March 2012 Blog Posts (196)

Peace X Peace Forums: We Need to Talk about Family Rights

Peace X Peace Forums: Women and the Arab Spring

Welcome to the first Peace X Peace Forum! These forums, which we hope to host regularly, will take on pressing issues in the world of peacebuilding and gender. This time, we have gathered women from around the Middle East – from Egypt to Tunisia and beyond – to discuss how women have influenced the Arab Spring, and the impact it has had on them. We hope you enjoy this discussion and add your own thoughts in the…


Added by Caroline Anderson on March 26, 2012 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Operationalizing Developmental Evaluation and Reflective Practice in Project Design: Part III

This is Part III of an ongoing discussion. See Parts I and II here and here.

Mark Rogers recently noted on the Learning Portal that formal, summative…


Added by Jonathan White on March 26, 2012 at 3:26pm — No Comments


Liberian youths are expected to join millions of youth and children around the world in observance of the 2012 Global Youth Service Day.

The Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning.

Established in the United States 1988, and globally in 2000, the Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world- and the…


Added by James Koryor on March 26, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Media lynch mob pursues "justice" in Trayvon Martin case

Is George Zimmerman an innocent man?

Even though he hasn’t even been charged with a crime, let alone convicted, the prospect that Zimmerman acted in self defense seems inconceivable, thanks in no small part to the tone, tenor, and volume of the media’s coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Of course, Zimmerman may be guilty, and may have acted with racial malice. But should the media determine this?

As a peace journalism instructor, one of the things I teach my…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 26, 2012 at 12:37pm — No Comments

USIP Training Course Coming Soon!

The United States Institute of Peace’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding will be offering a course called “Building Bridges through Intergroup Dialogue” April 9 – April 13, 2012. Intergroup Dialogue (ID) is a tool practitioners can use to engage alienated groups in safe conversation about their identities with the goal of improving understanding, dismantling perceptions of the “other,” and creating alliances that can help pave the way to greater intergroup…


Added by Nathaniel Wilson on March 26, 2012 at 10:53am — No Comments

PCDN now has 24,400 members, please invite 10 more members each to join and help us reach 100,000

Recently, the Peace and Collaborative Network site's membership reached over 24,400. There are currently members from over 190 countries around the world. Experiences and backgrounds of individuals on the site range from undergraduate students in North America, Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Mid-East, mid to senior level professionals in development, conflict resolution, human rights, social entrepreneurship, etc. working in all regions of the world and scholars/academics. The site is now…


Added by Craig Zelizer on March 26, 2012 at 10:32am — 29 Comments

Mediation, 1st Impressions & Thin Slices

If first impressions are so important in a variety of interactions and professions, what role could it play in mediation sessions? 

These first impressions are based on, and often are accurate yet done subconsciously,…

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 26, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Dr. Madhu Krishan Conferred Doctorate Degree to H.E.Matthias Friedrich Bork of Canada  &

His Eminence Most Rev. Dr. Madhu Krishan, The Founder & Chairman Of Academy Of Universal Global Peace (AUGP), Conferred Doctorate Degree to H.E. Sir Matthias Friedrich Bork of Canada.He is also Ordained as International Governor Of AUGP in Canada on the recommendation of…

Added by World News - Academy Of Peace on March 26, 2012 at 6:12am — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Crispin Maslog from the Philippines has been advocating for a 2nd Green Revolution for Asia. I wonder what fellow development stakeholders think about this afterthought.


The Green Revolution was waged beginning in the 1960s, with no less than Philippine technocrats and industry players praising the UN-led initiative to high praises. The…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 26, 2012 at 3:57am — No Comments

A Somali journalist survives an assassination attempt to be killed

Unidentified Somali gunmen have tried on Sunday evening to carry out an assassination attempt against a journalist working for Shabelle Media Network based in the capital, Mogadishu, Shabelle Media reports.

