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
On the Migrant Crisis Daniel Bagheri Sarvestani
Book Review
Inclusive Transitional Justice through Truth Commissions: A Book Review Amos Izerimana

UN Reform Simon Stander
Was it permissible for The United Nations to authorize humanitarian intervention in the post-election conflict in Cote d’ivoire? Dramane Ouattara
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
Lack of empathy as a threat to peace Victoria Scheyer
Comment II
The death of democracy in Honduras 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


  • Interview with Anders Hastrup, author of ‘The War in Darfur: Reclaiming Sudanese History’ 10/29/2014

    Dr. Anders Hastrup has worked with different NGOs in Darfur and South Sudan and is the author of The War in Darfur: Reclaiming Sudanese History (Routledge, 2013). Before being expelled by the Syrian government, Hastrup was the Director of the Danish Institute in Damascus. In this interview, he discusses his experience gathering the testimonies of Darfur refugees in eastern Chad and his work delivering humanitarian aid.

  • Douglas Janoff on LGBTQIA Human Rights 10/15/2014
    Luciana Téllez and Dr Juan Amaya Castro speak with Douglas Janoff about diplomacy, multilateral organizations, human rights, and sexual minorities.

  • Romancing the Wild: A conversation with Robert Fletcher on the cultural dimensions of ecotourism 04/01/2014

    Recently, I got the chance to speak with Dr Robert Fletcher about his new book Romancing the Wild: Cultural Dimensions of Ecotourism published by Duke University Press. In this short conversation, Dr Fletcher offers his insight into the cultural and psychological factors driving current trends in ecotourism, and points the direction towards a more sustainable and socially beneficial form of travel.

  • Momma's Hip Hop Kitchen Volume 7 02/24/2014

    In 2013, I participated in Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen Volume 6. It was a program I hoped to perform in, for sometime. What sparked my interest was the solidarity among women. What I find in hip hop is a real absence of the divine feminine energy and to me, hip hop in its essence is Ma’at. In its essence hip hop is a sacred balance of the divine feminine and masculine energy. But, we don’t really see that balance. In effect, all our people out here are suffering the consequences. Whether that be single parent homes or moreover a lack of nurturance or inability to express one’s softness or vulnerability. Everybody has both a feminine and masculine side, but when we are enforced to suppress one side it’s going to have some consequences. I went through a period when I was young where all my rhymes were bulletproof. I thought I had to be tough to survive and at the time, well I did. That’s what I knew. As I grew older I wanted to learn how to be able to embrace the divine feminine in me. I wanted to learn how to be really soft and just to have that divine balance. So, to have the opportunity to come here, to an event by all females in a genre that lacks female representation, an art form that I love and a sisterhood that I need just means more to me than I can possibly say. I look forward to see what MHHK has going on this year, and it is something I definitely hope to be a part of again in the future. You definitely don’t want to miss this. Mark your calendar and hit us up to support the event!



  • Hip hop as global resistance: A conversation with Rebel Diaz 01/07/2014
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    Sufiya Yamin talks with G1 and RodStarz of Rebel Diaz about building community through art and music, opposing cultures of violence, and proposing cultures of justice, dignity, and peace.

  • Counterinsurgency has not worked: A conversation with Col. Gian Gentile 04/22/2013
    Col. Gian Gentile, a prominent critic of US counterinsurgency policy in Iraq and a history professor at West Point, speaks with Lawal Tsalha about the tactics and goals of counterinsurgency, the breakdown of leadership and discipline that led to Abu Gharib, the pros and cons of drones as a tactic for applying military force within an uncertain strategic framework, and America's strategic interest in Syria.

  • Liberty and dignity for all: A conversation with Dr Victor Valle 04/08/2013
    Lawal Tsalha talks with Dr Victor Valle, Professor and Vice Rector of the University for Peace, about the future of the university and the meaning of peace.

  • Achieving the mission: A conversation with UPEACE Vice Rector Amr Abdalla 03/18/2013
    Lawal Tsalha asks UPEACE Vice Rector and professor Amr Abdalla about his own life and work, and how it fits within the story of the University for Peace.

