The 9th Annual International Conference on Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region

Center for Conflict Management, University of Rwanda
4-5, May 2017

Conference Theme:

Elections and Security: The Role of Individual and Institutional Actors at National, Regional, and International levels
Call for Proposals

For the 9th time, the Centre for Conflict Management (CCM) of the University of Rwanda, College of Arts and Social Sciences, is organizing an annual international conference on Peace and Security in the Great lakes Region.
The 2017 CCM Conference theme is “Elections and Security: The Role of Individual and Institutional Actors at National, Regional, and International levels. This conference aims to contribute to the debate regarding the connection between elections and regional security and the role of various actors and organizations. In addition, the conference aims to inform policy makers how to effectively ensure the integrity of democratic elections towards positive regional security impacts. The conference lies within the premise that the nature of national or regional electoral processes determines their impact on regional security, with particular emphasis on the Great Lakes Region.

The overall objective of the conference is to discuss and share experiences with regard to the connection between election and regional security and the role of national, regional and international actors in this regard.
CCM is therefore seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, and practice.
The committee invites proposals that address the following themes:
• Electoral processes and security
• Democratic Elections and Security
• Electoral Violence and Security
• Security Services and Elections
• Media, Elections and Security
• Civil Society, Elections and Security
• Actors, Organizations, and Elections and Security
Specifically, highlighted topics may include:
- How national elections relate to regional security;
- The required conditions to ensure the integrity of national electoral processes;
- How troubled electoral processes affect regional security;
- How successful electoral processes (best practices) impact on regional security;
- How national, regional and international actors and organizations (private, public and civil society) contribute and/or ought to contribute ensuring regional security-driven elections.
The overall program will result in a diverse array of presenters and perspectives, including those with different nationalities, different levels of experience, and different institutional and organizational types.
Paper proposals should include an abstract (300 words) and then institutional affiliation. Panel proposals should include a panel title and description as well as the abstracts and details of panel speakers.
The conference papers, for a peer-reviewed publication, should have been submitted not later than June 30, 2017.

Please submit your individual proposal or panel proposal to the following respective email addresses:

auukarekezi@gmail.com
esentama@gmail.com
masabofr@yahoo.fr

Important dates:
- The Deadline for Abstract submission is January 31, 2017
- Notifications will be sent by February, 2017.
- The conference will take place on May 4-5, 2017 in the premises of the University of Rwanda, Kigali.

Prof. Francois Masabo
Acting Director of CCM