March 27, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University College, Room 140
15 King's College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
March 27, 2019
Science for Peace
VLADIMIR ZHAGORA spent most of his UN career working in Africa, or on issues related to the continent. From 1992-1994, for instance, he was part of the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA) that helped facilitate both a democratic dispensation and the presidential election of Nelson His other positions—which included leadership roles at the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), the UN Advance Mission in the Sudan (UNAMIS), and the UN Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS)—brought him to the forefront of crisis settlement negotiations in some of Africa’s most contested disputes.
Since the 1990s, there has been a very large number of peace processes in Africa—many of which he was part of. They are an important part of the continent’s modern political history. However, there does not seem to exist any aggregate set of statistics on them. This incomplete scope of basic evidence means that critical data is not being systematically utilized as the basis of research, even though a comprehensive systemization should be the most desirable outcome of any academic inquiry into peace processes. Systemization would help create a set of best practice guidelines and a list of lessons learned for practitioners to utilize. Regrettably, both products are rare commodities for Africa’s peace processes.
Zhagora aims at overcoming this shortage by donating his personal archives to the World Peace Foundation.