Neighbors Healing Neighbors – Community-based Mental Health Strategies

A Community Approach to Mental Health Building Back Better, a recent report by the the World Health Organization (WHO), outlines a new, community oriented approach to providing mental health care in developing countries that have experienced devastating emergencies.  The report describes … Read more

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Children Saving Children

Free The Children is proof positive that kids can make a difference in the world.  The organization is an international charity and educational partner that believes in a world where all children are free to achieve their fullest potential as … Read more

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Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

August 18th marked the 10-year anniversary of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which officially concluded more than a decade of civil war in Liberia. The Mass Action, a Liberian women’s peace movement, was roundly praised for pressuring Charles Taylor’s government … Read more

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Probing the Biological Roots of Violence

In his new book, The Anatomy of Violence, Adrian Raine introduces us to neurocriminology, a new field within the neurosciences that focuses on the biological origins of violent behavior.  He explains that, “The dominant model for understanding criminal behavior has … Read more

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Rotary – Recruiting the Next Generation of Peacemakers

The Rotary Peace Fellowship offers full funding for a master’s degree or professional certificate in peace study at one of six Rotary Peace Centers around the world. “Rotary believes, as I believe, that it is possible to have a world … Read more

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Telling Stories that Matter – The Art of the Folklorist

Folklore is the foundation of a culture.  It is the sum total of the stories, experiences, art and beliefs of the people living in that culture.  But much of it is hidden, and it is the task of the folklorist … Read more

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Measuring the Erosion of Empathy – Deconstructing the Science of Evil

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
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Finding a Measure of Peace

Can we measure the peacefulness of the world?  And beyond that, estimate the impact of conflict on the global economy?  On first consideration, these seem like impossible tasks.  After all, the drivers of human conflict are varied and complex.  But … Read more

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Culture’s Role in the Art of Peace-Building and Reconciliation

From 22 to 24 October 2012, International Christian University (ICU) hosted the “2012 Aspen Cultural Diplomacy Forum” on its verdant campus in Tokyo, Japan. The Forum was cosponsored by ICU, the Aspen Institute and the Japan ICU Foundation (JICUF) and … Read more

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Remembrance Sunday: Thoughts on Peace

One of my first jobs after finishing University was a temporary post at the Royal British Legion in 1997. I was one of the few non-military people in the building, and this soon grew to be the basis of much … Read more

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