Call for Papers: Peacemaking in West Africa: Historical Methods and Modern Applications

31 July 2009

The WARA/WARC Peace Initiative in West Africa invites paper proposals for a conference
Peacemaking in West Africa: Historical Methods and Modern Applications
December 12 – 15, 2009
Dakar, Senegal

While conflict situations in Africa have received significant scholarly and media attention in recent decades, less attention has been paid to the long tradition of peacemaking that kept its societies in peaceful equilibrium.

This conference seeks to examine successful handling of potential conflicts that have been resolved in their early stages, as well as the range of ancient, historic and contemporary tools for mediation. WARA/WARC invites proposals on traditional and contemporary methods of avoiding and resolving conflicts in the past and the present.

WARA/WARC is seeking paper proposals from African scholars, researchers, policy-makers, and members of civil society on the theme of peace building and conflict resolution in West Africa. Proposals should consist of :
- A one-page abstract of the proposed conference presentation
- A two-page resume or CV

Applications should be submitted via email to

The deadline for receipt of applications is September 1, 2009.
Applications received after that date will not be considered. Notification of acceptance will be made in mid-September, and those selected will be expected to submit a final draft of their presentation by December 1.

-Twenty (20) applications will be accepted from African nationals working in West African institutions, and ten (10) from elsewhere.

-For the 20 candidates selected from West African institutions, the conference will cover all travel, as well as all local costs (transportation, lodging, and meals) for the duration of the conference.

-Other participants will be responsible for their travel, but once in Dakar, the conference will cover all local costs (transportation, lodging and meals) for the duration of the conference.

-All conference participants are expected to become members of WARA (dues to be paid on site).

-Observers will be required to pay a registration fee of $125 (or equivalent in CFA) and will be accomodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

-A number of leading African peacemakers are expected to attend and provide their contributions.

Conference academic coordinators:

I. William Zartman
Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations & Conflict Resolution
SAIS, John Hopkins University

Edmond Kwam Kouassi
Maître de conférences
Faculté de droit
Université de Lomé

*Peace Project Coordinator*

For more information, please contact Peace Project Coordinator, Henri-Pierre Koubaka, at

More information can also be found on:

West African Research Association (WARA’s) website:

Peace Initiative in West Africa Conference website:

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