Next Forum: 27, 28, 29 March, 2023

Online and in-person in Piazza Armerina, Sicily

Forum 2022 Programme

Panels 1 to 3 will include selected military academy and high school students.

The theme of this conference will be: “WINNING THE PEACE” and will allow us to reflect on post-conflict activities that lead to the restoration of positive peace.

We all have in mind the astounding images of the hasty departure of Allied forces from Afghanistan in mid-August, as the Taliban quietly took power in Kabul after a twenty-year Western intervention; The news from Iraq, Syria, Ethiopia, Yemen, and Mali among others is not more encouraging. The contemporary crises which lead to military interventions are hardly followed by peace, security, and prosperity… Why?

The 2022 Peace, Security and Prosperity Forum will address this reality through four panels where academics, operational experts and students from military and civilian institutions will exchange.



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9:00-9:10 AM – Welcome Address by Mr. Stephen Gregory, Founder, International Forum for Peace, Security & Prosperity

9:10-9:30 AM – Forum Keynote Address, “Winning the Peace”, by Mr. Steve Killelea, Founder, The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)

Panel 1: 9:30-10:45 AM – Positive Peace
Moderator: Mr. John Melkon, United States Military Academy West Point
Participants: Mr. Serge Stroobants, Director EMENA of IEP, Ms. Aurèle-Fanny Deutcha-Nguelieu, Université Laval

Panel 2: 10:55 AM-12:00 PM – Historical Perspectives
Moderator: Prof. Andrea Ungari, Marconi University
Participants: Prof. Cindy Brown, University of New Brunswick

12:00-12:10 PM – Day 1 Closing Remarks by MGen Maurizio Scardino, Italian Army

9:00-9:25 AM – Opening Remarks by MGen Craig Aitchison, Canadian Defence Academy

Panel 3: 9:25-10:40 AM – Back to the Balkans
Moderator: BGen (Ret.) Richard Giguère, Université Laval
Participants: Prof. Rémi Landry, Université de Sherbrooke, Prof. Pierre Jolicoeur, Royal Military College of Canada

Panel 4: 10:50-11:50 AM – Video Presentations
Moderators: Colonel Carlo Uberto Massimo, Italian Army and Senator Tony Loffreda
Participants: Selected finalists of high school essay and video contest

12:00-12:15 PM – Forum Closing Address by Hon. Prof. Gaetano Armao,
Vice-President, Sicilian Regional Government

Online & In-person, April 7th and 8th - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST

Panel descriptions

The first panel will focus on the concepts of positive peace and negative peace. Peace does not only mean the absence of violence, of armed conflict. Are, among others, sound governance, economic recovery, justice, and cooperation essential components in establishing a true peaceful environment?

The second panel, with a more historical theme, will remind us of an attempt at post-conflict governance specific to the Second World War. The Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories (AMGOT) provided for a system of civil-military governance aimed at administering the territories liberated during the Second World War pending the establishment of a legitimate government. Can any lessons be learned from this initiative?

Our third panel will reflect on a somewhat more recent subject of analysis. We are commemorating the 30th anniversary of Canada’s intervention in the Balkans through various missions. This part of the world is not without significant challenges today, but violent conflicts are nonetheless contained there. How to explain the establishment of a relative positive peace in this region following the periods of conflict of the 90s?

Finally, our fourth panel will be devoted to winning essays and videos related to the topics studied in this forum and submitted by high school students.

The panels will be 60 minutes in length and will be followed by a question period of about 15 minutes.

Event gallery

Theme: Winning the Peace

The historical significance of the Allied and Italian civilian efforts to re-establish peace, provide security and lay the foundation for prosperity in Sicilian society immediately following the battle for Sicily in 1943.

The significance to Peace, Security and Prosperity of a recent UN or multi-lateral sanctioned operation, specifically highlighting civilian/military cooperation and leadership.

The significance of the collaboration among governments, civilian organizations, and the profession of arms (military) in the development and sustainment of positive peace.

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