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31st January 2013

Contents

1. Training, Workshops, Learning
a. Treaties Day School (16 February 2013)
b. Community Leaders Peace Initiative: A Gambia National Workshop
(18-22 March 2013)
c.  Transcend Training Programmes (March – July 2013)
d.  George Mason University: Summer Internships (2 June – 10 August 2013)
e.  UNU/INCORE International Summer School (10-15 June 2013)
f. Prague Humanities Summer School 2013: Courses on Peace and Violence
(5-9 August 2013)
g. Masters Degree Programme In Peace And Conflict Studies
h. Certificate In Conflict Resolution Skills (8-22 September 2013)
i. CONTACT – Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Training Programmes
j. Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Peace, Development and International Conflict Management
 
2. Seminars and Conferences
E-Symposium: The Future Of Conflict Prevention In The Post September 11 World
(6-14 February 2013)
b. Women’s Rights, Media and the Future of Afghanistan
(18 February 2013)
c. Social Surveys and Northern Ireland (20 February 2013)
d. Conflict Prevention in Central Asia – The Role of the OSCE (8 March 2013)
e. Central America Conference: Globalising Solidarity (9 March 2013)
f.  Heroes – Mothers – Victims: Living in Violent Conflict
Everyday Life of Women and Men in Palestine and Bosnia.
Women’s Organisations Share Their Experiences (15-17 March 2013)
g. Ninth Annual International Conference on Education, Spirituality and the Whole Child
(20-22 June 2013)
 
3. Consultations and Notices
a. Call For Papers: Older People And Humanitarian Crises (deadline for submissions: 1 March 2013)
 Call For Essays: Forgiveness and Reconciliation (deadline: 30 April 2013)
 
4. Events and Campaigns
a. Globalisation After September 11th: The Argument of our Time
b. Public Meeting: Family Members of Victims of 11 September Speak Out Against Military Retaliation and For An End To Economic Sanctions On Iraq
(21 February 2013)
c. National Stop The War Demonstration (2 March 2013)
d. Benefit Concert for Medical Aid for Palestinians (3 March 2013)
e. Lobby of Parliament for a Renewed United Nations for Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development (6 March 2013)
 
5. New Resources
  Publications:
a. The Companion to Development Studies
b. North American Peace Movement Directory
c. Peacebuilding Strategies for Afghanistan
d. Psychosocial Training Module
e. Gender and Peacekeeping: Opportunities and Challenges to Improve Practice
 
  Online:
a. Power Politics: Oil, Terror and the War Against Afghanistan
b. Self-Determination Conflict Watch E-Zine
c. Afghan News Crawlers
d. International Development Select Committee Report on Afghanistan
 
6. Volunteer and Job Vacancies
a. Search For Common Ground: Director – Middle East Programme
(closing date: 15 February 2013)
b. Peace Brigades International – Colombia Project: Finance Worker
(closing date: 20 February 2013)
c. Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution: Executive Director
(closing date: 21 February 2013)
 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS ISSUE DOES NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF QED.

1. Training, Workshops, Learning

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a. TREATIES DAY SCHOOL
Saturday 16 February 2013, 9am - 6pm
London School of Economics, London WC2

  • The Non-Proliferation Treaty
  • The Anti-Ballistic Treaty
  • The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
  • START Treaties
  • Model Nuclear Weapons Convention
  • Workshops led by representatives of Acronym, Basic, Vertic, etc
  • Round table discussion with Roland Kreuger of NATO and peace movement people including Bruce Kent, Dominique Lalanne from France, and others.

Guest speaker: Merav Datan, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, USA
Organised by Abolition 2000 UK, Christian CND and Medact
Admission fee £5. Places limited so early booking is essential.
For further information, contact: Treaties Day School, c/o CCND, 162 Holloway Road, London N7 8DQ, UK.

b. COMMUNITY LEADERS PEACE INITIATIVE: A GAMBIA NATIONAL WORKSHOP
18-22 March 2013


The five day training event aims to enable and strengthen the capacity of Gambian women's organisations working in Gambia, to effectively contribute to peacebuilding processes within the West African sub-region. Its objectives include:

  • The provision of opportunities for the exchange of skills and experiences of conflict resolution at micro, meso and macro levels;
  • The identification of best practices of women in peace promotion and assist in developing a framework to strengthen these practices;
  • The empowerment and promotion of Gambian women's organisations working in the area of peace and development.

Alliances for Africa will provide each participant with accommodation, food and training related transport during the entire period of the programme and a modest per diem to cover additional costs.

