Building Stronger Conflict Prevention Networks.

By Rene Wadlow. As we reflect on current armed conflicts;  on which the Association of World Citizens has proposed measures for conflict resolution: – Nagorno-Karabakh, Yemen, Syria, Ukraine-Donetsk-Lougansk- Russia – we ask ourselves if we are to be overwhelmed by an endless
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U. N. Day: Strengthening and Reforming.

By René Wadlow. October 24 is United Nations (U. N.) Day;  marking the day when there were enough ratifications;  including those of the five permanent members of the proposed Security Council for the U. N. Charter to come into force. It is
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David W. Augsburger. Conflict Mediation Across Cultures : Pathways and Patterns.

(Louisville KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992, 310pp). John Paul Lederach tells the story of one of his intercultural mediation workshops in Panama where:  “someone said that mediators were like guides leading people through complexities. The image stuck. By the end of the
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Kumar Rupesinghe (Ed.). Conflict Transformation.

(New York : St Martin’s Press, 1995, 270pp.). For many years “conflict resolution”;  was the usual term both in diplomatic practice and scholarly writing. Now we see a change;  at least in scholarly writing to the term “conflict transformation”;  for conflicts are
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Negotiating Local Knowledge: Power and Identity in Development.

Johan Pottier, Alan Bicher, Paul Sillitoe (Eds). (London: Pluto Press, 2003, 332 pp.) Dario Novellino;  sets out clearly the framework of this collection of anthropological essays;  on the role of local knowledge in conditions of social change. “While the involvement of local
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K.S. Komireddi. Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India.

(London: C. Hurst and Co. 2019). This is a lively analysis of Indian politics;   since independence.  The book is divided in two parts;  an account of the long period  when the Congress Party was in power;  and a second part on the
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Hagia Sophia: The Divine Spark in All.

By René Wadlow. There is a certain irony in the return of the Hagia Sophia to being an Islamic mosque;  which it had been from 1453 to 1934. From 1934 till today;  it was considered a museum and was visited by many
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