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Austria


Peace-Keeping and Peace-Building

The Österreichisches Studienzentrum für Frieden und Konfliktlösung (ÖSFK: Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution--ASPR), in collaboration with the European Peace University (EPU), is offering an international training session in `International Civilian Peace-Keeping and Peace-Building' in the academic year 1996-7. The course is open to graduates from all over the world, and the lecturers and trainers involved are also drawn from amongst internationally renowned peace researchers and peace workers.

Against the background of the end of the Cold War and the new demands that are consequently being made on the mechanisms of conflict resolution provided by the United Nations, the OSCE, the EU, and various non-governmental organizations, the programme aims to meet the growing need for civilian experts by providing a sound training in mediation, the protection and promotion of human rights, and post-conflict reconstruction.

Given this approach, the course focuses on theoretical and practical preparation in the following areas: (1) foundation course in the principal civilian strategies and practices of conflict transformation, the basic requirements for peace-builders, and an introduction to the major functions of peace-builders; (2) specialized courses in the dissemination of information, post-conflict reconstruction, rehabilitation, and repatriation, mediation and confidence-building amongst the conflict parties, and the protection and promotion of human rights.

_he programme has been supported by the Austrian government since 1992. It runs for four weeks, and the next session is scheduled to begin in October/November 1996.

Contact: Österreichisches Studienzentrum für Frieden und Konfliktlösung, A-7461 Stadtschlaining, Burg, Austria, Tel.: +43 (3355) 2498, Fax: +43 (3355) 2662, e-mail: ipt@aspr.ac.at.

Theory and Practice of Civilian Conflict Resolution

The eleventh `peace report' in the series `Dialog--Beiträge zur Friedensforschung' (vol. 30, nos. 1-2/1996), published by the Österreichisches Studienzentrum für Frieden and Konfliktlösung (ÖSFK: Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution--ASPR) and the Schweizerische Friedensstiftung (SFS: Swiss Peace Foundation) in collaboration with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedens- und Konfliktforschung e.V. (AFK: German Association for Peace and Conflict Research) has been published for the first time as a Yearbook for Conflict Resolution. The book summarizes the findings of the 1995 international `State of Peace Conference' in the form of numerous articles by various authors. It seeks to tackle the new problems faced in assessing the international situation by outlining and analysing a number of very different approaches to the regulation of conflict. The areas broached therefore include civilian conflict regulation, crisis prevention, and post-war stabilization. The book is divided into five broad areas: (1) description and analysis of major events; (2) regional conflict-regulation practice; (3) theories and schemes of conflict regulation; (4) special focus; (5) documentation.

Contacts: Schweizerische Friedensstiftung, Wasserwerkgasse 7, Postfach 43, CH-3000 Bern 13, Switzerland, Tel.: +41 (31) 3115582, Fax: +41 (31) 3115583.

Österreichisches Studienzentrum für Frieden und Konfliktlösung, A-7461 Stadtschlaining, Burg, Austria, Tel.: +43 (3355) 2498, Fax: +43 (3355) 2662, e-mail: ipt@aspr.ac.at.

Peace through Civilization?

Frieden durch Zivilisierung? (Peace through Civilization?) is the name of a recent publication in the series `Studien für europäische Friedenspolitik', produced by the Österreichisches Studienzentrum für Frieden and Konfliktlösung (ÖSFK: Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution--ASPR). [The German notion of Zivlisierung or `civilization' here refers, not to the usual cultural entity, but to the process of civilization through international agreements, organizations, law, etc. which it is hoped will ultimately lead to a more peaceful world--Tr.] The book--by Gerald Mader, Wolf-Dieter Eberwein, and Wolfgang R. Vogt (co-ordinator)--seeks to provide a detailed analysis of the concept of peace, and to work out the basic elements of a theory of `civilized' peace. These elements are examined to see how suitable they might be as a basis for a modern strategy of peace. The book is divided into four parts, each of which contain contributions by well-known peace researchers: (1) European peace policy since 1989: changes--problems--prospects; (2) the theory of `civilized' peace policy: aspects--approaches--objections; (3) basic issues relating to `civilized' peace: premises--areas of contention--trends; (4) European peace policy: paths--paradigms--perspectives.

Contact: Österreichisches Studienzentrum für Frieden and Konfliktlösung, A-7461 Stadtschlaining, Burg, Austria, Tel.: +43 (3355) 2498, Fax: +43 (3355) 2662, e-mail: ipt@aspr.ac.at.


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