Our most recent issue of Peacebuilder magazine is now online. This issue focuses on the Middle East, and the successes and struggles of our graduates in that region. Follow the links below for specific articles, or click here for the full online issue.
Living in limbo: CJP alumni in the Middle East resist despair "'What applies in one place does not necessarily apply elsewhere. And what applies in one situation does not necessarily apply in another,' says Fadi el-Hajjar, MA ’06. A long-time peacebuilding practitioner in Lebanon now managing a 'strengthening civil peace in Lebanon' project for the United Nations Development Programme, el-Hajjar has begun to think more and more on the importance of wisdom. After more than 15 years in the field, he has discovered that 'the more you know, the more you know you need to know.'"
Keeping hope alive amid entrenched conflict "'Though often used interchangeably, hope and optimism represent different concepts,' says David Brubaker, PhD, associate professor of organizational studies. Optimism, or lack thereof, is short-term, pragmatic and based on specific facts. Hope, though, looks above and beyond specific facts; it is rooted in an idea often referenced by Martin Luther King, Jr. – that the 'arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.'"
Artful peace: alumni use the arts for conflict transformation, trau... "Feghali is convinced that the arts are not simply one of many peacebuilding tools. The arts, he says, are the only way to truly transform conflict and build peace, by speaking to people on multiple levels and by establishing deeper connection to the youth who will be dealing with conflicts in the future. 'The arts talk at all levels with people – it’s intellectual, emotional, physical . . . Arts is not a tool. It’s the only way.'"