Measuring Peace

Date: October 8, 2021 (3.00pm – 5.00pm)
Format: Conference
Organizer: University of Pavia, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, University of Parma


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In his 2019 book (Measuring Peace, OUP), Richard Caplan underlines the importance of an “ethnographic approach”, or contextual knowledge (i.e. knowledge of local culture, local history, and the understanding of micro-level dynamics) in order to measure the quality of peace in post-conflict societies and evaluate the vulnerability of that peace to conflict relapse. This approach may be particularly fruitful for peacebuilding actors (like international organizations, donor agencies, and NGOs) to strengthen their capacity and monitor progress towards achieving a consolidated peace. More particularly, early warning mechanisms (OSCE), concrete and meaningful benchmarking (UN), and good peace indicators (emerging threats, patterns of violence, perception of security among the population) may contribute to a better strategic assessment of peace and increase the likelihood of its duration. After a Keynote speech by Professor Caplan, the Conference will feature a roundtable involving 4 young IR Scholars who will try to measure the level of peace in some relevant regions of the world (Sahel, East Asia, the Middle East and Caucasus).

• Marco Clementi, University of Pavia
• Matteo Legrenzi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Keynote Speech:
• Richard Caplan, University of Oxford


• Marco Pinfari, American University of Cairo

• Irene Costantini, University of Naples “L’Orientale”
• Laura Berlingozzi, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa
• Riccardo Nanni, University of Bologna
• Alessandra Russo, University of Trento

Concluding Remarks:
• Emanuele Castelli, University of Parma

Organizing Committee

Marco Clementi, Matteo Legrenzi, Emanuele Castelli

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