The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee) invites abstracts to the 32nd Conference!
“Public Administration in Post-Conflict Reconstruction“
Abstract deadline: November 10, 2023
Conference will be held May 23-25, 2024 in Tbilisi, Georgia
The present global scenario is a testament to nations’ inherent challenges to maintain peace and stable governance: many instances of state-based, non-state and one-sided violence are still being recorded among which the illegal invasion and violence against Ukraine stands out as a painful reminder that forceful escalations informed by bad decisions happen even against the backdrop of ironclad fundamental principles of international law. Georgia too is well familiar with the challenges of maintaining stability and good governance post-conflict and the associated difficulties of building resilience.
Current reality makes it absolutely clear that we stand at a pivotal juncture and need to re-imagine ways of ensuring good governance. Moreover, it’s the looming aftermath of a conflict that presents both challenges and opportunities. Governance and administration remain at the core of post-conflict societies, ensuring stability and functionality. Thus, consolidating peace and preventing the recurrence of violence with a resilient public administration, especially in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region, cannot be understated.
The path of state reconstruction post-violent conflict is arduous and intricate. Yet, revisiting the role of public administration and governance in forging a strong foundation for sustainable development and ensuring a peaceful and prosperous state, as part of the longstanding working groups and panels of NISPAcee annual conference, is the need of the hour. The literature offers comprehensive insights, spanning from security governance to administrative-economic and political governance, as well as external aid’s significant role in post-conflict reconstruction. Be it the European Union’s conditionality and socialization, or the United Nations’ and other global organizations’ emphasis on nation/state building and resilience – these frameworks and their correct applications are indispensable in ensuring a sustainable peace.
Now, as we stand at the cusp of a digital revolution, there’s an opportunity for us to reimagine post-conflict reconstruction efforts. The vast realm of technology, from digitalization to artificial intelligence, presents unique possibilities, especially in areas pivotal for post-conflict scenarios such as governance, education, security, healthcare, and more.
The 2024 NISPAcee Annual Conference is not just an academic forum. It will be a beacon of hope and a gathering of minds dedicated to effective governance post-conflict. Our focus is to compile the wealth of state-building experiences, revisit best practices, and harness the transformative power of digital technologies, thereby creating novel approaches to post-conflict public governance and administration in the CEE region and globally.
Let this conference be a testament to our collective desire for lasting peace and a resilient future. Together, we can, and we will, envision a world beyond conflicts, where good governance and progress are the new norms.