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Statement from the AMAN 20th Anniversary Assembly, Pattani

We the AMAN* Anniversary Assembly of 2011, firmly believe that the diversity of the cultures on Earth today is our strength, which should be nurtured and protected. Diversity gives us identity and the means to know, respect and celebrate each other, living together in peace.

We are convinced that peace amidst diversity is achievable. But, in a rapidly globalising world, we are also convinced that to make Peace achievable we must:

1. recognise and respect human dignity

2.… Continue

Added by peace on February 2, 2011 at 9:03pm — No Comments

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Hello and welcome to my blog about our project to create a global peace monument.If you get a chance to see our website at it will be better than me trying to explain it here but our main aim is to create a structure that every nation and an entire generation of the worlds children can contribute to.We started it about 2 years ago and considering we had no funding, contacts or experience we are doing pretty well. The issue we are…


Added by Stephen Ward on February 2, 2011 at 6:16pm — No Comments

How to simplify complex legal choices for social entrepreneurs

Robert A. Wexler explores how we can better understand the legal alternatives for creating organizations in the social sector, recently posted on


"Metaphors, Models, Charts, and Choices"

"There has got to be a way to explain this stuff to regular people, I keep telling myself.  How can I explain the laws that affect social enterprises to social entrepreneurs and other non-lawyers…


Added by Courtney Ivins on February 2, 2011 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Youth Development Is Security: Cairo Edition

Youth development, as I’ve developed a habit of saying, is security. As we have all watched unrest, riots and protests throughout Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordon, and previously in Iran, I continue to believe this truth.

Numerous analysts have noted how young “the Arab world” (we’ll set aside the fuzziness of that term for now) is. Stanford reports that 37% of Tunisia’s population is young (defined as…


Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on February 2, 2011 at 4:14pm — 2 Comments

TransConflict - January Review

Dear All,

Please find below links to a selection of articles published by TransConflict throughout January:

Kosovo – what a mess - by Gerard Gallucci - given the spate of bad news emerging from Kosovo in recent weeks, the only way forward is for the international community to again attempt to achieve a political solution, this time with…

Added by Ian Bancroft on February 2, 2011 at 7:13am — No Comments

Hopes for an Armenia-Azerbaijan peacebuilding center in Georgia

Armenia and Azerbaijan as seen from Tekali, Georgia © Onnik Krikorian 2011

TEKALI, Georgia -- May 2011 will mark the 17th anniversary of the 1994 ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan which effectively put the conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh on hold. Since then, in…


Added by Onnik Krikorian on February 2, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

The domino effect of Arab unrest (on CNN)

Today, all Arabs are asking the same question: after Tunisia and Egypt, who is next? There are, however, many differences between these two countries as well as between them and the rest of the Arab world. In each country, there are certain characteristics that may make replicating the uprising less likely. Unlike Tunisia and Egypt, Jordan is a kingdom; Syria is a security controlled state, Yemen is a tribal society, and Sudan is ethnically divided.


Despite all these…


Added by Ibrahim Sharqieh on February 1, 2011 at 6:26pm — 9 Comments

ICRD Monthly Update: New Book from ICRD Proposes Expanded Approach for U.S. Foreign Policy

January 31, 2011


How should the United States deal with the challenge of religious terrorism and other forms of identity-based conflict that permeate today’s geopolitical landscape? Religion, Terror, and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement, the latest book from ICRD, argues that it will require rethinking old assumptions, expanding the scope of policymaking, and departing…


Added by Int Ctr for Religion & Diplomacy on February 1, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Egypt: Unrest Spreads to Sinai

A Bedouin youth casually spreads out a piece of cloth before a police headquarters in Sheikh Zwayyed town in Sinai, the vast desert area to the east of Cairo across the Suez. "I will leave when Mubarak leaves," he says.

He joins hundreds of others. They have broken through into the police station already, and are now camping there to demand a change in government. Most youth are Bedouin, originally a nomadic tribe in the desert, who’ve been fighting for their rights for years. Over…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 1, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Israel calls on West to hold back criticism of Egypt's Mubarak

Israel is urging Western powers to refrain from criticizing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak amid large-scale opposition protests.

Tel Aviv is seeking to convince the West that it is in its interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime.

Haaretz quoted senior Israeli officials as saying the Foreign Ministry had sent cables to around a dozen key embassies in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and several European countries, ordering ambassadors to stress to…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 1, 2011 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Echo from Tunisia and Egypt: Jordan’s King Dismisses Cabinet After Protests

Jordan's King Abdullah II has fired his government in the wake of street protests and asked an ex-prime minister to form a new Cabinet, ordering him to launch immediate political reforms.

The dismissal follows several large protests across Jordan— inspired by similar demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt — calling for the resignation…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on February 1, 2011 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Decades in the Making: The U.S. Police State

Andrew Kolin's new book "State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush" actually begins with the war for independence and continues into the Obama years. A 231-page monotone recounting of endless facts, it doesn't pick up with Bush the Lesser until page 137. Kolin chronicles a gradual slide into an imperial presidency that really got going after World War II. Along the way he chronicles the damage done to the forces of resistance, making a compelling case that…


Added by David Swanson on February 1, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments

Starting a Career Building Peace (advice for college career counselors, faculty, and students)

Starting a Career Building Peace


This brief article published in the February 1, 2011 edition of Career Convergence provides basic advice for college/university career counselors, faculty, and students on pursuing a career in peacebuilding.  It also presents a basic model for understanding the peace and conflict field.

Added by David J. Smith on February 1, 2011 at 10:32am — 6 Comments

Whats Happening In Conflict Resolution [02.01.11]

ODR Blog: ODR, By Any Other Name… Join The Hunt?

Noam Ebner- Preparing for, and participating in, Cyberweek… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on February 1, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Gaza-Sderot: Moving from Crisis to Sustainability

We would lke to invite you to the Gaza-Sderot conference. The conference, the first of its kind, will bring together academics, professionals from Gaza, the West Bank and Israel and residents of the region to address issues facing all of us-civil society, community, education, environment, politics, health and more.


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Added by Merav Moshe Grodofsky on February 1, 2011 at 4:10am — No Comments

Some pros and limitations of doing a PhD in international development studies

If you ever found yourself asking the question 'Should I do a PhD in international development?' (or, for that matter, peace or conflict studies) then this post may be of interest to you:

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Added by Tobias Denskus on January 31, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

The Art of Demonization

One of the oldest excuses for war is that the enemy is irredeemably evil. He worships the wrong god, has the wrong skin and language, commits atrocities, and cannot be reasoned with. The long-standing tradition of making war on foreigners and converting those not killed to the proper religion "for their own good" is similar to the current practice of killing hated foreigners for the stated reason that their governments ignore women's rights. From among the rights of women encompassed by such…


Added by David Swanson on January 31, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments

Open Letter in Support of the Egyptian People

My colleague, Joshua Stacher has put together an open letter to President Obama in support of the Egyptian people and is asking for individuals who are willing to sign the letter in support. Here is the original message with the link to the letter.


Dear Friends,

Jason Brownlee (UT Austin) and I wrote a letter to the US President about the situation in Egypt. Many of our colleagues, who work on the Middle East, have signed on. More names are rolling in.

Please… Continue

Added by Landon Hancock on January 31, 2011 at 11:14am — No Comments

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