“Systems Thinking and Peacebuilding: A New Frontier?”
Director of the Institute of World Affairs,
Center for International Education
at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
When: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time: 12 – 1:15 p.m.
Where: Wasserstein Hall, Room 2009, Harvard Law School Campus
Please bring your lunch. Drinks and desserts provided.
Policymakers, practitioners, and academics have seized on the need for peacebuilding programs to be as complex and adaptive as the societies within which they work. As a result, there are loud calls for “whole of government” or “whole of community” approaches that cross traditional sectoral boundaries. The problem is that these approaches are very difficult to implement. In this talk, Rob Ricigliano will present an overview of his new book, Making Peace Last (April 2012), which articulates the theory and practice of systemic peacebuilding; a holistic approach to dealing with complex adaptive social systems. In the last two years, the author has worked with USAID, the US Department of State, and the US Department of Defense to integrate systems thinking tools into their assessment and planning frameworks.
About the Presenter:
Robert Ricigliano is the Director of the Institute of World Affairs, Center for International Education at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he teaches International Mediation and Peacebuilding through the Department of Communication, and he is the Coordinator of the Certificate in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. He is also a former Executive Director of the Conflict Management Group and served as an Associate Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School.
Mr. Ricigliano has worked to incorporate systems thinking tools into peacebuilding, including projects with the US Agency for International Development and the Department of Defense. He has worked with officials all over the world to help resolve conflict. He has worked with political parties in the new Iraqi Parliament and has been involved in peacebuilding interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Russia, Georgia, Colombia, South Africa, and elsewhere.