An Australian colleague once told me a story of watching two cars collide in an otherwise empty car park early one Sunday morning. The drivers, unknown to one another, shared only one goal of finding a parking space among an abundance of free spaces, yet somehow they managed to run into one another. Abundance…Continue
Australia announced a shift in policy saying that refugees arriving by boat will no longer be processed in Australia. With the move to deny refugee status to people crossing the Timor Sea Australia has surrendered its hard fought for middle power mantle to become a short power. How did this change of stature…Continue
“The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagine a river in equatorial Africa or a tributary running down towards the Amazon. Near the…Continue
I have been thinking about the future lately. Mostly because I have had my graduate students doing a scenario exercise about the future directions of conflict resolution. Today, the 'thing' in CR is to do development work; a conflict resolution degree has become for many a development degree by stealth. So, as students plan their careers they often do so with the development angle in mind.
In thinking about the future, however, it seems to me that there are forces that need…Continue