Peace and Human Security 1
February 9, 2017, 3:30-5:00 PM, Japan Hall

Human security remains a fluid concept, loosely anchored on three perspectives: 1) safety, equity and social justice, 2) liberty and rights, and 3) the rule of law. However, it is important not to overlook the word “human” in the concept of human security. In putting forward this concept as a challenge to institutional approaches to security, the human being—human life—becomes the focal point. In the backdrop of increasingly precarious conditions, the “human” becomes inundated by the variegated sources of threats; from vulnerability in the opening up of (regional) borders to natural disasters intensified by the lack of resources in a changing climate and complicated by local armed struggles. These call for a zooming in on a local-context and cultural-specific inclusive approach to human security. This panel hopes to contribute to the discussion on how current scholarship on human security can meet the theoretical and practical challenges of a people-centered security.

Joshua Eastin
Oscar Gomez
Perlita Frago

Peace and Human Security 2 (Peace Negotiations)
February 10, 2017, 2:45-4:15 PM, Auditorium

The goals of peace negotiations are often quite clear: to end senseless bloodshed, to save lives, to ensure that the new generation will live in peace and prosperity and will never know the hardships of war and conflict. But noble intentions are often waylaid by issues of redress and retribution, of preserving the integrity of the state as against acknowledging historical wrongs. Peace negotiations in earnest become trite gamesmanship of geopolitics and hidden agendas. Spoilers and kibitzers start clamoring for a place in the negotiating table. Then suddenly the negotiation hangs on a very fragile balance. The hoped for peace dividend may just end up as part of the spoils of war. When peace negotiations fail, how do we undo it and start over? What lessons should we have learned? The members of the panel, speaking mostly from their own experiences in the negotiating table, and established scholars on peace and conflict in disputed grounds will answer these questions.

Jeroen Adam
Robert Francis Garcia
Miriam Coronel-Ferrer
Teresita Quintos-Deles