The deadline for applications is 1 March 2013. For further information, contact Abidemi, email: abidemi alliancesforafrica.org Tel: +44 (0)20 7359 1181, Fax: +44 (0)20 7354 4900.

c. TRANSCEND TRAINING PROGRAMMES

PEACEFUL CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION: The TRANSCEND Approach
9-10 March 2013
Nova Southeastern University, Plantation Florida

DEEP CULTURE: AN APPROACH TO CONFLICT AND CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION 16-17 March 2013
Pace University, New York

DEEP CULTURE: AN APPROACH TO CONFLICT AND CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION
22-23 March 2013
Manassas, Virginia (30mins. from Washington)

PEACE JOURNALISM
18-20 April 2013
PATRIR, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

PEACE JOURNALISM
20-22 June 2013
Centre for Partnership in Development, Fredrikstad, Norway

PEACEBUILDING, CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION AND GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
24-28 June 2013
PATRIR, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

TRANSCEND SUMMER PEACE INSTITUTE
Peacebuilding, Globalisation and Social Justice
8-26 July 2013
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
For more information on these and other training programmes, please visit: www.transcend.org or email: training transcend.org

d. GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY: SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Internship dates: 2nd June – 10th August 2013
Closing date for applications: 1st March 2013

INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT AND HUMANITARIAN ACTION
Washington, DC * New York * Geneva
9 undergraduate credits or up to 6 graduate credits
Led by Charles Hauss, Adjunct Professor of Political Science at George Mason and Director of Policy and Research at Search for Common Ground USA

CITIZENSHIP AND THE MEDIA
Washington, DC; Philadelphia; London; Edinburgh
9-12 undergraduate credits or up to 9 graduate credits
Led by Janette Muir, Associate Dean for New Century College in the College of Arts and Sciences at George Mason University
These 10-week programs combine internships in Washington, DC with academic study and travel in the US and abroad. Students will intern for eight weeks at an organization related to their academic interests and career goals. One day each week, they will meet in academic seminars to discuss assigned readings, reflect on their internship
experiences and network with leaders in the field.
The Center for Global Education also offers overseas IT internships with the United Nations. Students work for 2-4 months with UN projects in developing countries to help decrease the digital divide between the developed and developing world. Internships are available in the spring, summer and fall.
These programs are open to advanced undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students. You may obtain more information from the Center for Global Education website: www.globaled.gmu.edu (click on "International Internships").

e. UNU/INCORE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
10-15 June 2013


UNU/INCORE will hold its annual International Summer School from 10-15 June 2013 in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Summer School offers a structured learning opportunity based on the latest research and concepts of conflict resolution and is designed for senior level participants from all backgrounds: practitioner, policy maker and academic. The following courses will be on offer in 2013: Dealing with the Past; Managing Peace Processes; and Religion & Conflict. In addition there will be a series of Policy Panels exploring policy approaches to conflict resolution.

UNU/INCORE will also run a new Introduction to Northern Ireland programme from 9-10 June 2013. This introduction to peacebuilding and policy in Northern Ireland is available as a pre-summer school course and is also open to non-summer school participants.

Please visit the INCORE website at www.incore.ulst.ac.uk for further information and details of how to register. Alternatively email INCORE at: school incore.ulst.ac.uk . The deadline for registration is 19 April 2013 and you are advised to book early to guarantee your place.

f. PRAGUE HUMANITIES SUMMER SCHOOL 2013: COURSES ON PEACE AND VIOLENCE
5 to 9 August 2013
Prague, Czech Republic

The Prague Humanities Summer School will take place at the Anglo-American College in Prague, Czech Republic, from 5th - 9th August 2013. All courses are certificate and credit bearing; to obtain both a course certificate and/or credit points towards existing studies, an end of course assessment will have to be undertaken.

Courses offered deal with several themes, one of which is Peace and Violence. The courses offered under this theme are:

  • Getting to Know Gandhi (Prof Margaret Chatterjee)
  • Violence & Non-Violence in Contemporary Society (Prof Margaret Chatterjee) and
  • Punishing Violent Crime (Dr Diana Medlicott)

Several other courses are also being conducted at the summer school:

  • Teaching about Atrocity: Holocaust Education
  • Belief in God After Auschwitz
  • The Nature of Evil: Philosophical and Theological Issues
  • History of Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychodrama
  • Literature and Persons at the Extremes of Life
  • Restorative Justice
  • Medieval Art & Iconography
  • Golem and Goblin: Enchantment in Literature
  • The Ethics of Globalization
  • International Business Ethics

For more details about any of the above courses, please visit their website at: www.learning-solutions.org/pss.htm or contact Dr Rob Fisher at: rf learning-solutions.org

g. MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMME IN PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES

The University of Tromsø, Norway, is offering a two-year master’s degree programme in Peace and Conflict studies starting autumn semester 2013 (subject to approval by the University Board). The programme is aimed at international recruitment of students, with students from Nordic and non-Nordic countries. All literature, teaching and student work will be in English. Admission is limited.

This Master’s degree programme takes an interdisciplinary approach; introductory courses to the field of peace and conflict studies can be combined with a variety of specialisations. During the first year teaching will be intensive, with an emphasis on course work, group work and examination papers. The teaching and learning methods will be problem based, and student work and problems of current interest will be a central part of the study. Teaching will be organised as a recurrent cycle of study, discussion, lectures, research and academic production guided by tutors/ advisers. The student should choose a specialisation in line with his or her Master’s thesis. The Master’s thesis should be independent empirical work, and may be based on a field work.

