Stabilization - For Whom and to What Ends?
Stabilization has regained currency as a policy paradigm in international security, foreign and development policy. So-called stabilization efforts are directed particularly at regions that witness violent conflict or that are perceived to be at risk thereof. Under its umbrella, we find measures as diverse as direct military interventions, train and equip programmes for security forces, as well as development and humanitarian aid programmes.
This conference brings together practitioners and academics working on issues related to stabilization in contexts of violent conflict to critically examine the concept(s) of stabilization and to reflect on risks and benefits of stabilization measures in practice. Among other things, we will discuss our understanding of stabilization, how it works in practice and whether the growing significance of stabilization implies abandoning support for democracy and human rights.