"The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, and Democratization" Conference Proceedings
June 1, 2012
Civil society is an essential part of the proper functioning of the state, helping to initiate, promote, and strengthen comprehensive and objective dialogue between governments and their people. In this way, civil society fosters conflict resolution, advances human rights, and promotes better democratization processes. Because of its flexible, multidimensional, and non-rigid structure, civil society has the capability to adapt to rapid global changes. These proceedings detail discussions from a May 26, 2011 conference, sponsored by the Berkley Center and the Rumi Forum, designed to engender a better understanding of the role of civil society in the functioning of the state, as well as the advancement of democracy and universal human rights.