IPRA 2016



26th IPRA International General Conference on




November 27th -1st December, 2016   

Conference Theme:  AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT:  Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate


Peace, Security and Development Commission


Whilst classical approaches linked development with peace, security has become central to understanding of both wartime and peacetime. The Peace, Security and Development Commission of IPRA (“PSD Commission”) uniquely reflects on how to deal with the convergence of war and peace in the context of global economic and geo-political development. The PSD Commission’s scope is to explore and harness multi-/inter-disciplinary socio-economic and political research and advocacy work on the three elements from the academe and practitioners across the globe with an overall objective of merging theory and practice. The Commission’s principal focus is set to generate concrete, sustainable and significant practical conflict management and transformation policies/tools hence ascertaining benchmarks for realistic interventions in conflict and post-conflict situations. The sessions of this Commission are thus to be arranged as dialogues around contending approaches, to better understand how the inter-locking fields of violent conflict, peace, security and development can be researched, understood and effectively managed. The PSD Commission is modelled towards identifying successful and practical bottoms-up approaches and case studies in resolving and transforming conflicts with the long-term goal of peace sustainability. The execution of these measures and objectives is expected to be undertaken through regional and international collaborations with other academic institutions, research centres and an extensive field of peace, security and development practitioners worldwide.

Peace, Security and Development Commission Call for papers

Peace, Security and Development generically embrace creating stable and enabling environments for the constructive and non-violent resolution of conflicts. As a paradigm, an adequate conceptualisation on the tenets of peace, security and development would provide a multidimensional understanding of the same from the previous shortcomings of defence and state-centred approaches of the three components.

It would encompass capacity building for researchers, civil societies and governments (transitional and legitimate) on cross-network collaboration and thinking in disciplines capturing democracy and governance issues in relation to human, food and social security; religious compatibility; reconciliation and justice; political inclusiveness inter alia. Complementarity of norms on the Bill of Rights through respect and observation of international human rights/ humanitarian law shall be underscored and discussions on mediation processes, implementation and challenges of executing peace agreements held. Models on conflict prevention and resolutions through environmental protection and investments; government policies, reforms and equity are expected to be deliberated. Cross-border influences/spill-overs during civil strife shall equally be discussed, assessed and analysed and the effect of these on ordinary civilians/population highlighted. Deposited unilateral declarations involving intra/inter-territorial conflicts are some of the mechanisms expected to be discussed.

In addition, the symbiotic relationship between Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and narcotic drugs trade is expected to be tackled at the PSD Commission with practical comparisons and analysis moderated of the 19th century opium wars in Asia, coca-fed in Latin America and khat/heroin trade relations in Africa. The findings are expected to juxtapose the effectiveness or not of mechanism within the international system in addressing these problems.

To this end, the Commission aims to:

  •  Create an enabling environment for progressive ideas in the peace, security and development sector that are grounded in contemporary realities;
  • Discuss papers and complexities of insecurity with experts, practitioners and academia;
  • Provide a forum and space for interaction with role models;
  •  Complement government efforts in boosting national security by providing theoretical and practical solutions to conflict management;
  •  Build capacity for linkages in peace, security and development efforts;
  •  Create a channel for cross-continental networking on effective rapid response interventions on insecurity and conflict transformation;
  •  Expand the knowledge base to develop transformational ideas for sustainable peace;
  • Create opportunities to transfer knowledge to achieve multiplier effects for transitional and post-conflict communities;
  • Connect with processes nationally, regionally and globally, especially in the field of peace, security and development; and
  •  Build lasting networks and interactions among experts in these fields that will maintain a result-oriented vision of peace.


Three types of submissions will be considered: abstracts, individual papers, and panel discussions. Where appropriate, submissions should be written according to a scholarly style manual. The same submission should not be submitted to more than one Commission. Any double submission will be automatically removed from the system. In order to accommodate audio-visual needs, please indicate specific equipment needs during the submission process. Please make the request only if necessary. Student papers should be clearly identified in the header. All submissions should be completed by uploading your completed form into the central submission database on the IPRA 2016 Conference web site. Abstracts or panel proposals should be included in the Application Form but completed papers should be sent as attachments at least two months before the conference. To ensure blind review, ALL NAMES MUST BE REMOVED from the abstracts or panel proposals before they are uploaded in the application form. Any abstract or panel proposal with names or affiliations of the author(s) will be removed from the review process.

For specific details regarding types of submissions see below:


Abstract should include a title and should be between 300 and 500 words addressing the purpose of the research, the goals, methods, and the type of data


Proposals for panel discussions should include the title of the submission, description of the panel and how it will be conducted, presenters’ names and institutional affiliations, and a 1-2 page panel rationale which explains the justification for the panel. Please also include abstracts from the individual contributors to the panel. Preference will be given to proposals featuring participants from different institutions.


Completed paper submissions due two months before the conference should include a title and a 100-150 word abstract.

For more information about IPRA, the 2016 conference, or to submit an application form, abstract or proposal, go to www.ipra2016.org or http://iprapeace.org/





  • Senthan Selvarajah -- (Northumbria University, UK)
  • Di Luo --(Northumbria University, UK)
  • Brima Bah, University of Sierra Leone, SL 



  • Ibrahim Seaga Shaw—Northumbria University, UK
  • Senthan Selvarajah—Northumbria University, UK