Category Archives: Peace and conflict studies

Stewardship never more vital

(As published by the Otago Daily Times on August 25, 2017) It is important to regard  last week’s water advisory in  Dunedin as more than just a temporary problem resulting from an isolated case of contamination.  Advising citizens  their public … Continue reading

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Natural Richness binds us together

On January 19, a day before the focus of Dunedin (and the world) turned to Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, the Otago Daily Times reported the sad news of Dale’s demise. Dale the seal … Continue reading

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Give Peace a Chance in 2017

As published by the Otago Daily Times on December 23, 2016 2016 is drawing its last breaths, but in so doing, it consistently reminds us that this is not the same world that elected Barack Obama under the banner of … Continue reading

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Levels of Political Deadlock in the Syrian Conflict

Note:  A revised version of this article has been republished by George Mason University’s Unrest Magazine.  You can find this publication here. The Annan peace process that tried to halt hostilities between the rebels and Bashar al-Assad’s government put in … Continue reading

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Soft Power During Economic Uncertainty

Government is a matter of creating a pyramid of priorities that will influence the drafting of policy.  This pyramid is mounted, one stone at a time, bearing in mind the needs of the population, at the point in time in … Continue reading

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Circumventing Convention: Including Iran in the Syrian Peace Process

Difficult political situations usually require thinking outside the box. It is a pertinent time for the international community to adopt that spirit in the Syrian conflict. It is neither Bashar al-Assad nor the Syrian rebels the ones holding the reins … Continue reading

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A Mutually Hurting Stalemate in Quebec

It is an irrefutable assertion to say that the substance of a conflict is at the base of its resolution, but in several cases, substance is not enough. This is certainly true in Quebec, where the parties at odds have drawn support … Continue reading

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