Tampere Peace Day: Adapting peacemaking to respond to global challenges

The first Tampere Peace Day, jointly organised by Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) and CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation (CMI), will be a platform for individuals and organisations working on conflict and peace to come together to discuss how to adapt to current global challenges and work for a peaceful tomorrow. The aim of the day is to bring together the newest research with practical knowledge on peacemaking. The shared platform will enable knowledge and best-practice sharing and create space to foster collaboration and partnerships between all those working toward peace within Finland. There has never been a greater need for new opening and visions of peace to address complex challenges in a troubled world. 

  • Date: 27 November
  • Time: 10:15 AM – 17:00 PM
  • Location: Tampere University, A210 Main Building (Päätalo)
  • Address: Kalevantie 4, 33100 Tampere
  • Followed by Reception, from 17:30 – 19:00, hosted by City of Tampere at the Old City Hall (address Keskustori 10)

Following you can find the agenda of the program.

10:15 – 10:30 Opening Remarks by Keijo Hämäläinen, President (Rector) of the Tampere University, Janne Taalas, Chief Executive Officer at CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation, and Marko Lehti, Research Director of Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI)

10:30 – 11:15 Keynote address Peacebuilding in Turbulent Times by Sarah von Billerbeck, Professor of International Relations at University of Reading

11:15 – 12:30 Panel discussion followed by Q&A

Navigating New Frontiers of Peace: Challenges to Traditional Approaches of Peacemaking 

In a world marked by shifting dynamics and complex global challenges, the traditional approaches to peacemaking are encountering a multitude of obstacles. This panel brings together academic experts and practitioners from the peacebuilding sector to examine the evolving global landscape and delve into the pressing challenges that confront them. The speakers will explore the complex web of issues, each providing insights into the limitations these challenges impose on the effectiveness of mediation and peacebuilding efforts. 

Panelists: Cedric de Coning, Research Professor with the peace, conflict and development research group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and a senior advisor for ACCORD, Jibecke Joensson, Head of the CMI’s Brussels Office (CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation), Marko Lehti, Research Director of Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), Nina Suomalainen, Senior Manager at CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation

Moderated by Matthias Wevelsiep, Director of Programs and Operations at the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch 

13:30 – 14:45 Breakout sessions (three in parrallel) 

(A) Feminist approaches to locally-led peace

This roundtable discussion is designed to give a platform to feminist approaches to peace and peacebuilding, from the perspective of both research and praxis. Looking at questions of national leadership and agency, it will examine bottom-up peace approaches. 

Panelists: Birgit Poopuu, Associate Professor of International Relations and Head of the International Relations and Futures Studies study area at Tallinn University, Elisa Tarnaala, Senior Advisor at CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation, María Martín de Almagro, Assistant Professor at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies at the University of Ghent, Riina Isotalo, Senior Adviser at Felm

Co-moderated by Laura Hendry, Project Manager at CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation and Louise Ridden, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Tampere University

(B) Inclusive peacemaking in inter-state conflict: the cases of Ukraine and South Caucasus 

In the context of the war in Ukraine, discussions about peace focus on military victory, security guarantees, and negotiations among state leaders. Instead of focusing on how the war eventually comes to an end, this panel will shift the discussion to the role of inclusive civil society centric processes in inter-state wars. In addition to Ukraine, this discussion will also examine the South Caucasus region. 

Panelists: Andrea Chmielinski Bigazzi, Manager at CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation, South Caucasus Region, Lina Klymenko, University Researcher at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Natalia Bezkhlibna, Head of NGO “Community of Professionals”, Tanja Tamminen, Team Leader of an EU-funded project EU4Dialogue

Moderated by Marko Lehti, Director of Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI)

(C) Green transition – an obstacle for just peace and planetary futures?    

Green transition has created both high hopes, but also fears and concrete examples that it fuels and triggers, with the increasing demand for new natural resources and commodification of environment, new forms of conflicts and violence. Most known examples relate to that of extraction of key minerals on indigenous lands, such as Sápmiland, and locating windmills and solar energy farms to fragile ecologies. Similar logics of frontier extractivism leading to land acquisitions, soil degradation, loss of biodiversity, and food/seed/soil sovereignty, also relate to ‘superfoods’ and natural fibres such as sisal and rattan that are promoted as alternatives to plastic. Thus, green transition raises questions of social inclusion such as migrants, people with lower incomes, peasants in just futures. 

This roundtable is part of the Research Council of Finland supported project (EnVi(r)oCare 2023-27) led by PI Marjaana Jauhola. 

Panelists: Rauna Kuokkanen, Research Professor of Arctic Indigenous Studies at the University of Lapland (Finland) and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Ruby van der Wekken, Member of Oma Maa food co-operative and Commons.fi, Sabaheta Ramčilović-Suominen, Associate Research Professor and Academy of Finland Fellow at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)/Luonnonvarakeskus (Luke), Sonja Finér, Executive director at Finnwatch ry.

Moderated by Marjaana Jauhola, Senior Research Fellow, Tampere Peace Research Institute

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break 

15:15 – 16:30 Panel discussion followed by Q&A

Adapting Peacemaking to Diverse Global Realities: Beyond Universalism and Liberal Peace?  

This panel builds upon the insights of the previous sessions to move beyond critique, to consider adaptations and opportunities for peacemaking and peacebuilding beyond universal liberal peace. The panel will shed light on new approaches, diverse actors, and policies shaping the practice of mediation and peacebuilding. Moreover, the panel will create space for discussion on the most effective means of bolstering inclusive peace practices and supporting locally driven peace initiatives in response to international and geopolitical challenges. 

Panelists: Georg Charpentier, Senior Advisor at CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation, Isabel Bramsen, Associate Professor | Director Peace and Conflict Studies at Lund University, Tarja Väyrynen, Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Tampere Peace Research Institute, Yasmeen Al-Eryani, Co-Executive Director for Knowledge Production, Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies

Moderated by Johanna Poutanen, Head of Women in Peacemaking and Digital Peacemaking at CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation 

16:30 – 17:00 Concluding remarks and closing of the event by Katja Ahlfors, Director at Centre for Peace Mediation, Hanna Klinge, Deputy CEO at CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation, and Marko Lehti, Research Director of Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI)

Followed by reception: Hosted by City of Tampere at the Old City Hall, address Keskustori 10

If you are interested in the event, please fill in the following registration form by November 19, 2023.

Read more about our speakers here.

We look forward to sharing this day with you and your vital contribution to the discussion on how the field of peacemaking should adapt to the current, turbulent times to advance more peaceful world.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Marko Lehti, Research Director of TAPRI, at marko.lehti@tuni.fi or Research Assistant at TAPRI, Anush Petrosyan at anush.petrosyan@tuni.fi.