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The Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution








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 world.

Issue 5.1


From Peacekeeping to Peacebuilding

From Violence to Peace: Terrorism and Human Rights in Sri Lanka

Personal Empowerment as the Missing Ingredient for a Resolution of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

Creating a More Peaceful Classroom Community by Assessing Student Participation and Process


To Protect Democracy (Not Practice It): Explanations of Dyadic Democratic Intervention (DDI)

Why did the Colombia Peace Process Fail?

Truth and Reconciliation: The Road Not Taken in Namibia

Africa 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

Kant's Perpetual Peace: A New Look at this Centuries-Old Quest

An Analysis of Bloody Sunday

The 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 Approach


Publications of Interest


Conflict Resolution | Ethnic Conflict | History | International Relations/Diplomacy | Reconciliation | General

Conflict Resolution

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.

The 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 an approach.

The Compassionate Rebel: Energizen by Anger, Motivated by Love.
Collected and written by Burt F. Berlowe, Rebecca A. Janke, and Julie D. Penshorn. 2002.
228 pp with index. Softcover $24.95.

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 lost.
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).
Primarily, Lepard 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.

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