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Notices and Reports


Responding to Conflict--Skills & Strategies for Peace

The group `Responding to Conflict' will be offering a number of courses in Birmingham (UK) in summer 1999. The courses will centre on the themes `Working with Conflict' and `Strengthening Policy and Practice: Practical Strategies for Agencies Working in Areas of Tension and Conflict'. The first group will comprise five courses each of several weeks' duration: 1) `Making Sense of Conflict and Change' (26 April-14 May); `Group Development and Problem-Solving' (17-28 May); 3) `Facing Violence: Strategies for Survival and Change' (31 May-11 June); 4) `Towards Just Outcomes' (14-25 June); 5) `Practical Projects and Planning' (28 June-2 July). The courses offered under the rubric `Strengthening Policy and Practice' will last only one or two days and will cover the following areas: 1) `Analysing Conflict' (12 July); 2) `Evaluating Conflict Impact' (13 July); 3) `Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding' (14-15 July); 4) `Training for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding' (16 July).

Contact: Responding to Conflict, 1046 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6LJ, UK, Tel.: +44-121-415-5641, Fax: +44-121-415-4119, e-mail: -enquiries@respond.org

Saferworld Focus

Focus (full title: Focus on the European Union and Peace-Building Efforts in the Horn of Africa) is the new newsletter for a two-year project being run by the organization Saferworld. The project critically examines the impact of EU policies towards those countries that make up the InterGovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)--Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda--with a view to drawing up proposals as to how EU efforts to prevent violent conflicts and promote peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa might be improved.

Each issue will describe the progress of the Saferworld project. There will also be a section dealing with relevant developments within the EU and the Horn of Africa. Regular articles will also be published under the rubrics `A View from the Horn' and `EU Instruments and Prevention of Violent Conflict'. The newsletter also welcomes articles dealing with complementary themes. It is an occasional publication.

Contact: Saferworld, 3rd Floor, 33/34 Alfred Place, London WC1E 7DP, UK, Tel.: +44-171-580-8886, Fax: +44-171-631-1444, e-mail: sworld@gn.apc.org, http://www.gn.apc.org/sworld/


Call for Papers: `Women in Conflict Zones'

The autumn issue of CWS/cf (Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme) will look at the life and experiences of women in war-torn societies. It will focus on: militarization and its impact on the lives of women; women's role in the construction of the post-war nation; the relationship between war, neoliberalism, and economic restructuring, with all that the neoliberal approach implies for women; women's roles in peacebuilding and resistance strategies.

The aim of CWS/cf is point up new, gendered approaches to international security and peace research. By linking the work of activists and grassroots organizations with academic theory, we hope to promote the efforts of local and international groups and thus effect change at a regional, national, and global level.

Contributions from activists and grassroots women's organizations working in war-torn countries, militarized conflict-zones, and post-conflict areas are particularly encouraged. The deadline for contributions is 30 May 1999.

Contact: Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, 212 Founders College, York University, 4700 Keele Street, North York, ON M3J 1P3, Canada, Tel.: +1-416-736-5356, Fax: +1-416-736-5765, e-mail: cwscf@yorku.ca, http://www.yorku.ca/org/cwscf/home.html

New Advanced Course in Modern Peacekeeping

A new advanced course entitled `Issues in Modern Peacekeeping' is being offered by the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) in Clementsport, Canada. The four-week course will be part of the training for all members of the New Peacekeeping Partnership (NPP)--a concept developed by the PPC and denoting the co-operation between organizations and individuals working to improve the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations.

The course is aimed both at managers with experience in peacekeeping or similar fields and at interested academics at graduate level. Every participant is expected to make some contribution to the course. He or she should therefore be able to demonstrate experience in his or her chosen professional field. A working knowledge of English is required. The course comprises: 1) a Foundation Series designed to provide an insight into modern peacekeeping operations; 2) an Operations Series looking at the different types of peacekeeping operation; 3) a Perspective Series offering a variety of contrasting perspectives on peacekeeping operations; 4) an Issues Series, addressing particular topics of importance to modern peacekeeping operations; 5) a Case-Studies Series, involving in-depth research; 6) a Field-Study Series, involving a visit to UN HQ and to an actual peacekeeping mission.

Contact: Registrar (C-99), The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, Cornwallis Park, PO Box 100, Clementsport, Nova Scotia, B0S 1E0, Canada, Tel.: +1-902-638-8611, Fax: +1-902-638-9999, e-mail: registrar@ppc.cdnpeacekeeping.ns.ca, http://www.cdnpeacekeeping.ns.ca


Roland Röhl Peace Prize

On 9 March 1999, the Roland Röhl Foundation Peace Prize, worth DM10,000, was awarded to the Bremen-based scholar Professor Dieter Senghaas.

The prize, which was awarded for the first time this year, is intended to help promote peace and conflict research. The science journalist Roland Röhl died of cancer on 24 December 1997. He stipulated in his will that his estate be used to create the endowment fund for the foundation. Röhl, who held a Ph.D. in chemistry and had worked as a research reporter under the Nobel prizewinner Professor Manfred Eigen, reported mainly on issues relating to security and to peace and conflict research.

