Project Overview

  • Leading scholars will write original papers the potential future role of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, looking ahead five to ten years and identifying “stretch targets.” How might this organization better contribute to the goal of sustainable peacebuilding?



  • Kwesi Aning, Head, Conflict Prevention Management and Resolution Department, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana
  • Thomas Biersteker, Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford
  • Cedric de Coning, Research Fellow, African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
  • Monica Juma, Executive Director, Multilateral and African Renaissance Initiative, Africa Policy Institute, Pretoria
  • Robert Jenkins, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College, and Fellow, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Carolyn McAskie, Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, and former Assistant Secretary General for Peacebuilding, United Nations
  • Erin McCandless, New School Graduate Programme of International Affairs, New York
  • Richard Ponzio, Senior Strategy and Policy Officer, Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, US Department of State
  • Angelika Rettberg, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Research Program on Peacebuilding, University of the Andes, Bogota, Columbia
  • Jenna Slotin, International Peace Institute, New York
  • Eli Stamnes, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
  • Necla Tschirgi, Senior Policy Advisor, Peacebuilding Support Office, United Nations

Timeline (to be confirmed)

  • Mid-August 2009: Paper drafts due
  • September 2009: Workshop (Ottawa)
  • December 2009: Revised papers due
  • January 2010: Conference (New York)


Institutional Partner

  • Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

Funding Partners

  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre (NOREF)
  • CIPS
  • Global Peace and Security Fund, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada