John Avery: Working for peace since 1954

John Avery: Working for peace since 1954

We at TFF are proud to present one of our most amazing Associates who – in so many different ways – has worked for peace over 67 years. His knowledge is encyclopaedic and covers so many fields that it is hard to grasp. Even at the age of 88 and with various health problems and […]

Rachael Mellor: Better World Info – Platform for Peace Activists

Rachael Mellor: Better World Info – Platform for Peace Activists

Hear this on Spotify By Rachael Mellor September 7, 2021 Over the years people have found incredible inspiration in the brave words, actions, and leadership of peace heroes – Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi, to name a few. They display courage, moral strength and compassion to gain the right to freedom […]

The Assassination and Resurrection of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Assassination and Resurrection of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Edward Curtin April 13, 2021 “I don’t believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadorian people…”  – Archbishop Oscar Romero, martyred, 24 March 1980 Whether we are aware of it or not, we live by stories. We live by others’ stories while we tell our lives by how […]

Silently disciplining research

Silently disciplining research

Photo collage © Jan Oberg 2021 Researchers who question the legitimacy of US wars, seem to experience being ousted from their positions in research and media institutions. The example presented here is from the Institute for Peace Research in Oslo (PRIO), an institution that historically has had researchers critical of wars of aggression – and […]

Peace Studies: Inspiration, Objectives, Achievement

Peace Studies: Inspiration, Objectives, Achievement

Johan Galtung February 15, 2021 The 1987 Right Livelihood Award Acceptance Speech  Peace appeals to the hearts; studies to the brain. Both are needed, indeed indispensable. But equally indispensable is a valid link between brain and heart. The history of peace studies is, of course, a collective story, and it did not start in the […]

Why we need to move closer to King’s understanding of nonviolence

Why we need to move closer to King’s understanding of nonviolence

Kazu Haga February 9, 2021 Nonviolence is not simply the absence of violence, but about taking a proactive stand against violence and injustice, and working to repair the harm. Originally posted on Waging NonViolence on January 16, 2020 The following is an edited version of a chapter from Kazu Haga’s new book, “Healing Resistance: A […]

TFF Associates’ blog 2011-2017 reborn

TFF Associates’ blog 2011-2017 reborn

Reflecting important global development, it is also a piece of the academic history of peace, conflict and future research Jan Oberg February 3, 2021 Here is a completely new edition of TFF Associates’ blog 2011-2017. In this blog, you’ll find almost everything posted over these 6 years by TFF Associates, our group of experts on […]

Goodbye Peace…Online book project you may follow

Goodbye Peace…Online book project you may follow

By Jan Oberg January 13, 2021 Welcome to my worldmoires – a word I have invented for the occasion. It means writing about my life in the perspective of global affairs and trends that have influenced my work and myself since I was born in the middle of the preceding century.  And the occasion? I’m approaching the […]

The peace discourse that disappeared: Go on with passion and detachment

The peace discourse that disappeared: Go on with passion and detachment

Jan Oberg December 29, 2020 Look at and listen in to three spheres of contemporary Western society – politics, research and media: The word” peace” and related words, such as the UN Charter norm of “making peace by peaceful means”, nonviolence, negotiations – have disappeared. And with the words, the discourse and with the discourse, […]

Human security policy and Human Needs Theory

Human security policy and Human Needs Theory

Karin Utas Carlsson December 1, 2020 The purpose of this article is to highlight the thoughts of peace researcher John W. Burton put forward towards the end of the last century. He is seen as the father of Human Needs Theory, a way of thinking behind the concept of human security, increasingly in focus in […]

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