June 2012 Blog Posts (144)

“Waiting for Helicopters”? Cholera, Prejudice, and the Right to Water in Haiti (Part II)

by Deepa Panchang

June 29, 2012

“Where you stand,” goes an old Haitian proverb, “depends on where you sit.” This article, the second in a series, will examine aid workers’ stereotypes and prejudices about residents of displacement camps in post-earthquake Haiti, stemming from acute disconnect between NGOs…


Added by Other Worlds on June 30, 2012 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

Experiential Peace Curriculum in Morocco

I recently had the pleasure of leading a “global hybrid” course to Morocco.  The curriculum was experiential, in that we traveled in country (Ifrane, Fes and Rabat) to attend classes on conflict and development in Morocco, cross cultural workshops and a series of meetings at schools, youth development organizations, human rights advocacy organizations and women’s democratic groups.  Of course, we also made…

Added by Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D. on June 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

"What an awesome week it has been!" Peace & Security Report 6/29/2012

IPSI's Peace & Security Report (PSR) is a concise weekly e-publication intended to brief busy students, academics, advocates, and practitioners in the conflict management community on pertinent global news, events, and trends.  Meticulously researched and written by IPSI, the PSR empowers us all to take a step back from our immediate deadlines each Friday and gain a greater understanding of the week's global events.…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on June 29, 2012 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Journalists pledge not to incite election violence in Kenya

Kenyan journalists won’t incite or fuel conflict during the March, 2013 election.

That pledge has been made by 37 journalists who have attended two Peace Journalism workshops this June in Eldoret and Nairobi. In these workshops, the participants, mostly radio journalists, have analyzed media’s central role in the 2007-2008 post election unrest, and promised to ensure that history does not repeat itself.…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on June 29, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Can the world agree to control the arms trade? by Ed Cairns

This article was originally posted on Insight on Conflict - the leading online resource on local peacebuilding.

Throughout most of July world governments will meet to work out the first international Arms Trade Treaty. Ed Cairns, Senior Policy Adviser at Oxfam, looks at the prospects for an effective…


Added by Insight on Conflict on June 29, 2012 at 7:11am — 2 Comments

Australia- No Stranger to Torture

Whilst it has been a somewhat silent history, Australia is no stranger to torture. As torture was employed on a regular basis against convicts brought to Australia, it was also inflicted on Aboriginal communities from 1788 and beyond. There are some horrific stories of broken bodies and unimaginable cruelty that have understandably been lost in history. However, this is the nature of torture; it inflicts silent suffering on its victims. When someone is tortured, their very humanity is…


Added by Aloysia Brooks on June 28, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Acceptable Levels of Violence?

“If I became a leader, am I a leader for Kikuyus (the largest tribe in Kenya) or for Kenyans? We cannot have 42 presidents, but can we have one president for all? We must build a culture of integrity and raise a new generation of leaders.”

Much like my last blog post, this one will be regarding culture and its effect on peace in a country. Unlike the previous post, however, I will not discuss how culture is a useful medium to promote peace, but in what ways culture…


Added by Joshua Peacock on June 28, 2012 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

9 Costs of Drone Strikes

The seduction of drones' short-term impacts loses its appeal alongside the significant long-term strategic and moral costs of this tactic.

Click here to read an analysis that pulls together recent reports and statements by the UN Human Rights Council, Former President Jimmy Carter, International Crisis Group, Washington Post, New York Times and more...