The programme is directed at students trained in social sciences, humanities, law or health studies. Applicants must document at least three years of studies at university level beyond the basic entrance requirements equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree. Preference will be given to applicants who can document academic work, experience and interest in topics related to peace and conflict transformation. Applicants should enclose a statement of purpose and personal essay of approximately two pages describing their interest and/or experience in this field. The programme will be taught in English and applicants must be able to document adequate proficiency in English.

For more information about admission requirements:www.adm.uit.no/studies/foreign/english/Basic.htm Application information and materials may be obtained from the University of Tromsø, International Student Office, N-9037 Tromsø, Norway (karin.hafstad adm.uit.no). For information about the Quota Programme and application procedures for the Master’s degree programme, please contact the Foreign Student Adviser (int.stud adm.uit.no). Tel: +47 776 44 968; Fax: +47 776 44 900. You will also find information about the University of Tromsø at www.adm.uit.no/studie/foreign. More information about the programme will be available at their homepage: www.peace.uit.no from 28 January. You can also address questions about the programme directly to: mail peace.uit.no

The application deadlines for 2013-2014 will be:
-15th February 2013 for applicants under the Quota Programme (The Quota Programme is a funding scheme offered by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research to students from qualifying countries for studies at institutions of higher education in Norway.)
-1st March for non-nordic applicants not eligible for the Quota Programme.
-15th April for nordic applicants.
The Programme starts mid-August 2013.

h. CERTIFICATE IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS
8-22 September 2013
Organised by the Richardson Institute and the Management Development Division, Lancaster University in partnership with Responding to Conflict

Dealing with conflict is something we all have to do in our daily lives, whether at the inter-personal, social or political levels. We are living in a world where conflict is an integral part of the human experience, yet who provides us with the skills to understand its dynamics, or alleviate its consequences? Wherever we live conflicts of various forms surround us in our professional and social interactions. By offering this course, The Richardson Institute and the Management Development Division at Lancaster University in partnership with Responding to Conflict (RTC), want to support people who are interested in making a practical contribution to their society and who want to become more effectively involved in alleviating or transforming conflicts at the inter-personal, national or international levels.

The course will particularly benefit people who are considering working in areas of conflict or with non-governmental or intergovernmental bodies working in areas experiencing conflict. It will also benefit people in statutory agencies and other organisations who deal with community conflict or organisational conflict as part of their work.

The Certificate will be taught as an intensive residential 14-day course at Lancaster University. Participants will receive a course pack six weeks before the course starts. There will be some preliminary preparation work, and support will be provided for reflective thinking and writing after the course to consolidate and apply insights to participants’ particular situations and concerns. In 2013-03 the course will run from 8-22 September 2013 (subject to availability). Residential packages are available from Lancaster University on request.

Course fee and application procedure:
The course fee in 2013-03 will be £1200 per person. Applications and enquiries should be made to the Project Director, Ms Sally Watson, c/o Department of Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YL, UK. Email enquiries to: Sally.Watson lancaster.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1524 594248; or visit their website at: www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/richinst/home/index.htm

i. CONTACT – CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION ACROSS CULTURES TRAINING PROGRAMMES

CONTACT--Conflict Transformation Across Cultures is a professional development program designed to strengthen and support the community-building, coexistence and conflict intervention and resolution efforts of peacebuilders from the United States and around the world.

Participants can enrol in a 2-3 week residential Summer Institute, or one of two yearlong Graduate Certificate programs, which includes 4 weeks in residence at the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont, USA followed by a practicum, coursework delivered through interactive distance learning, and a seminar, held either at a regional field site or at SIT. Certificate Programs are: Civil Society Initiatives in Peacebuilding and Pyscho-Social Foundations of Peacebuilding. Certificate students may, if they so choose, apply graduate credit earned from the Certificate Program towards a Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation.

CONTACT provides core skills and practical tools for analyzing and responding to conflict in intergroup, communal, and public life. Drawing upon the direct experiences of participants as well as faculty, the program utilizes a participatory, experiential approach that includes case studies, simulations, role-plays and group work.

For more information: CONTACT--Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, Center for Social Policy and Institutional Development, School for International Training, Kipling Road, P.O. Box 676, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302-0676 USA. Tel: +1 802 258 3433; Fax: +1 802 258 3248; Email: contact sit.edu. Website: www.sit.edu/contact

j. MASTERS OF ADVANCED STUDIES (MAS) IN PEACE, DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
University of Innsbruck, Austria

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Program in Peace, Development and International Conflict Management of the University of Innsbruck offers academic education and professional training in the interdisciplinary field of Peace, Development and International Conflict Management. The MAS is the most prestigious postgraduate degree within the Austrian Law for Higher Education. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) permits to transfer credits of this MAS Program to any equivalent MA Program in the world.

Participants gain specific qualifications in the areas of peace theory, development, democracy and human rights, and enhance their skills for practical, peaceful international conflict transformation. It also aims to provide participants with an awareness of the multiple cultural and regional perspectives from which to observe these academic fields. The program is operated and accredited by the University of Innsbruck, and is held at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI).

