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On the United Nations-declared International Day of Peace, September 21, USIP highlighted an essential process for any country to heal from a violent conflict: reconciliation.

USIP convened this reconciliation discussion as part of a daylong celebration of the international day of peace. If you took some action for peace, share it with us at #PeaceDayChallenge.

Read the event coverage, Reconciliation as the Road to Durable Peace.

Nancy Lindborg, Elizabeth A. Cole, Virginia M. Bouvier, Sarhang Hamasaeed, Susan Hayward

For a society that has lived through war or other violent conflicts, a reconciliation process is fundamental to finding a way to live in lasting peace. Reconciliation allows grievances to be heard and addressed, and the social contract to be renewed.

A forum led by USIP President Lindborg explored how collaborative reconciliation processes can ensure a more inclusive peace for the community and for individuals. USIP practitioners discussed their recent reconciliation work, which combines the Institute’s research and thought leadership with work alongside its partners in conflict zones.

USIP Panelists

Nancy Lindborg

Elizabeth A. Cole
Senior Program Officer, Center for Applied Research on Conflict

Virginia M. Bouvier
Senior Advisor for Latin America Programs

Sarhang Hamasaeed
Senior Program Officer, Center for Middle East and Africa

Susan Hayward
Director, Religion and Peacebuilding, Center for Governance, Law and Society

Live discussboard: How to participate

1) Create a Disqus account using your name and email address, or sign in using your Facebook, Twitter, or Google account. Please use your full name so we know who is making a comment or asking a question.

Type your questions and comments into the chat box that appears below the live webcast at any time during the event. A USIP staff member will be receiving and collating all questions and comments and will read them out during the question-and-answer section of the event.

We will address as many questions and take as many comments as possible, time permitting.

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