CJP Lunch Forum with Lisa Schirch

Where Northlawn, West Dining Room

Duration 1 hour

What is a Mennonite Peacebuilder doing with the US military?

Lisa Schirch will share about the work she is doing with other NGOs and universities around the world working on the relationship between civil society and military forces.

New US military strategies are having negative effects on civil society peacebuilding efforts. Counterterrorism measures often prevent civil society from engaging with armed groups. Counterinsurgency approaches use civilian engagement programs like building schools and health centers to gather intelligence. Civil society development programs are increasingly used as “force multipliers” for short-term military and political goals.

Lisa will describe the new 3 year project she is working on to develop a training curriculum for security forces on how to interact with civilians, including international laws such as the Geneva Convention, concepts related to conflict assessment (which challenge existing enemy-centric analysis) and skills related to human security and peacebuilding.

In July 2012, Lisa’s program 3P Human Security: Partners for Peacebuilding Policy moved from Eastern Mennonite University to the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Lisa remains a Research Professor at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and she retains an office on campus.

Intended Audience General Public

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