For further information, please contact: peacestudies mci.at; Management Center Innsbruck, Universitätsstraße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria. Tel.: +43 (0)512 564800-132; Fax:: +43 (0)512 564800-700; or visit their website at: www.mci.at/peacestudies

2. Seminars and conferences

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a. E-Symposium: The Future of Conflict Prevention in the Post September 11th World.
6-14 February 2013

If you are still registered for the Internet e-Symposium on Conflict Prevention, be sure to access the website (www.dwcw.org/e-symposium) and register soon at www.dwcw.org/e-symposium/registration.htm. Already over 300 people have registered as participants in the Open Public Discussion from February 8-12.

The e-Symposium is sponsored by The Japan Center for Preventive Diplomacy (JCPD) (www.jcpd.gr.jp) and the Japan Times (www.japantimes.co.jp) with support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (www.spf.org).

Panelists include conflict prevention experts from academia, government, UN and NGOs such as:

Mr. Joseph Montville (USA), Director, Preventive Diplomacy Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Ms. Sandra Melone (France), Executive Director, European Centre for Common Ground
Dr. Kevin Clements (New Zealand), Secretary General, International Alert
Mr. Johan Galtung (France), Director, Transcend
Mr.Wuria Karadaghy (Kurdish), UNDP/PEACE Senior Programme Coordinator, UNDP Afghanistan

The e-Symposium will be structured as per a normal symposium with presentations, comments, open public discussions, responses and reviews. The public is invited to participate in the symposium through contributing comments and posing questions throughout the first 7 days of the Symposium from February 6-12. For participant registration and more details see the already opened e-Symposium site at: www.dwcw.org/e-symposium.

b. WOMEN’S RIGHTS, MEDIA AND THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN
18 February 2013, 2pm-9pm
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Russell Square, London
Organised by the Afghanistan Culture and Art Association.
For details, please call Mayvand Ahmed: 07950 578 065.

c. SOCIAL SURVEYS AND NORTHERN IRELAND
Wednesday 20th February 2013, 12-1pm (light lunch available)
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

Chair: Professor Bernie Hayes - Queen's University, Belfast
Speakers:
Professor Roger Jowell, National Centre for Social Research, London: 'The European Social Survey'
Professor Brendan Whelan, Economic & Social Research Institute, Dublin: 'Comparing Northern Ireland and the Republic'

To facilitate planning, please let Roisin O'Hagan know if you will attend (Tel: 028 7137 5500, Fax: 028 71375510, email: Roisin incore.ulst.ac.uk)

d. CONFLICT PREVENTION IN CENTRAL ASIA – THE ROLE OF THE OSCE
8th March 2013
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague
Organised by the European Centre for Conflict Prevention in cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

There is currently an urgent need for a balanced analysis of the social and political situation in Central Asia, and for information about the role civil society actors play in the region. The changing regional security context and increased international attention requires new strategies for conflict prevention. This includes information on the effects of the international intervention in Afghanistan. The OSCE ’s growing interest in Central Asia has led to a particular need for better information and insights into the region, and how best to apply the available instruments of the OSCE.

The roundtable seminar is part of the Searching for Peace in Europe & Eurasia programme of the European Centre for Conflict Prevention. The programme’s objective is to produce surveys on the prevention and management activities in the main conflicts in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. A new book with these surveys will be published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in February 2013 and will be officially launched during the conference.

This conference will bring together representatives of European and Central Asian governments, the OSCE, intergovernmental organisations, civil society groups from Central Asia, international NGOs, and scholars specialising in the region. Issues that will be discussed include the sources of conflicts in Central Asia; new threats to the region; changing security; the possibilities and constraints for conflict prevention and peace building; the peace process in Tajikistan; and the role of the OSCE, other intergovernmental organisations as well as NGOs.

Speakers include Max van der Stoel, Former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, John Schoeberlein, Director of the Forum for Central Asian Studies, Harvard University, Ivan Sigal, Regional Director Central Asia Internews Network, followed by panel discussions.

Please register before 22 February. For more information contact Juliette Verhoeven at the European Centre for Conflict Prevention, PO Box 14069, 3508 SC Utrecht, The Netherlands. Tel: + 31 30 242 7777; Fax: + 31 30 236 9268; Email: j.verhoeven conflict-prevention.net

e. CENTRAL AMERICA CONFERENCE: GLOBALISING SOLIDARITY
Saturday 9 March 2013, 10.30am - 6pm
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Mount Street, Liverpool, L1 9HE
Sunday 10 March 11.30am - 3.30pm
The Casa, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ

What does globalisation mean for Central America?
What is the future of solidarity in an era of globalisation?

Speakers from Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua representing a banana workers trade union, fair trade producers, community and human rights organisations, local government, and the women's movement. Plus salsa night, popular theatre workshop, Latin American feast.

