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6th June 2014


1. Training, Workshops, Learning
a. MA/MPhil/PhD in Gender, Sexualities and Ethnic Studies - University of East London UK
b. MANGO Finance Training
c. Courses offered by Responding to Conflict
d. Advanced Conflict Transformation Course in South Africa Oct 2014 - COPA
e. International Humanitarian Law in Current Conflicts: July 2014
f. Managing Complexity: Shaping the Future of Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Organizations (Georgetown University, USA, July/Aug 2014)
2. Seminars and Conferences
a. Education for Peace: Saturday 28th June 2014, Birmingham, UK
b. Conflict Reporting: The Role of the Media: June 30 - July 2 2014
c. 2nd Global Conference War & Virtual War: The Challenges to Communities (24 to 26 July 2014, St Catherine's College, Oxford, UK)
d. The sense of the other: Cultures, categories and representations: forms of transcultural mediation (21 to 23 June 2014, University of San Marino, Republic of San Marino)
e. "Conflict Resolution in Schools: Learning to live together" (The Netherlands, September 15-16, 2014.)
f. EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS: Conference (June 26th/27th 2014, European Parliament, Brussels)
g. Crisis in the UN, the EU and NATO (Thursday 12th June, 7 pm, Friends House, Euston Road, London)
h. “Bottom of the Barrel: Africa’s Oil Boom & Prospects for Poverty Reduction” (Friday 20 June 2014, 2.00-5.00pm, Chatham House, London)
i. BOND EU Assembly: July 4th 2014, London
j. Women in conflict areas: London, 19th June 2014 3.pm - 4.45pm
3. Consultations and Notices
a. UN International Day of Peace: 21st September 2014
b. CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Conflict Management and Development
c. AGRICULTURE FOR PEACE FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION (Application Deadline: 15 August, 2014)
4. New Resources
  •  Poverty and Democracy - Self-Help and Political Participation in Third World Cities
  •  Governing Insecurity: Democratic Control of Military and Security Establishments in Transitional Democracies
  •  Western Supremacy - The Triumph of an Idea
c. Assessing Landmine Impact at the Community Level - A Training Manual: Available in English and Portugese
a. Ensuring progress in the prevention of violent conflict: Priorities for the Greek & Italian EU Presidencies 2014
b. CRISISWEB: New Reports on Indonesia, Liberia, Taiwan and the Middle East
c. Women's Journey to Peace: Strengthening the Next Steps Forward
5. Volunteer and Job Vacancies
a. Vacancies at ACCORD
b. Vacancies at International Alert
c. Administration and Finance Worker - War Resister's International
d. Co-ordinator: Associate Parliamentary Group on Sudan: Part-time, 2 days per week


1. Training, Workshops, Learning

a. MA/MPhil/PhD in Gender, Sexualities and Ethnic Studies - University of East London UK

A new postgraduate course [MA/Mphil/PhD] in Gender, Sexualities and Ethnic Studies is taking place at the University of East London, UK September 2014. The focus of the course is on the interface between nationalism, racism, sexuality and gender relations – in peace times and during conflicts and wars. It is located at the School of Culture and Innovation Studies and is suitable for people from a variety of backgrounds in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

For more information email Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis on n.yuval-davis uel.ac.uk or visit http://www.uel.ac.uk/cultural-innovation/teaching/teaching.htm.

b. MANGO (Management Accounting for NGOs) Training Courses


Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 June, cost £295.00. Venue: Oxford.


Thursday 22 to Friday 23 June, cost £210.00. Venue: Oxford.


Monday 1 July, cost £110.00. Venue: London.


Tuesday 2 July, cost £110.00. Venue: London.

Course outlines and booking information are available from Barbara Johnstone, bjohnstone mango.org.uk. For the latest calendar of events, including overseas programmes in Ghana, Zambia, Jordan and Thailand, visit http://www.mango.org.uk/ngos/training_intro.html

c. Responding to Conflict courses:

Strengthening Policy and Practice July 21 - 25 2014

Primarily for staff of agencies concerned with relief, development, rights and peace-building programmes. This workshop will provide practical models and methods to assist aid agency staff to analyse conflicts, and to integrate effective conflict-handling strategies into their programmes.

Certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills September 7 - 21 2014

Particularly suited to people working, or considering working with, non-governmental or intergovernmental bodies, statutory agencies, and community organisations both in the UK and in areas of the world affected by conflict. The certificate aims to provide a greater conceptual understanding of conflict, violence, and peace and the forces of conflict dynamics. The course will provide a range of practical skills-based training in the handling of conflict situations.

For further information about these course please contact Alexandra Moore, Programme Administrator, Responding to Conflict, 1046 Bristol Road, Birmingham, B29 6LJ, tel: +44 (0)121 415 5641, fax: +44 (0)121 415 4119 Email: alex respond.org Website: www.respond.org

d. COPA Advanced Conflict Transformation Course - South Africa - Oct/Nov 2014

COPA is a regional membership organization, based in Nairobi, Kenya, and drawing its membership from Peace Practitioners, Human Rights and Development workers in Africa, some parts of Asia, Europe and the USA. As an organization, it is committed to promoting peace through justice for the purpose of building a culture of peace in our continent. They believe that effective solutions to Africa’s problems can only come from within ourselves if we broaden our capacities in areas of peace, justice, and conflict resolution.

As one way of achieving this objective, COPA conducts a 5- week Advanced Conflict Transformation Course either once or twice in a year targeting people and organizations working in the fields of Human Rights, Development, Relief, Peace building and Conflict Transformation. Last year, our courses attracted participants from different countries in Africa, UK and Asia. This year, a course will take place at the Elijah Barayi Memorial Training Center, Johannesburg, South Africa (13th Oct-14th Nov).

Further details available at: www.copafrica.org. Completed applications may be sent through post office, fax or by email in either of the two addresses below.

Michael E. Muragu, Coordinator, Coalition For Peace in Africa, P.O Box 13265, 00100 Nairobi GPO, Kenya. Tel: 254 2 577558 Fax: 254 2 577557 Email: copa copafrica.org Or Richard Smith, COPA Course Coordinator, Postnet Suite No. 145, Private Bag X9, Melville 2109, Johannesburg, South Africa. Tel: 27 11 331 0671. Fax: 27 11 331 2944 Email: enquiries actionsupport.co.za /copa actionsupport.co.za

e. International Humanitarian Law in Current Conflicts:

Training Course and Seminar, July 2014, Harvard USA

This July, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) and the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program (HRP) will offer a training course and an advanced seminar on "International Humanitarian Law in Current Conflicts". Session I (Professional Training on IHL) will be held July 22-25, 2014. Session II (Advanced Seminar: Current Challenges in IHL) will be held July 28-30, 2014. All course sessions will be conducted on the Harvard Law School campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

These sessions were developed to provide an opportunity for mid-career professionals in the U.N., non-governmental organizations (NGOs), diplomatic, media, and military communities to acquire and refine the necessary skills to address humanitarian challenges through IHL. The first session will offer comprehensive training on basic concepts and structure of IHL and related operational challenges for humanitarian agencies to participants with no prior training on IHL; and the second, a brief review of IHL and substantive discussion of complex issues surrounding its application and interpretation for participants with legal training on or field experience using IHL.

Core instruction will be provided by ICRC staff and HPCR and HRP faculty, with additional presentations by visiting experts. Participants will also be introduced to new information tools on IHL that facilitate research and provide a forum for debate. Both sessions will offer timely examples of recent challenges to IHL through a series of case studies. Selected topics will include:

  • The protection of victims of armed conflict
  • The link between IHL and Human Rights Law
  • Combatant status
  • Disputed applications of provisions of the law
  • These training sessions build upon two previous seminars on IHL and current conflicts that the ICRC, HPCR and HRP co-sponsored in 1998 and 2015.

For more information on either session and for enrollment information, please visit the seminar website: www.hsph.harvard.edu/hpcr/events/ihlseminar/index.html or contact ihlseminar hsph.harvard.edu

f. Managing Complexity: Shaping the Future of Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Organizations

Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Georgetown University

International organizations, non-governmental organizations and government agencies need high quality, savvy, well connected and well informed senior managers to oversee humanitarian operations. Whether responding to disasters or developing agency strategies for complex emergencies, lives and livelihoods are at stake. It is essential to have senior executives who can overcome obstacles, mobilize resources, and understand what has to be done.

The Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University is offering a training program designed for managers and professionals who have recently assumed wide ranging responsibilities related to international humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Managing Complexity is to be targeted to those individuals who are already working at advanced technical levels or have significant experience in one or more regional areas. The intention here is to significantly shorten the required learning curve for senior managers and to better prepare them for their decision-making roles.

In the first stage, which is a three-week summer session on the Georgetown University campus, ISIM will bring experts and policy makers to each component of the program. Additionally, all sessions will promote interactions that utilize the extensive knowledge and experience collectively present among the participants. The second stage is a continuing program, which is individually tailored and mentored by Georgetown University faculty. It is meant to ensure that participants are able to utilize the knowledge and skills they have gained through a practical and institutionally relevant activity. Attached is a statement of the overall objectives of Managing Complexity in addition to the in-residence curriculum and independent learning overview.

The summer session will begin on Sunday July 13 and end on Friday August 1.

Priority is to attract a diverse and experienced group to the 2014 session.  As this will be our first session, we have decided to treat it as a pilot and, therefore, will significantly subsidize the 2014 activity with our own funds. The cost will be $2,500, which will include tuition, lodging for 3 weeks, faculty mentoring of projects for 6 months, and software access for a year.

Contact Patricia Weiss Fagen, Director of Training, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University, at pwf georgetown.edu or 202-687-2350. Detailed information is available at <www.georgetown.edu/sfs/programs/isim>.

By the end of the learning experience, the participants will:

  • Have the core knowledge and skills needed to assume leadership in responding to the multifaceted demands of humanitarian emergencies
  • Have identified and analyzed common successes and challenges related to their work and applied their core knowledge in solving real problems related to their own organization.
  • Have participated in an interactive learning community with diverse participants and faculty from different countries and various institutional settings.
  • Establish a network of contacts derived from the Georgetown University academic setting and the proximity of the major international institutions and experts.
  • The Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University is currently designing a training program for humanitarian agencies, intended to assist experienced staff members who are moving from technical and programmatic responsibilities into supervisory and management posts. The training has two stages.
  • The initial three week segment at Georgetown University will expose new management staff to the many issues and competence areas they will need to master (and to lay the groundwork for useful networking). The second segment is a distance education program where participants will utilize the information and skills gained from the first segment on a project developed in partnership with their institution.


2. Seminars and conferences

a. Education for Peace: its contribution to behaviour management

Saturday 28 June 2014.

This conference is being organised by the Peace Education Network with the West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project, for teachers, student teachers and youth workers. The speakers and workshops will include a whole school approach to restorative justice, peer mediation, dealing with anger and violence and conflict resolution from personal to international levels. Venue Cotteridge Friends Meeting House, 23a Watford Road, Birmingham B30 1JB, 11.00-16.00. Cost £20/£10 Contact Valerie Clements at tel: 020 7663 1087, email: valeriec quaker.org.uk.

b. Conflict Reporting: The Role of the Media (Jun 30 - Jul 2 2014)

Maastricht, The Netherlands

The focus of this workshop is on the fact that journalists are not supposed to "take sides" on the conflict in question, other than the side of "peace". The seminar will concentrate ways the media can act as a forum of communication between conflicting parties in the absence of negotiations. The course leader is Dr. Georgios Terzis is the media programmes director at European Centre for Common Ground and an assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. This course has been jointly organised by the European Journalism Centre, Maastricht and The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University (AMSU).

Registration Details:

Fees: € 650 - includes access to all the sessions, lunches during the seminar and participation in the AMSU cultural programme. Contact Information: Manon Braat, The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University (AMSU), Felix Meritis, Keizergracht 324 Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  Phone: +31.20.620.0225 Fax: +31.20.624.9368 manon amsu.edu

c. 2nd Global Conference War & Virtual War: The Challenges to Communities

24 to 26 July 2014, St Catherine's College, Oxford, United Kingdom

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the continuation of a project launched in 2013 to provide a challenging forum for the examination and evaluation of the nature, purpose and experience of war, and its impacts on all aspects of communities across the world. Viewing war as a multi-layered phenomenon, the conference series seeks to explore the historical, legal, social, religious, economic, and political contexts of conflicts, and assess the place of art, journalism, literature, music, the media and the internet in representation and interpretation of the experience of warfare.

In particular papers, workshops, reports, and presentations are invited on any of the following themes:

* the sources, origins, and causes of war; why and how do wars begin?

