Round Tables:

CPN - A Culture of Peace and Nonviolence

GWP - Gender, Women and Peace

MA - Militarism and Alternatives

PSJ - Peace and Social Justice

RDP - Reconciliation and Dealing with the Past


All Round Tables take place in BKC, Bosanski Kulturni Centar, Branilaca Sarajeva 24

we tried to avoid to have workshops from the same category with the Round Table of that category.


BKC, Friday, June 6, 2-5 pm: Round Table I

Gender, Women and Peace 

Women around the world have celebrated UN Security Council Resolution 1325 of 2000 on Women, Peace and Security, welcoming it as a tool for peace, democracy and the prevention of war. In the years since its adoption the world has witnessed a massive increase in military spending, and more illegal and disastrous wars, with the ‘protection’ of women sometimes used as a pretext. Although European countries have implemented the UN 1325 resolution, the presence and participation of women in decision making structures are not increasing and in post conflict situations women are more victims than active part of building peace. We see NATO citing Resolution 1325 while, instead of peace-keeping, it fosters militarization, expands its machinery worldwide, and fights aggressive wars.

In the Round Table we want to discuss our demand for a peaceful, gender-just, non-violent society, in which women are visible in the public and integrated in decision making and societal responsibilities, a society with respect and dignity for all human beings independent of their religion, tradition, colors and origin.

Speakers: Ingeborg Breines (Norway, Co-President IPB), Dragana Dardic (BiH, Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Banja Luka), Katharina Kruhonja (Croatia, Right Livelihood Laureate), Jadranka Milicevic (BIH, Foundation CURE and CARE International, Sarajevo), Sissy Vovou (Greece, Activist)

Moderation: Kristine Karch (Germany, Int’l Network No to War - No to NATO)


BKC, Saturday, June 7, 10 am -1 pm: Round Table II

Militarism and Alternatives 

The crisis in and around Ukraine shows the consequences of a politics of militarization for peace and international security, and for a Europe which is at long last a peaceful common home. In this workshop we want to discuss the alternatives to confrontation – from all sides.

Global military expenditure is around $1.7 billion, NATO is the strongest military alliance in history, and the world is full of wars and armed conflicts. Still today, all life on earth could be ended by the use of nuclear weapons. The EU has developed new military structures and becomes more and more like one leg of the NATO structure. New conflicts like those in East Asia dominate international politics while old ones like Middle East remain unsolved.

Given this context, we have to face the fundamental question: what are the alternatives to militarization? We propose a broad discussion on peaceful conflict prevention and resolution, cultures of peace, disarmament, the OSCE and UN structures and many new ideas for setting the world on a peaceful path.

Speakers: Jeremy Corbyn (GB, Member of Parliament), Joseph Gerson (USA, American Friends Service Committee), Ljulletta Goranci Brkic (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nansen Center), Mairead Maguire (Ireland, Nobel Peace Laureate). We have also invited Members of the European Parliament.

Moderator: Reiner Braun (Germany, Co-President International Peace Bureau)


BKC, Saturday, June 7, 6-9 pm: Round Table III

A Culture of Peace and Nonviolence 

Inspired by Gandhi and built through a lot of experiences, the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence remains a challenging concept for our world.

Peace is more than the absence of war, it is living together with our differences – of sex, origin, language, religion or culture – while developing equality of rights, equal respect for each person, participative democracy and universal respect for justice and human rights on which such coexistence depends. Therefore, peace is never achieved. It is an on-going process. Nonviolence is the way towards this long-term goal. Rejecting violence in all its different forms, it requires awareness and active participation by all individuals and communities. It is an everyday life decision.

The participants in the Round Table will highlight this comprehensive approach to a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence in its different dimensions, but also add their personal experiences of nonviolent activism from their specific contexts.

Speakers: Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (Argentina, SERPAJ, Nobel Peace Prize 1980), Victoria Barrès (France, Association Montessori Internationale / International Network for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence), Ibrahim Al-Assil (Syria, Syrian Nonviolence Movement), Goran Božičević (Croatia/Macedonia, Miramida Centar), ZoricaTrifunović (Serbia, Women in Black)

Moderation: Christian Renoux (France, International Network for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence), Pete Hämmerle (Austria, International Fellowship of Reconciliation)


BKC, Sunday, June 8, 10 am-1 pm: Round Table IV

PSJ - Peace and Social Justice

In the world today basic needs are satisfied, public services are collapsing jobs are threatened or destroyed, large fraction of the population is marginalized, inequality of income and welfare increase.

These situations create tensions and conflicts, divisions between groups, races, nations. If social insecurity and fear is spreading there are risks of violent conflicts, and even war... at the expense of human security: economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, political security.

In the world today, one can witness the growth of social uprising and movements of resistance in a lot of countries. They are defending the living standards, demanding democracy and social justice, fighting corruption and inequalities, struggling for the peaceful reconstruction and development of society.

The roundtable will come back to the principles of human security, and study social movements, in particular in the Western Balkans

Speakers: Mary Kaldor (UK, London school of economics), Milenko Sreckovic (Serbia, Pokretzaslobodu), Goran Lukic (Slovenia, Association of Free Trade Unions), Ines Tanovic (BiH, Sarajevo Plenum), Igor Stiks (Croatia, Balkan Social Forum)

Moderation: Zoran Ivancic (BiH, Fondacija CPI Public Interest Advocacy Center), Bernard Dreano (France, Assemblée européenne des citoyens HCA-France)


BKC, Sunday, June 8, 2-5 pm: Round Table V

Reconciliation and Dealing with the Past

There are many different ways for a society to deal with its violent past. And there are many different ways to build peace and (re)construct broken ties within a society after a violent conflict. Current “transitional justice”-concepts emphasize the importance of openly facing the past for the rebuilding of a society which has gone through a violent conflict. In the same time, many individuals and societies prefer to avoid addressing the violent past because they estimate that this is a too sensitive issue and that silence is the price to pay for a pragmatic living together. Under which conditions can “dealing with the past” and “reconciliation” become complementary processes, and under which conditions are they obstructing each other? How much memory and how much forgetting do we need in the (re)construction of societies which went through a violent conflict? Discussing examples from different countries, this round table will bring together practitioners in the field of dealing with the past from South Eastern Europe and other regions from Europe and the world.

Speakers: Christine Hoffmann (Germany, Pax Christi Berlin), Aleksandra Letić (BiH, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska), Véronique Nahoum-Grappe (France, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Vesna Terselić (Croatia, Documenta)

Moderation: Nicolas Moll (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Memory Lab Sarajevo)