Registration: £12 waged/£5 concessions. Lunch £5. Creche free

Organised by Liverpool World Centre, El Salvador Network and Globalisation and Social Exclusion Unit,University of Liverpool. Sponsored by Central America Women's Network, Environmental Network for Central America, Guatemala Solidarity Network, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, Merseyside El Salvador Support Group, Merseyside Nicaragua Must Survive.

Further details and registration forms: Central America Conference, c/o GSEU, University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South, Liverpool, L69 7ZA. Sarah Melville on 0151 733 2825 or Sarah Penny on 0151 794 2983 or email Sarah Melville on ruth esnet.co.uk

f. HEROES – MOTHERS – VICTIMS: LIVING IN VIOLENT CONFLICT – EVERYDAY LIFE OF WOMEN AND MEN IN PALESTINE AND BOSNIA. WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES
15-17 March 2013
Evangelische Akademie Bad Boll, Germany

Long term conflict situations lead to a militarization of society, with substantial impact on everyday life and on the division of roles between men and women. Palestine and Bosnia serve as examples to illustrate how women are assigned certain roles such as the mourner, the victim or the martyr‘s mother. Distorting images in the media contribute to an increase in tension. We do not know much about traumatic experiences and long term psychological effects on women and men, or about changing gender relations in societies where fear, violence and oppression is part of ordinary life. This conference, aims to

  • understand, what it means to live in a situation of constant crisis
  • critically assess the role of the media representation
  • enable a dialogue among the representatives from the regions
  • develop recommendations für local women’s organisations as well as actors in Europe relating to development work, the media and solidarity action.

The conference will be bilingual (German and English), with simultaneous facilities in the plenary. Due to the difficult situation in Palestine, there is always a risk that the Palestinian participants might not be allowed to travel. In such a case, the programme will be reworked accordingly.

For further information, contact: Mrs. Birgit Schatz, Tel: +49 7164 79217; Fax: +49 7164 / 791211; Email: birgit.schatz ev-akademie-boll.de

g. NINTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION, SPIRITUALITY AND THE WHOLE CHILD
20 to 22 June 2013
Southlands College, University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK

In the light of the events of 11th September and the aftermath, what is the educational response to terror? What is/should be the role of schools in helping children understand conflict? How do teachers help young people deal with fear and achieve inner peace? What can schools do to promote tolerance and good relations between members of different ethnic and faith groups? Isn't it time Peace Education was taken seriously? These questions are at the heart of this conference.

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Alan Smith: UNESCO Chair in Education for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy, University of Ulster;
Neil Hawkes: Senior Advisor for Curriculum and Opportunity, Oxfordshire;
Robin Richardson: Director, Runnymede Trust;
Professor Ursula King, Director, Centre for Comparative Studies in Religion and Gender, University of Bristol.
Offers of papers and symposia on any aspect of PSHE and Citizenship, SMSC and Peace Education would be very welcome.

Whether you wish to present a paper or just attend, for further details, contact the conference convenor, Professor Ron Best on Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 3374 (email: P.Cottrell roehampton.ac.uk). Email enquiries: P.Cottrell roehampton.ac.uk. Website: www.roehampton.ac.uk/education/conferences.

Please note all abstracts for paper proposals must be received by 31st March 2013.

3. Consultations and Notices

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a. CALL FOR PAPERS: OLDER PEOPLE AND HUMANITARIAN CRISES

Forced Migration Review (www.fmreview.org) is preparing an issue on ‘Older People and Humanitarian Crises’. They are interested in receiving papers looking at such issues as:

  • Do relief agencies listen to older people?
  • What do displaced older people think of services provided by relief agencies?
  • What can be done to end marginalisation of older refugees and IDPs and ensure equitable access to food, shelter and medical care?
  • What needs to be done to get agencies to pay attention to the needs, knowledge and experience of older people?
  • What innovative practices in working with older people should be disseminated and replicated?

Maximum length: 3,000 words.
Deadline: 1st March 2013. Please send ideas/abstract in advance to: fmr qeh.ox.ac.uk

b. CALL FOR ESSAYS: FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION
Special Editors: Andrew Rigby, Coventry University and Carol Rank, Coventry University Author Deadline: 30 April 2013

Reconciliation refers to the restoration of fractured relationships. At the core of reconciliation as a process is the preparedness to consider future co-existance by those that have been divided by the pains of the past. But how do people come to terms with past traumas? How can the wounds caused by division and destructive conflict be healed? Is some form of forgiveness a necessary prerequisite for reconciliation?

This issue of Peace Review invites contributions from people interested in exploring the problematic relationship between forgiveness and reconciliation. Issues to be addressed might include: How do we understand forgiveness? How do we recognize it? Can we measure it? What is the significance of forgiveness in different faith traditions and communities? Can one teach forgiveness? Are there gendered views on forgiveness and reconciliation? Exploration of the tension between forgiveness and justice as prerequisites for reconciliation. Is there a relationship between interpersonal acts of forgiveness and societal programs of collective/national reconciliation, and if not, should there be? How might programs of national reconciliation be deepened to embrace the grassroots level? Can reconciliation and forgiveness be responses to acts of repression and terrorism? Are there training programs that can feed into broader reconciliation processes? Are there lessons to be learned from victim-offender restorative justice programs that can inform approaches to restoring relationships in other spheres of life?

