Beyond Disaster Relief: Opportunities for Peacebuilding in Southeast Asia

April 21, 2005
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library at Brandeis University.

We, the first cohort in the Alan B. Slifka Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University, are pleased to invite you to a dynamic international symposium on the relationship between conflict resolution, relief work and long-term rehabilitation. As you know, the recent earthquake off the coast of Indonesia and the resulting tsunami left parts of Southeast Asia and East Africa devastated. The impact of the disaster on the current internal conflicts in Sri Lanka and Indonesia demands our attention.

The symposium, “Beyond Disaster Relief: Opportunities for Peacebuilding in Southeast Asia,” will engage expert scholars and practitioners, governmental and non-governmental figures, and local people from the region in interdisciplinary dialogue on the relationship between disaster relief and peacebuilding. Our goal is to help foster greater awareness among students and the general public on how the tsunami and current reconstruction and development efforts are affecting the protracted conflicts in Aceh/Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

The symposium will also be the catalyst for a new Southeast Asia Scholarship Fund that will enable individuals living and working in this conflict region to receive advanced university training in conflict management and inter-communal coexistence work. We believe that the knowledge and tools they will acquire in the Slifka Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict will help them become leaders and innovators of long-term, sustainable solutions to the violent conflicts in their homelands.

More information on the scholarship fund.