Re-building Structures: State, Nation, Society

2 March 2010, 13:00 - 17:00

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

An event organised by The Cambridge Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis Group

‘In the Wake of War’ - Workshop 2

Re-building Structures: State, Nation, Society

Re-building Structures is the second of the In the Wake of War series of workshops, hosted by the Cambridge PCPC Group. This workshop will explore the frameworks, discourses and practices that have emerged in rebuilding in the wake of war.

There is a coexistence of terms: nation-building, state-building, capacity building, peace-building, stabilization, and counter-insurgency. Yet, society seems to fall out of the picture. What is the meaning and reality of these terms in post-conflict situations? How can international intervention build societies abroad? What is the relationship between a coherent sense of nationhood and the organisation of state structures? What are the interrelations between hard and soft issues i.e. economic and political issues versus gender and cultural issues?

Following the workshop, a short briefing paper will be drafted, outlining the discussions to include: the essential frames of reference, the key issues and questions, the lessons learned, and any recommendations put forward.

Structure of the workshop:
  • Speakers will be asked to speak for 20 minutes illustrating their arguments with reference to specific case studies.
  • All participants will be invited to submit suggestions for ‘key issues’ or ‘key questions’ which they feel to be relevant to the topic.
  • The respondent will use both the presentations and the participants’ suggestions to highlight key cross-cutting issues at stake on which the discussion should be focused.



This event is free and open to all. Please email Dacia Viejo Rose to register.


Tuesday 2 March  

13:00 Welcome and Introduction
PCPC Workshop Coordinators
13:30 Key issues

Eleanor O'Gorman (University of Cambridge)


Security Perspectives

Andy Bearpark (Director, Post Conflict People)


TRCs and Justice

Antje du Bois-Pedain (University of Cambridge)



15:00 Coffee



15:30 Social Perspectives

Elizabeth Mills (University of Sussex)

Economic Perspectives

Diana Klein (Senior Programme Officer, International Alert)

16:30 Discussion

Facilitated by Sharath Srinivasan (Director, Centre of Governance and Human Rights, Cambridge)
17:00 End

Participants remaining in Cambridge for the evening are welcome to join the core PCPC group for dinner at 19:00.

(Please let the coordinators know if you would like to join us for dinner by 24 February.)