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Achieving Peace in an Age of Chaos: solutions for a sustainable future

Hosted by the LSE IDEAS

Online public event


Dr Sabina Alkire

Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

Steve Killelea

Founder & Executive Chairman of the IEP, and creator of the Global Peace Index


Dr Mary Martin

Dr Mary Martin

Director of the UN Business and Human Security Initiative, LSE IDEAS

What makes for peaceful countries? Leading figures in peacebuilding and human development explore a new understanding of peace in the 21st century, why we need to rethink what we mean by peace, and how ideas of Positive Peace and human development can promote better levels of global peacefulness, as well as economic progress and social inclusion, creating positive linkages between poverty reduction, economic growth and peacebuilding.

Humanity is nearing a tipping point and facing challenges unparalleled in history. Finding solutions requires fundamentally new ways of thinking about peace, in order to achieve the levels of trust, cooperation and inclusiveness necessary to solve these challenges, let alone empower international institutions and organisations necessary to address them.

Understanding what creates sustainable peace cannot be found in the study of violence alone. Without an understanding of the factors that create and sustain peaceful societies, it will not be possible to develop programmes and policies, or mobilise the resources required to build peaceful and resilient societies.

Leading voices on peace and poverty research and measurement, explore why we need a new understanding of peace in the 21st century; how Positive Peace provides an overarching framework for increasing the level of global peacefulness, as well as economic progress and social advancement.

Meet the speakers

Sabina Alkire is Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).

Steve Killelea is Founder & Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), and creator of the Global Peace Index.

Meet the chair

Mary Martin is Director of the UN Business and Human Security Initiative at LSE IDEAS.

Event hashtag: #LSEPeace

LSE IDEAS is LSE's foreign policy think tank.


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