  • Egypt in Flux: A Conversation with Karim El Mantawi 01/11/2013
    The PCM catches up with Karim El Mantawi, Egyptian-Canadian researcher and media consultant. We discuss the current situation in Egypt in terms of increasing insecurity in North Sinai, the recent constitution crafted by the Muslim Brotherhood, the upcoming parliamentary elections, worsening economic conditions, and the shifting media landscape.

  • Tor, Anonymity, and the Arab Spring: An Interview with Jacob Appelbaum 08/01/2011

    The recent revolution in Egypt that ended the autocratic presidency of Hosni Mubarak was a modern example of successful nonviolent resistance. Social Media technologies provided a useful tool for the young activist to orchestrate this revolution. However the repressive Mubarak regime prosecuted many activists and censored a number of websites. This made their activities precarious, making it necessary for activists to hide their identity on the Internet. The anonymity software Tor was a tool used by some bloggers, journalists and online activists to protect their identity and to practice free speech. Jacob Appelbaum, Tor developer, independent computer security researcher, and co-founder of the the San Francisco hackerspace Noisebrige has conducted a number of Tor trainings in the Middle East. In this comprehensive interview, Appelbaum explains the concept of Tor and how it was used by the people of Egypt. Furthermore he discusses the possibilities and limitations of anonymity on the internet and explains why he believes an anonymous person can be a credible source of information.

  • Unity: A conversation with Lin Que 07/04/2011
    Rapper Lin Que speaks with Jesaka Saylove about The Girl Movement, breast cancer awareness, healing the world, making it in the music industry, dealing with misogyny in hip-hop and society, and finding your own path.

  • Your Power: An Interview with of Dead Prez 06/01/2011 of Dead Prez speaks with Jesaka Saylove about success, art, revolution, nonviolence, education, community values, health, gender, the right to land, inspiration, peace, war, his latest music, books, and projects, and a lot more.

  • Music Has No Boundaries: A Conversation With Emmanuel Jal 05/02/2011
    Musician and peace practitioner Jesaka Saylove speaks with artist, activist, and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal about the music he heard growing up, leaving his gun in Sudan, finding his voice in hip-hop, the power of art, the beauty of peace, the music that continues to inspire him, and the projects he's working on now.

  • Genocide, Responsibility and International Law: an Interview with genocide scholar Dr. Gerald Caplan 03/22/2011
    In a thought provoking interview, genocide scholar Dr. Caplan examines the effectiveness of international law in genocide prevention, outlining both the failures and potential strengths of the UN system. Dr. Caplan also discusses the responsibility of nations and individuals and comments on the role social media could play to design a potent intervention. He ends with a reflection on how the study of genocide has changed him as a person.

  • An Opinion About Everything: A Conversation with Sabria Jawhar 05/03/2010
    Sabria Jawhar is an outspoken and influential Saudi journalist perhaps best known for her passionate contention that human rights for Muslim women should be sought within the Islamic tradition. In this interview, Sabria speaks with Rob Wagner about her life and work, the friction and cohesion of cultural values, and the power of Saudi writers to overcome prejudices and set the record straight.

  • Working Together to Make the Streets of San Jose Cleaner: Interview with Julieta Chan 04/06/2010
    Costa Rica has always emphasized environmental standards, however in the capital city of San Jose, this respect for the environment is hard to find. However, Fabrice Gernigon found one Costa Rican woman who didn´t wait for new Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla to initiate cleaner policies for San Jose.

  • Seeking Opportunities for Intervention: One woman’s efforts to positively influence inner-city youth: Interview with Mary Wade 03/11/2010
    Mary Wade returned to the U.S. after 35 years living abroad. Upon returning she observed the changing attitudes of inner-city youth. She noticed the violence, aggression, drug use and abundance of weapons. In an effort to change the negative path these youth are choosing Wade established BRIC, a youth program designed to teach respect, tolerance and understanding in Philadephia.

