Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values

in cooperation with Sakarya University


August 10-14 2014


During the Cold War, ideological confrontations and inter-state conflicts were seen as most dangerous threats against peace and security, and with the end of the Cold War,  it was   expected that all these threats would  disappear. Unfortunately, however, the end of the Cold War witnessed the emergence of new conflict patterns and the world faced new global challenges, new security threats. Since the end of the Cold War, the world has been going through a series of interrelated intra-state conflicts rather than inter-state conflicts. New generation threats for peace and security and conflicts appeared immediately as intra-state conflicts with ethnic conflict in the Balkans, political turmoil in Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and recently with the emergence of protests and search for better democracy and peace as in Northern Africa countries.

According to the 1994 UNDP human development report, the seven dimensions of human security are economic security,  food security,  health security,  environmental security,  personal security, community security and political security. However, with the emergence of new security threats and new generation conflict patterns across the globe, human rights, human security, humanitarian intervention, democracy, prosperity and peace building initiative have become new values and policies both for states and international organizations. All these are post-Cold War concepts that are  inter- related and overlapping, and when they are undermined, sustainable peace cannot be established.

As we observed from the beginning of history that conflict potential and conflicts are inevitable and will be available forever, only the conflict patterns can change. If so, we need to learn to which extent intra-state conflicts can be managed properly and to which extent conflict escalation across national frontiers, and also their escalation into violence, can be prevented.  However, there are mistakes as well as success stories as regards to how states and International/regional  organizations manage and / or prevent  inter-state and intra-state issues / conflicts.

It is in the context of further contributing to the scholarly debates involving post Cold War political ideology, geopolitics, international and regional cooperation in efforts to resolve or prevent the growing intra-state and cross-border conflicts that IPRA has decided to be the focus of the 25th IPRA General Conference  to  be organized on the Occasion of the 50th   Anniversary of IPRA and hosted by the Sakarya University in Istanbul, TURKEY, between August 10-14 2014. On the 50 th  Anniversary of IPRA, the venue of 25th IPRA General Conference  is significant and timely since Turkey is in the middle of three continents and also currently surrounded by conflict zones in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine etc . Also, Istanbul is a link between Europe and Asia.

We welcome  paper, poster  and panel proposals from all peace researchers related to the  following IPRA Commissions.  Interested participants have the option of suggesting new panels or sessions.



1. Art and Peace Commission

2. Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Commission

3. Development and Peace Commission

4. Eastern Europe Commission

5. Ecology and Peace Commission (EPC)

6. Forced Migration Commission

7. Gender and Peace Commission

8. Global Political Economy Commission

9. Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Commission

10. Internal Conflicts Commission

11. International Human Rights Commission

12. Nonviolence Commission

13. Peace Culture and Communications Commission

14. Peace Education Commission

15. Peace History Commission

16. Peace Journalism Commission

17. Peace Movements Commission

18. Peace Negotiations and Mediation Commission

19. Peace Theories Commission

20. Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission

21. Religion and Peace Commission

22. Security and Disarmament Commission

23. Sport and Peace Commission

24. Youth and Peace Commission

25. Peace Tourism Commission



Conference Coordinators:

Dr. Nesrin Kenar, co- Secretary General – IPRA

Sakarya University,  Turkey



Dr. Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, co- Secretary General – IPRA

Northumbria University, UK


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