Roundtable: From Violence to Exiting Violence

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On November 14, 2017, Carnegie Corporation of New York hosted the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) for a roundtable discussion of its International Panel on Exiting Violence (IPEV). The IPEV, with support from the Corporation unites 200 outstanding thinkers on political violence from different regions to produce policy options for the process of de-escalating social conflict and violent transnational movements. The IPEV is comprised of working groups examining both entry points to violence and the process of exiting violence. It adopts a comparative perspective, communicating lessons learned from the recent history of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas concerning the drivers of violence.

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The discussion was moderated by William O’Neill of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Forty participants representing thirty organizations, including foundations and the United Nations, participated in the conversation. Panelists included Michel Wieviorka, president of the FMSH, Farhad Khosrokhavar of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Mohamed Ali Adraoui of Georgetown University, and Nadje al-Ali of the University of London.