What if you were in a dysfunctional and abusive relationship? How many times would it be effective for you to ask or demand of your partner that s/he stop the abuse? How many times do you put up with situations where you have no choice but to defend yourself as best you can from vicious attacks against you and/or your children? How productive is it to argue or attempt rational discussion with your abuser in the hope s/he'll see there error of her/his ways? How many times should you appeal to family, friends or authorities to exert influence over your abuser's actions?
Lara Olson is an Associate at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies (CMSS) at the University of Calgary with extensive experience on practical approaches to improving the effectiveness of NGO humanitarian, development and peacebuilding efforts in conflict areas.
Lara is Co-director of the Peacebuilding, Development and Security Program of the CMSS. She will be relating what is known about effective models for civilian and military assistance to countries in transition from war to peace. It will be a summary of what has been learned to date, midstream, through an ongoing multiyear research project, Building Durable Peace: Enhancing Interagency Relationships in Peacebuilding.