Added by TransConflict on February 3, 2016 at 6:45am — No Comments
We know the cycle of violence, many of us have spent decades intervening in interpersonal, intergroup and international conflicts working to free conflicting parties from the deadly trap of conflict escalation. We know that during escalation, aggrieved parties feel justified in striking back, are more easily inclined to use coercion and higher levels of violence, support breaking off communications between/among parties and rely instead on rumor and stereotyping, and replace any known…Continue
Added by TransConflict on January 4, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments
Many potential students get to know our programs by enrolling to take a single course with us. This is a great way to "sample" the programs before applying. It lets you assess if the content of the program meets your goals and interests, and if the structure of the program is manageable given your other commitments.
These are 3-credit graduate level courses, and require that students have completed a bachelor's degree in order to enroll. If you take a course as a non-degree…Continue
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(This post was originally published at my blog, Peace Reflections. I am reproducing it here because I think the topic has not been given as much space in the international media as it should)
About three weeks ago, on November 5, a dam burst in the district of Mariana, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In a…Continue
Added by Roberta Holanda Maschietto on November 26, 2015 at 1:16pm — No Comments
The Boston Globe published an article I wrote about some of my thoughts as a Muslim-American regarding the recent events of terrorism and their aftermath. Please read and share so that this kind of perspective may be better known and understood amid the present public discourse around Islam, the West, and terrorism.…
Added by Saadia Ahmad on November 23, 2015 at 10:49am — No Comments
Meet Padre (Father) Vilson Groh. Padre Vilson lives and works in the community of Mont Serrat which is located in the hills overlooking the city of Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Padre Vilson is the embodiment of a true resolutionary - one of the discernable characteristics being that there is always a line…Continue
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By James M. Dorsey
The rise of Islamic State (IS) beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq over the past one year has drawn comparison with the spread of communism more than a century ago. It has also pitted proponents of kinetic realpolitik seeking military defeat of the extremist against supporters of the notion that jihadism poses primarily an ideational threat.
However both schools of the debate focus on the violent nature of the threat and ways to neutralise it rather than on…Continue
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By James M. Dorsey
European officials, describing recruitment efforts by the Islamic State in Bosnia Herzegovina, mired in a toxic mix of economic malaise and ethnic tension, reportedly fear they may regret having failed to tackle the country’s structural problems in the two decades since the end of the Yugoslav wars.
The regret could apply to any number of failures to tackle root problems that have prompted lone wolves to strike fear in major European cities, at tourist…Continue
Added by James M Dorsey on June 29, 2015 at 8:04am — No Comments
The postulates and prophesies of the impressively credentialed psychologist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, formerly at MIT and now at Harvard, appear to be everywhere. He is a darling of the New York Times and endless variations on his ex cathedra pronouncements concerning a purported global decline in violence echo across the media. Violence, he intones repeatedly, “has been…Continue
By James M. Dorsey
It’s almost a year since a US-led coalition launched air strikes and increased support of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in a bid to degrade and destroy the self-styled Islamic State; yet the jihadist group that has conquered a swath of Syria and Iraq has demonstrated resilience despite suffering significant losses.
The limited impact of the airstrikes and Iraqi ground operations raises the spectre of a longer term existence of a disruptive entity in the…
Added by James M Dorsey on May 14, 2015 at 10:20am — No Comments
By James M. Dorsey
Founders of many modern states, including stalwarts of anti-terrorism like Israel and allies in the war on terror like the Kurds, achieved goals with political violence that killed innocent people and would be classified today as terrorism. In fact, the history of political violence mitigates in favour of recognizing it as a reflection of deep-seated social, economic and political problems -- rather than demonising it through terms like terrorism or evil.
TransConflict is pleased to present the eleventh edition of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation newsletter, available by visiting: http://www.transconflict.com/2015/03/the-eleventh-gcct-newsletter/ We very…Continue
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An Interview with Jackson Doliscar, Part IIContinue
Added by Other Worlds on January 28, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
By Colin Cookman
During the year of “transition” in Afghanistan in 2014, attention was focused on whether or not the government would survive. The greatest threat was not…Continue
Added by Viola Gienger on January 14, 2015 at 1:21pm — No Comments