The Initiative for Peacebuilding brings together multidisciplinary research, engagement, and education to advance peacebuilding and conflict prevention in the Indo-Pacific region.

Sustainable peace is one of the essential conditions for global security and wellbeing. One way that peace is pursued is through the prevention and transformation of violent conflicts, and the conditions that give rise to these conflicts. Another is through supporting the attitudes, institutions and structures that can sustain peaceful societies.

With deep regional expertise and capabilities which bridge research and practice, the Initiative for Peacebuilding contributes to peacebuilding and conflict prevention by:

  • researching peacebuilding in innovative and regionally grounded programs
  • engaging with peacebuilding practice and policy from the standpoint of a university-based initiative
  • educating the current and next generation of peacebuilding practitioners and researchers

Initiative for Peacebuilding Launch

The Initiative for Peacebuilding was launched on 21 April 2021 with messages from the Vice Chancellor and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Secretary, along with Professor John Langmore and Dr Tania Miletic. The launch was part of the Future of Peace Leadership symposium, co-hosted with Rotary.

The Initiative for Peacebuilding deepens understanding about complex conflict issues, while building relationships with local actors in Asian and Pacific countries who are leading peacebuilding efforts in the region. Through substantially enhancing availability of expert scholarship and experienced peacebuilding practitioners, the Initiative offers rigorous research into the causes of conflict, capacity to strengthen dialogue among a range of stakeholders, and imaginative thinking about means for preventing violent conflict and building peace.

Banner image: Bougainville, Credit: Sari Sutton