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


  • North Korea and the Pacific Pivot 04/12/2013
    The rapid escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula over the past few weeks should be seen within the context of increased military activity throughout the Asian-Pacific region and, in particular, the US' strategic effort to balance Chinese expansion.

  • A Special Issue: Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean 04/01/2012

  • 2011 in Peace and Conflict 12/31/2011
    The Peace and Conflict Monitor digests some of 2011's most relevant events in peace and conflict.

  • Honduras: the coup and the constitution 07/04/2009
    It is clear that what happened in Honduras last week was not a straightforward military coup; Mr Zelaya is not just against the military, but also the congress (minus some minority representatives) and the rest of the “ruling class”, who control business and media, and to which he and his family belong.

    Despite the rhetoric of heroism and patriotism from ideologues on either side, this is a relatively simple dispute between elites, who have characteristically sidelined peace and democracy in pursuit of their own interests.

  • Remembering Rwanda 04/09/2009

  • El Salvador and the power of democratic change 03/23/2009

  • Pride, Protests, and the Beijing Olympics 05/08/2008

  • Kosovo: majority rule vs historical right 03/17/2008

  • The Nuclear Haves and Have Nots 01/15/2008
    Disarmament, deterrence, and the role of nuclear power in the UN system.

  • Building Walls in the Free World 11/01/2007

  • Cameroon: Next for the Headlines? 06/05/2007
    Sleeping on a bed of oil and divorced to multiple colonial powers, Paul Biya, the dictator of 25 years and counting, is one of only a few Cameroon worries. Needless to say, the country has plenty of the right ingredients for mayhem.

  • The State of the Union 01/30/2007

  • Friedman Takes a Taxi Outta Town 11/29/2006

  • Poverty: Leaving it to the Petty-Bourgeoisie 10/27/2006

  • What Code Orange Effect? 09/28/2006

  • Save me! Save the Coltan you mean! 08/23/2006
    In the last issue we carried an interview with the General Mujahid Alam who was responsible for overseeing fair elections in the Congo. He predicted a quiet time at the polling stations and he was right. Unfortunately when the first results were announced fighting broke out in the capital, Kinshasa. Seventeen thousand UN troops were on top alert and more were called for. Will the elections lead to a long lasting peace in a country that saw three millions die in a five year civil war?

  • Bastille Day 07/12/2006

  • Iraq in the Balance 06/09/2006

  • A Load of Old Cobblestones 04/05/2006

  • (Not) Learning from the Past 03/15/2006

  • Bin Laden the Bogey Man 03/01/2006

  • The Un-Funniest Cartoons Ever 02/15/2006

  • Bono Promotes Trip Down Memory Lane 02/01/2006
    The purpose of a corporation is to make money. So who is really going to benefit from Bono's much-hyped Product Red?

  • The Weird Torture Debate 12/16/2005

  • The End of Diamond Wars? 12/01/2005
    It's been a rough month for De Beers, the largest diamond manufacturer in the world. Facing stiff criticism and increasing competition, the company sold off 26 percent of its mining operations. And what's this? Synthetic diamonds so real they can fool the experts? Maybe it is time to sell, sell, sell.

  • A Little Goes a Long Way 11/03/2005

  • Why the World Needs Playwrights 10/20/2005

  • Time to Call a Spade a Spade 09/16/2005
    Another World Summit takes place in New York. Kofi Annan has done his best, but is talk cheap?

  • The Misnomer Continues 08/18/2005

  • London Bombings: Finding the Way to Peace 07/18/2005

  • Rods from who? 06/14/2005
    A recent U.S. Air Force proposal suggests militarizing space. But why even consider opening up this can of giant, planet-orbiting, laser-firing worms?

  • Shame is for Sissies 05/12/2005

  • Lonely at the World Bank? 04/13/2005

  • Cell phones make Peace? 03/14/2005

  • Uniting Against Radicalism 02/23/2005
    Religious radicalism - among Muslims, Christians and Jews - is a serious threat to world peace: "People of all three divinely revealed religions must be told that they have a responsibility to be compassionate, patient, gentle, friendly, polite, and respectful. They have to be made aware that God forbids violence, aggression, and anything that harms innocent people."

  • There Were Nations That Stayed Away 01/18/2005
    I recently attended the Nairobi Summit, the First Review Conference of the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction. There are nations that stayed away. It is a shame.

  • UN Reform 12/08/2004

  • Priestess of the Green Gospel 11/16/2004
    In this issue's editorial, Dr. Edith Natukunda-Togboa offers tam-tams and ululations as Professor Wangari Maathai joins the select club of Nobel Peace Laureates.

