The Platform’s Second Annual Conference 2014

The Second Annual Conference of the Knowledge Platform provided an opportunity for practitioners, international and national policy makers, and researchers to explore the frontier of current knowledge and practice on security and rule of law issues in the 21st century.

The conference aimed to re-examine the assumptions underlying current security and rule of law policy for fragile states, generate ideas that venture beyond conventional thinking, and test whether there is drive to take these ideas forward for future developments of the Knowledge Platform alongside the following issues:

  • Violence on the Periphery by Mr. Juma Assiago | UNHABITAT, Kenya
    The dominant concept for establishing security and promoting the rule of law tends to work from the premise of robust enforcement by a central state authority. Can this be reconciled with modern manifestations of insecurity on urban, tribal and borderland peripheries?
  • New Approaches to Security by Ms. Isabel Aguilar Umaña | Interpeace, Guatemala
    For several years, a “Western” approach to top-down security has defined the policy and practice security reform interventions – to notably poor effect. With the growing salience of context-tailored, community-driven and bottom-up approaches, can alternatives or adjustments be offered to current models?
  • Globalization and Social Justice by Mr. Joshua Simmons | Global Financial Integrity, United States
    Our increasingly interconnected world has enabled networks of growth, which are also given to abuse by criminal markets and illicit financial flows.Has sufficient attention been given to the role OECD countries play in facilitating such networks, or in creating new structures of dependency and marginalization?

Together with the recently published IOB evaluation on Dutch Foreign Policy in Fragile States and the main outcomes of the online debate on Foreign Engagement in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Contexts, the ideas of the speakers formed the menu of options for the afternoon break-out sessions.

Participants were actively engaged in choosing the topics of the interactive break-out sessions, which ultimately informed the thematic foci for the Platform in the year 2014.

Date 27 February 2014, 09:30 – 18:00. Drinks 18:00 – 19:30
Venue The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Address Sophialaan 10, The Hague, The Netherlands

See detailed conference program here

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