Remembering the War on Iraq – March 20, 2003

Remembering the War on Iraq – March 20, 2003

  By Jan Oberg March 20, 2018* Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Neither solid analyses, moral reasoning and decent argument nor history’s probably largest pre-war, anti-war demonstrations worldwide had any discernible impact on the Bush and Blair Administrations’ decision to go to war and do so on a false […]

Gene Sharp has died and the world has lost a global educator

Gene Sharp has died and the world has lost a global educator

    Obituary By Jørgen Johansen Just a week after his 90th birthday Gene Sharp passed away. The journal New Statesman once described Gene Sharp as the “Machiavelli of Nonviolence” and Thomas Weber labelled him “the Clausewitz of Nonviolent Action.” Who was this man and what is his contribution to our understanding of the possibilities […]

MLK: The Year of “Nonviolence or Non-Existence”

MLK: The Year of “Nonviolence or Non-Existence”

  By Rev. John Dear 15 Jan 2018 • It was early 1968.  Since the previous spring Martin Luther King, Jr. had been pursuing a course that for many was unthinkable.  He had deliberately connected the dots between the  movement  for civil rights and the struggle to end the war in Vietnam, and had paid the price. Originally published by Transcend Media Service here He was roundly criticized by the […]

Humankind 2050: A new and better world – Peace, Development and Environment

Humankind 2050: A new and better world – Peace, Development and Environment

  By Johan Galtung • Keynote, World Futures Studies Federation Conference – Jondal, Norway 7 Jun 2017 West of Jondal is Torsnes, named after the Nordic war god Thor with his Hammer, a center of the Viking era from 800 to 1050, only 250 years. Why so short? Successful with raids and colonization–Gardarike in Russia, […]

Professionalization in peace research

Professionalization in peace research

  By Johan Galtung • Keynote, International Peace Research Association (IPRA), Calgary 1/7/2006. Via transnational.org   On professionalization in general Generally, the sociology of professions identifies three characteristics of a profession: [1] There is a range of SKILLS with which a range of professionals will handle a range of problems for a range of clients, […]

TFF PressInfo # 291: Coping with the loss of a close enemy. Perestroika as a challenge to the West

TFF PressInfo # 291: Coping with the loss of a close enemy. Perestroika as a challenge to the West

By Jan Oberg Written April 1990 • Published in Bulletin of Peace Proposals 3-1990, pp 287-298 and on TFF’s homepage at the same time   1. Four hypotheses The West has lost a close enemy, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Which reactions can be discerned and what psycho-political emotions are they indicative of? How […]

Religion and Peacebuilding

Religion and Peacebuilding

  By Heather Dubois • Religion, after all, is a powerful constituent of cultural norms and values, and because it addresses the most profound existential issues of human life (e.g., freedom and inevitability, fear and faith, security and insecurity, right and wrong, sacred and profane), religion is deeply implicated in individual and social conceptions of […]