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Fri, Dec 19, 2008

Global Peace Builders’ Catalogue of Approaches to Peacebuilding

The Global Peace Builders project has put together a nice illustrated snapshot of various approaches to peacebuilding, selecting 18 examples from different parts of the world. The focus is on projects working to create the conditions for sustainable peace in their communities. As they explain,
global peacebuilders logo “The catalogue is not an all-encompassing listing of the ‘key’ international peacebuilding approaches or an exhaustive evaluation of the ‘best’ of peacebuilding practice from across the world. It is a brief glimpse of the peacebuilding activity currently taking place, and offers an insight into just some of the many important approaches to peacebuilding currently being implemented locally and worldwide, at a grassroots, community, national or international level.”

Get the English language version of the catalog here. It is available in Spanish, French and Portuguese as well.


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Mon, Dec 08, 2008

Practical Research on Alternative Dispute Resolution - Mediation Research Studies “Portal”

The Center for Legal Solutions has pulled together a nice collection of research studies on various aspects of the mediation process. The collection is called Practical Research on Alternative Dispute Resolution. If you are looking for a quick snapshot of the kinds of research that has been done on mediation, this is a great place to start. Includes a listing of ADR Researchers active in the field.


(found via CResearch).


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 12 08 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Sat, Oct 25, 2008

New Version of the Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory available for review

Ron Kraybill has released a new revised version of his Conflict Style Inventory. Review copies and a free trainer’s guide (link to pdf) are available for download.

While similar in concept to the more well-known Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, there are a number of significant differences as well. For instance, the Kraybill version has “calm” and “storm” questions to differentiate times when stress or conflict is high (storm) versus more regular interactions (calm).

Here’s a link to a comparison of the two instruments.

Upgrades to the Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory 2008 (also known as Style Matters 2008) include: 
- Simpler  and quicker to take and interpret. 
- User-friendly instructions and study guide for after-workshop reading or solo users.
- Colorful new format.  Full-color on all 24 pages, it reproduces well in color or black and white.
- Revised discussion questions for groups.
- Updated and expanded Trainers? Guide
- Cultural adaptability still available but unobtrusive when not needed. 



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Sat, Sep 13, 2008

Papers from the International Peace Research Association 2008 Conference

If you are interested in what has been happening in the peace research field, you’ll want to have a look at the papers presented at the International Peace Research Association conference held in July of 2008 in Belgium. A good way to sort them is by the commission that the paper was presented under. See list below.

Papers Sorted by IPRA Commission
Art and Peace Commission
Conflict Resolution and Peace-Building Commission
Eastern Europe Commission
Ecology and Peace Commission
Forced Migration Commission
Gender and Peace Commission
Global Political Economy Commission
Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Commission
Internal Conflicts Commission
International Human Rights Commission
Nonviolence Commission
Peace Culture and Communications Commission
Peace Education Commission
Peace History Commission
Peace Journalism Commission
Peace Movements Commission
Peace Theories Commission
Reconciliation Commission
Religion and Peace Commission
Security and Disarmament Commission
Youth and Peace Commission



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Tue, Sep 02, 2008

BBC Primer on Georgia-Russia Conflict

The BBC News has prepared an overview of the Georgia-Russia Conflict that provides current news as well as background information on the dispute. See for instance Q&A: Conflict in Georgia and “Who Started It?” for some recent history.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 09 02 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Fri, Aug 22, 2008

Track Local Peacebuilding Initiatives via Insight on Conflict website

image A new website entitled Insight on Conflict has been launched by the U.K.-based Peace Direct team. Insight on Conflict is a portal dedicated to calling attention to “the unknown, virtually invisible, civil society peacebuilding initiatives which exist in tens, hundreds or even thousands in every conflict area.” The goal of the project is to “make them visible to policy makers, the media and other peace practitioners.”

The site enables you to track activities based on a set of core themes (Community Action, Culture & Media, Development, Human Rights, Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Women, and Young People), or by region, and it provides RSS feeds, detailed country profiles and interactive maps. The User Guide (a pdf) provides a visual review of the key features of the site. Quite a nice new addition to the conflict studies research toolkit.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 08 22 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Wed, Jul 09, 2008

3rd Annual World E-book Fair (online of course!)

The Third Annual World eBook Fair is being held July 4th to August 4th 2008. This year you can quickly conduct a full text search of 500,000+ PDF eBooks by visiting the World eBook Fair site.  You can also browse the various collections.

Just two years ago The First World eBook Fair came on the scene with about 1/3 million books, doubled to 2/3 million in 2007, and now over one million.

Created by contributions from 100+ eLibraries from around the world, here are the largest collections.

As of midnight Central Daylight Time July 4, 2008 these are the approximate numbers:
100,000+ from Project Gutenberg
500,000+ from The World Public Library
450,000+ from The Internet Archive
160,000+ from eBooks About Everything
17,000+ from International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)

Grand Total = 1,227,000+

Here’s a sample search on Conflict Resolution and Education that produced more than 1,600 results (includes some duplicates). Note the nice online pdf reader built into the site. Lots of good stuff in here.



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Thu, Jun 12, 2008

2008 Global Peace Index Listings Posted

Last year I blogged about a new ranking system for countries based on their degree of peacefulness that was developed. The new rankings for 2008 are now available online. You can compare how countries have moved up or down in the ranks since last year, and now you can view countries group by world region.



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Fri, Mar 14, 2008

A Glossary of Terms and Concepts In Peace and Conflict Studies (v2)

image The United Nations affiliated University for Peace has developed a glossary of terms that are commonly used in the peace and conflict studies field. This 80+ page document (available as a pdf) explains the terms in some detail and provides additional reading suggestions and information on key organizations in the field. The 2005 Second Edition was written by Christopher E. Miller and edited by Mary E. King.

