What Are Conflict Cafes and Can They Actually Change the World?

September 23, 2015

How food can work as a diplomacy tool, from London to Syria to Iran.

In an underground skate park housed beneath London’s Waterloo station, there lies a pop-up restaurant. It’s not a literal underground supper club or temporary home to a rogue chef in need of kitchen space. This is Conflict Café, a month-long pop-up restaurant that uses food as a vehicle for dialogue on conflict and peacebuilding.

Organized by London-based peacebuilding charity International Alert, each week of the pop-up brings a new chef and cuisine from the many regions in which the organization works. Conflict Café kicked off with…