October 2009 Blog Posts (85)

October 2009 Newsletter - Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution


Vol. 3, Issue 5, October 2009


Editor: Lori-Ann Stephensen, lstephea@gmu.edu


Monitoring the 2009 Afghan Elections

By Agnieszka Paczynska, ICAR Faculty

Unusual Pairs: CRDC Honors Kabawat

Citizen Diplomacy Highlighted at Film Screening

By… Continue

Added by S-CAR at GMU on October 15, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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I am glad to offer a FREE Course - to go along with my book. I normally charge $200 to write and release rights to an original course in Conflict Analysis & Resolution - or related field.

I will send you a customized FREE course - for 16 weeks, 12 weeks, 1 Day Training or 2 day Training - to meet the needs of your institution ALONG WITH at least 1-2 Free Role-Plays for training/practice of Mediation Techniques & Skills.

Email me here - or directly… Continue

Added by Dr. Mary Kendall Hope on October 15, 2009 at 10:09am — 1 Comment

No Chance to Paint the Canvas- The World's First Film about Civil Society on a Global Scale

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Added by Adam Greenwell on October 15, 2009 at 12:49am — No Comments

What is a Gang?

Gangs have been around for thousands of years in various shapes and forms. From wild bands of renegade tribes, to the complexity of the Roman Empire. Most gangs are originally formed in by people with like minded views and life situations. Not all gangs are violent and the ones that are almost always started off as more of a brotherhood and camaraderie. Search for identity and belonging is one of the biggest factors that attracts people into gangs. The biggest instigator in identity of early… Continue

Added by Steven Wyttree on October 14, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

New Book and Suffering

Well, I have been very busy suffering from being authentically human. I suffer when I connect with others who suffer, I suffer when I see inauthentic activity at every turn masking as action toward solving or at least attempting to resolve the conflict. I suffer when other are not suffering when there is great need for compassion and kindness. I suffer from lack of understanding---yours and mine. I suffer when I look at my image in the mirror and realize what it took to get me here, the… Continue

Added by Grace Eagle Reed on October 14, 2009 at 2:24pm — No Comments

UN Peacekeeping and Local Sex Industries

“Peacekeeping economies” have not been subject to much analysis of either their economic or socio-cultural and political impacts. A paper just published by MICROCON, entitled, 'UN Peacekeeping Economies and Local Sex Industries: Connections and Implications' uses a gendered lens to explore some ramifications and lasting implications of peacekeeping… Continue

Added by John Spall on October 14, 2009 at 12:02pm — 5 Comments

Nobel Peace Prize 2008/2009

When Nobel committee last year selected Mr. Ahtisaari – an unofficial spokesperson of US State department and Nato – as Nobel prize Peace laureate this years selection was not surprise. The bright side is that Mr.Obama has not (hopefully yet) junked the original criteria (“to contribute to fraternity in the world, to reduce armies and to establish peace congresses”) for Nobel peace prize as it was case with Ahtisaari. More in general in my article “… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on October 14, 2009 at 8:32am — No Comments

Pakistan and US relations

Kerry-Lugar bill passed by the United States Congress offered $7.5 billion in assistance over the next five years. The Kerry-Lugar bill had now been sent to President Obama for signing. The bill had authorized civilian assistance to Pakistan in the areas of health care, democratic institution and economic development. The strict measures of accountability were only to ensure that the money was spent only for the purposes earmarked.

Meanwhile, the United States had insisted that there was… Continue

Added by Sohail Mahmood on October 13, 2009 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Request for Proposals for International Charitable Projects

We are One Concept International and we advise US-based churches on legal matters, financial management and international charitable spending (www.oneconceptintl.com). Our firm is seeking Requests For Proposals from small-to-medium sized US-based nonprofits currently engaged in charitable works in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or the Caribbean for inclusion in our project database and for consideration by our clients. We have a particular interest in projects in the following areas of… Continue

Added by Idara E. Bassey on October 13, 2009 at 11:55am — No Comments

Building world peace through music

Dear collegues, i would like to bring to your attention the idea that i have been thinking about. Music reaches a large spectrum of people. Would it not be possible therefore to use Music as a means of preaching peace in the world?. Think about the youthfull population which is always involved in armed coflicts forinstance and yet music appeals most to this age group?.

