QCEA Peace Programme
About the Peace Programme
Broadly speaking, QCEA’s Peace Programme works to:
- - promote nonviolent, whole-of-society peacebuilding policies;
- - advocate for “peace education” which fosters stable societies;
- - encourage cooperation and collaboration among peacebuilders;
- - challenge militaristic definitions of security at the European level.
Together, our projects seek to “rethink security”. We want to create a new narrative around European security which emphasises sustainable peacebuilding and a human-centred approach.
In this era of polarisation, a multi-layered and evidence-based approach to conflict prevention and resolution is more vital than ever. However, the EU and other international actors remain focused on hard security responses to conflict – motivated in part by a desire to contain instability and prevent the emergence of new refugee flows. QCEA believes that this is the wrong approach, both politically and morally, and that the path to “positive peace” is built on inclusivity, long-term societal engagement and collaboration within and between institutional actors.
In particular, evidence suggests that successful peacebuilding can and should involve actors at all levels of society, from community sports initiatives to the cultural sector and private business. In particular, an education system which fosters tolerance and communication can lay the foundations for lasting peace. Through our research and advocacy, we aim to demonstrate not only that nonviolent peacebuilding works on the ground, but that it should become the norm in EU security policy and programming.