Fields of activities:
|» Philosophy |
» Political science
|» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics) |
Brief description of your activity focus
Memory and International Relations. Analysis of the scope and limits of reconciliation as a peace-building process
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Dr. Valerie Rosoux is a senior research fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS).
She teaches International Negotiation, and Conflict Transformation at the University of Louvain (UCL). In
2010- 2011, she was a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (Washington DC). She
previously taught International Relations at the Instituts d’Études Politiques (IEP) of Lille and Grenoble,
France. As a post-doctoral researcher, she worked at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced
International Studies (SAIS) in 2002, the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI), Institut
d’Études Politiques of Paris (2001) and the University Laval, Canada (2000). Valerie Rosoux has a Licence
in Philosophy and a Ph.D. from The University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium, in international relations.
Over the last 15 years, Valerie Rosoux has carried out research on Memory and Conflict Resolution in a
variety of contexts in Europe, the Balkans, and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Her current research
tends to determine the scope, but also the limits of reconciliation as an effective peace-building process.
Her book is based on the analysis of four post-conflit situations (Franco-German, the Franco-Algerian,
South-African and Rwandan cases). Beyond a theoretical interest, this question has a direct impact for
practitioners; a better understanding of the issue is actually a sine qua non condition for more efficient
interventions. From that perspective, the issue is a crucial policy question everywhere and at all levels.
Calling for reconciliation whatever the circumstances, particularly when the concept is poorly defined,
can be futile or even counterproductive. To demonstrate this, the book emphasizes cases where calls for
reconciliation are not only fruitless but also detrimental for peace and/or democracy. Its ultimate goal is
to determine in which conditions reconciliation is appropriate and effective – and in which cases is it not.