Beyond Doha and Geneva. Peacemaking engagement of Afghans and Syrians in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany

TitelBeyond Doha and Geneva. Peacemaking engagement of Afghans and Syrians in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany
Typ der PublikationReport
Publikationsjahr2019
AutorInnenMeininghaus, E, Mielke, K
InstitutionBonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
Kurztext

BICC Working Paper “Beyond Doha and Geneva—Peacemaking engagement of Afghans and Syrians in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany” highlights how history writing and research have sidelined organically emerging initiatives for peace from within societies facing war — including among those living abroad. In contrast, empirical evidence in this Paper demonstrates that bottom-up engagement of exiles has entailed activities from the grassroots to the highest level. At times, this engagement is comparable to official Track 1 talks that comprise representatives of the major armed factions of a conflict.  In conclusion, Esther Meininghaus and Katja Mielke argue that such Afghan- and Syrian-led initiatives should  receive significantly more scholarly attention in writing the history of war and peace, with a much stronger emphasis on the perspective of those who are concerned the most.

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