Conflict Resolution Blog
This is intended to offer the opportunity of dialogue between the Institute and the global public on issues of conflict resolution, social justice and peace.
We will post a variety of different types of blog that appeal to the many local audiences that go to make up this global public space but all reflect the Mitchell Institute’s enduring and long-standing commitment to foster global peace, security and justice.
Mitchell Institute students and staff will be joined by guest bloggers and world-leading researchers in writing blog posts on issues that speak to global challenges but which have a local reference and resonance in local and regional conflict zones.
Ours is not another blog about Northern Irish politics. The Northern Ireland is only one of many local conflict zones to which we hope our blog posts are relevant. We encourage contributions from people living in and working on other conflict zones and we seek your engagement through comments and other support.
We are committed to civil and polite discourse in the spirit of compromise and dialogue and trust that comments are consistent with this ethical commitment. The Mitchell Institute and Queen’s University, however, do not endorse any of the comments.
Professor John D Brewer
Professor of Post Conflict Studies
To navigate these difficult conceptual waters rules are needed. Here are three suggestions (the violence can be direct--as sometimes prescribed by the Abrahamic religions--or structural as by Hinduism):
Sequencing has to be important in peacebuilding. Researchers don’t have a good grip on what kind of sequencing works. I used to think that there was a sequence of truth, then justice, then reconciliation that was important to accomplish.
When it comes to building peace and stability in the wake of war, dictatorship, and genocide around the globe, certain questions and a certain language are dominant.
Every year on September 12, South Africans remember the violent murder of Steve Biko, the icon of the anti-apartheid struggle who was murdered by the apartheid police on this day in 1977.