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Environmental Cooperation as Peacebuilding Between North and South Korea

Environmental Cooperation as Peacebuilding Between North and South Korea

The persisting environmental cooperation between the two Koreas in forestry is due to North Korea’s motivation to cooperate on environmental issues and the intermediary role played by South Korean and international non-state actors with ties to the South Korean government.

Peacebuilding Within a Global Conflict System

Peacebuilding Within a Global Conflict System

Peacebuilding efforts always take place within—and are deeply constrained by—the global conflict system, whereby violence and peace coexist and mutually reinforce one another both within and between countries, privileging the few (“at peace”) at the expense of the many (subject to “rampant” structural violence and cultural violence, as well as the direct violence to which these often give rise).

Military Aid Worsens Human Rights Conditions in Post-Conflict Countries

Military Aid Worsens Human Rights Conditions in Post-Conflict Countries

Arms transfers and military aid from foreign countries (collectively referred to as foreign security assistance) is associated with poor human rights conditions, including violations of physical integrity rights such as torture, extrajudicial killings, disappearances, political imprisonment and executions, and genocide/politicide.

Racial Justice in Peace and Security: Our commitment to do better

Racial Justice in Peace and Security: Our commitment to do better

Reflecting on our role as peace scholars and practitioners, we realize that our work has focused too narrowly on conflict dynamics and violence prevention abroad and has failed to adequately address those same dynamics in our communities at home.

Yemeni National Dialogues—Lessons Learned

Yemeni National Dialogues—Lessons Learned

In Yemen, absence of trust has been a serious impediment to the success of national dialogue processes in the past; therefore, any future process must include a “slow start” to establish basic levels of trust among involved parties.

Partisan Commemoration as a Resource for Peacebuilding

Partisan Commemoration as a Resource for Peacebuilding

While partisan commemoration can certainly “harden boundaries” between hostile groups, its potent symbolic resources can also be adapted to maintain community cohesion, legitimize shifts to peaceful politics by providing ideological continuity, and signal a newfound openness to previous adversaries, all in the service of peace.