The threatened defunding of the United States Institute of Peace reinforces the sense that 2011 marks a shift in how we think about peace and conflict. Combine that with the more noteworthy apparent decline in violence in Iraq, the Arab Spring, and the killing of Osama bin Laden and it seems as if something has changed. For me the ideas that have typically underwritten conflict analysis and resolution have lost some of their luster. So, where to from here?
So from time to time I will explore some ideas of peace and conflict. Hopefully, you’ll find something here that sparks your interest. The sesquicentennial of the American Civil War provides an opportunity to examine what peace and conflict lessons can be learned. Across the globe the explosion of the commodities exploitation has led to numerous local conflicts. How has business replied? What does this tell us about the ‘resources curse’? And more generally, what role does the zeitgeist play in influencing peace and conflict.
I hope that you find something of interest. I would enjoy hearing your thoughts and getting your feedback in the coming months.