WISCOMP held its Seventh Annual Conflict Transformation Workshop in May 2009. Titled Seeking Peace in Changing Worlds: Conflict Transformation and the New Geopolitics of Power, the Workshop brought together 45 youth leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and India for a dialogue and training in Conflict Transformation. It sought to address the issue of otherization by exploring peacebuilding approaches that could reverse this trend that has assumed dangerous proportions in South Asia. It also addressed the issues of territoriality and identity in the context of growing violence and terror, both of state and non-state actors.
The 2009 Workshop broadened the canvas of the bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan and invited insights from participants from Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. In the process of exploring a collective regional identity, it examined what civil society initiatives such as this can do to:
Seeking to explore new possibilities that the lens of Conflict Transformation might open up, the Workshop included the following sessions: