Thu, Oct 31, 2013: The Initiative for a UN Emergency Peace Service

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Join us for a free public lecture at 7-9pm on Thursday October 31st, 2013 in Room 179 (west end of the building on the ground floor) at University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON by:

Peter Langille, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria


The Initiative for a UN Emergency Peace Service


Dr. H. Peter Langille specializes in peace and conflict studies, United Nations peace operations, global challenges, conflict resolution and mediation and, independent analysis of defence and security policy.

His PhD (peace studies) is from the University of Bradford where he focused on initiatives to enhance training, defence specialization and rapid deployment for UN peace operations. His MA (conflict analysis) is from the Norman Paterson School of International Relations, Carleton University. He also earned a Graduate Diploma in Peace Research from the University of Oslo.

Over the past decade, he taught at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Victoria, Huron College, King’s University College and the Canadian Forces College. Peter currently teaches in the Peace Studies program at McMaster University.

In October 2008, Peter received the Hanna Newcombe Life-Time Achievement Award from the World Federalist Movement-Canada for his numerous contributions in support of more effective UN peace operations. He has been the recipient of a Human Security Fellowship, a SSHRCC Post-Doctoral Fellowship and, was nominated for the Pearson Peace Prize in 2004.

Near the conclusion of the Cold-War, he initiated academic and official discussions on revising NATO and Warsaw Pact military doctrine and deployments to a more defensive orientation. In the early nineties, his proposal and plans to convert CFB Cornwallis into a Canadian Multinational Peacekeeping Training Centre were solicited by numerous Governments and subsequently prompted the development of The Pearson Peacekeeping Training Centre. In 1994-95 Peter was an office of primary responsibility on the core working group of the Canadian Government study, Towards A Rapid Reaction Capability For The United Nations. This report was submitted to the UN General Assembly on its fiftieth anniversary and used as the background document for a wider multinational initiative.

His 2002 book, Bridging the Commitment Capacity Gap.., developed the initial concept, case, model and plans for a permanent UN Emergency Peace Service. In 2003, it was adopted as the background book for a global initiative on UNEPS.

Over the past few years, he has addressed diverse audiences, including:
-the Global Conference on the Prevention of Genocide (Montreal);
-Japanese senators and parliamentarians of their new Government (Tokyo);
-Canadian parliamentarians on the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs (Ottawa);
-the Global Conference on the Prevention of Armed Conflict (New York) ;
-the World Peace Forum (Vancouver);
-the International Peace Research Association (Calgary);
-representatives of the African Union (Pretoria);
-the Military and Police Advisors Community to the United Nations; (New York) and,
-various international conferences on the proposed UNEPS (Santa Barbara, Cuenca, Vancouver, Newark, Brisbane, New York).

Peter has worked with various levels of government and he remains active on the board of three civil-society organizations. Aside from research teaching, and outreach, he has six years of practical experience in the prevention, management and transformation of violent conflict.

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Co-Sponsored by University College Health Studies Programme, Canadian Pugwash Group, Science for Peace and Voice of Women for Peace.

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