The Initiative for Peacebuilding brings together research, teaching, and policy development from a wide range of disciplines to support effective engagement in conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Indo-Pacific region.
One of the essential conditions for global security and wellbeing is achievement of relative peace. Peace is pursued through the prevention and transformation of violent conflicts and the conditions that give rise to these, and support for the attitudes, institutions and structures that can sustain peaceful societies.
There is great value in widening the range of official and non-official multi-level mechanisms available for dialogue, problem-solving and sustained peacebuilding efforts.
The Initiative for Peacebuilding will provide Australia with a nationally based, regionally grounded, high-quality, professional non-government peace centre. The Initiative's mission is to promote multidisciplinary research, teaching, policy development to support effective engagement in conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Indo-Pacific region.
Initiative for Peacebuilding Launch
On 21 April 2021, the Initiative for Peacebuilding was launched with messages from the Vice Chancellor and the Deputy Secretary, DFAT along with Professor Langmore and Dr Miletic, from the Initiative. The launch was part of a Peace Symposium the university co-hosted with Rotary in Australia and New Zealand titled "The Future of Peace Leadership".
The Initiative for Peacebuilding’s approach to developing activities is guided by the principles of empirically-demand-driven support to peacebuilding that help analyse and address underlying causes of the conflict and support enhanced peacebuilding efforts to those best placed to engage.
The Initiative's purpose is to deepen understanding about complex conflict issues and build important relationships with local actors in Asian and Pacific countries who are leading peacebuilding efforts in our region. The Initiative for Peacebuilding seeks to offer rigorous research into the causes of conflict, capacity to organise and strengthen dialogue amongst a range of actors and stakeholders, to think imaginatively about means for prevention of violent conflict and peacebuilding, through substantially enhancing availability of expert scholarship and experienced peacebuilding practitioners.
If you are interested in supporting the Initiative, please refer to our downloadable brochure.
Banner image: Bougainville, Credit: Sari Sutton
This page lists news and events of the Initiative for Peacebuilding.
Professor John Langmore AM
Dr Tania Miletic
- Professor Karen Farquharson, Head of School and Professor of Sociology, School of Social and Political Sciences
- Professor Erika Feller, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Government
- Dr Emma Leslie AM, Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (Cambodia)
- Professor Adrian Little, Pro Vice Chancellor (International) and Professor of Political Theory, SSPS
- John McCarthy AO, former senior Australian diplomat, analyst, and writer
- The Reverend Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean, Faculty of Arts
- Associate Professor Tilman Ruff AO, Nossal Institute for Global Health.
- Professor Derek McDougall, Professorial Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Dr Carla Winston, Lecturer in International Relations, School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Dr Siad Darwish, Environmental Peacebuilding and Gender Advisor.
- Dr Dolly Kikon, Collaborator on Food Systems, Conflict and Peacebuilding.
- Dr Sanjay Barbora, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
- Dr Rachael Diprose, Senior Lecturer in Indonesian Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Dr Anne Decobert, Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences.
- Dr Lesley Pruitt, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences.
Jacob is undertaking research into UN Special Political Missions and the politics of peacebuilding. Jacob’s research proposes to explore both the theoretical and practical dimensions of how UN Special Political Missions, and peace operations more broadly, engage in the politics of conflict to support peace. Jacob’s strong academic achievements and his decade of professional diplomatic experience enable him to make substantial contributions to the Initiative.
Naomi is a Master of International Relations student at the University of Melbourne, with an interest in conflict resolution and prevention and in peace building. She has experience studying and volunteering across Africa and Asia, predominantly in post-conflict Rwanda. She was recently published in the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Australian Outlook: Burundi vs. Rwanda: Potential for a Future Genocide.
A current postgraduate student studying a Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne, Patrick has long held a piercing interest in issues relating to conflict resolution, the international dimensions of global security decision–making, and the growing importance of multilateralism in the face of global challenges. Following previous research, Patrick’s current thesis seeks to explore the theoretical and practical dimensions of contested legitimacy within multilateral institutions and global decision making, particularly within the Asia-Pacific region. Patrick’s research background has recently led him to intern for Australia’s Cyber Security CRC where he conducted major research into the growing spectre of geopolitical competition in outer space.
The Initiative for Peacebuilding’s approach to developing activities is guided by the principles of empirically-demand-driven support to peacebuilding that helps analyse and address underlying causes of the conflict and support enhanced peacebuilding efforts to those best placed to engage.
The three arms of the Initiative for Peacebuilding – research, engagement, and education – aim to contribute to peacebuilding efforts in the region with the overall goal of enhancing the disciplinary knowledge base for more sustainable peace work. All projects undertaken under the Initiative for Peacebuilding will be interdisciplinary, and focused on developing knowledge, understanding and analyses of conflicts and issues that seek to support and strengthen peacebuilding approaches in the region.