* the 'control' of warfare; how is and should warfare be conducted? What are the limits of conflict? Are there any prohibitions in fighting a war?  Security issues; protection issues; borders and boundaries

* the nature of warfare; strategy and strategic thought; changes and the implications of changes in the ways wars are fought; the influence and effect of technologies; changes in the nature and role of military personnel; information and information warfare

* types of warfare - land, sea, air, space, chemical, biological; guerrilla warfare; 'total' warfare; genocide, ethnic cleansing; terrorism; pre-emptive war; scorched earth; war crimes; crimes against humanity

* the extent of war; blockades, sanctions, defence expenditure and the impact on social and public policy

* the 'ethics' of war; just war; deterrence; defence and self-defence; the influence of nationalism; the place of human rights; societies and the military; increases in moral sensibilities - qualms about carpet bombing, collateral damage; the important role of religion, the church, and the intellectual elite in multi-ethnic conflict

* the experience of war; art, literature, music, poetry, and the theatre; the role of the media - journalism, radio, television, the internet; propaganda; representing the realities of war versus 'national interest' - images of the heroism, glory, tacit and explicit justifications of war

* the prevention of war; the role of conflict resolution; avoiding war; peace-keeping; the role and importance of law and international legal order; the rise and impact of non-violent movements.

Full draft papers should be submitted by Friday 4th July 2014.

One volume of themed papers is in preparation from the first conference. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in one or more themed hard copy volumes.

Papers should be submitted to Dr Rob Fisher at rf inter-disciplinary.net as an email attachment in Word or WordPerfect. Further details and information about the War and Virtual War project can be found at: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/war.htmFor specific information about the conference, please go to: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/wvw2cfp.htm

d. The sense of the other:

Cultures, categories and representations: forms of transcultural mediation

21 to 23 June 2014, University of San Marino, Republic of San Marino

This meeting will gather women and men that, from different points of view and from different disciplinary perspectives, have analyzed mediation, dialogue and conflict with particular attention to the communicative issues. The discussion will take place on different levels: firstly on the theoretical level, as reflection on the concept of 'other' and 'otherness' on which contemporary anthropology is nowadays debating; secondly on the level of the representation system and on the images of the 'self' and of the 'others'; finally in the mediation practices that in many different contexts are nowadays carried out. The communication problem appears to be the common background that joins and translates all these conflicts.  The speakers are: Nefissa Berrejeb, Silvana Borutti, Patrizia Calefato, Cristina De Maria, Luigi Guerra, Raffaella Lamberti, Fernanda Minuz, Cristina Penamarin, Gabriella Rossetti, Marianella Sclavi.

Conference language: Italian

E-mail enquiries: pcenci unirsm.sm  Website: http://www.unirsm.sm/dcom/Dipartimento/dsscinglese.htm

e. "Conflict Resolution in Schools: Learning to live together"

The Netherlands, September 15-16, 2014.

The European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP), in co-operation with the Netherlands Commission for UNESCO and others, are organizing an international conference entitled "Conflict Resolution in Schools: Learning to live together".

Contact: e.toonen conflict-prevention.net


June 26th/27th 2014, European Parliament, Brussels

Key topics include

  • Europe and the United States: The Limits of Full Spectrum Dominance
  • Crisis in the United Nations and International Co-operation
  • The Crisis in Civil Liberties in Europe and the Middle East
  • Environment and War
  • US Military Bases
  • Proposals for Further Action Arising out of the Iraq War

The illegal war on Iraq has caused enormous damage and suffering. It seems likely that as many as 10,000 Iraqi soldiers have been killed, and over 20,000 wounded. Civilian casualties amount to nearly 2,500 dead and many more thousands injured. The United States claims the fighting is largely over. Far from it. Rising anger among the people will guarantee further bloodshed for a long time to come. Important parts of the infrastructure and health care facilities of the country have been damaged or destroyed. This augments the general frustration. The Americans claim they wish to establish a "democracy", but show no interest in meeting the demands of the majority of the population. A large proportion of the Iraqi people are represented by those who are boycotting the constitutional talks arranged by the Americans. The anger which flows from these present discontents is intensified by the moral shock of the destruction of so much of the heritage of Mesopotamia. Is this pattern of wanton destruction to be repeated throughout the Middle East and other parts of the world wherever the United States may choose to decree the existence of a "terrorist threat"? Which part of the "axis of evil" is due to be attacked next? How can it be stopped? Can Europe act as a brake on American hegemony? The European peace movement has made some progress in mobilising public opinion and raising public awareness of the real motives of the American administration in prosecuting the war on Iraq. Can these advances be built upon to make a more effective movement of resistance? How best can it co-ordinate its work and forge wider links?