  • Messages Received 10/19/2004
    This month the editorial brings you, without comment, a range of messages received: More on the World Peace Forum proposals, An Essay Contest on South Asia, The Human Security Bulletin and an open letter on Macedonia.

  • Useful Dates? 09/20/2004
    This month the Peace and Conflict Monitor would like to draw your attention to the work of the Society Of Friends and their long-standing insistence on non-violence. Below is a statement of their aims and an extract from their annual calendar that highlights many of the actvities of interest to those who are like-minded.

  • Will Canberra relent? 05/20/2004
    While the world is largely taken up with front page stories related one way or another to “rebuilding” Iraq, dire warnings have been issued to-day (May 20, 2004) concerning the world’s newest country and one of the smallest, East Timor.

  • Nuclear Impasse in Brazil 05/05/2004
    This issue's editorial is provided by Animesh Roul who asks could Brazil and with it Argentina go nuclear? The author thinks it is possible if the military in Brazil so decided.

  • Uncovering Domestic Violence in Uzbekistan 04/19/2004
    We replace the editorial this time with UN reporting on domestic violence

    There is also almost no public debate or media interest in the issue of domestic violence in Uzbekistan. When a recent Human Rights Watch report was published it was dismissed as "lies" by state-run newspapers and on television and radio.

  • Half the World in Cities 03/26/2004

  • From peacekeeping to peacebuilding 03/18/2004

  • Embedded militarism 02/11/2004
    The editor remarks on current trends in militarism.

  • Building Respect for the Sheriff 01/26/2004
    Even in pursuit of the most laudable purposes, the use of military force exacerbates rather than transforms conflict, and perpetuates the cycle of violence and injustice. This is true in compelling cases as well, such as efforts to thwart gross violations of human rights, or for other humanitarian purposes.

  • Saddam Hussein Goes Home and Hides Under a Rug 12/16/2003
    Myths live and die by their own logic. One of the reasons that myths, especially living myths, become mythic in the first place is that they seem to live outside the rules that govern the rest of us. They are bigger than life, mightier than circumstance, and awesome (in the case of Saddam, terribly so) in their capacity to shape circumstance and the world to their liking, and often to do their bidding.

  • Education for Peace 11/25/2003
    The UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan has recently submitted his Report to the United Nations General Assembly on the University for Peace.

  • The Piracy Business or Singapore Burning? 11/04/2003
    “Seacurity” has become a matter of interest, not only because of the risk of a terrorist “maritime spectacular” taking out a major seaport with considerable loss of life but also because of the opportunity it offers for massively increasing business in the security industry.

    The picture above is that of Chevron's new tanker, "Condoleeza Rice". Could this be turned into a terrorist weapon?

  • She didn't have to kill herself. 10/20/2003

  • Chicken Little Vs Ostrich 09/30/2003

  • Protesting Arms 09/16/2003
    Protests in Cancun, Mexico overshadowed the 144 arrests at London's huge arms fair.

  • Climate and ecocide 08/25/2003
    Climate change has been topping the headlines throughout Europe and the US this summer as northern hemisphere temperatures have reached unprecedented seasonal highs and lows. Nicholas Reader, in our guest ediorial, finds that the brouhaha has hidden some important truths about global warming. Africa and tropical and sub-tropical regions have been hit far worse.

  • NATO in Command 08/12/2003
    The news that NATO is now in charge of peace keeping in Kabul is pitched as good news. However, questions about NATO and its role do not necessarily go away.

  • International Lawyer 101 07/28/2003
    Hartley William Shawcross, who died this month at the age of 101, unravelled the legal underpinnings in international law for trying war criminals. His legacy remains, but so do the complexities.

  • Pawn of pawns: USA, Africa and empire in the 21st century 07/15/2003
    President Bush's trip to Africa poses many questions, including the nature of US influence there and elsewhere, the extent to which African states can play off the US against the EU, and the effect on weapons research. Matt Norton in this guest editorial takes a journey through some of the issues.

  • Of Harry, George...and HG 06/23/2003
    The Monitor congratulates JK Rowling on her success, compares her to Orwell and Wells and fears that the world needs more than a magic wand.

  • Deflation and War 06/09/2003
    The 1930s throw a long shadow. Does deflation and war go together?

  • Civilization has to begin somewhere….. 05/29/2003

  • Democracy Plutocracy Kleptocracy: Are we going backwards? 05/26/2003

  • The Blair Bridge Project 05/12/2003

  • Bin Laden is Dead: Unofficial. Or is it? 04/28/2003

  • Keep your knitting needles handy - just in case 04/14/2003

  • Trusting in the power of balanced opinion 03/17/2003