Peace Review is a quarterly, multidisciplinary, transnational journal of research and analysis, focusing on the current issues and controversies that underlie the promotion of a more peaceful world. Peace research is defined to include human rights, development, ecology, culture, race, gender and related issues. The task is to present the results of this research and thinking in short (2500-3500 words), accessible and substantive essays.

For writer’s guidelines or to send essay submissions by email attachment: hieber usfca.edu. Editorial correspondence, including submissions can be sent to: Robert Elias, (eliasr usfca.edu), Peace Review, Department of Politics, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA, 94117. Telephone: 415-422-2910 or Fax: 415-422-5671, Attn. Elias or Hieber.

4. Events and Campaigns

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a. GLOBALISATION AFTER SEPTEMBER 11TH: THE ARGUMENT OF OUR TIME
OpenDemocracy dialogues between David Held and Paul Hirst

Online at: www.opendemocracy.net/forum/document_details.asp?CatID=99&DocID=1009

In the run up to Davos in New York, and the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre Brazil, openDemocracy.net is publishing a series of dialogues between two leading theorists of globalisation, Professor David Held (Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics) and Paul Hirst (Professor of Social Relations, Birkbeck). The latest instalment in an ongoing discussion of the form, content, future and politics of globalisation - which has previously featured contributions for the founder of the WTO Peter Sutherland, Maria Cattaui from the international Chamber of Commerce, activists George Monbiot, Paul Kingsnorth and Josh Karliner, MEP Harlem Desir and Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja - the Held-Hirst debates are being published daily, in eight clear sections, up until the start of Davos.

This exchange will encompass all aspects of the debate - from the origins of globalisation to whether the WTO actually works, and the perspective of the protesters, to the prospects of creating a truly global democracy - in clear, non technical language. The debate format allows for disagreement - Held is essentially an optimist perceiving globalisation as opening up genuinely new possibilities and challenges which must be met with a global politics, while Hirst takes a more pessimistic view and argues that any global politics must take place through existing nation states- but also lays bare the common ground between such divergent visions. This debate will serve as a primer for anyone interested in globalisation, and will set the agenda for future discussions at Davos (where David Held is organising a session), Porto Alegre, in the mass media (Held and Hirst will be debating on BBC Radio 4 on February 27th) and on www.openDemocracy.net

OpenDemocracy is an independent London based website with a global readership dedicated to intelligent and productive discussion of contemporary global issues

b. PUBLIC MEETING: FAMILY MEMBERS OF VICTIMS OF 11 SEPTEMBER SPEAK OUT AGAINST MILITARY RETALIATION AND FOR AN END TO ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON IRAQ
Thursday 21 February 2013, Friends House, Euston, London WC1, 7pm
Public Meeting sponsored by Voices in the Wilderness UK and ARROW

Amber Amundson, who lost her husband Craig Scott Amundson in the Pentagon on 11 September 2015, and Ryan Amundson, Craig's brother, are travelling to the UK to speak out against the politics of revenge. Amber and Ryan led the 'Walk for Healing and Peace' from Washington DC to New York (facilitated by Voices in the Wilderness US) in November 2015. We have also invited Kelly Campbell, Craig's sister-in-law, who is currently in Afghanistan.

Other speakers include Milan Rai of Voices in the Wilderness UK, recently returned from a sanctions-breaking delegation to Iraq.

Conference fee: £10 waged, £5 unwaged. Donations extremely welcome.

Please make cheques payable to 'ANTI-SANCTIONS CONFERENCE' and send to Glenn, Anti-Sanctions Conference, 29 John St, Enfield, Mddx, EN1 1LG, UK. For booking form, please email: glenn viwuk.freeserve.co.uk

Relevant websites: www.viwuk.freeserve.co.uk and www.justicenotvengeance.org

c. NATIONAL STOP THE WAR DEMONSTRATION
Saturday 2nd March 2013
Assemble at 1pm in Hyde Park, London (near Marble Arch)

The Stop the War Coalition has called another national demonstration on February 23 to protest against the trampling of civil liberties in the name of a war on the poorest countries in the world and the treatment of the prisoners at Camp X-Ray in Cuba.

“The US is now planning phase two of the war. They are threatening action against Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iraq...the list goes on. There are already hundreds of US troops in the Philippines and a major naval build up off the coast of Somalia. For all these reasons our movement must stay in the streets. On Saturday 800 people braved pouring rain to picket the Israeli embassy in London. Across the country we are getting reports of lively, well-attended Coalition meetings. Now we need to pull out all the stops for March 2.” (from the Stop the War Coalition)

For further information, see the Stop the War website at: www.stopwar.org.uk

d. BENEFIT CONCERT FOR MEDICAL AID FOR PALESTINIANS
Sunday 3rd March 2013, 8pm

Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 (nearest tube: Kilburn)
Music / Song / Comedy / Socialist Magic with Ahmed Mukhtar, Elizabeth Mansfield, Ian Saville, Leon Rosselson, Robb Johnson, Rob Newman
Cost: £8 (£6 conc)
For bookings, ring: (020) 7328 1000

e. LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT FOR A RENEWED UNITED NATIONS FOR PEACE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Wednesday 6th March 2013, 3-7pm
Westminster, London

Organised by the United Nations Association UK. Meet with your MP, hear major speakers and join up with other lobbyists.