Here’s the list of terms covered in the second (and current) version:
Accompaniment; Agency (human); Aggression; Ahimsa; Alliance; Alternative dispute resolution (ADR); Appeasement; Arbitration; Arms control; Asylum; Authority; Bargaining; Capitulation; Cease-fire; Civil disobedience; Civil society; Civilian-based defence; Compromise; Concession; Conciliation; Conflict; Conflict management; Conflict prevention; Conflict resolution; Conflict transformation; Containment; Coup d?état; Decommissioning of arms; De-escalation; Demilitarisation; Demobilisation of combatants; Détente; Deterrence; Diplomacy; Disarmament; Displaced person; Escalation; Failed state; Force; Game theory; Gender; Genocide; Grand strategy; Guerrilla warfare; Human rights; Idealism (philosophical and metaphysical); Ideology; Insurgency; Intervention; Just war, theory of; Kanye ndu bowi; Legitimacy; Liberalism; Liberation theology; Mechanisms of change; Mediation; Military-industrial complex; Negative-sum outcome; Negotiation; Non-cooperation; Non-proliferation; Nonviolence; Non-violent action; Pacifism; Paradigm; Peace; Peace building; Peace enforcement; Peace studies; Peacekeeping; Pillars of support; Political jiu-jitsu; Political power; Positive-sum outcome; Pre-negotiation; Realism; Reconciliation; Refugee; Rwanda International Criminal Tribunal; Sanctions; Satyagraha; Security; Social contract; Sources of power; Strategy; Structural violence; Tactics; Terrorism; Treaty; Truth (and reconciliation) commission; Ubuntu; Values and norms; War; War crimes; Weapons of mass destruction (WMD); Zero-sum game

Readers interested in learning more about the University for Peace might appreciate the short video found here.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 03 14 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Wed, Mar 05, 2008

ARK Qualitative Archive on Northern Ireland Conflict

The ARK Qualitative Archive on Conflict is a searchable database of information on qualitative research projects that have explored the conflicts in Northern Ireland. The project focuses on organizing all the available qualitative material covering the 35 year span of “the Troubles” in NI, collecting information on content, availability, recording format etc., into a single catalogue. The project is based in School of Sociology & Social Policy at Queen?s University in Belfast, also home to the CAIN Web Service which provides a wealth of information on the Northern Ireland Conflict.


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Sat, Dec 22, 2007

Mediation World Website

Mediation World is a new online global mediation resource website designed for governments, courts, businesses, lawyers, mediators, and NGOs.

The site, developed by London-based Conflict Management International (CMI) offers:



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Thu, Oct 11, 2007

New List of Journals in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

The Peace and Justice Studies Association, with help from David Leeper, has recently posted a comprehensive listing of journals in peace studies and conflict resolution with links to the homepages for each publication. They are soliciting brief reviews of the more than 80 listed journals, and welcome suggestions for additions to the list via the PJSA Contact Us page.

PJSA Mission statement


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Fri, Aug 31, 2007

Wex - Public-Access Law Encyclopedia (includes ADR content)

Wheelbarrow of books Wex is a recent effort by the folks at the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School to construct a collaboratively-created, public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia.  Much of the material that appears in Wex was originally developed for the Legal Information Institute’s rich collection of “Law about…” pages, to which Wex is the successor. Of particular intererest to our readers will be the ADR section. You can find State and Federal statutes and information on conventions and treaties relating to dispute resolution.


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Wed, Jul 18, 2007

WikiMindMap: A Virtual and Visual Knowledge Feast

Wikipedia has grown into a large and valuable collection of knowledge on many topics and it is available in many languages. Now, with, you can visually browse topics that interest you and find connections you didn’t know existed. WikiMindMap is based on an opensource Flash-based browser developed for FreeMind, another cool mind mapping tool.

To use WikiMindMap, you choose the language of the Wikipedia you want to search, enter a term or phrase, and then wait for your visual overview to appear. Topics with a plus sign next to them can be expanded or collapsed and you can take a topic you are interested in and make it the center of the map by clicking the green refresh button. You can also click and drag the body of the page to reposition the display if it stretches beyond your browser window. By using the tools at the top center of the page, you can increase the size of the words or search for a term within the found set and have it highlighted for you. Best of all, clicking on the text of a displayed term takes you directly to the wikipedia entry for that term, or in some cases to a related web link. I liked the results for a search on Mediation and one on Conflict as a quick way to explore the organization of a topic. What a great tool!

WikiMindMap image of Mediation Search


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 07 18 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Sun, Jul 01, 2007

World Conflicts Presented Using the Exhibit Toolkit (MIT Simile Project)

Ryan Lee has taken 2006 data from the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research’s report on world conflict, known as the Conflict Barometer and used it to demonstrate some of the flexibility offered by MIT’s new Exhibit Toolkit. Exhibit is a data publishing framework that lets you create data-driven web pages with support for sorting, filtering, and rich visualizations by writing only HTML and optionally some CSS and Javascript code. EXHIBIT is part of the SIMILE project that also includes Timeline (see my campus conflict history Timeline example). SIMILE is focused on developing robust, open source tools based on Semantic Web technologies that improve access, management and reuse among digital assets. SIMILE stands for Semantic Interoperability of Metadata and Information in unLike Environments. You can see Ryan’s display in action here (Firefox browser recommended).

Conflict Map Screenshot


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 07 01 | Filed under Research Tools  

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