Muhaydin Hassan Mohammed also well-known…


Added by Mohamed Ali Abdi (Royter) on March 25, 2012 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Somali TV journalist Abdulkadir Muse received his freedom after six days in jail.

By: Mohamed Ali Abdi (Royter) 25, March 2012.

In 15, March 2012 a Puntland police and Puntland Intelligence Agency …


Added by Mohamed Ali Abdi (Royter) on March 25, 2012 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Political Science & Middle East Studies, Israel 5-30 July 2012


The summer programme is intended for graduate students preferably, though not essential, who are in the process of studying courses associated with the Middle East. All participants must be fluent in English.


Contest – winner will get 50% off the local expenses fees & tuition scholarship. This applies to first time participants only. For details of the Summer Programme please visit the…


Added by Shiri Salant Fein on March 25, 2012 at 7:12am — No Comments

The Consequences of Attack on Iran

With the continuing violence and wars in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, now we are hearing loud noises and threats of attack on Iran. There is a dire need to expose the bogus calls of war propaganda and work for a safer environment in the Middle East.

Just after the protests outside the British Embassy in Tehran recently, William Hague, the UK Defence Minister put forward a plan to attack Iran (another Muslim country) which will open up another venue for the military to engage in future…


Added by Hur Hassnain on March 24, 2012 at 10:37am — No Comments

The Shifting Strategies of Empire

Remarks at the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Conference:

President Obama this week declared the war on Iraq to be an honorable success that has given us a brighter future. Are you fired up? Ready to go?

Eric Holder this month explained that it's legal for a president to kill anyone anywhere, or to imprison them, or to spy on them. I started to get upset about this, but then I remembered that Holder is a Democrat. That made me feel much better.

Leon Panetta…


Added by David Swanson on March 23, 2012 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Peace & Security Report - 03/23/2012 - 3 Days to Application Deadline

IPSI's Peace & Security Report (PSR) is a concise weekly e-publication intended to brief busy students, academics, advocates, and practitioners in the conflict management community on pertinent global news, events, and trends.  Meticulously researched and written by IPSI, the PSR empowers us all to take a step back from our immediate deadlines each Friday and gain a greater understanding of the week's global events.…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on March 23, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments

CfA: Summer School on Socio-Economic Aspects of Conflict Resolution, Dushanbe, August 20-26, 2012

CfA: Summer School on Socio-Economic Aspects of Conflict Resolution

August 20-26, 2012

The Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) at the University of Marburg is delighted to announce the Call for Applications for the international summer school “The Socio-Economic Dimension of…

Added by Tome Sandevski on March 23, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Venice School of Human Rights 2012 - CALL FOR APPLICATION


The 3rd edition of Venice School of Human Rights will take place from 28 June till 7 July 2012.

The goal of the Venice School is to allow its participants to be updated on the state of the art debate on human rights issues and to stimulate a reflection on the actual challenges faced by human rights actors worldwide.

After a first session common to all participants dedicated to a general introduction on…


Added by EIUC - Human Rights on March 23, 2012 at 7:32am — No Comments

European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation 2012/2013 - CALL FOR APPLICATION

Dear Friends,

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is proud to launch the 16th edition of its European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) 2012/2013.

E.MA is an intensive one-year master's programme aimed at educating professionals in human rights, democracy, peace and development. The programme offers an action- and policy-oriented approach to learning which combines interdisciplinary perspectives…


Added by EIUC - Human Rights on March 23, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza


India is gearing up to become a science superpower. Millions of youth are being urged to take up science careers, and there’s sufficient reason to forecast the success of this expectation.


Federal institutions have already allotted no less than US $8B for science R&D to bring science to the next level. Do note that at this juncture, certain industrial sectors have…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 23, 2012 at 3:07am — No Comments

"Whatever Works" Doesn't Work

Transformative mediators are known for being very attached to their methods and not deviating from them. Other mediators tend to say it makes sense to do "whatever works" as a mediator, and not to be attached to one approach.  Click here for a discussion of why it makes sense to stick to one model.

Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on March 22, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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