. Development professionals regularly feel stymied by the security regulations and policy decisions imposed by their diplomatic and military colleagues. Local populations on the ground committed to improving the safety and quality of life of their families while maintaining the cohesion of their people find themselves confronted with new and untested strategies in what are often dangerous and chaotic environments.

Through this conference, ICERM seeks to promote scholarly research with practical application of the “3Ds” (Diplomacy, Development and Defense) to peacebuilding between peoples, or among ethnic, religious or sectarian groups both within and across borders.
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2015.

ICERM invites papers for presentation and publication from anyone who has an interest in sharing their research, ideas, and experiences with the practical application of the "3Ds" (Diplomacy, Development and Defense) to peacebuilding between peoples, or among ethnic, religious or sectarian groups both within and across borders. We also welcome those interested in learning about the "3Ds" approach and its intended role in advancing interfaith and interethnic relations. Preferred papers will include modern examples with an emphasis on practical application.

What are the advantages of the "3Ds" being implemented in concert? What are the short and long-term outcomes likely to be? What unexpected impacts are being observed? How might the role of diplomats, negotiators, mediators, dialogue facilitators, peace-makers and peace-builders change or benefit from this new policy? What new problems and opportunities to peacebuilding are likely to result?
Proposal Guidelines:

Proposals should include an abstract not to exceed 800 words in length, which describes the substance of the paper in relation to conference theme, the title of the paper, biographies of the author(s), and any affiliated agency, organization, or institution. All proposals should be sent to the Conference Review Committee by email: conference(at) on or before Friday, May 22, 2015. Abstracts will undergo a double blind peer review. Accepted proposals will be notified by Friday, May 29, 2015. Accepted authors should submit complete papers, biographies and photo images on or before Friday, September 18, 2015. Papers must be between 3,500 and 4,000 words, submitted with a biography of no more than 50 words. Detailed guidelines for paper submission will be sent to the authors whose abstracts have been accepted. Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings for publication consideration.

We look forward to reading your proposals.

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