Hello, hope all is well!
Sorry, several of the This Week in Conflict reports are a little late this week, as I have been without power or Internet since Tuesday, one of the side-effects of living in a conflict zone. As such, stories are only updated until Tuesday evening. I will try to keep to a consistent posting schedule, as much as my access to the Internet allows me.
This Week in Conflict is now being divided…Continue
Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 25, 2011 at 12:53pm — No Comments
MULTIPOLAR POWER ARRANGEMENT MUST BE ADVANCED!
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
The rugs under our feet are changing fast. Even before the changes, brought forth by globalization and rising new economic powers, took place in the early 1990s, this analyst was already of the mindset towards building a (a) strong ASEAN and (b) re-engineer the global context towards multipolarity.
At that time, the Soviet Union just collapsed, with…Continue
Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 24, 2011 at 6:32pm — No Comments
(Cross posted from TechChange Blog)
Over the weekend TechChange had the opportunity to teach a two-day course on Technology and Peacebuilding at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University. This was a first for S-CAR students and we were excited…Continue
Added by TechChange on June 24, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments
In my professional opinion as a reconstruction expert, I fully support the Obama Administration with their bold move to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and all 33,000 surge troops by September 2012.
If America had unlimited resources, time, and funding it would be ideal to continue rebuilding Afghanistan.
But, the reality is that the American, and global, economy are largely dictating the direction of the mission activities in…Continue
Added by Dr. Sarah Meharg on June 24, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments
On Monday 7 March 2011, Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice, tabled the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Regimes Act in Parliament aimed at freezing assets that former repressive foreign leaders may hold in Canada. Minister Lawrence Cannon said that “Today I tabled the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Regimes Act in Parliament to give the Government of Canada new and more robust tools in our fight against corruption and the misappropriation of state funds…Continue
Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on June 24, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments
'We want to be the world leader in terms of making a real impact in this absolutely vital area.'
The words of Henry Bellingham MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, speaking for the government during the Westminster Hall debate on 21 June…
In this week’s PSR: India & Sri Lanka; Congo sexual violence; Senegal politics; New Somali PM; Zimbabwe to export diamonds; Brazil slum clean-up; Mexican drug wars; Venezuelan prison riots; Cambodia genocide trials; China/Vietnam tensions; South Korean refugee centers; New Belarus sanctions; Russian opposition party banned; BBC journalist detained; Bahrain opposition leaders; Anti-Israel app; Jail break in Yemen; Afghan troop withdrawals; India/Pakistan peace talks; Nepal’s…Continue
The Global War on Terror has taken its toll on Pakistan. The country has been shaken badly by it. Meanwhile, Pakistan is faced with a serious political economy crisis. Unmistakably, the Army and also the Gillani Government has been paralyzed by recent terrorist incidents. More importantly, the paralysis is because of incapacity and lack of vision. Sadly speaking, the Gillani Government does not even have a counter insurgency strategy of any substance…Continue
I believe that the United States has come to the same realization as all other nations that have tried to occupy and/or tame Afghanistan. That is to say, to assume Afghanistan is a sovereign nation similar to many other nations of the world, is a mistake, and often a costly one. When the history, culture and long paradigm of Afghanistan is examined it comes to light that it is only assumed to be similar to other nations because the Western powers drew a border around a large territory and…Continue
Added by William John Castello on June 23, 2011 at 10:52pm — No Comments
Added by Tobias Denskus on June 23, 2011 at 10:49pm — No Comments
I am currently running a blog site called Communication Crisis. The blog is running alongside ethnographic research into the ways in which people and organisations in political crisis situations are effected by limitations in communication and the ways and modes in which people bypass these limitations: This might be because various forms of telecommunications are not present/are limited generally and/or it might be because…Continue
Added by Laura Morris on June 23, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Evidence Project Internship Opportunity - The National Security Archive
The National Security Archive* is seeking an intern to work on its newly founded Evidence Project for the fall 2011 semester in Washington, DC. The internship entails providing support on researching human rights cases and gathering documents to be used as evidence in human rights trials around Latin America and in Spain.
Internship tasks may include:
Added by Emily Willard on June 23, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments
Ahead of the Kazan meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents, although it's by no means clear what will happen (and when) even if the Basic Principles are signed, Conflict Voices is now http://peace.oneworld.am. Please update your…Continue
Do you ever wish the world was equal? That regardless of race, class, caste, religion, age, or even experience, you were valued as much as everyone else?
This is what yoga does. I have some experience in yoga, having taught for a few years and practiced before then. That doesn't mean I am any higher than anyone else.
I remember my first "student-teacher" class, my Yin instructor, Aradhana Kaur, was taken aback with the number of new students who came into what…Continue
Added by sowmya ayyar on June 23, 2011 at 3:06am — No Comments
PH AN EMERGING POWER PER UK PRONOUNCEMENT
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Good day to you fellow global citizens!
Just recently, a team from the British diplomatic corps made an unusual pronouncement in Manila: that Philippines is an emerging power. For a world power that once conquered Manila during the world war between the empires of Spain and Britain, the UK remark is truly unusual.
Cordially and tactfully…Continue
Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 22, 2011 at 6:25pm — No Comments
(Cross-posted from TechChange Blog)
The revolutions sweeping the Middle East and North Africa have captured the collective attention of the world, and with good reason: the images of millions mobilized in Cairo, the thousands protesting under threat of gunfire in Syria and Bahrain, and the…Continue
Added by TechChange on June 22, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments
Since Paul Collier began to work on the economic correlates of conflict a lot of attention has been focused on extractive industries. A fair amount of attention has been focused on mining and its relationship to violent conflict. Conflict diamonds, conflict focusing on the mining and trade in minerals such as tantalum in the DRC, and the impact of large mining projects such as the Panguna mine in Bougainville. I think there’s a good case to be made that mining done irresponsibly or badly…Continue