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Call for Papers International Conference on Refugee Crises - Lessons from Pakistan and Beyond

11 & 12 July, 2017

Center for International Peace & Stability (CIPS), NUST in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), Pakistan Office

In the backdrop of recent refugee crisis in Europe, there is an increasing realization to commensurate the global menace with deserving attention. Though different parts of the world have experienced and shared the pain of losing their populations into refugee camps and welcoming refugees in millions, yet, the current refugee crisis is arguably the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. The influx of the refugees has jolted socio-political terrains of the host countries, and the collective response has appeared in the form of 'securitisation’ of migration. Interestingly, before the current security situations in Syria and Iraq, and the refugee fallout, we appear to have overlooked the enormous experience of Kenya, which has hosted millions of Somali refugees, and how different African nations have addressed the issue of refugees inundating their borders and shores. Similarly, Pakistan’s relation to management of millions of war-stricken Afghan refugees since 1980s is of significant importance to refugee management in South Asia. In fact, Pakistan has emerged as one of the largest refugee host nation in the world. Despite political turmoil, intense security situation, and economic hardships, the country has managed to gain enormous experience and understanding of the issues regarding the refugee crises, including the ongoing repatriation and rehabilitation process.

To this end, one cannot dismiss the global-ness of the overall refugee phenomenon and the exigent necessity for a global response it deserves. Needless to say African and Pakistani experiences deserve a thorough and systematic discussion. Pakistan, having hosted millions of Afghan refugees for decades, has a firsthand knowledge and experience of the dos and don’ts of the processes of refugee acceptance, settlement, integration, and repatriation. Therefore, there is a pressing need to share experiences relating to refugee settlement and their integration in the host societies in order to better understand the political and security crises, and also to identify different approaches in this regard.

Issues like the refugee crisis often reach an unrepairable juncture particularly, when state institutions are either unexhausted or nonchalantly utilized. Host societies, if not mainstreamed, could be very volatile leading to institutional and political instability. Another important variable is International trend. Though state is independent but international trends and pressure are often very instrumental in shaping inner policies of the states. The overarching themes of the conference are international, institutional and state approaches toward refugees.

To this end, the Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS) at the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Pakistan Office (HSF) is organizing an international conference at NUST, Islamabad, Pakistan. The conference will provide a platform for local and international researchers and experts to share their research and experiences. We welcome papers from broad range of disciplines including social science, political

science, international relations and security studies. The conference also intends to problematize and generate constructive scholarly debates aim at addressing the following thematic questions:

International:

  • Refugee Crisis and Multilateral Organizations like the UN, OIC, EU, AU, and SAARC
  • Multilateral Organizations and the Psychological Impact of being a Refugee and The Post-
  • Refugee Psychological Trauma
  • Refugee and the Global Economy of Human Trafficking

Institutional:

  • Global Refugee Crisis through the lens of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) International Law and the Triumph of International Mafia Groups and Human Traffickers INGOs and NGOs, and Refugee Protection
  • The Role of the Military in Humanitarian Work
  • The Importance of Civil-Military Cooperation in the Management of Refugees

State:

  • States Obligations toward Laws binding the treatment of the Refugees
  • Friction between Refugee Community and State Organs like LEAs, Ministries, etc.

Proposal Format/types:

Papers need a title, abstract, name(s) of the author(s), and institutional affiliation. The abstract should be no longer than 300 words. Suggested full length of the paper is between 6,000 and 8,000. APA style of referencing is recommended.

Important Dates:

Please email abstract of no more than 300 words to mmakki.pcs@cips.nust.edu.pk by 15th April, 2017.

  • Submission of Abstract of the Paper 15th April, 2017
  • Selection of Presenters/Abstracts 25th April, 2017
  • Submission of Full Paper 23rd June, 2017
  • International Conference 11 & 12 July, 2017

For more information please contact:

15th April, 2017 25th April, 2017 23rd June, 2017

11 & 12 July, 2017

Dr Muhammad Makki

Center for International Peace & Stability (CIPS)

NUST Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (NIPCONS) National University of Sciences & Technology – NUST M: +92 (0) 333 0528741 |O: +92 (0) 51 90856799

E: mmakki.pcs@cips.nust.edu.pk

Notes

  • A modest honorarium will be paid to the selected scholars upon submission of a publishable paper
  • Administrative details will be issued separately

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National University of Sciences and Technology H-12, Islamabad, Pakistan