Photo Credit: Ian ‘Fred’ Smith, DFAT
Strengthening Diplomacy and Conflict Prevention
This research program will build on the substantial work of John Langmore, Tania Miletic and colleagues to analyse and recommend strategies for strengthening diplomacy and conflict prevention in Australian foreign policy. Based on the existing research data from the survey of 125 interviewees and the subsequent report Security Through Sustainable Peace: Australian International Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, John Langmore and Tania Miletic will prepare a series of scholarly and policy-oriented research papers for publication on key findings and topics from this body of work.
Contemporary conflicts occur in a globalised web of shared global challenges, all of which require political solutions. The project will focus on the importance of strengthening diplomacy and aid as critical to security through peace. Even before the pandemic, peacebuilding was under-resourced, a situation which was worsened by severe underfunding of diplomacy, diminishing aid and development allocations. With priorities shifting to COVID-19 responses, local peacebuilders fear further reductions in financial support and attention from international, government and non-government donors. Engaging with researchers from across the humanities and social sciences – political science, development studies, law, sociology, psychology and economics – enables a dynamic exploration of case studies from across the region, where partnerships already exist.
Indo-Pacific Peacebuilding in Focus
This research program will investigate key issues in our region and case studies (such as from Myanmar and Bougainville) for strengthening peacebuilding and conflict prevention in the Indo Pacific. Through partnerships with peacebuilding actors in Australia and across Asia and the Pacific, project proposals, consultancies, and invitations to collaborate, the Initiative will contribute to understanding, analysing and advancing peacebuilding knowledge and experience grounded in the region.
The project seeks to provide opportunities for reflection and strategic re-visioning of peacebuilding efforts and how best to learn from, share and support new opportunities to advance peace, focusing on the Indo-Pacific region. The project will include research-related and dialogue-driven opportunities for academics, diplomats, analysts, and practitioners to critically discuss experiences in the wider global pandemic context of challenges and opportunities for addressing violent conflicts and support to peacebuilding initiatives in the region.
John Langmore, Tania Miletic, Aran Martin, and Bob Breen, 2020, Security Through Sustainable Peace: Australian International Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, Melbourne School of Government and School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
John Langmore, Tania Miletic, Aran Martin, and Nathan Shea, 2017, State Support for Peace Processes: A Multi-Country Review, Published by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
John Langmore and Tania Miletic, 2021, Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Inquiry into Funding for Public Research into Foreign Policy Issues, March.
Tania Miletic and John Langmore, 2020, ‘Australian Threadbare Diplomacy in Conflict,’ Australian Outlook, 26 November
Miletic, Tania. 2018, Diaspora and Peacebuilding. Prepared for Diaspora Learning Network and Diaspora Action Australia. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Miletic, Tania. 2018, Concept Note: Diaspora Peacebuilding and Reconciliation. Prepared for Diaspora Learning Network’s Seminar #1, DAA and DFAT.
Miletic, Tania. 2016, ‘Cambodia’s peace 25 years on’, Australian Outlook. Australian Institute of International Affairs, 26 October
Martin, A., Nathan S., and J. Langmore, 2017, ‘International mediation and Australian Foreign Policy: building institutional capacity to respond to overseas conflict’, Australian Journal of International Affairs 71 (1), 2017, 88-104.
Langmore, John and Jeremy Farrall, 2016, ‘Can Elected Members Make a Difference in the UN Security Council? Australia’s Experience in 2013-2014’, Global Governance, 22, 1, Jan. – March, pp 59 -77
Langmore, John and Ramesh Thakur, 2016, ‘The Elected and Neglected Security Council Members’, The Washington Quarterly, 39:2,99-114, DOI: 10.1080/0163660X.2016.1204412.
Langmore, John, 2013, ‘Australia’s Campaign for Security Council Membership’, 2013, Australian Journal of Political Science, March, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp 101 – 111
Langmore, John and Shaun Fitzgerald, 2012, ‘Strengthening Global Economic Governance’, in Kate Macdonald, Shelley Marshall and Sanjay Pinto (Eds.), New Visions for Market Governance: Crisis and Renewal, Routledge, New York, pp 94-106
McLachlan-Bent, Ashley and John Langmore, 2011, ‘A Crime against Humanity? Implications and Prospects of the Responsibility to Protect in the Wake of Cyclone Nargis’, Global Responsibility to Protect, Vol 3, No. 1, pp 37 – 60.
Langmore, John and Jan Egeland, 2011, ‘Learning from Norway: Independent Middle-Power Foreign Policy’, Griffith Review 32, May, pp 164 – 179.
Professor John Langmore
Chair, Steering Committee, Initiative for Peacebuilding
T: +61 419 897 489
Dr Tania Miletic
Initiative for Peacebuilding
T: +61 437 272 287
Dr Nathan Bond
Initiative for Peacebuilding
T: +61 3 8344 7542