  • Developing Afghanistan: Past Experiences from Jack Maresca 12/07/2009

  • No Small Mercy: How a Rwandan genocide survivor made peace with the man who almost killed her 04/21/2009
    Fifteen years after Rwandan Hutu massacred hundreds of thousands of their Tutsi countrymen, one survivor and the man who cut off her hand tell the horrible truth about the genocide and explain how, even with so much suffering between them, they eventually made peace.

  • An eyewitness report from Gaza 01/05/2009
    Vicky Rossi in discussion with Ramiz Younis and his wife Sarah, both of whom have been living and working in Gaza. They were able to escape to Jerusalem on the third day of bombing, thanks to the intervention of the United Nations.

  • The state of the field: an interview with Christopher Mitchell 09/19/2008
    Key words: peace and conflict studies,track two negotiation, conflict resolution, advice for students, theory and practice, Georgia, peace zones, progress, intervention, peacekeeping

  • An Interview with BriBri Leader Don Timoteo Jackson 10/05/2007

  • Clarion Caller 07/04/2007

  • A Prevailing Movement 06/07/2007

  • Track-II Diplomacy in Barbados, Nigeria and Egypt 04/17/2007

  • Media's Role in Peace and War 09/29/2006

  • Not expecting Serious Trouble 07/12/2006
    The UN, through its mission in the DRC, has embarked in its most ambitious electoral-support endeavor yet. Rafael Velasquez our South Africa correspondent had the opportunity to meet up with General Mujahid Alam, Head of the Pretoria Liaison Office of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), to discuss the ongoing preparations for the upcoming elections in an exclusive interview.

  • The Challenges of Terrorism 04/05/2006
    Benjamin Hess conducted an interview with Dr. Edward Moxon-Browne about several issues related to terrorism. Dr. Moxon-Browne is the Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Limerick in Ireland. He has also taught at the Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. His research interests include the Basque conflict in Spain and sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. He recently taught “The Nature of International Terrorism” in the International Peace Studies program at the University for Peace.

  • Chatting about Peace 03/01/2006
    An interview conducted by Vicky Rossi with Ms Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Rector of the University for Peace, and Prof. Abelardo Brenes who is Head of the Peace Education Programme, University for Peace. The interview originally appeared on the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research website, and was conducted via e-mail.

  • Fresh Ideas for Peru 02/01/2006

  • Valuing Society through Peace Education 10/21/2005

  • Helping Out 09/16/2005

  • Three decades of BTWC 06/14/2005
    It has been three decades since the inception of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Where are we today? An interview with five experts.

  • Going back 05/12/2005

  • Storytelling through the lens 04/14/2005
    Not only has Sadaf Cameron made a major unconventional step in her professional life by coming here to UPEACE, she has also shown great courage in bringing her 9-year-old son to Costa Rica for this year of studies. Multitask situations such as being simultaneously a mother and a student seem to have shaped Sadaf’s character through many years of experience, and have made her a compassionate and committed young woman, which has my great respect.

  • Funny how things change 03/14/2005

  • Nukes Worldwide: Disarmament, Iran, and New Military Doctrines 02/23/2005
    Jayantha Dhanapala, former Under Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs of the United Nations, says that there is a need for political solutions to resolve the nuclear proliferation in recent times.

    Dhanapala is now the Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordination of the Peace Process in Sri Lanka. He has also served as a Commissioner in UNSCOM and the Head of the Special Group visiting the Presidential Sites in Iraq in addition to his duties as Under-Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs.

    In 2006 he will likely be Asia’s candidate for the post of the United Nations Secretary General.

    Dhanapala feels passionately about disarmament. He spoke to Ravi R. Prasad at his office in Colombo.

  • In order to change something in my country, I need to change myself 11/16/2004
    Irene Munz writes: "I have the great pleasure to be with Tahmina in the same program, Gender and Peace Building, here at UPEACE. Although we detected very soon, that our motivations and interests are similar, each of us student is bringing a different background and different visions, enriching our daily course here at UPEACE. Tahmina, as the only representative from Central Asia in our group, brings us valuable insight into her culture, her individual way of thinking and her struggle for her religion, the Islam, and women rights in her country, Tajikistan."

