In an era marked by global conflict Regent’s University London, in partnership with the Tutu Foundation UK, has invited an exceptional panel of experts to lead debate at its annual ‘International Peace Summit: The Aftermath of Conflict,’ on Saturday 1 April 2017.
The full-day programme, which is free for Regent’s students and staff, will cover topics including post-conflict justice, young voices, African reconstruction, practical efforts in reconciliation, and personal stories and analysis of conflict from around the world.
Key speakers will include:
- Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew, a non-affiliated member of the House of Lords and one of Britain's top legal experts
- Lord Paul Boateng, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and British High Commissioner to South Africa
- Sir Hugh Orde, retired President of the Association of Chief Police Officers and past Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
- Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Secretary of State for Scotland, and British Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary
- Muzoon Alemellehan, Syrian student and Young Arab Education Activist of the Year 2016
Regent’s mediation course leader Paul Randolph, comments:
“The thirst for revenge is primeval, and mankind has proved entirely inept at managing conflict and peace.
“Those who suffer injustice demand the perpetrator suffers equally, yet for those defeated in conflict humiliation has the most hurtful consequences. The need to give your foe some dignity in defeat is vital.
“This Summit will provide insights into how we might manage peace to avoid future conflicts and help create more peaceful communities. Regent’s University London is proud to work with the Tutu Foundation UK to promote inclusion, equal opportunity and justice.”
Clive Conway, Chairman of the Tutu Foundation UK, adds:
“The Tutu Foundation UK was founded in 2007 and is built on the inspiration, knowledge and wisdom of the Southern African concept of Ubuntu, and on those South African communities who sought reconciliation rather than revenge following the overthrow of Apartheid.
“Ubuntu encourages us to recognise our common humanity, our connectedness and interdependence as fellow human beings. It emphasises what we have in common, rather than our differences. We work hard to prevent and resolve conflict, helping people build peaceful communities.
“The Tutu Foundation UK has been closely involved with Regent’s University London for several years. Many of our mediators have been trained at the University and Vice Chancellor, Professor Aldwyn Cooper, is one of our leading Ambassadors and helps create important connections for our Charity.”