Beyond War: Causes of Conflict, Prospects for Peace


Image by Maye-e Wong. Project 'Rohingya Under Attack.'

Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 2:00PM to Sunday, June 03, 2018 - 12:00PM
National Press Club
529 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20045
United States

Please join us in Washington, D.C., on June 2 and 3 for "Beyond War: Causes of Conflict, Prospects for Peace," a special conference showcasing Pulitzer Center reporting on conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

We invite journalists, editors, policy-makers, academics, NGOs, and business leaders to join us in a conversation on the vital work of journalists and others covering underreported aspects of conflicts and peace. We’ll be addressing the often-interconnected drivers of conflicts, the levers of peace, and successful models of peacebuilding and diplomacy.

Saturday, June 2

Starting at 2 pm, we'll hold a series of panels with Pulitzer Center journalists, policy-makers, local actors from conflict areas, and other experts.  

Our speakers and panels will address region-specific conflicts from an interdisciplinary lens and through cross-cutting themes, from the role of education and journalism to concepts of justice and reconciliation, to youth and women’s role in peacebuilding.  

Saturday panels:

  • When to Intervene—and How
  • Youth in Peacebuilding–Globally and in the U.S.
  • The Rohingya: A Genocide on Our Watch?
  • Connected: Promoting Peace or Exacerbating Conflicts?
  • Teaching War / Learning Peace: Global Education as a Bridge to Empathy
  • Hearts and Minds: The “Soft” Tools Key to Peacebuilding

On Saturday evening, June 2, we'll hold an invitation-only dinner with special keynote speakers.

Sunday, June 3

In the morning, we'll offer three workshops:

  • A mini HEFAT course with discussion of new challenges and best practices, in collaboration with A Culture of Safety (ACOS)
  • Local youth advocates and journalists on gun violence
  • Conflict and peace journalism

Among the speakers and panelists for the conference:

  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt (founder and chair, Inclusive Security)
  • Ambassador Derek Mitchell (U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) 2012-2016; senior advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace)
  • Ketty Nivyabandi (Burundian peace activist; media associate, Nobel Women’s Initiative)
  • Evan Osnos (staff writer, The New Yorker)
  • Jina Moore (Nairobi bureau chief, The New York Times)
  • Eli Pariser (“The Filter Bubble,” CEO, Upworthy)
  • Terence Samuel (deputy managing editor, NPR)
  • Yochi Dreazen (deputy managing editor and foreign editor, Vox)
  • Nahal Toosi (foreign affairs correspondent, Politico)
  • Abdul Rasheed (Rohingya activist)
  • Paul Stares (director, Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations)
  • Ida Sawyer (Central Africa director, Human Rights Watch)
  • Reza Sayah (foreign correspondent, PBS NewsHour)
  • Sarah Holewinski (senior fellow, Center for New American Security)

A complete schedule and list of speakers will be available in the coming weeks.

The Pulitzer Center, in collaboration with A Culture of Safety Alliance (ACOS), is pleased to announce that we will cover the costs of an industry-approved Hostile Environment/First Aid Training (HEFAT) course to freelance journalists following the conference. These costs include tuition, course materials, accommodations, food, and non-alcoholic beverages for the duration of the course for the selected applicants. Freelance journalists working anywhere in the world are eligible to apply. See more details here. 

The Pulitzer Center is partnering with the Stanley Foundation to plan and co-organize the Beyond War conference.  The Stanley Foundation regularly collaborates with media partners to produce programming that strengthens understanding of critical issues of peace and security, and to encourage timely, in-depth, and rigorous reporting on related topics.

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“Beyond War” and the Pulitzer Center’s reporting and outreach on conflict transformation and peacebuilding are supported by Humanity United.