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Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day from Manila!


The matter of official language for the ASEAN is among the issues arising as the Southeast Asian confederation is tightening its reins towards a federation-type economic union by 2015.


The possibility of a political union will float to the surface once that economic union will be in place. Political integration will most…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 28, 2011 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Lessons from the field of sport and peace

I started to write this blog about advice for practitioners, the importance of learning from failure and of conducting monitoring and evaluation for that purpose. It remains a good topic, but after spending the last few days with Generations For Peace "pioneers" and "delegates,"after hearing their stories and their wisdom, what i had written seemed less important, even silly.

The representative of Generations For Peace I spoke with were from Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. Though… Continue

Added by Meeghan Zahorsky on June 28, 2011 at 5:25pm — 4 Comments

June 2011 Inclusive Security Newsletter

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I. Recent Activities

Connecting Afghan Women Leaders with the Pentagon, White House, Congress, and US Media

From June 9 to 16, Inclusive Security…


Added by Inclusive Security on June 28, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Imagine a world where every community has an economic & culture incubator/social innovation centre.

In 2000 Peace & Conflict Planners became a pioneer in developing business incubators for private sector clients. We could immediately recognise the potential for these projects and centres for humanitarian development application.

For those of you not yet familiar with the term or concept, Business incubators are programs designed to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services, developed and… Continue

Added by John Meharg on June 28, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Divvying Up 1000 Hills

Originally posted on Search for Common Ground's blog:

As an American, it is, honestly, difficult to imagine a country where there just isn’t enough land. In many ways, Manifest Destiny (that oh so flawed theory that Americans had the right to all the land coast to coast) is nonetheless subconsciously instilled in me.  Some residue of the…


Added by Elise Webb on June 28, 2011 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment

American Empire Part 1: Dawn Of A New Century


The American Empire came into full being after its main rival, the Soviet Union, collapsed. The US then found itself  as the world’s sole military and economic superpower. With this new found position in the world, America could have used its power to help those in need and aid in global security. However, the events of 9/11 changed all of this and the US went from a once proud, powerful,… Continue

Added by Devon DB on June 28, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Nonviolence Education Institute (NEI), July 11 to 21 in Providence, Rhode Island

Nonviolence Education Institute (NEI). NEI is an opportunity to strategize with other educators and school personnel on how to create a more peaceful, respectful and positive learning environment for you and your students.  NEI will provide you with the time to reflect on yourself and your commitment to education and to improving yourself as a participant in a learning community, along with gaining knowledge and tools on how to implement nonviolence practices… Continue

Added by Amy Dillon on June 28, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Training in Connecticut, USA

The Connecticut Center for Nonviolence is offering Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Training at Central Connecticut State University from July 11th- July 23, 2011.


This intensive training seminar is based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence and

provides participants with an introduction to nonviolence conflict reconciliation. The seminar is ideal for teachers, students, counselors, social workers,…


Added by Amy Dillon on June 28, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Mediating Peace in Libya

As a professional mediator and author of Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts, I have come up with essential strategies for negotiating peace in Libya. While the US has committed to spending more than $100 million a month in Libya since February 2011 for a military presence, attempts towards peace negotiations are clearly ineffective and have failed.


Spending money as a philosophical humanitarian gesture falls far short…


Added by Doug Noll on June 28, 2011 at 3:15pm — 1 Comment

AshokaU & TechChange TwitterChat: Tech Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

(Cross-posted from the TechChange blog)


Have ideas for new models in higher education that use…


Added by TechChange on June 28, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Research that is action

Thank you for your eloquent posting, Amanda, and I hope your research endeavors will be fruitful! As you alluded to, some researchers have found that the next step to claiming (political, conceptual and perceptual) impartiality in research is to actively aim to engender social change through research. If done well, 'action research' is also participatory - thereby empowering those who were traditionally the subjects of research to become the agents of (their own) social change. The Life and…


Added by Nikki Slocum-Bradley on June 28, 2011 at 8:09am — 2 Comments

This Week in the World of Conflict… June 20th- 26th, 2011

• Monday marked World Refugee Day, the 60th anniversary of the creation of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The UNHCR released its annual report on the state of the world’s refugees to coincide with this day. An estimated 80% of the world’s refugees now live in developing countries and yet anti-refugee sentiment is growing in industrialized nations.

• ActionAid released a new report entitled “A Second Global Food Crisis” highlighting the most recent statistics on food production, prices and… Continue

Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 27, 2011 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Are you part of positive change in the Arab world? Share your story!

What do you think of when you hear “Arab world” or “Middle East and North Africa”? All too often, the first images that come to mind are “politicians gathering to talk about the economy, employment rates or education; or an analyst breaking down headline news stories,” writes Lulua Asaad in an article for the Common Ground News Service. But there are many other images and stories that are part of this…


Added by CGNews on June 27, 2011 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

When the Public Rises, We'll Want an Ally in Congress

For the majority of people in the United States -- a majority does not vote, a majority believes the government is broken, a majority thinks our public policy is headed in the wrong direction -- the fact that we call this place a democracy is apparently outweighed by the fact that our national government almost never does what a majority of us want done. Some of the things we don't want done include the destruction of the planet's environment, the mass slaughter of war, the spreading of…


Added by David Swanson on June 27, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments

"So What's Your Hypothesis? : A Word on Research Methods

About a week and half ago, during one of my site visits in Berlin, a practitioner (with a B.A. in political science) said to me, “Your project sounds fascinating. What’s the hypothesis behind your work?”

I was taken off guard. Surprisingly, no one had asked me that question yet. I felt a little silly, coming from Georgetown and all, notebook in hand, doing site observations and suddenly thinking to myself, “I don’t know. Do I have a hypothesis?” I was whisked back to every science…


Added by Amanda Munroe on June 27, 2011 at 8:53am — 21 Comments

Whats Happening In Conflict Resolution 06.28.11

Defying The Rules of Conflict Resolution (Israel & Palestine)


The study of conflict resolution is prefaced on the notion that two parties in conflict desire a mutually acceptable resolution to their dispute, however intractable it…


Added by Jeff Thompson on June 27, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Existential Crisis in Pakistan explored

Pakistan is facing an existential crisis which emanates from several internal and external factors. First, the external factors are considered.  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.…


Added by Sohail Mahmood on June 27, 2011 at 2:31am — No Comments

MEMOIRS FROM THE SCHOOL WAR ZONE- Peace Starts with Education

It's not about the "stuff"! 

Last year, on the first day of school, a small boy entered the classroom and blurted out, "What kind of stuff we gonna learn this year?"  Since he was one of those eager kids who shows up early for the first day of class I…


Added by Steve Poynter on June 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

So where do we go from here


I am constantly aware that my Grandchildren have "no " friends.

That is they live on a meandering country lane in a quiet farm town and yet they are not allowed out without a parent present! They learn to ride bicycles with arm pads knee pads and helmet safely in place and they are moving on to a "green " school with over a hundred acres cows and Llamas included.

Play dates are arranged and supervised and for a fixed amount of time on the weekend when time is precious…


Added by Anne D Kasday on June 26, 2011 at 3:25pm — No Comments

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