Strategies for building awareness for the potential of peace education in Cameroon Ben Oru Mforndip
Special Report
Has Democracy Enhanced Development in Africa? Conrad John Masabo
Permanent Emergency Powers in France: The ‘Law to Strengthen Internal Security and the Fight Against Terrorism’ and the Protection of Human Rights Lena Muhs
Women’s Political Representation in Sri Lanka: Leading towards Prosperity or Peril Pujika Rathnayake
Lack of empathy as a threat to peace Victoria Scheyer
Comment II
The death of democracy in Honduras Daniel Bagheri S.
Berta Vive Daniel Bagheri Sarvestani
The Persons Who Changed the Lives of Terrorists and Criminals Surya Nath Prasad

Teaching Peace from Tales of the City: Peace Education through the Memoryscapes of Nagasaki Patporn Phoothong
Special Report
Reflections of Refugees in Africa Wyclife Ong'eta Mose
Challenges and prospects of AU to implement the Ezulwini Consensus: The case of collective security and the use of force Tunamsifu Shirambere Philippe
The Right to Food Shant Melkonian
Freedom of Expression Under Threat in Zambia Mariateresa Garrido
Douglas Janoff on LGBTQIA Human Rights Luciana Téllez
Common Things: Communication, Community, Communal Peacebuilding Lina Patricia Forero Martínez
The political Crisis of the 2017 Honduran Election Daniel Bagheri S.
Research Summary
Water Security in the Sixaola River Basin Adrián Martinez Blanco and Diana Ubico Durán
Reborn Arunima Chouguley
An Open Letter to the American People: Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age Richard Falk, David Krieger, and Robert Laney


Last Updated: 03/17/2003
Trusting in the power of balanced opinion
Simon Stander, Editor-

We welcome you to our trial issue of the PEACE & CONFLICT MONITOR based at the University for Peace. Our policy is to offer access to a variety of collated news sources, to seek opinion and views on range of current peace related issues from informed sources, to build a valuable resource centre and archive to assist in research, to provide a forum for debate and to offer an outlet for informing interested parties about peace related issues from our own worldwide knowledge network.

We do not plan to be a campaigning publication; instead we trust in the power of balanced opinion, rational attitudes, accurate news and information, and the good sense of the readership to provide an atmosphere whereby our MONITOR can be seen as a valuable and regular source for those who wish to work toward understanding a world all too often riddled with violent conflict, but one, nevertheless, that can be turned into a vastly better world that we all, regardless of geography, nationality, religion, gender or race, deserve.

In the seemingly endless debates concerning what should or should not be done, where blame might be laid, where lie the causes of violent conflict, how far globalisation might or might not create a better world, whether there is or is not an axis of evil, whether war can ever be justified, to what extent poverty and exclusion leads to violence, how far democracy guarantees peace and so on, this magazine does not take a stand because there are too many stands to take! However, we do believe we are on the side of "good", and to that extent we will seek to publish news, comment and information that we think will contribute to the public good. We will generally promote non-violence, and seek to show ways in which violent conflict can not only be resolved but prevented in the first place.

In this trial first issue, we have news analysis from Turkey on the long-standing unresolved conflict in Cyprus; we carry a view from the Bolivian state oil company on how it thinks it has satisfactorily dealt with environmental problems and indigenous protest; a senior peace researcher discusses one view of US weapons of mass destruction; another peace researcher tells us her views on NATO; we have news from OMCED the bureau of the environmental Ombudsman. In addition we begin our book review section with "The New Nuclear Danger" by Helen Caldicott, and a reprint of an interview with Professor Mary King, a dedicated non-violent activist, in conversation with an Indian journalist and commentator.

We plan to leave the magazine on line for four weeks and, in that time, having taken account of your comments and observations, begin the process of launching into regular publication when we will be adding other features including in-depth reports on specific issues.