All Blog Posts Tagged 'Crisis' (16)

3D Digital Humanitarians: The Irony

In 2009 I wrote this blog post entitled “The Biggest Problem with Crisis Maps.” The gist of the post: crises are dynamic over time and space but our crisis maps are 2D and static. More than half-a-decade later, Digital Humanitarians have still not escaped from …


Added by Patrick Meier on July 23, 2015 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Social Media for Disaster Response – Done Right!

To say that Indonesia’s capital is prone to flooding would be an understatement. Well over 40% of Jakarta is at or below…


Added by Patrick Meier on June 30, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Towards Building a Consensus about the Permeability of National Sovereignty by * Eyob Asfaw Gemechu

Days are gone to get the sole pride of one’s national sovereignty whereas the whole world is confronted by multi-faceted challenges amounted from different corners. To our dismay, dictators are increasingly using to chant about   non-interventionist caveat for external actors.  Now a days, it seems so fashionable for illegitimate African rulers to contest their civilian peoples at the grass root level with evoking armed violence even after popular uprisings for objection of…


Added by Eyob Asfaw on June 4, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

MEDIA RESPONSIBILITY: A Contradiction of terms in the quest of Hankering for attention?

The role of media is equally important as the role of governments and state in relation to conflict. This article claims that the current attitude of media and the rush to compete for the dominance on the release of news-breaks constitutes a dangerous dynamic that can influence policy makers erroneously towards war. To illustrate this point the article refers to the current crisis in Ukraine.…


Added by FABIO ANDRES on May 1, 2014 at 5:20am — No Comments

Talking, Trust, Connecting, Rapport, Empathy? How It's Done In High-Risk Negotiation


“What is destroyed most in high tension situations is trust, and without trust, things will break down very quickly.  When they do, they are replaced by increased anxiety and confusion, destroying the participants’ ability to make good, long-term decisions.  …


Added by Jeff Thompson on December 5, 2013 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Greek Protests

I just had to share this pic I saw on Facebook this morning! I really like protest street art, and people's creativity about causes they care about continues to amaze me. It doesn't matter which side of the debate you are on, what you believe is the right "prescription"…


Added by Nemanja Grgic on February 12, 2012 at 2:30pm — 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

The Lingering Governance Crisis in Pakistan

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…


Added by Sohail Mahmood on June 24, 2011 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

The Conception and Birth of Peacetalk Quarterly Magazine

In starting any venture, the first step is the hardest. The idea to start a magazine line with focus on promoting peace has been on my mind since early last year. However, one thing or the other has always prevented me from taking an actual step toward crystallizing it. In retrospect I’ll have to admit it was nothing other than procrastination that kept me from starting out earlier.  Once I decided to take the first step there was this nagging feeling of I should have started long ago.…


Added by Kingsley Madueke on May 22, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

New Mediation Theory Book: The Guided Method of Mediation: A Return to the Original Ideals of ADR

The most comprehensive book of mediation theory and practice written to date. This book includes hands on techniques and method for providing mediation.

A new style of mediation theory, the guided method is presented with this work - expanding on the facilitative and directive styles of mediation. The…

Added by Dr. Mary Kendall Hope on March 30, 2010 at 4:57pm — 2 Comments

The new tradition of non-negotiation

I am a bit worried about a trend at the beginning of year 2009 - a trend I hope will not dominate the rest of the year. The phenomena in my mind is the new tradition of non-negotiation. Crisis management and solving conflicts will be much more harder if local stakeholders are unable even to talk each other.

Few examples from last weeks:

* Israel does not negotiate with Hamas so war and human catastrophe will continue before some outsiders are broking s.c. temporary… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on January 11, 2009 at 6:59am — No Comments

UN is sending Kosovo case to ICJ

The UN General Assembly is backing Serbia’s draft to request an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) about the legality of the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo. October 8th UNGA, by a recorded vote of 77 in favour to 6 against (Albania, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 74 abstentions, adopted a resolution drafted by Serbia.

The resolution

In initiating the resolution,… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on October 8, 2008 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Dividing Kosovo - a pragmatic solution to frozen conflict

Earlier this week Serbian President Boris Tadic stated, that he would not rule out partitioning Kosovo if all other options on Kosovo’s final status have been exhausted. "Intellectuals in Serbia and the international public are debating the issue of a partition and this is one of the options that have been emphasized all these years in searching for a solution to Kosovo's future status. I can only think about this when all other possibilities have been exhausted” Tadić told a news… Continue

Added by Ari Rusila on October 3, 2008 at 6:11am — No Comments

Georgia-South Ossetia-Russia: Proposals for Immediate Steps to be taken to End Hostilities and Address Short and Long-Term Conflict and Humanitarian Impact

The crisis in Georgia-South Ossetia has intensified, increasing civilian casualties and the potential for further regional expansion of the conflict. Continuation of the fighting will have negative immediate and long-term consequences for all parties and civilian populations in the region.

Immediate steps should be taken by all concerned actors, including the Russian Federation, Georgia,… Continue

Added by Kai Brand-Jacobsen on August 12, 2008 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

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