The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, and Democratization

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. The purpose of this conference was to gain 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.
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Rumi Forum.


Welcome and Opening Remarks | Emre Celik, Katherine Marshall

Civil Society, Democratization, and Conflict Resolution | Joshua Foust, Jonathan Landay, Marina Ottaway, Angel Rabasa

Civil Society, Peacebuilding, and Education | Stanley Kober, Katherine Marshall, Mohamed Nimer, Bilal Wahab

Case Studies: The Importance of Civil Society | Catherine Cosman, Mehmet Kalyoncu

Closing Remarks | Jennifer Windsor

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