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.
Banner image: Bougainville, Credit: Sari Sutton