Category Archives: Peace

Abolish War?

Can war be abolished?  What would it take? This is what has been on my mind since attending meetings connected to the recent session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.   The theme this year was violence against … Continue reading

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Guns and Me

What kind of gun control makes sense?  The national conversation tends to be polarized between staunch pro-gun or anti-gun positions.  To break up polarized thinking and open  dialogue,  sometimes it helps to begin by asking people to tell their personal … Continue reading

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EVANGELICALS AND CATHOLICS MEET IN DIALOGUE

Do Evangelicals and Catholics have similar or different conceptions of God?  What beliefs do they share?  Is there a basis for solidarity between them?  A small group including theologians, church administrators, and lay persons has been meeting in dialogue over … Continue reading

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How do we get “security?”

A few weeks ago, noted feminist peace scholar Betty Reardon launched a new book edited by her and Asha Hans, noted Indian feminist peace scholar.  Pubished by Routledge, it’s called “The Gender Imperative: Human Security vs State Security,” and the … Continue reading

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Peace Studies Founder Speaks about Current Wars

I recently listened to a fascinating interview with Johan Galtung on the radio program Democracy Now.  Galtung, a Norwegian mathematician, is widely regarded as the founder of international peace studies. In speaking about trouble spots in the Middle East and … Continue reading

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Peace Studies Founder Speaks about Current Wars

I recently listened to a fascinating interview with Johan Galtung on the radio program Democracy Now.  Galtung, a Norwegian mathematician, is widely regarded as the founder of international peace studies. In speaking about trouble spots in the Middle East and … Continue reading

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Living Room Dialogue: Women and War

This Living Room Dialogue was prompted by “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” the film by Abigail Disney & Gini Reticker documenting the role of women in ending the civil war in Liberia. In the introductions led by Network staff … Continue reading

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Will the memory of war ever be erased? An example from Japan

Hayato Nakayama, a recent college graduate with a major in international relations and conflict resolution, facilitated this living room dialogue.  A native of Japan, he began by offering some of his country’s history as an example of how war leaves … Continue reading

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Liberian Women “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”

Sometimes I question the value of dialogue in bringing peace.  Sure it’s a nice thing to get people together to discuss their differences, but can dialogue really help to bring an end to wars? Well, it turns out, it can, … Continue reading

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