For more information visit the UNA-UK website at: www.una-uk.org/Action/lobbynotice.html or contact Helen Hughes at UNA-UK: Tel: (020) 7930 2931 or email:

5.  New Resources

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Publications:

a. THE COMPANION TO DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Vandana Desai and Rob Potter, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London

'The Companion to Development Studies' is a one-stop reference for anyone with an interest in development studies. The editors of this new volume have brought together a range of international experts in the field to present an interdisciplinary and comprehensive overview of contemporary development studies.

With more than one hundred chapters dealing with both theory and practice, 'The Companion' is an accessible guide for students and a direct route into the key issues of development studies. Divided into ten sections covering all the important areas in the field, including gender, violence and insecurity, environment, and agents of development, this timely new text provides easy-to-use summaries of all the major issues encountered in this fast-changing area.

ISBN: 0340760516
Cost: £24.99 (paperback)
Published by Arnold Publishers, 338 Euston Road, London, NW1 3BH, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7873 6035; Fax: +44 (0)20 7873 6325
For further information, see: www.arnoldpublishers.com/scripts/webbook.asp?isbn=0340760516 or email: Cathy Every, Academic Product Manager, Arnold Publishers at: cathy.every hodder.co.uk

b. NORTH AMERICAN PEACE MOVEMENT DIRECTORY
New directory to the North American Peace Movement. 1400 entries on USA, Mexico, and Canada. Organized by states/provinces and cities. Description of each, address, phone, email, website. Extensive Index.

‘Peace Movement Directory: North American Organizations, Programs, Museums, And Memorials’. McFarland, 2015.
ISBN: 0-7864-1006-X

For further information, or to order, visit their website at: http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/

c. PEACEBUILDING STRATEGIES FOR AFGHANISTAN

The Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) has just released a new report written by Astri Suhrke, Arne Strand and Kristian Berg Harpviken termed "Peace-building Strategies for Afghanistan".

The report is also available at www.cmi.no

d. PSYCHOSOCIAL TRAINING MODULE

The Refugees Studies Centre recently released a new comprehensive set of training materials, ‘The Refugee Experience’, designed for use by humanitarian workers.

War-affected people suffer intense psychosocial pressure in their daily lives. Their experiences of violence and forced displacement, as well as the adjustment to life in a new environment, frequently leave refugees distressed and exhausted. Forced migrants are resourceful and take action to improve and develop their own situation. Humanitarian workers who seek to assist them may, however, often feel overwhelmed and unequipped to understand the demands put to them by refugees.

In order to meet this need the RSC, in collaboration with other partners, has compiled ‘state of the art’ training materials that equip humanitarian workers with insight into the psychosocial aspects of the refugee experience. The module covers a range of topics, such as:

  • the effects of modern day conflict on civilians
  • a cross-cultural understanding of the experiences of refugees
  • an insight into gender issues for refugees
  • the particular plight of refugee children

The training materials will also provide humanitarian workers with essential skills to help refugees overcome obstacles that prevent them from getting on with their own lives, such as:

  • community participation
  • communication and helping skills for humanitarian workers

The Refugee Experience has been released in many different formats in order to make it accessible to a broad range of organisations, states Maryanne Loughry, psychologist and co-editor. A printed version and CD Rom is available for £10 (including post and packaging) worldwide. It is also available on the web, free of charge: www.forcedmigration.org/rfgexp

For further information, contact: Carola Eyber, RSC, University of Oxford on email: carola.eyber qeh.ox.ac.uk or Tel: + 44 (0)1865 270729.

e. GENDER AND PEACEKEEPING: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES TO IMPROVE PRACTICE
International Alert

The briefing provides practical recommendations for a gender-sensitive approach to multidimensional PSOs within the context of implementing United Nations Resolution 1325. It is intended as a resource for policy-makers and implementing agents, and is being disseminated to both military and civilian agencies within the United Nations, European Union and civil organisations.

The record of peace support operations has revealed that conflict situations have been exacerbated when they fail to include the needs, experiences and perspectives of women - who are often most affected by violence and who are key agents in facilitating and sustaining peace and reconciliation processes. The inclusion of balanced gender perspectives in peace support operations is critical to ensuring that the needs of local populations are met and understood.

International Alert believes that a gender perspective can make a positive difference to peace support operations and that gender awareness training is vital to inform the composition and deployment of civilian and military personnel. Working with military and peacekeeping institutions and drawing upon their expertise, they hope to contribute to this debate and to further encourage governments and troop contributing states to integrate gender into their approaches as a matter of urgency and efficiency.