I believe that if nations can support music whose message is pointed towards peace, the world can change a great… Continue

Added by AHUMUZA JOHN VIANNEY on October 13, 2009 at 9:28am — 3 Comments

University of Ulster Honours John Hume

Nobel laureate John Hume has been honoured by the University of Ulster for a unique peace role that has given the University’s Magee campus an unrivalled international profile.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett said at a celebration dinner in the Great Hall, Magee on Friday night: “The lengthy list of men and women of distinction who have delivered ‘Tip’ O’Neill Peace Lectures at the personal invitation of John Hume underlines his international stature as a statesman and… Continue

Added by INCORE on October 13, 2009 at 4:22am — No Comments

Should The Palestinians Accept A Jewish State? A Constructive Debate Between Israeli and Palestinian writers.

In Haaretz, my fruitful exchange/debate with Palestinian writer Aziz Abu Sarah on whether the Palestinians should accept Israel as a Jewish state. Paradoxically this is one of my most conservative (I side with Netanyahu) and radical (see conclusion) articles ever. I also believe that this exchange is one of the most original and creative surrounding this topic. I urge you to pass this to friends, repost on your blogs… Continue

Added by Roi Ben-Yehuda on October 12, 2009 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Is the world becoming a more peaceful or more violent place?

How can we compare with empirical evidence that the world is becoming more violent place?

Added by Md. Zahid Hassan on October 12, 2009 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Connecting the Pieces of Peace

Reflections on IRD, PB and ANV.... at my blog

Added by Jonathan Rudy on October 11, 2009 at 6:22pm — No Comments

El diálogo y las negociaciones como instrumentos de paz, motivos del Premio Nobel de la Paz 2009

Publicado por RAFAEL MEDINA ROSPIGLIOSI el octubre 10, 2009 a las 9:00am


El Comité Nobel Noruego ha decidido que el Premio Nobel de la Paz para 2009 es que se otorgará al Presidente Barack Obama por sus esfuerzos extraordinarios para fortalecer la diplomacia internacional y la cooperación entre los pueblos. El Comité ha dado gran importancia a la visión de Obama y de trabajar por un mundo sin armas nucleares.

Obama tiene… Continue

Added by RAFAEL MEDINA ROSPIGLIOSI on October 10, 2009 at 11:39am — No Comments

Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama

Obama’s Nobel : A Hope Not Yet An Achievement

Rene Wadlow*

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population. Nobel Committee Statement

The five-person Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee has chosen… Continue

Added by Rene Wadlow on October 10, 2009 at 5:46am — 2 Comments

Wat Doi Suthep : A Peacebuilder’s Perspective

About 15 kilometers north from Chiang Mai, the holy shrine of Doi Suthep is located at the half way of the hill at about 1678 meters from sea level in Thailand. It was believed to be founded in 1383, and has a history of expansion and renovation over a period of time. It is one of the important Buddhist shrine in Thailand, and probably the most important in Chiang Mai.

Legends have it to say that this place was explored with an aid of an elephant in order to enshrine the relic of the… Continue

Added by peace on October 9, 2009 at 11:09am — No Comments

Congratulation Obama!

Yes, now you have more responsibilities than ever.Keep up your words and help make our common home peaceful.

Added by peace on October 9, 2009 at 11:05am — No Comments

I love Obama as a choice

The very same moment it was announced, became a "stunning choice". Of cores. It's easy to see as wrong, yet hard to believe in the idea behind. I love it, as I love all USA controversies. And will truly enjoy in Obama's first statement in the occasion - I can bet he will address the "stunning" nature of it.

Let me spice this a bit more: Obama is third USA president to gets peace Nobel. Here is a nice first hand… Continue

Added by Jelena Grujic Zindovic on October 9, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Scandal: Obama gets the "peace prize"

In his will, Alfred Nobel states the criteria for awarding the prize:

Two general expressions, for all the five prizes:

«during the preceding year»

«has conferred the greatest benefit on mankind»

and four expressions that apply particularly to the peace prize*:

- "brotherhood among nations"

- "abolition or reduction of standing armies"

- "for the holding and promotion of peace congresses"

- "champions of… Continue

Added by Jan Oberg on October 9, 2009 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

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