Center for Conflict Management


International Conference on Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies



Indigenous conflict management and resolution strategies—utilizing local actors and traditional community-based judicial and legal decision-making mechanisms to manage and resolve conflicts within or between communities—have not been given sufficient attention. Instead, much of the scholarship has been focused on conventional Western approaches. However, a critical assessment of global conflict trends indicates that since World War II there have been more local (intra-state) conflicts than interstate or global conflicts. This phenomenon supports the view that current conflicts are local rather than global. Indeed, even when considered global, every conflict is local inasmuch as local people suffer the ramifications. Examples of such conflicts abound in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, etc. Solutions to conflicts must therefore be local for application, relevance and sustainability, and replicated globally in similar situations.

The argument for indigenous approaches may on the surface appear to be a desperate return to the past—nostalgia for the good old days when things are believed to have worked—but a deeper understanding could be found in the fact that conventional Western approaches to conflict resolution throughout the world are yet to be fully embraced. In addition, indigenous approaches give space to conflicts caused by agents of globalization which include nation states and national/global companies farming, mining, or otherwise occupying indigenous land/spaces. Where the conflict involves indigenous v. non-indigenous groups, then traditional approaches would face off against more global entities that might be using “Western” methods. In this regard, what is the place of power disparity in conflict management? Would the parties resort to indigenous approaches as a choice or in desperation? The need to interrogate indigenous mechanisms of conflict management has, therefore, become more imperative.

The conference engages authors/presenters on critical issues in the processes/procedures, cultural imperatives and application of indigenous approaches to conflict management in different parts of the world. Participation in this conference is open to all interested members of the academia, religious authorities, traditional rulers, civil society organizations, officials of political parties and other political activists, professional groups, labor unions, officials of the international organizations, etc.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Olutayo Charles Adesina
Dr. Olutayo Charles Adesina is Professor of History and Fellow, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CEPACS), University of Ibadan, Nigeria. In addition to being invited to serve at the Development Policy Center, Ibadan, Nigeria, Professor Adesina also served as the editor of the Nigerian Journal of Economic History (A Publication of the Economic History Association of Nigeria) between 1998 and 2008. In 2008, he was Guest Editor for Journal of Global Initiatives (Special Edition on Globalization and the Unending Frontier, vol.2, No. 2, 2008), Institute for Global Initiatives, Kennesaw State University. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Comparative American Studies, An International Journal (London, Sage Publications); The Global-Africa Development Network (GADN), and the Network for Nigerian Historians (NNH).
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Dr. Jamie Shea
Dr. Jamie Shea is NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges. Since 1982 Dr. Shea has served NATO with distinction, holding a variety of influential positions, including Assistant to the Secretary-General of NATO for special projects, Deputy Head and Senior Planning Officer for the Policy Planning Unit and Multilateral Affairs Section of the Political Directorate, and Deputy Director of Information and Press. Dr. Shea is also an accomplished scholar. He holds several external academic positions including Associate Professor of International Relations, American University, Washington DC and Director of the Brussels Overseas Study Program. He is Associate editor for Europe's World, a Brussels-based journal on international affairs. He is a member of several associations including Policy Forum, London; Security and Defence Programs Advisory Board, Chatham House and Policy Council, World Economic Forum, Geneva.
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  • Conceptual, theoretical and empirical issues on the interface between indigenous conflict management strategies and adversarial approaches
  • Intercultural dynamics in indigenous conflict management styles
  • Globalization and indigenous conflict management approaches: Specific country experiences
  • Women in indigenous conflict management: Experiences from around the world
  • Human rights and indigenous conflict management system
  • Indigenous conflict resolution strategies: Historical approaches
  • Indigenous conflict management among indigenous groups/nations in “Western” societies
  • Types of conflicts (land disputes, domestic/family disputes, religious conflict, communal conflict, etc.) and corresponding indigenous conflict resolution styles
  • Traditional institutions, traditional rule and conflict management
  • The place of indigenous approaches to conflict management in the agenda of the United Nations and regional international organizations
  • National, ethnic, clan styles of mediation, arbitration, etc.
  • Power and influence in indigenous conflict management approaches
  • Indigenous conflict management strategies and Western approaches: Interactions, friction, successful integration models, etc.
  • Negotiation styles of non-Western societies


Conference Agenda

Friday, April 20 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Concurrent Sessions, Keynote Address
Saturday, April 21 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Concurrent Sessions, Tour of Atlanta, etc.
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Registration fees Panelists and Speakers Travel Information
  • Early Bird (valid until February 29, 2012): $125
  • Regular Registration: $150
  • Graduate Student: $75
  • Undergraduate Student: FREE
  • All panelists and speakers are required to register for the conference by March 23, 2012.
  • Completed papers are due March 2, 2012. Please see the link for paper submission instructions below.
  • All panelists, speakers, and attendees are required to arrange their own transportation and accomodations.
  • The Center for Conflict Management is not providing funding to cover speakers' expenses (airfare, accommodations, food, etc.).
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