The report is available from the International Alert website at: www.womenbuildingpeace.org or by contacting Bethan Cobley at International Alert on email: bcobley international-alert.org

Online:

a. POWER POLITICS: OIL, TERROR AND THE WAR AGAINST AFGHANISTAN

The current issue of the magazine Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) is now online.
The theme of this issue is:
"Power Politics: Oil, Terror and the War Against Afghanistan."

Available at: www.ncf.ca/coat

b. SELF-DETERMINATION CONFLICT WATCH E-ZINE

17 January 2013 Vol. 2, No. 2
Editor: Tom Barry

Self-Determination Conflict Watch is an electronic journal sponsored by Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF), a joint project of the Interhemispheric Resource Center and the Institute for Policy Studies. FPIF, a "think tank without walls," is dedicated to "making the U.S. a more responsible global leader and partner." The project has received a grant from the Carnegie Corporation to advance new approaches to self-determination conflicts through web-based research and analysis. Conflict Watch presents the latest analysis about self-determination from their international network of experts. For more information, please visit their Self-Determination In Focus website at: www.selfdetermine.org/index.html. FPIF encourage readers to respond to opinions expressed in Conflict Watch as well as to send in unsolicited commentaries (send to tom irc-online.org) about self-determination issues.

Tom Barry, editor of Self-Determination Conflict Watch, is a senior analyst with the Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC) (online at www.irc-online.org) and codirector of Foreign Policy In Focus. The IRC is responsible for producing and publishing the Self-Determination Conflict Watch ezine.

Go to: www.selfdetermine.org/listserv/020117.html to view an HTML-formatted version of this issue of the Self-Determination Conflict Watch listserv.

c. AFGHAN NEWS CRAWLERS

The site searches online news for articles on Afghanistan and stores them. See: www.sprogress.com/afg/index.pl

d. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT ON AFGHANISTAN

The report of the International Development Select Committee on ‘The Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan and the Surrounding Region’ is available online at: www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmintdev.htm

6. Volunteer and Job Vacancies

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a. SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND: DIRECTOR – MIDDLE EAST PROGRAMME
Closing date for applications: 15th February 2013

Search for Common Ground's mission is to transform how people deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Together with their sister organisation, the European Centre for Common Ground (ECCG), based in Brussels, Belgium, they design and implement multifaceted programs that aim to resolve conflict and prevent violence. They seek to help conflicting parties to understand their differences and act on their commonalties.

Search for Common Ground has been working in the Middle East since 1991 and currently work in areas of security, media, conflict resolution, and political dialogue, and have regional projects as well as projects inside Israel, the Palestinian territories and Morocco. They are currently seeking a Program Director who will direct and manage a complex series of projects designed to build bridges across ethnic and national boundaries in the Middle East, and who will be a key player in transforming attitudes in the region. The ideal candidate will have credibility and a substantive background in the Middle East, and will have the ability to catalyze action while remaining proactive in very difficult conditions.

The Director will be based in Washington DC, but will travel extensively (at least 30% of the year) to the region. He/she will report to the Chief Operating Officer and will work closely with him and with the President, the Executive Director ECCG and the Middle East Advisory Board. The President plays a very active role in the strategic direction of the program and will continue to do so in collaboration with the new Director.

Competitive salary for an NGO with excellent benefits. For further information about this and other positions at SCG, see their website at: www.sfcg.org

Please send letter of application, with salary requirements and resume by Friday, 15 February 2013 to: General Manager, Search for Common Ground, 1601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20009; Email: search sfcg.org; Fax: +1 202 232 6718;

b. PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL – COLOMBIA PROJECT: FINANCE WORKER
Closing date for applications: 20th February 2013

PBI Colombia protects threatened human rights and displaced communities by maintaining a team of international observers in Colombia. They want a Finance Worker to develop and maintain the project’s financial systems including systems in Colombia. Computer experience essential. Would suit part-qualified accountant.

Salary: £18,695 pro-rata for 10.5 hrs p/w.
Application packs available by post from: Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project, 1A Waterlow Rd, London N19 5NJ, UK or email: pbicolombia pbicolombia.org or visit their website at: www.igc.org/pbi/colombia.html

c. CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Closing date for applications: 21 February 2013

Present salary range: $50-65,000.00

The mandate of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution is to foster, develop and communicate conflict resolution processes for individuals, organizations and communities. The Board of Directors seeks a candidate with management experience in the non-profit sector, capable of increasing the stability and financial foundation of the Institute so it can continue to grow, fostering an atmosphere of respect and cooperation among all stakeholders while reflecting the Institute’s principles of common sense, goodwill and compassion. Proficiency in French and English is required.

Resumes must be received by 4:30 pm 21 February 2013 and directed to the Chair, Hiring Committee, Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, c/o St. Paul University, 223/249 Main Street, Ottawa K1S 1C4, Canada or fax to 613-235-5801 or email: cicr ustpaul.uottawa.ca (For further information on the Institute contact our website: www.cicr-icrc.ca)


 
 
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