Presented by: Dr. Joseph Bock Director of Global Health Training at the Eck Institute for Global Health, University of Notre Dame, and Author of "The Technology of Nonviolence"Engaging in nonviolent resistance for political transformation during Gandhi's struggles in South Africa and British India has many similarities to more modern approaches. Some people claim that social media is the main ingredient. Is that correct? What technologies are most important? What else is needed for the…See More
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Joseph G. Bock directs global health training at the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. He researches and publishes on challenges relating to conflict and violence, focused especially on violence prevention. He has twelve years of international humanitarian experience, including overseeing global health projects in Pakistan the West Bank/Gaza Strip, and served as a consultant to The Asia Foundation on conflict management and democratic governance, providing support in Thailand, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Bock has been a speaker at the World Bank on violence prevention, at the Woodrow Wilson Center on foreign aid to Pakistan; at a UN Assembly in Cairo, Egypt about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; at Oxford University on scenario analysis; in Leuven, Belgium on ethnic violence and religious extremism; at University of Karachi on conflict early warning and response; and, at Macalister College on the refugee crisis in Africa. He served as a panelist for InterAction in Washington, DC about international issues facing Internally Displaced Persons.
Bock is an editorial adviser to Development in Practice, a peer-reviewed journal founded by Oxfam Great Britain. He is the author of three books. A third book, The Technology of Non-Violence: Social Media and Violence Prevention, was published by MIT Press in 2012. Among his publications, in peer-reviewed journals, are: “Dynamite under the Inter-Communal Bridge: How Can Aid Agencies Help Defuse It?” in the Journal of Peace Research; “Communal conflict, NGOs and the power of religious symbols” in Development in Practice, and; “The March Riots in Kosovo: What Went Right?” published by Oxford University’s Journal of Refugee Studies.
Bock served as a member of the Working Group on Reconciliation of Caritas Internationalis, based in Vatican City. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of International Service of American University in Washington, D.C. He and his family lived in Islamabad, Pakistan for three years and in East Jerusalem another three while he served as Catholic Relief Services’ Country Representative focused on humanitarian relief and development in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He was a Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Executive Director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College and at the Secure World Foundation. He served six years in the Missouri House of Representatives, with leadership positions as Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee and Vice-Chair of the Commerce Committee.
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South and Central Asia
The Middle East (Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza)
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Director of Global Health Training, Eck Institute for Global Health University of Notre Dame
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Civil Society, Democratization, Development, Health, Interfaith, Information and Communication Technology, Humanitarian Relief, Media, Nonviolence, Peacebuilding, Refugees
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Budgeting, Evaluation, Fundraising, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Training
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European Union, USAID, United Nations, World Bank
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Training and education
Conflict early warning and early response
Religious leadership and violence prevention
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SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS
The Technology of Nonviolence: Social Media and Violence Prevention (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012), with a forward by John Paul Lederach.
Review of Why Civilian Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011, in Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2012: 74-76.
“Humanitarian Aid and the Struggle for Peace and Justice: Organizational Innovation after a Blind Date,” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2011, pp.37-52.
“The Efficacy of Violence Mitigation: A Second Look Using Time-Series Analysis,” Political Geography, published by Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 28 (2009): 266-270.
“Religious and Ethnic Divisions: Role of Peace Building,” The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
“Distant Early Warning,” The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
“Visioning and Conflict Resolution,” The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
“Overcoming Religious Extremism,” in Building Sustainable Futures: Enacting Peace and Development, Luc Reychler, Julianne Funk Deckard, and Kevin HR Villanueva, eds., University of Deusto, Bilbao: 2009, pp. 137-146.
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