1999 Seminars, conferences and other events
13 April 1999
The peace process in Northern Ireland
To an audience at CPACS poster gallery visiting academic Dr David Bloomfield argued that the peace process was a slow one. Eked out "inch by grudging inch", factions in Northern Ireland had to be persuaded to move from a willingness to die for their cause, to an acceptance to live with what they’ve got. In spite of this, Bloomfield confirmed that much progress has been made towards peace starting with the Brooke Initiative in 1989. For a more detailed account see the University of Sydney News, 29 Apr 1999:5.
Friday 11 June 1999
Teach-in on Kosovo: Towards Peaceful Solutions
In the tradition of the Vietnam war debates, teach-ins provide opportunities for everyone to participate, to inform and be informed.
Co-sponsored by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
And the Student Representative Council
Presentations foreshadowed from representatives from the Serbian and Albanian communities, CARE Australia, Austcare, the Australian Red Cross and Amnesty International. Presentations are limited to 5 minutes to debate short-term humanitarian responses to the Kosovo crisis and long-term peace solutions.
Come and exercise your rights as an international citizen.
What do you know?
What do you understand?
What do you propose?
Carslaw Lecture Theatre Room 159
University of Sydney
Telephone: +61 2 93517686 Fax: +61 2 96600862 or
Programme of Speakers
Session 1 (11:00am-12:15pm)
Background to the Balkans
Dr Zdenko Zlatar, Dept of History "The Serbian Myth of Kosovo: Origins, Evolution and Significance"
Dr Joseph Halevi, Dept of Economics "The Role of Europe in the Crisis of Yugoslavia"
Dr Peter Radan, Serbian Studies Foundation "The Secession of Kosovo"
Ms Anastasia Polatis, President Sydney University Union
Session 2 (12:15pm-1:15pm)
The Humanitarian Crisis
Ms Patricia Garcia, Austcare "Is there an Immediate Solution to Kosovo?"
Mr Michael Emery, CARE Australia "Reflections on the Refugee Crisis in Macedonia"
Ms Helen Style, Australian Red Cross "The role of the Red Cross under the Geneva Convention"
Ms Rose McDonald, World Vision Australia "Humanitarian Aid in Times of War"
The Hon Justice Marcus Einfeld AO QC
Session 3 (1:30-2:30pm)
Building Long-term Peace
Mr Simon Emsley, Australians for Peace in Yugoslavia "The Crisis of Yugoslavia:
Implications for Australian Workers"
Prof Stuart Rees, Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies "A Peace Plan for Kosovo"
Dr Lazar Stankov, Dept of Psychology "Ethnocentrism as a source of Conflict in the Balkans"
Mr Luke Whittington, President of SRC "Paralysis through Ignorance: What does an Activist do?
Mr Tim Haydon, Amnesty International NSW Branch "The Heart of the Matter: Human Rights the Peace Process"
Conflict Resolution in North and South Korea
On 21 September, Scott Snyder from the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC presented a CPACS seminar co-hosted with the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Snyder argued that crises form the catalysts for reconciliation. For example, recent concessions by the US Government to ease sanctions against North Korea, in exchange for missile control, occurred largely because both sides were looking for solutions to overcome crises. For the Koreans the crisis was chronic food shortages; for the Americans it was the threat of missile attacks.
Indonesia – Towards a Culture of Peace
On 22 September, Robert Howell, a specialist in peace and conflict resolution, presented a seminar based on his recent trip to Indonesia. As clerk of the ANZ Quaker Peace and Service Indonesia Committee, he recently attended an International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development in Bali. Topics included: the adoption in Indonesia of international statutes to assist the protection of human rights, the roles of the Indonesian military and police, the issue of systemic corruption, the problem of regional conflicts, and the potential for a South Africa-style truth and reconciliation process.
After the conference, Howell met Herb Feith at the Centre for Security and Peace Studies at Gadjah University, Yogyakarta, and learnt of the Centre’s work with the Indonesian Police Service and their mediation, conflict resolution and problem solving techniques. Howell’s central message was that the Indonesian Police are aware of the political change in Indonesia, and are willing to move towards a more civilian, less military style of training, operations and culture. This requires the assistance from all around the world, and provides the opportunity for those working for peace and reconciliation to contribute time, money and skills to interactive projects and research.