Why are conflicts seemingly increasing at a time when the international community is engaged in a multitude of peace initiatives around the globe? Laurent Goetschel discusses a different approach to conflict resolution- the Light Footprint Approach. How the victims of conflicts can be better served by local activists than foreign organisations with imported experiences.
Laurent Goetschel is the director of Swisspeace and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Basel. He is president of the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries at the Swiss Academy of Sciences. Not just an academic but a person of action, Laurent has directed a Swiss National Science Foundation research program on Swiss foreign policy and served as the political advisor to the Swiss Minister for Foreign Affairs.