Havrin Khalaf: A Light Has Gone Out But The Tasks of Reconciliation Remain.

By René Wadlow. On October 12, 2019, Havrin Khalaf;  the Co-Secretary-General of the Future Syria Party;  was shot to death at a roadblock by the Turkish-backed militia; Ahrar al-Shargiya. The Future of Syria Party had been formed in March 2018 in Raqqa;
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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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Rania Abouzeid. No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in Wartime Syria.

(London: Oneworld Publications, 2018). No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in Wartime Syria is a moving book by the Lebanese journalist Rania Abouzlid. As an Arabic speaker;  she was able to move in Syrian society  to interview a range of Syrians
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Covid-19. NGO Transformations amid Uncertainty.

by Rene Wadlow. World wide; the Covid-19 pandemic has caught both governments and non-governmental organizations (NGO); unprepared for the scope and complexity of the challenges. The lockdowns have had strong economic consequences; as well as social consequences; including; the rapid rise of
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Sue and Steve Williams: Being in the Middle by Being at the Edge

(York: William Sessions Ltd). Sue and Steve Williams, have written a very useful study on mediation efforts;  in politically violent situations;  in the Middle East by drawing on the experiences of Quaker mediators;  usually working under the direction of Quaker Peace and
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Eileen Babbitt and Ellen Luts (Eds.) Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Context

(Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2009, 397pp.) Eileen Babbitt and Ellen Lutz have made an important contribution to world citizen diplomacy.   As they point out “To prevent wars and massive human rights violations and rebuild societies in their aftermath;  an approach
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David Cortright Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas

(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, 376pp.) David Cortright;  Director of Policy Studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies;  and an activist especially on nuclear arms issues;  has set out a clear and up-to-date history of the ideas and movements
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MiddleEast Regional Negotiations in Good Faith Needed

The recent 13 June,  mine explosions on two Japanese oil tankers;  The Kohaka Courageous and the Front Altair in the Gulf of Oman highlight the need for negotiations in good faith. There is a need for a regional focus as the zones
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