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.
Book Review
Inclusive Transitional Justice through Truth Commissions: A Book Review Amos Izerimana
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


Book Review
  • Inclusive Transitional Justice through Truth Commissions: A Book Review 10/12/2018

    Title: Getting the Truth out of Truth Commissions: Lessons Learned from Five Case Studies

    Author(s): Johannes Langer (editor), Miguel Barreto Henriques, Pedro Valenzuela

    Publisher: Editorial Bonaventuriana, 2018

  • Record of Our Struggle: Atomic Bombing-Induced Illnesses and Class-Action Lawsuits 05/04/2012
    Kenji Urata, Vice-President of the International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), reviews a recent publication that records the legal struggle of those who have suffered illnesses induced by exposure to atomic weapons. This article is an English translation of the original Japanese, published 2012 in the journal Law and Democracy.

  • Charlie Wilson's War 12/08/2009
    Author George Crile published Charlie Wilson's War in 2003. The former CBS journalist began researching the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan around the 1980's. Crile investigated the life and work of Charlie Wilson, a former U.S. State Representative from Texas and former U.S. naval officer. Wilson is most known for leading "Operation Cyclone," a CIA operation which allegedly led to the creation of the Afghan Mujahidin groups.

    In a PCM interview with University for Peace Rector John Maresca, Charlie Wilson's War was a highly recommended resource for understanding the fragile state of Afghanistan.

  • Challenging US War Myths 11/26/2009
    About the book: When many Americans hear that the US may go to war against another nation, they tend to believe there’s probably a good reason for it or that no viable alternatives exist—or they don’t think about it at all. They trust their leaders to represent them and defend their values. They accept their leaders’ claims that war is to ensure their safety when others wish to harm them.The parties of war play on Americans' basic values to bring them online. The media reassures them that the reasons for war are altruistic— that Americans wish to spread democracy and allow others to adopt their way of life. But is this the case?

    With 24 compelling illustrations, maps and graphs, this book is intended to serve as a tool for peace advocacy. Well known peace advocates respond to 19 of the most common illusions held by the American public which weaken their opposition to Washington's wars.

  • Love in a Headscarf: Muslim Woman Seeks the One 03/10/2009

    Love in a Headscarf: Muslim Woman Seeks the One

    By Shelina Zahra Janmohamed
    Aurum Press
    Review by Ethar El-Katatney

  • Evil and the Justice of God 07/30/2008
    Key Words: Justice, Christianity, Theology, Philosophy, Conflict Resolution, Forgiveness, Evil, Terrorism

  • Who benefits from global violence and war? 07/07/2008
    Key Words: capitalism, christian, corporations, foreign, fundamentalism, globalization, government, imperialism, killing, media

  • John Holt on the Suzuki Method 11/14/2007

  • Dumb, Stupid Animals to be Used 07/04/2007

  • Defining Conflict Transformation 08/23/2006

  • Cold Peace 04/05/2006
    A Russian scholar presents an exhaustive examination of American public opinion toward Russia, from 1920 to the present day. An essential book for the libraries of experts and policy makers.

  • Confessions of an Economic Hit Man 02/15/2006

  • Poor Africa 12/01/2005
    Martin Meredith tells the fascinating and horrifying tale of the last 50 years of African history in The Fate of Africa: From the hopes of freedom to the heart of despair. The book is exhaustive and exhausting, and leaves one wondering where to turn for new hope.

  • Why Societies Need Dissent 09/16/2005
    Conformity is imposed on those of us who live in Western style economies in the interest of the producer economy. We are led to believe that we have choices whereas we have what the producers are demanding we consume. Concentration of capital becomes even greater by the day, and thus state power continues to concentrate, too. This is the real threat to democracy, which if it genuinely grew, would see that power would be dissipated, not concentrated in fewer and fewer hands.

  • Peacebuilding in Postconflict Societies 08/18/2005
    How to rebuild societies after wars in order to achieve sustainable peace has been a key question in the international community since the end of the Cold War. With numerous interventions to halt intrastate conflicts and prevent a return to war, international practitioners and academics alike have sought clear answers to how to ensure stability and peace once the guns fall silent. Peacebuilding in Postconflict Societies offers an expansive discussion of the various aspects of the peace-building process and the numerous challenges to addressing them. However, Peacebuilding still falls short of answering that key question of which policies work and under which conditions.

  • Machete Season 07/13/2005
    Why individuals willingly participated in the Rwanda Genocide is a question that has been widely asked and widely begged by multiple books on the subject. Consisting of transcribed interviews with ten different perpetrators of the genocide, Machete Season still only brushes the heart of the matter: that "why" that historians of such atrocities will always ask themselves.

