Pluralism and Peace in a Fragmenting World

Pluralism and Peace in a Fragmenting World: What is Canada’s Role?

On Thursday, October 27th, leading experts in the fields of conflict mediation, peacemaking and peacebuilding joined an audience of over 170 people to explore the opportunities and obstacles facing Canada as it confronts how to link pluralism and peacemaking in practice. The context for the event was Canada’s commitment to promote pluralism and to reengage in peacekeeping internationally.

The panellists, including Meredith Preston-McGhie and David Gorman from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, and Marie-Joelle Zahar from the University of Montreal, were joined by moderator Roland Paris. They explored how and why Canada is uniquely positioned to take a prominent role in embedding respect for diversity in peacemaking. Using the concept of pluralism to address grievances and facilitate mediation efforts could help break cycles of violence and ensure the long-term sustainability of peacemaking processes.  


David Gorman

Meredith Preston-McGhie

Marie-Joelle Zahar

Roland Paris - Moderator