Meeting with the Subcommittee on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Integrated Conflict Management in the German Bundestag

Originally posted in June 2011

The delegation of the Subcommittee on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Integrated Conflict Management in the German Bundestag (accompanied by Chairman Joachim Spatz) invited me to a meeting at the Germany Embassy in Washington, DC.

The delegation wanted discuss the topic of conflict prevention and integrated conflict management in Africa, particularly with a view to recent developments in Sudan. We had an exchange about the conditions of conflict prevention policies both in Germany and the US, and the agencies and institutions involved in furthering the topic, particularly in the US.

We concluded that the institutional integration of conflict prevention was sufficient in both countries, but that focused attention, resources, and political commitment are required to advance conflict prevention and management initiatives. Also, government policy may consider the operational use of the work already performed by NGOs where states are inhibited.