OJPCR: The Online Journal of
Peace and Conflict Resolution is a resource for students, teachers and
practitioners in fields relating to the reduction and elimination of
destructive conflict. It is a free, yet valuable, source of information to aid
anyone trying to work toward a less violent and more cooperative
Peacekeeping to Peacebuilding
Violence to Peace: Terrorism and Human Rights in Sri Lanka
Empowerment as the Missing Ingredient for a Resolution of the Israel/Palestine
Creating a More Peaceful Classroom Community by Assessing Student
Participation and Process
Democracy (Not Practice It): Explanations of Dyadic Democratic Intervention
the Colombia Peace Process Fail?
Reconciliation: The Road Not Taken in Namibia
Crisis Response Initiative: Its Workability as a Framework for Conflict
Prevention and Resolution
Culture, Gender, Power and Conflict in Melanie Thernstrom's
Halfway Heaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder
Perpetual Peace: A New Look at this Centuries-Old Quest
of Bloody Sunday
Jewish Group: Highlighting the Culture Problem in Nation-States
How Can I
Teach Peace When the Book Only Covers War?
Cooperation in Pluralistic Societies: An Analytic Mathematical
Publications of Interest
Conflict Resolution | Ethnic Conflict | History | International
Relations/Diplomacy | Reconciliation |
|Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding
Edited by David R. Smock. 2002.
Washington, D.C., United States
Institute of Peace Press. 150 pp including index. Paper $14.95.
articles in this collection cover three aspects of peacebuilding and interfaith
dialogue: challenges of interfaith dialogue, case studies, and building peace
through interfaith organizations.
Interfaith Dialogue and
Peacebuilding is part of the United States Institute of Peace's Religion
and Peacemaking Initiative. As a result, the articles have a more cohesive flow
than an ad-hoc edited volume. While the authors do not present a single idea
about interfaith peacebuilding, their work builds into a strong model for such
The Compassionate Rebel: Energizen by Anger, Motivated
Collected and written by Burt F. Berlowe, Rebecca A. Janke,
and Julie D. Penshorn. 2002.
228 pp with index. www.peacemaker.org.
This book, published by Growing Communities for
Peace, is made up of interviews, photographs and stories from individuals
working for peace and social justice. These "compassionate rebels" provide
their stories in the hope of giving voice to the lives of the many individuals
working for peace.
This book is well suited to individual reading, but may
be especially useful in a classroom setting. Each story is brief, and
individual ones can be selected to add context to classroom discussions of a
variety of topics. Possibly the most important purpose of books like this are
to assist in the intergenerational transfer of knowledge relating to the
pursuit of peace and justice. Unless these stories are recorded, they will be
|Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention: A
Fresh Legal Approach Based on Fundamental Ethical Principles in International
Law and World Religion
Brian D. Lepard. 2002.
University Park, Pa.,
Pennsylvania State University Press. 496 pp with index. Cloth $55.00
Debates over the desirability and moral necessity of humanitarian intervention
often end in a realist-idealist stalemate caught somewhere between national
interest and international law, with a dash of moral righteousness on the side.
Brian Lepard enters this debate by trying to approach the question from a new
perspective. He blends a comprehensive analysis of international law with
ethical discussion based on the writings of seven major world religions and
philosophical approaches (Christianity, Baha'i, Islam, Judiasm, Buddhism,
Hinduism, and Confucianism/Chinese "folk" religions).
bases his approach on the notion of "unity in diversity," which he sees echoed
in world religious and philosophical tradition. Unity in diversity is founded
on the idea of a common family of humanity. After establishing this ethical
standard, Lepard methodically works through the implications for it in
international law and humanitarian intervention. This is a work that is really
not like anything before it and that should be read to be appreciated.