The Sixth Annual Conflict Transformation Workshop, titled Coexistence and Trust-building: Transforming Relationships, was held from December 16th to 20th, 2007 in New Delhi. Opening with an introduction to the field of peacebuilding with a special emphasis on the framework of conflict transformation, the five-day Workshop addressed several themes including: Education for a Culture of Peace, Public Diplomacy in Conflict Resolution Processes, Coexistence in Practice, Role of the Media in Conflict Generation and Conflict Transformation.
The relationship between Trust-building and Conflict Transformation was a central theme of the 2007 Workshop. WISCOMP invited Prof. Nicholas Wheeler, an international scholar in the new and dynamic field of Trust-building, to conduct a daylong Workshop on this subject. Prof. Wheeler used multiple formats including lecture, group discussion, role-plays (with Indian participants role-playing Pakistani policymakers and Pakistani participants doing the same for India) and reflection exercises to explore joint initiatives that might promote trust and cooperation and stimulate a future for sustainable peace between the two countries.
The workshop included a closed-door interaction with Mr. T.C.A. Raghavan, Joint Secretary (PAI), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The dialogue was organized keeping in mind the important need for multi-track engagement and interaction with policymakers and diplomats.
As part of its efforts to build strategic partnerships between the various tracks engaged in peacebuilding, WISCOMP collaborated with The United Service Institution of India (USI), New Delhi, this year to organize an interaction with members of the armed forces on the subject of military confidence building measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan. Titled Military CBMs and Inter-Action on UN Peacekeeping Missions between India and Pakistan, the WISCOMP panel discussion at USI explored perspectives from the armed forces in the context of Conflict Transformation between India and Pakistan. In addition, the discussion looked at spaces for transformation that United Nations Peacekeeping missions have afforded to Indian and Pakistani officers. In light of the fact that Pakistani and Indian army officers have had extensive interactions and collaboration on these missions, the session explored UN peacekeeping as a “connector” between the two countries.