Sue and Steve Williams: Being in the Middle by Being at the Edge

(York: William Sessions Ltd). Sue and Steve Williams, have written a very useful study on mediation efforts;  in politically violent situations;  in the Middle East by drawing on the experiences of Quaker mediators;  usually working under the direction of Quaker Peace and
Read More

Norman Cousins: A Pioneer of Track II Diplomacy.

World Citizen Norman Cousins (24 June 1915-30 November 1990) was a pioneer of Track II diplomacy. Track I is official government to government diplomacy among instructed representative of the State.  Track II is a non-official effort;  usually by a non-governmental organization (NGO)
Read More

Ho-Won Jeong(Ed.)Conflict Resolution: Dynamics, Process and Structure.

(Aldershot, UK:Ashgate Publishing Ltd. 1999, 221pp) As the psychologist Ronald Fisher notes in his important essay,  “Social-Psychological Processes in Interactive Conflict Analysis and Reconciliation”  “One of the most serious global problems facing the world as it lurches into the new millennium is
Read More

Eileen Babbitt and Ellen Luts (Eds.) Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Context

(Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2009, 397pp.) Eileen Babbitt and Ellen Lutz have made an important contribution to world citizen diplomacy.   As they point out “To prevent wars and massive human rights violations and rebuild societies in their aftermath;  an approach
Read More

Citizens of the World: Crisis and Response.

Whenever;  the structure among States was too small to deal with the socio-economic and political challenges being faced;  persons have worked for larger groupings: the United States rather than the Articles of Confederation, the European Union, the African Union, the United Nations. 
Read More

David Cortright Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas

(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, 376pp.) David Cortright;  Director of Policy Studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies;  and an activist especially on nuclear arms issues;  has set out a clear and up-to-date history of the ideas and movements
Read More

Arthur Waley: Ways of Thought in Ancient China

Arthur Waley (1889-1966)  was an important cultural bridge-builder between China and the West.  He was a translator of Chinese and Japanese poetry and philosophical texts, especially the Taoist classic Tao Te Ching attributed to Lao Tsu.  At a time when there are increased political,
Read More

Arnaud Desjardins: Cultural Bridge-builder and World Citizen

Arnaud Desjardins (1925-2011) was a leading figure in introducing the broader French public to the philosophies and religious practices of Asia. His films devoted to Tibetan Buddhist leaders, Indian religious teachers, Japanese Zen philosophers, and Afghan Sufis were widely shown on French
Read More

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
Read More

Migration and Awareness of Trafficking in Persons by Rene Wadlow

On 23 October 2019,  39 people( 8 women and 31 men);   were found dead in a refrigerated trailer truck;  coming from Belgium in the last leg of its journey.  The truck was at a parking lot in Essex, near London, England.  The identity of
Read More