Contact: Klaus Riechel, c/o NDR Göttingen, Tel.: +49-551-44858.

Environment and Development: Internet Servers on CD-ROM

A CD-ROM produced by the Regional Education Office in Soest provides an introduction to environment and development issues on the Internet. It is targeted at teachers in middle schools and secondary schools from year 7, schoolchildren in general, partners in the `Environment and Development' network, and other partners in this area (local authorities, academic institutions, etc.).

The CD-ROM offers a cross-section of facilities in the environment and development field. As well as extensive primary and secondary material, it contains bibliographical, media, and other contacts. Also included are various teaching materials, documentation on school projects, and descriptions of various methodological approaches.

The CD-ROM contains reflections on the following topics: `Making Germany Fit for the Future'; sustainability, sustainable development; Agenda 21; local versions of Agenda 21; civilian conflict resolution; peace; `One World'; the Third World; human rights, global learning; a global ethic.

Contact: Landesinstitut für Schule und Weiterbildung, Rolf Schulz, Paradieser Weg 64, D-59494 Soest, Tel.: +49-2921-683-307, Fax: +49-2921-683-228, e-mail: Rolf.Schulz@mail.lsw.nrw.de

Distance-Learning Courses in Peace and Conflict

The FernUniversität Hagen (a distance-learning institution) has been running one-term university-accredited courses on peace and conflict research on a regular basis since 1996. In summer 1999 it will be offering a course on the theme `The Roots of Violence', which will try to discover the bases and motives of violent behaviour between states and between other social entities.

The focus of the course changes from year to year. Participants are given a grasp of the basic concepts of peace and conflict research and a better understanding of conflicts and violence, with a view to helping them identify social and political conflicts and, where possible, contribute to their resolution.

Contact: FernUniversität-Gesamthochschule Hagen, Postfach 940, D-58084 Hagen, Tel.: +49-2331-987-2365, Fax: +49-2331-987-4797, e-mail: Robert.Schaefer@FernUni-Hagen.de

A Peace and Conflict Research Resource on the Web

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kriegsursachenforschung (AKUF: Work-Group on the Causes of War) and the Forschungsstelle Kriege, Rüstung und Entwicklung (FKRE: Research-Group on War, Arms, and Development), both part of the University of Hamburg, maintain an extensive information-resource on the web. The homepage--http://www.sozialwiss.uni-hamburg.de/Ipw/Akuf/home.html)--gives a description of the AKUF and FKRE's main areas of work/investigation. The web-facility's central feature is its series of two-page summaries of wars in over forty countries, with access to fuller accounts. The site also gives details of AKUF/FKRE staff and publications. (The latter can be ordered online.) Also provided is a list of Internet addresses (links) designed to facilitate Internet searches for sources on wars all over the world. The links-list concentrates on data-banks relevant to the themes in question and on sources on the particular wars classified by region or by country. Parts of the AKUF data bank will also be entered on the web-site in the near future.

Contact: Dr. Jens Siegelberg, Forschungsstelle Kriege, Rüstung und Entwicklung, Universität Hamburg, Allende-Platz 1, D-20146 Hamburg, Tel.: +49-40-4123-3833, Fax: +49-40-4123-2460, e-mail: siegelberg@sozialwiss.uni-hamburg.de

Investigating Western Influence on Transformation in the East

From spring 1999 to spring 2001, the Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Gießen will be conducting a research project entitled `The Influence of the EU, the WEU, and NATO on the Transformation Process and External Conduct of the Slovakian Republic, Bulgaria, and the Ukraine'. The project, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, will continue the investigations into `Security Policies of East Central European Nations and the Development of a New European Security Architecture' conducted in Jena/Gießen from 1995 to 1997. Initially, the following aspects will be examined: EU policy towards the Slovakian Republic, Bulgaria, and the Ukraine (Professor Panos Tsakaloyannis, Jean-Monnet Professor, Athens and Gießen); WEU policy towards the Slovakian Republic, Bulgaria, and the Ukraine (Dr Philipp Borinsky, Gießen); transformation in, and external conduct of, the Slovakian Republic (Dr Ivo Samson, Bratislava and Gießen); transformation in, and external conduct of, Bulgaria (Georgi Stoilov, Sofia and Gießen); transformation in, and external conduct of, the Ukraine (Dr Oleg Strekal, Kiev and Gießen). Themes such as transformation in Rumania, the role of the OSCE, and changes in the European security-system will also be examined. The project's findings will be unveiled at an international conference to be held in spring 1999. As in earlier research-projects, the Gießen team welcomes contact with interested individuals and institutions.

Contact: Prof. Reimund Seidelmann, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Karl-Glöckner-Str. 21 E, D-35394 Gießen, Tel.: +49-641-99 23132, Fax: +49-641-99 23149, e-mail: Reimund.Seidelmann@sowi.uni-giessen.de

Peace and Development Work in the Age of Globalization

Early 1999 saw the publication, by the Verein für Friedenspädagogik Tübingen (Tübingen Association for Peace Education), of a book entitled Global Handeln für Frieden und Entwicklung (`Global Action for Peace and Development'), edited by Günther Gugel and Uli Jäger.