President Bush has repudiated or violated international treaties for the control of arms proliferation and the protection of the environment. Abetted and encouraged by Prime Minister Blair, he has sidelined the United Nations by launching the unauthorised and illegal attack on Iraq. What is left of international law? What influence does the United Nations now have, and to what extent can it recuperate its earlier credibility? How do we evaluate the different proposals for repairing the undoubted damage done to international institutions by this war? These are some of the key questions which have been raised by those who will participate at the Conference of the European Network for Peace and Human Rights in Brussels on June 26/27th, 2014. There is no registration fee for the Conference, but participants are responsible for their own costs of travel and accommodation.

Please register with The Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Russell House, Bulwell Lane, Nottingham NG6 0BT, England (www.russfound.org) or by e-mail to elfeuro compuserve.com or fax to 00 44 (0) 1159 420 433

g. Crisis in the UN, the EU and NATO

Thursday 12th June, 7 pm

Friends House, Euston Road, London

This year’s Erskine Childers Lecture convened by Action for UN Renewal Speaker: Caroline Lucas, Member of the European Parliament for South East England

Chair: Linda Melvern

US foreign policy and globalisation pose major threats to democracy, the wellbeing and security of people in every country and the future of the planet. Can the EU, NATO, and the UN become more accountable, responsive to human needs and able to deliver peace, justice, freedom and sustainability?

Admission free. All welcome.

Information: 020 8399 2547, Action for UN Renewal, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL Tel: 020 8399 2547 Fax 020 7930 5893 Email:info action-for-un-renewal.org.uk Website: www.action-for-un-renewal.org.uk

h. Bottom of the Barrel: Africa’s Oil Boom & Prospects for Poverty Reduction

Friday 20 June 2014, 2.00-5.00pm, Chatham House

As part of the Africa Programme’s continuing Oil & Gas in Africa series this meeting will be the UK launch of a recent report published by the Catholic Relief Services. Panellists will include co-authors of the Bottom of the Barrel report:

Ian Gary, Strategic Issues Advisor - Africa, Catholic Relief Services  Terry Lynn Karl, Stanford University, author of "Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-States"  Ricardo M.S. Soares de Oliveira, PhD. candidate, Cambridge UniversityOther speakers from Africa and the oil industry to be confirmed

For further information or to register for any of these meetings please contact: Liz Horn, Africa Programme Co-ordinator Tel: 0207 957 5718 or Email:Liz.Horn riia.org

i. BOND EU Assembly: July 4th 2014, London

BOND will hold its Summer EU Assembly on 4 July: "Engaging Southern Partners in EU Development Cooperation: Rhetoric & Reality of Local Ownership".  Issues include:

  • Deconcentration: Will devolving power make EU aid more accountable to Civil Society in the South?
  • How can BOND members support their partners to influence EU decision-making?
  • EC guidelines to delegations on Civil Society participation: promoting best practice?

Panel Discussion 14.00 - 16.30 Speakers include:

  • Nyang'ori Ohenjo, Centre for Minority Rights Development, Nairobi
  • Fletcher Tembo, WorldVision UK
  • Richard Howitt MEP (tbc)
  • EC representative (tbc)

In the morning BOND members will get a chance to discuss BOND's work with its EU partners and Olivier Consolo, Director of CONCORD as of 1st April, will attend to talk about CONCORD.  To register for the EU Assembly, please download a booking form from: www.bond.org.uk/eu/euassembly.html and send it to me.

j. Women in conflict areas: London

19th June 2014 3.pm - 4.45pm

Atlee Room, Portcullis House(above Westminister station), London

This meeting for Iraqi , Afghan, Iranian and all interested in situation of women in conflict areas is an opportunity to network and meet Leslie Wright, Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women at the UN in New York,

For Registration of names , contact - Louise.stevens cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk, Tel 0207-7276, 2553, 2555. Mandanah dial.pipex.com Tel- 01491-834-697

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