Colombia takes historic step toward peace

Cesar Jaramillo Featured

For Colombians of my generation, it is hard to conceive of Colombia at peace. We were born into the longest-running armed conflict in the Western hemisphere, now in its 52nd year. The protracted war between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) became a distressing, yet routine, backdrop to everyday life. Over time, the conflict permeated …

A new rallying cry

Tasneem Jamal

Author Jessica West Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 4 Winter 2015 It’s time to reformulate Canada’s foreign policy The ongoing, complex war in Syria, with its violent tentacles and humanitarian shockwaves, is a harsh reminder that the global security context needs rethinking. The focus on counterterrorism, which has dominated foreign and security policy in the West both at home and …

Asylum-seeker, refugee, or migrant?

Tasneem Jamal

Author Sonal Marwah Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 4 Winter 2015 Categorizing the multitude flowing into Europe is a source of fierce contention among EU member states It is estimated that more than 860,000 people so far this year have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to enter Europe (UNHCR 2015a). Many others have tried, unsuccessfully (IOM 2015). This past September, Hungary’s …

Book launch: Disarming Conflict

Ploughshares News

When: 4:30 p.m. • Thursday • October 29 Where: Grebel Gallery • 4th Floor, Centre for Peace Advancement, Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Road North • Waterloo Please join Project Ploughshares and the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement for the launch of Disarming Conflict: Why peace cannot be won on the battlefield by Ernie Regehr. Books will be available for purchase and signing. …

Time to revive Canada’s role as a peacekeeper

Branka Marijan News

By Branka Marijan On September 28, 2015 U.S. President Barack Obama hosted a summit on peacekeeping on the sidelines of the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations (UN). Held while the world wrestles with a growing number of humanitarian crises—including the on-going conflict in Syria—the summit was forced to recognize that inaction is no longer an option. …

Lessons from Charles Norris Cochrane on the problem of domestic radicalization

Wendy Stocker News

John Siebert Project Ploughshares March 2, 2015 Islamism or radical Islam or jihadism, as a violent international ideology at odds with Canadian society and its values, is not the first challenge of its kind, nor is it unique in attracting Canadian adherents. During World War II Canada faced the dilemma of how to handle homegrown Canadian radicals. The insights of …

WW I and the struggle for democracy in Canada

Tasneem Jamal

Author Jamie Swift Kingston writer Jamie Swift is the author, most recently, of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety, with Ian McKay. Their next book, The Vimy Trap, will explore the ways WW I is remembered in Canada. Swift is co-founder of www.peacequest.ca. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 4 Winter 2014 A peace conference …

Conference: 1914-1918: The Making of the Modern World

Tasneem Jamal News

The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History When: July 30-31 Where: George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto Register now! The First World War transformed global geopolitics and shaped almost every aspect of the world we live in, from military strategy to medicine, from economics to poetry. The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and our partners …

Hope for Liberia: Trauma healing and reconciliation

Tasneem Jamal

Author Aloysius B. Nyanti Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 1 Spring 2014 Aloysius B. Nyanti (email: anyanti@lcl-thrp.com) joined THRP in 1998 and has worked on conflict resolution, peacebuilding, trauma healing, and leadership development programs. As Program Officer, he is responsible for program oversight and staff management. More information about THRP can be found at www.lcl-thrp.com.   A program promoting …

South Sudan at odds with itself

John Siebert

Author John Siebert Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 1 Spring 2014 A total shattering of the peace has led to more than 10,000 deaths and upwards of one million displaced We opened with a minute of silence to remember those who have been victims of violence since December 15, 2013, when the world’s newest country, the Republic of South …