Against the background of the growing number of international peace-missions, development services, and emergency operations, etc., the first part of the book examines the main challenges confronting individuals involved in these kinds of operations. Specifically, it considers: the conditions governing peace-work in the age of globalization; the problem of intervention in crisis areas; and the question of whether assistance is necessary/justified and what the motives of those providing that assistance are. Intercultural learning, confrontation with the unfamiliar, the problem of difference in language, the possibilities offered by new media, the dangers in crisis regions, the question of how to deal with victims, and possible codes of conduct for operations abroad are also touched upon. The second part of the book contains selected examples of global action. The choice of examples illustrating humanitarian aid and reconciliation in former Yugoslavia, and also peacebuilding and the prevention of violence in the `Third World', is the result of a careful sifting of audio-visual material. The appendix contains a detailed overview of the literature on the individual areas and a list of important addresses.

Günther Gugel and Uli Jäger (eds.) (with the assistance of Christian Hörburger), Global Handeln für Frieden und Entwicklung: Voraussetzungen, Ansätze, Beispiele (Verein für Friedenspädagogik Tübingen e.V.: Tübingen, 1999).

Contact: Verein für Friedenspädagogik Tübingen e.V., Bachgasse 22, D-72070 Tübingen, Tel.: +49-7071-21312, Fax: +49-7071-21543, e-mail: f-paed@gaia.de, http://www.friedenspaedagogik.de


Optimizing Conflict Resolution: Projects 1991-1996

The results of the projects conducted between 1991 and 1996 by the Jewish-Arab Center and the Gustav Heinemann Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, as part of the `Bertha von Suttner Special Research Program for Conflict Resolution in the Middle East', have been published for the first time in German by the University of Haifa, Israel. The projects were sponsored by the regional authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, under the aegis of the former minister-president Dr Johannes Rau.

The projects described in the report dealt with: disputes over water in the Near and Middle East; the international context; and the conflict between Israel and Palestine and between Jews and Arabs. The report also includes various conference papers covering the same field.

The report can be ordered via the Peace Research Information Unit.

Contact: Arbeitsstelle Friedensforschung Bonn, Beethovenallee 4, D-53173 Bonn, Tel.: +49-228-356032, Fax: +49-228-356050, e-mail: afb@bonn.iz-soz.de, http://www.bonn.iz-soz.de/afb/


International Congress on Conflict Resolution through Culture and Literature

From 28 to 30 June 1999, the International Convention Center in Shavei Zion, Israel, will host the International Congress on Conflict Resolution through Culture and Literature. The congress will bring together Israelis, Palestinians, and other participants both from the Middle East and from all over the world. Working on the premise that all wars and conflicts have cultural or ethnic roots, the congress will try to work out how a culture and literature of peace might be created.

The congress will seek to highlight alternative (cultural) ways of achieving a more desirable present and future. It will attempt to produce proposals for reducing violence in the various cultures. The results are intended as a contribution to a peaceful Middle East and global village.

The registration fee of $250 covers, amongst other things, participation in lectures, group discussions, and excursions to historical and cultural sites. The cost for three nights with half board in the (four-star) Hofit Beit Hava Hotel is $150.

Contact: Dr Ada Aharoni, Conflict Resolution-Technion, 57 Horev St, Haifa, Israel 34343, Tel.: +972-4-8243230, Fax: +972-4-8261288, e-mail: ada@tx.technion.ac.il, http://tx.technion.ac.il/ada/home.html


Changes at the Life & Peace Institute

The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) in Uppsala, Sweden, is an international ecumenical centre for peace research and peace projects. It is involved in activities in over thirty countries.

Over the last few months, there have been several changes to LPI's senior management. The new post of Conflict Transformation Programmes Director has been taken on by Ms Claudette Werleigh, former Haitian Prime Minister in the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Ms Werleigh's task will be to develop and co-ordinate the LPI's peace-action programmes. Responsibility for the direction of the LPI's peace-research programmes has been taken over by Dr Rinzie Perera of Sri Lanka, who has succeeded Dr Lucia Ann McSpannden of the USA. The institute's largest action-programme--the Horn of Africa Programme--has also undergone some changes to its leadership. Future co-ordination of HAP activities will be carried out from the LPI's Nairobi office under the direction of the Regional Representative, Mr Johan Svensson.

Ms Werleigh has extensive experience in the fields of development, justice and peace, gender issues, and adult education. She previously worked as Caribbean Regional Co-ordinator of Caritas Internationalis, as executive Director of the Institute of Technology and Animation, and as Executive Director of the Washington Office on Haiti. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of Pax Christi International and has already published several works on development, peace, and gender. Dr Rinzie Perera is a theologian of ecumenical bent. Before coming to LIP, he was General Secretary of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka.

Contact: Mark Salter, Communications Director, Life & Peace Institute, PO Box 1520, S-751 45 Uppsala, Sweden, Tel.: +46-18-169784, Fax: +46-18-693059, http://www.life-peace.org, e-mail: mark.salter@life-peace.org

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