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  • Notes On A Controversy 12/04/2017

  • An Open Letter to the American People: Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age 02/02/2016
    What follows here is An Open Letter to the American People: Political Responsibility in the Nuclear Age. It proceeds on the assumption that the core of the nuclear problem we face is the possession, development, and deployment of the weaponry, that is, with the nine nuclear weapons states. The essence of a solution is to eliminate existing nuclear weapons arsenals through a phased, verified process of nuclear disarmament as legally mandated by Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (1968).

  • Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Call to Action 09/15/2015
    Tags: Canada, Syria, Hungary, Refugee crisis, human Rights

  • Archbishop Joseph Raya – Apostle of Peace and Love 11/10/2014
    This is a short article about Archbishop Raya, an Arab Christian peace advocate whose legacy of nonviolence and social action continues to inspire people across the religious divides of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

  • Tolstoy at the Mir Centre for Peace—the Long Tradition 07/18/2014
    Myler Wilkinson describes some of the fascinating history behind the Mir Center for Peace in British Columbia, Canada, particularly in terms of the impact of Leo Tolstoy and the Russian Doukhobor pacifists who settled the area in what was one of the largest and most significant utopian experiments in North American history.

  • Message to the UPEACE Model United Nations Conference 2014 03/29/2014
    In this special letter to the participants of the University for Peace Model United Nations Conference 2014 (UPMUNC), Secretary General Ban Ki Moon speaks of the challenges of our time, the efforts of the United Nations, and the need for global cooperation in the building of a more inclusive, compassionate, and peaceful world.

  • Malala and the Children of Syria 02/20/2014
    Jahan Zeb writes us about Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousofzai, who recently visited the Syrian-Jordanian border to meet with people fleeing the conflict in Syria, and to draw international attention to the needs of refugees -- especially refugee children.

  • The end of war and the promise of peacebuilding 05/28/2013
    Bob Baskin, president of the peace alliance, comments on Obama's recent speech calling for an end to the US' current state of "perpetual war" against terrorism in favour of limited and specific military campaigns. Baskin welcomes the change in tone from the US administration, and argues that it should go further by stregthening institutional mechanisms for peacebuilding within the US and addressing the root causes of terrorism through positive engagement in the international community.

  • Experiments with Diplomacy: The changing understanding of “real” in Realpolitik 04/19/2013
    This article traces the history of diplomacy as a history of shifting ideas and values, and also of surprising coherence across time and space, as ancient ideas of political interaction continue to underpin modern diplomatic practices and the emerging structure of 21st century international relations.

  • Why should we know where Saja is? 03/12/2013
    Why does a small village in Southern Tanzania seem like a hotbed of international intrigue a la Cold War era? Hang on, looks like all the international powers are there only to help.

    In this "parable" of international development, Saumava Mitra critically reflects on the strategies of charity givers, technologists, and commercialists, and questions the real impact they have had on the people of Saja.

  • December 1st, Day of the Abolition of the Army, Costa Rica 11/30/2012
    Ronald Castro Fernández describes the circumstances around Costa Rica's decision to abolish the army in 1948, and its enshrinement into the constitution in 1949.

  • Free Sara Kruzan 09/12/2012
    Jesaka Sekmet, co-founder of Free Sara Kruzan, explains the details of Sara's story and the circumstances around her conviction to life in prison. On September 18, 2012 Riverside District Attorney Paul Zellerbach will decide whether Sara will be released with time served. The National Campaign to Free Sara Kruzan is currently petitioning, educating and demonstrating for Sara’s immediate release.

  • True Olympism 07/27/2012
    The Summer Olympics are perhaps the greatest sporting spectacle of modern times, and as such, they illustrate both the best and the worst of what sport has become: greed and commercialization as well as personal inspiration and an affirmation of the importance of play. Mario Nishihara reflects on the 2008 games in Beijing and, without ignoring the negative points, explains why she believes we should take a positive approach to the London games.

  • Freeze the Nukes, Fund the Future 10/05/2011
    A letter from US congressman Ed Markey to "the super commitee", charged with cutting government spending. Markey reasonably suggests that cuts should be made the the US government's $50 billion/year nuclear weapons program.

  • The Palestinian Question 09/19/2011
    The decision of the Palestinain Authority to seek recognition as a state throught the United Nations system is forcing the international community to reconsider the longstanding issue of Palestinaian statehood, and reveal their alliances. Gustavo J. Fuchs reports.

  • News from Syria 08/05/2011

  • Thoughts on Violence in Oslo 08/01/2011
    Head of UPEACE's Department of International Law and Human Rights, and national of Sweden, Christer Persson reflects on the recent violence in Oslo, Norway, offering his thoughts on politically motivated violence in open and transparent societies and sharing his condolences with the people of Norway.

  • Reaching the World's Young People with Education for Peace 04/01/2011
    UPEACE Rector John J. Maresca discusses the potential of new communication technologies to transform higher education, emphasizing the particular opportunity that these changes bring for the University for Peace to fulfil its mission of offering higher education for peace "to humanity".

  • International Women’s Day, 2011: Time to Make the Promise of Equality a Reality 03/08/2011
    Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women presents a message on gender equality and women's rights in recognition of International Women's Day, March 8, 2011.

  • Let the Revolution Grow! 02/08/2011
    Dr Abdallah comments on the ongoing protests in Egypt, advising that demonstrators maintain a firm commitment to non-violence as a practical strategy to achieve much needed and revolutionary political change in the country.

  • Egypt: History in the Making 02/01/2011
    Dr Amr Abdallah reflects on the ongoing social and political changes in Egypt, noting the remarkably peaceful and democratic nature of the protests, even in the face of police brutality and opportunistic looters, and the real changes these events represent for mainstream media and authoritarian politicians in the country and across the region.

  • Dealing with the International Saracens 01/03/2011
    Oduesp Eman comments on a controversial deal between the Somali Transitional Government and Saracen International, a private security contractors with a dubious record.

  • Peace Education Without Borders: Teachers Without Borders Teacher Professional Development Program on Peace Education 10/25/2010
    Stephanie Knox Cubbon gives some historical background and theoretical context to the Dr. Hungwa Memorial Peace Education Program, an important new initiaive to build a culture of peace through education and professional training.

    Key words: peace education, teachers without borders, Paulo Freire, violence, culture

  • George Hitchcock: An Important Legacy for an Absurd World 09/14/2010
    Pandora Hopkins offers a personal and insightful homage to George Hitchcock, the poet, editor, and North American cultural icon, who died last month at the age of 96. Hopkins' focus is on Hitchcock as a master of the absurd, an example to follow when faced with "the irritations of being alive in a world of comic reality".

  • Time flies, things change, and learning is life-long 05/03/2010

  • One Year of Supposed Change- Letter to President Obama 01/26/2010
    Nicole Loschke reflects on her family's hardships while trying to achieve the "American Dream." Loschke challenges the call of U.S. President Barrack Obama one year ago, chanting "Yes we can" with the American people. Finally, she drafts a letter to President Obama asking about the promised change and the world's ability to escape from this, in her view, failing world paradigm.

  • Doña Yvonne Clays Spoelders: Una historia inconclusa 08/11/2009

  • María Emilia Solórzano Alfaro: Autora Intelectual de la abolición de la pena de muerte en Costa Rica 07/16/2009

  • War Anniversaries: it's all going so well, isn't it? 03/20/2009

  • UPEACE Reflections from Iran 10/23/2007
    Dr. Amr Abdalla writes the UPEACE community from Tehran, Qom, and Isfahan.

  • Iran Nuke Redux 04/05/2006

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