Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship | (EPIIC)

More than 1.5 billion people currently live in countries directly affected by conflict, with millions more feeling the indirect con­sequences. While inter-state and intra-state violence have seen recent declines, violence is still on the rise, compromising peace, security and development. The 2012 EPIIC International Symposium will explore the complexity and challenges of international, national, and local conflict in this century.

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Some of the questions we will address include:

What are, and will be, the primary causes of con­flict in the 21st century?

What governance issues do states and the inter­national community need to take into consider­ation in redressing conflict situations, including the persistence of secular nationalism, commu­nalism and national self-determination? Are there effective strategies to construct pluralistic societies? What is the role of religious faith in both mollifying and exacerbating conflict? 
In what ways will the global war on terrorism need to be reconsidered as the war in Afghani­stan enters its tenth year and the war in Iraq en­ters its eighth year?

How can states and the international community address violence and lawlessness associated with local disputes, political repression and organized crime in fragile and failed states?

What impact do the internet and other social me­dia have in mediating the balance between pow­er and powerlessness?

How can states redress ongoing resources con­flicts, from the DR Congo to Nigeria to Iraq?

What are the environmental stresses that can lead to or exacerbate conflict, from food insecurity to the impact of climate change to migration to the depletion of resources?

What is the relationship between plutocracy, poverty, inequality and conflict? Between public health and conflict?

We will examine persistent, seemingly intractable confrontations from Israel and Palestine to Kashmir to the Korean peninsula, looking for avenues to durable solutions. We will consider the ways in which state failure and internal conflict present interna­tional security threats, analyzing the potential role of external actors in preventing and resolving such crises. The colloquium will also explore the effectiveness of current post-conflict resolution and reconstruction strategies and study ways to mitigate and prevent conflict. What are the avenues for building, and rebuilding, civil society?

Current events in Libya and the Cote d’Ivoire have focused attention on the international community’s commitment to the “Responsibility To Protect” and the roles of military and humanitarian intervention. When and how should states intervene?

The course will also explore the future forms of conflict and the changing battlefield, from contending with non-state actors to cyber warfare, from armed humanitarians to robotic warfare. How will future wars be fought and resolved?

EPIIC 2011-12: Conflict in the 21st Century

Reactions to Epiic

I appreciated the smart and thoughtful discussions at our panel at the EPIIC Forum on "Ethnicity, Religion and Nationalism"...The questions raised are obviously hugely important and it was marvelous to be able to listen to such a high quality discussion.

K. Anthony Appiah

Professor Afro-American Studies and Philosophy

The conference was of great value to me, especially through new contacts I made...The spirit of the meeting was, I think, an inspiration for many of your students who, in turn, were an inspiration to us.

Mr. Leonard Silk

Former Senior Economic Columnist and Correspondent, The New York Times

It is worth making models of the future, but we have to regard them as prostheses for the imagination. That's one of the theses emphasized here at EPIIC

Mark J. Miller

University of Delaware and Editor, International Migration

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