Mehran Kamrava. Troubled Waters. Insecurity in the Persian Gulf.

(Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018) The 14 September 2019;  drone attacks on oil installations in eastern Saudi Arabia have dimmed hope for U.S. – Iranian discussions aimed to reduce tensions;  and potentially end the armed conflict in Yemen. Tensions have increased; 
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Danilo Dolci: Development and Opposition to the Oppression of the Mafia

“The Gandhi of Sicily”. Danilo Dolci (1925-1997);  was active in the movement for world citizenship and deeply influenced by the non-violent methods of Mahatma Gandhi. He was often called “The Gandhi of Sicily”. In 1952;  Danilo Dolci went to live in a
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Violence: Analysis, Intervention and Prevention

by Sean Byrne and Jessica Senehi. (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2012, 274pp.) Sean Byrne and Jessica Senehi of a peace studies centre of the University of Manitoba;  have written a useful analysis of approaches to violence and conflict resolution.  It is
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Craig Zelizer(Ed.) Integrated Peacebuilding: Innovative Approaches to Transforming Conflict.

(Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2013, 336pp.) Craig Zelizer of the Conflict Resolution Program of Georgetown University,  Washington DC, and his colleagues have written a very useful book;  with extensive bibliographies and website addresses of organizations dealing with conflict resolution.  As he points
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Laurens van der Post: Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Rene Wadlow

Laurens van der Post (1906-1996) was a Citizen of the World in Spirit but also an Afrikaner; aSouth African writer but who wrote in English. Deeply influenced by his friendship;  with the Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung;  Van der Post could also
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Barbara Barnouin & Yu Changgen, Zhou Enlai: A Political Life by Rene Wadlow

In early April 1976;  during the Qingming festival when the Chinese traditionally mourn their dead and sweep their graves;  millions of people went to Tiananmen Square to pay tribute to Zhou Enlai as a symbol of reason and rectitude after the chaos
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U.N. General Assembly: Can It Provide the Needed Global Leadership?

27 Sep 2019 – The international relations specialist Stanley Hoffmann once quipped “Goals are easy to describe. What matters more is a strategy for reaching them.”  The United Nations through its annual debates in the General Assembly;  its special world conferences such as
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Professor John Trent. United Nations Reform and NGO Action

John E. Trent sets out there are times; often in the early period of the coming of a new Secretary-General of the United Nations; when there are discussions of structural changes in the U.N. We are in such a period today, and
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The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution.

By Bernard Mayer. (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000,263pp.) From his long experience as a mediator, Bernard Mayer writes “What makes a successful peacemaker or conflict resolver is not a set of processes, methodologies, or tactics; it is a way of thinking, a set
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The Doomsday Machine. Confessions of a nuclear war planner.

By Lawrence S. Wittner. It’s not every day that an insider tells us how preparations for nuclear war have been proceeding. So, when one does, it’s worth sitting up and taking notice. Daniel Ellsberg Although Daniel Ellsberg is best-known for his 1971
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