Concept and Themes


The Power of Collective Action


This past year has posed great challenges for peacebuilding, with a significant uptick in global violence, and very real concerns about a nuclear conflict. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres issued “a red alert for our world,” while the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved the hands of their Doomsday Clock thirty seconds closer to midnight. These growing challenges have spurred the peacebuilding field to revise our current approaches and to develop impactful new frameworks promoting collaboration and joint action.

PeaceCon 2018, AfP’s 2018 annual conference, will focus on the power of collective action for peace. We will celebrate bold new narratives and creative experiments in the peace and security space and will explore joint strategies for impactful programming and advocacy. Participants can expect to use this dynamic three-day experience to build their networks, discover new initiatives, and re-think how to build sustainable peace during a complex and turbulent time in the world.

PeaceCon 2018 will be guided by four overarching themes, each of which intersects with a range of subtopics, and brings a strong focus to collective action for peace. Ideally, each session will cover one overarching area, and one or two conference subtopics, to help guide the discussion.


Four Overarching Themes of PeaceCon 2018

Peacebuilding Programming – Highlighting innovative peacebuilding programs that address the root causes of violent conflict, reduce and prevent conflict, and build peace.

Policy & Advocacy – Focusing on how to develop strong peacebuilding advocacy in a deeply polarized political landscape.

Innovation – Exploring new ideas that have pushed the boundaries of traditional thinking.

Learning and Evaluation – Working collectively to develop evidence and prove the impact of peacebuilding in a complex world.


PeaceCon 2018 Topics

Ideally, each session will cover one general area and one or two conference topics to help guide the discussion. The assortment of topics to discuss can be viewed below.