  • If I had got married, I’d be dead today. 10/19/2004
    Better late - then never. A couple days after our official start at UPEACE (University for Peace), we noticed another colorful shirt and a new face of a tall strong man. As for many other African students the trip to UPEACE, was anything but easy. Sam’s journey included five stopovers, two countries in Africa, two in Europe and one in Venezuela before finally arriving in Costa Rica. Yes, many of us take the one-day trip and many other things for granted.

    Nevertheless, Sam luckily made it.

  • Movement forward, very honestly 09/20/2004
    In an exclusive interview, the first since her party returned to power in April this year, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga outlined her strategy to establish peace in Sri-Lanka. "Actually," she says, "We have gone about seventy five percent of the way to meet the Tigers request for the agenda."

  • South Africa: The Good News 05/20/2004
    An interview with Cyprian Mkhuseli CyprianVimba, a South African human Rights Lawyer, portrays some of the issues that face his country, that only last week has celebrated a decade of democracy and liberation. He finds that black South Africans responses to white role are fundamentally conciliatory.

  • Human Rights in Afghanistan 02/09/2004
    Joe Schumacher quizzes Elizabeth Griffin of Essex University on her Amnesty International sponsored inquiry into Human Rights and the Justice system in Afghanistan. She argues for a bigger role for the UN and greater emphasis on security first.

  • Paul Martin on Human Rights 12/15/2003
    Joe Schumacher interviews J. Paul Martin, executive director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, New York

    Dr. Martin, together with Professor Louis Henkin (University Professor Emeritus/Special Service Professor, Columbia University), founded the Center in 1978, and has served as its executive director ever since. Dr. Martin spent several years as a missionary and university teacher in Africa, and over the years, Dr. Martin's primary research interest has been human rights education, especially in Africa, as well as religion and human rights. Currently his work is focused on the impact of multinational corporations on developing countries from a human rights perspective.

  • Global Witness 07/28/2003
    Joe Schumacher is in conversation with Erin Wakes and Gavin Heyman of Global Witness, a London and New York based NGO concerned with the ethical use of natural resources, particularly in the extractive industries. Much of their work focuses on highlighting corruption and promoting transparency in accounting practises. Much of the discussion reveals a success story: the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. For the work of Global Witness see

  • Bill Brown 2 07/14/2003
    When the Washington Office of Latin America (WOLA) began, Bill Brown and Joe Eldridge, and, later, others divided the tasks on a geographical basis. Bill took Central America, and for the next few years dedicated himself to bringing spokesmen for the oppressed and for change to Washington as well as highlighting the state terrorism that existed throughout most of Central America.

  • Bill Brown 06/23/2003
    The Washington Office on Latin America has been working to improve conditions in Latin America for thirty years. It's founder, a native of Colorado and resident of Costa Rica, remembers the early days. This is the first of a two part interview with the editor.

  • Interview with Professor Amr Abdalla 05/12/2003
    Amr Abdalla talks to Joseph Schumacher about conflict resolution and prevention, the world of Islam and the problems of the Middle East.

  • Interview with Elisabeth Skons 04/14/2003
    Peace and Conflict Monitor news editor, Joseph Schumacher, interviewed Elisabeth Skons about her views on the current security issues facing Europe. Ms Skons is the project leader for research into 'Military Expenditure and Arms Production' at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an institute in Sweden. SIPRI is one of the foremost Peace Research Institutions in Europe. The interview took place on the 19th of last Month.

  • Interview with Mary King 03/17/2003
    ASHOK PATNAIK, a journalist working mostly on the Indian sub-continent, questions Professor Mary King, peace activist, academic, authority on non-violence and author of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr: The Power of Nonviolent Action, which is about to be reissued in India and elsewhere. Professor Mary King is currently professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at UPEACE where, amongst other duties, she advises the Rector on the development of the Africa programme.