  • Summarizing Iraq 06/16/2005

  • Survival? Your choice 04/13/2005
    Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed , Viking 2005

  • The Little Children 03/10/2005
    Then They Started Shooting breaks stereotypes about “traumatized war children” by talking about children’s resilience in dealing with war hardship. In the aftermath of the Bosnian conflict, very few children showed lasting signs of trauma; instead, thoughts of their personal futures filled their minds. In her analyses of individual psychological health, Jones points out that children who avoided searching for explanations for past events have better psychological health than those who did not. Truly, distancing oneself from the past can be protective, but it can also cost the community as a whole. In the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it seems that ignoring the past and lacking the will to deal with it can reopen the wounds that never properly healed.

  • The Poor are Always with Us 02/23/2005
    "Focus on Social Inequalities," Editors Penny Babb, Jean Martin and Paul Haezewindt, Office for National Statistics – London TSO, December 2004.

    “Focus on Social Inequalities” describes the different experiences of social groups in the UK today in six key areas: education, work, income, living standards, health, and participation. It looks at the ‘advantaged’ as well as the ‘disadvantaged’ and explores the relative differences between them.

  • Profit Meets Self-reliance 01/18/2005
    C.K. Prahalad, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, Wharton School Publishing, 2005, ISBN 0-13-146750-6, pp. 401 plus CD

  • The Power of Timely Intervention 12/08/2004
    Michael S Lund, Preventing Violent Conflicts: A Strategy for Preventive Diplomacy, USIP Press, 1996

  • Guantanamo and Human Rights 11/16/2004
    "Guantánamo is a professional and humane prison and interrogation centre" , a US Army general is quoted as saying this June at a press conference in Miami. The British journalist David Rose shows convincingly why it is not.

  • The Importance of Method 10/19/2004
    Revolutionary Intercommunalism and the Right of Nations to Self determination,( edited by Amy Gdala) by Huey P Newton and Vladimir Lenin, Superscript Publishers, ISBN 0954291344, paperback, pp. 191, £10.

  • Books Received II 09/20/2004

  • Is it just madness? 05/19/2004
    Some places like Sarajevo are apparently getting back to normal, but normality seems a long way off in the former Yugoslavia, especially in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Some victims who survived can still see their torturers walking around living “normal” lives but only say “I don’t know why this happened.” Some victims go far away and try to forget. Others like Adir, a Muslim and former judge, searches incessantly and compulsively for bodies. Others struggle against the memories and fend off the madness, often without success, and the effects of post-traumatic stress are everywhere to add to grotesque physical maiming. In Madness Invisible, Janine di Giovanni tells her story of reporting the wars there.

  • More in Sorrow Than in Anger 05/05/2004
    Emmanuel Todd's best seller has been translated into English. Todd predicted the fall of the Soviet Empire and twenty five years later he is diagnosing the current ills of the other super-power. What has gone down well with the Franco-German readership may be greeted more cynically in the Anglo-American world.

  • Survival in Zimbabwe 04/19/2004
    Yvonne Vera, The Stone Virgins, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003, ISBN 0-374-27008-2

  • Doing Good 03/26/2004

  • Terrorist Splinters 03/18/2004
    The Death of Somoza by Claribel Alegria and Darwin Flakol though published some time ago, 1996, is well worth a read not only because of its intrinsic interest, but also because of the lessons that can be taken from it in understanding the nature of international terror, and particularly interesting as providing an insight into what happens when freebooters find scope for bloody initiatives.

    Above Enrique Haroldo Gorriaran Merlo, international terrorist and assassin, is flanked by his captors.

  • Cosmologisms? 02/09/2004
    John Keane, Global Civil Society, Cambridge University Press, 2003, ,ISBN 0 521 89462 X paperback pp.220

  • Give Optimism a Chance 01/26/2004
    Investing in Peace: How Development Aid Can Prevent or Promote Conflict. By Robert J. Muscat. Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe. 2002.

    Contrary to much of contemporary prescriptive literature, Muscat does not automatically assume that economic development is always conflict-reducing. Through a series of case studies and a detailed examination of the three cross-cutting themes of development, aid and conflict, Muscat identifies development aid as perhaps “the most powerful tool that the international community possesses as a means of non-violent conflict resolution in the Third World today” (p. xvi).

  • Books Received 01/13/2004
    The Peace and Conflict Monitor would like to thank all those publishers who have sent books in for review. We have been unable to respond immediately and review them all. Here is a list of some of the books received in 2003. We will try to publish full reviews in due course.

  • Return of the Fabians? 12/15/2003
    Jay R Mandle, Globalization and the Poor, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp.157 ISBN-0-521-89352-6 (pbk)

    Professor Mandle provides arguments to support the case for reform of the globalization process. The intervention of governments and states is required so that the poor can do better while the rich can stay rich.

