Category Archives: conflict resolution

The Australian Royal Commission on Banking and Online Dispute Resolution

From the moment that Australia’s Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, issued letters of patent creating the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry the task of managing your money would never be the same.  From the … Continue reading

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Foreign Aid, Bad Driving, and Other Tales of Woe

An Australian colleague once told me a story of watching two cars collide in an otherwise empty car park early one Sunday morning. The drivers, unknown to one another, shared only one goal of finding a parking space among an … Continue reading

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Scunning the Barrel: The Success of Third Parties in Reducing Violence

Sitting in a seaside café chatting with a friend he told about an arcane phrase – scunning from the barrel.  What, I asked, did that mean.  He said it comes from Newfoundland seafarers who would send sailors into the barrel … Continue reading

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What does the Future Hold?

I have been thinking about the future lately.  Mostly because I have had my graduate students doing a scenario exercise about the future directions of conflict resolution.  Today, the ‘thing’ in CR is to do development work; a conflict resolution … Continue reading

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Peace in Mindanao

Several years ago I participated at the very edges of the peace process in Mindanao.  While I was with the US Institute of Peace I helped organize a series of workshops that examined the conflict between the Moro Islamic Liberation … Continue reading

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Innovation in Peace and Conflict

A recent rash of conferences focusing on innovation in peace and conflict have got me thinking is this really innovation? Throughout the peacebuilding world there are NGO’s, activists, and others who seek to use ‘innovative’ approaches.  These range from interfaith … Continue reading

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Working Lands Conflict in Indonesia

No better metaphor for life in Indonesia can replace that of Wayang puppet theatre.  What is Wayang puppet theatre and why is relevant to peace and conflict?  Let me explain. Wayang puppet theatre is a traditional form of entertainment and … Continue reading

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