9 Costs of Drone…


Added by LisaSchirch on June 28, 2012 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

Economic dimensions of conflict transformation

Dear All,

TransConflict is pleased to present two new features exploring the economic dimensions of conflict transformation:
Economic interdependence in Cyprus - by Erdal Guryay and Costas Apostolides - A study of economic interdependence and its future prospects in Cyprus demonstrates the importance of economic ties…

Added by TransConflict on June 28, 2012 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

Interdisciplinary Research Projects and World Conference on Existential Harmony - 2014

The Background Paper Interdisciplinary Research Projects and World Conference on Existential Harmony - 2014


IASE (D) University and Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahar, Rajasthan, India have decided to launch a hydra-headed Interdisciplinary Research Project of…


Added by Dr. surendra pathak on June 28, 2012 at 2:42am — No Comments

Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon

In what is becoming increasingly clear, persistent violence and upheaval in Syria is spilling over its borders and affecting neighboring countries. Most recently, Syrian forces have allegedly shot down a Turkish jet, exacerbating tensions between Damascus and Ankara. Moreover, weapons, medical, and food supplies continue to be smuggled into Syria from all sides of its border. Though important, these issues often overshadow the human cost of the brutal civil war in Syria. The video below,…


Added by Jonathan Barsness on June 27, 2012 at 9:44pm — 2 Comments

Human Security Roundtable, Pakistan Delegation, QDDR and More...


Added by LisaSchirch on June 27, 2012 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Call for Applications for Peace X Peace Mentorship Program!

Peace X Peace, an international organization that promotes women's voices for peace, is seeking mentor and mentee applications for its Fall-Winter 2012 Peace Through Mentorship program!


The Program

This mentorship program is designed to foster a network of professional relationships between young women seeking to build peace and advance through their chosen professions and older women who seek to share their wisdom and experience. Mentors will be asked…


Added by Corinne Mitchell on June 27, 2012 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Host Families Needed for Armenian-Turkish Peacebuilding Program

Open Your Home - Make a Personal Contribution to Peace!

Volunteer to Host Young Change-Makers from Armenia and Turkey



Added by Aaron Karako on June 27, 2012 at 12:19pm — No Comments

When Getting Your Period Means Missing More than Gym Class

Kirsti Shields

United States

Today’s young girls will teach the next generation about puberty, sexuality, and reproductive health. The conspiracy of silence will have been…


Added by Caroline Anderson on June 27, 2012 at 8:37am — No Comments

Webinar: Idea Mapping- A Whole-Brain Visual Thinking Tool

Idea Mapping: A Whole-Brain Visual Thinking Tool

Presented by Jamie Nast

An idea map is powerful whole-brained visual thinking tool that enhances memory, note-taking skills, thought organization, planning, creativity, and communication.  It uses color, key…


Added by Jeff Thompson on June 27, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

“That was scary”: Diary Of A Peacekeeper In South Sudan

This is a guest post on how-matters.org by Lea Krivchenia, who brings the work of unarmed peacekeeping to life and helps folks understand this relatively new field. 

I sit on a sack of something – probably sorghum – in a trailor attached to a tractor, bracing myself against the bumps, a constant exercise on any road in South Sudan. The moon is bright above us, providing the only light in between the cattle camps, where…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on June 27, 2012 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi

I recently had the opportunity to view a docudrama called The Lady — a “re-enactment” of the political re-awakening and rise to leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi, now a member of parliament for the opposition party in Burma.* I had heard her story before, of course, but it didn’t hit home until I saw this film just how worthy she was of the Nobel Peace Prize, which she was finally able to accept in person, 21 years after it was first awarded. And, immediately upon the heels of…


Added by Pam Bailey on June 27, 2012 at 1:21am — No Comments

The Nigeria Security Tracker: How (not) to Design an ICT-Enabled Project

Cross-posted from TechChange Blog

For those interested in Technology for Peacekeeping consider taking our online certificate course, …


Added by TechChange on June 26, 2012 at 1:37pm — 4 Comments

How peacebuilding has become a ritualised space in Germany and Nepal-Summary of my PhD project

After a long journey, I am finally able to share my doctoral thesis How peacebuilding has become a ritualised space-An aidnography from Germany and Nepal with you.

In the unlikely event that you are not as excited as I still am and you don’t want to jump straight to the full 233 page document here [See Update below], this post…


Added by Tobias Denskus on June 26, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

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