Trauma Resilience as a Keystone to Building the Rule of Law in Conflict-Affected Societies
United States Institute of Peace and the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council
Friday, May 18, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
Note: All guests are required to enter via 23rd Street entrance for building access. Please arrive 30 minutes in advance.
Trauma—brought about as a result of conflict or from living under an oppressive regime—affects a significant portion of the population in states in transition. Yet, the stress and trauma on individuals, their communities and practitioners, and its potentially negative impacts, are often ignored or misunderstood. Prolonged conflict may result in a vicious cycle where violence becomes the perceived norm and creates a society where crimes and violence are more likely to happen.
After conflict, a high priority for post-conflict countries is to reform the existing justice and security system. However, it is critical that those promoting the rule of law in conflict-affected countries strive to understand the impact of trauma on their work and proceed in a trauma-sensitive manner. The United States Institute of Peace believe that it is only by empowering post-conflict communities and practitioners in the field with the knowledge to diffuse the legacy of trauma will we be able to break the cycle of violence and build a better path to justice and security.
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) invites you to a public event on "Trauma Resilience as a Keystone to Building the Rule of Law in Conflict-Affected Societies." The first panel will examine the phenomenon of trauma from the panelists' experiences in post-conflict zones and the ways in which it affects initiatives to promote justice, security, and the rule of law. The panelists will also share how their experiences became an impetus for the development of new and innovative approaches to building trauma resilience—the finding of pre-existing points of local resilience and building on those to ensure culturally and contextually appropriate responses to trauma.
During the course of USIP's recent work in Libya, both high-level Libyan officials and the community identified trauma as a major issue affecting and hindering the establishment of rule of law. The second panel will focus on Libya as a case study for trauma issues and will examine the phenomenom among the general population as well as those who actively participated in the recent revolution. It will also look at the direct impact of trauma on current and future efforts to build justice, security, and the rule of law and what is needed to build trauma resilience in the Libyan context.
If you have any questions about this event please contact Audrey Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn more about USIP's programs in Libya.
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