  • Measuring disarmament 11/24/2003
    Bonn International Center for Conversion, Conversion Survey 2003: Global Disarmament, Demilitarization and Demobilization, Feb 2003, pp. 180ISBN 3-8329-0135-3. The Bonn International Center for Conversion, directed currently by Dr. Peter Croll, was founded in 1994, and, among its many activities associated with disarmament and conversion largely funded by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, it has published the Conversion Survey 2003.

  • Putin Reigns 11/05/2003
    Lilia Shevtsova, Putin's Russia, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2003, pp.305

  • The Weapon is Patience. 10/20/2003
    Nonviolent Soldier of Islam: Badshah Khan. A Man to Match the Mountains By Eknath Easwaran, Nilgiri Press, 2002 (Second Edition)

    At a time when Islam is becoming increasingly and thoughtlessly associated with terrorism, and has come to replace the “menace of Communism”, one author has reissued his book on the “Muslim Gandhi”.

  • The Dust of Empire 09/29/2003
    Karl E Meyer, The Dust of Empire: The Race for Mastery in the Asian Heartland, a Century Foundation Book, Public Affairs, New York 2003 ISBN 1-58648-048-0 pp252 $26.00US

  • Laying the Blame 09/16/2003
    Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East, Perennial (HarperCollins), 2003, ISBN 0-6-051605-4, PB, pp.186

    Bernard Lewis argues that Islamic fundamentalism (thus terrorism) is a result of the failure of Islam to produce modern societies and nation states, and the best prescription for the current violent conflicts between the West and the Islamic world is the spread of modernism.

  • Fog of Journalism 08/25/2003
    Randeep Ramesh (edit), The War We Could Not Stop, Faber and Faber 2003, pp303 ISBN 0-571-22110-6

  • Nice portraits 08/11/2003
    David Halberstam, War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals, Simon and Schuster, 2002. ISBN 0-7432-2323-3 (Pbk) pp. 557

  • Peace by Pieces 07/29/2003
    Mari Fitzduff, Beyond Violence: Conflict Resolution Process in Northern Ireland, United Nations University Press & INCORE 2002, pp.233 ISBN 92-808-1078-2

  • Don't forget Kosovo 07/14/2003
    Conquering the hearts and mind of Kosovars with a copy of The Old Man and the Sea makes a refreshing change from Apache tank busters and battle fleets. Equally refreshing in Huntley’s short and readable book is her honesty, and, at times, non-dogmatic insights, humbly presented.

    Paula Huntley, The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2003 ISBN 1-58542-211-8, pp. 236

  • Theory and Practice for Peacemakers 06/24/2003
    At its best Contemporary Peacemaking treads the uneasy terrain between theory and practice, forging the types of links that are absolutely essential for the comparative work the editors quite clearly believe is of use for peace processes. There is much work to be done in this zone between the comfortable categorizations of unimpeded theory and the at times ad hoc sensibilities of those used to getting things done in the field with a bit of duct tape and a wire hanger.

    John Darby & Roger MacGinty (eds) Contemporary Peacekeeping: Conflict, Violence & Peace Proceses, Palgrave MacMillan, 2003, pp. 296 ISBN 1-4039-0138-4 (Hardback)

  • The Lost Jewel 06/09/2003
    President Robert Mugabe shows no sign of retiring or surrendering power to the growing opposition party in Zimbabwe. Martin Meredith's Our Votes Our Guns: Robert Mugabe and the Tragedy of Zimbabwe published by Public Affairs, June 2003, provides the background to one of this week's crises in Africa.

  • Hawks v Reformists 05/26/2003
    Paul Berman, Terror and Liberalism, W.W.Norton, 2003 pp.214 ISBN 0-393-05775-5

    Amin Saikal, Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation? Palgrave MacMillan, 2003 pp. 171 ISBN 1-4039-0358-1

  • Shifting Sands: Instability in Undefined Asia 05/12/2003
    Sundeep Waslekar, Shifting Sands: Instability in Undefined Asia, International Centre for Peace InitiativesPrice: Rs 1350 Reprinted from The Indian Express, May 04, 2003. Our Wild, Wild West by Jasjit Singh

  • Globalization and Its Discontents 04/28/2003
    Joseph E Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents, WW Norton & Company, 2002, pp. 282

  • War is a Force that Gives us Meaning 04/14/2003
    Chris Hedges, War is a Force that Gives us Meaning, Public Affairs, pp 192. ISBN 1586480499

    Helen Caldicott, The New Nuclear Danger, The New Press, NY 2002, pp 263. ISBN 1-56584-740-1. Paper $16.95.