|– Victoria Fontan is currently Director of Academic Development at the Office of the Dean for Academic Programmes and Assistant Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica where she teaches courses in peace and conflict studies, among other activities.
– Marijke Keet participated in the 16th Harvard-organised World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) 2007, held from 26-30 March 2007, in Geneva, Switzerland. Her report of activities and assessment gives some background on the simulation, a post-mortem on the WHO she was in, the social events, and several suggestions.
– Marijke Keet gave the keynote speech Europeanization of education on 29th of March 2006 at the: “Education: Public Good or Commodity?” International Workshop on the Impact of EU Education Policy and Educational System Reforms on Youth and Society, 29/30 March 2006 in the premises of the European Parliament Brussels, Belgium.
Book Description: Even today, most Americans cannot understand just why the fighting continues in Iraq, whether our nation should be involved there now, and how we could change our tactics to help establish a lasting peace in the face of what many fear will become a full-fledged civil war.
In the book at hand, Victoria Fontan—a professor of peace and conflict studies who lived, worked and researched in Iraq—shares pointed insights into the emotions of Iraq’s people, and specifically how democratization has in that country come to be associated with humiliation. Including interviews with common people in Iraq, this work makes clear how laudable intentions do not always bring the desired result when it comes to international conflict and cross-cultural psychology. For example, Fontan explains, one might consider the comment of a young Shiite: “The greatest humiliation of all was to see foreigners topple Saddam, not because we loved him, but because we could not do it ourselves.”
This gripping text is focussed on a new and growing area of human psychology – humiliation studies. In it, this leader at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace spotlights aspects of U.S. actions—and Iraqi perceptions—that have fuelled ongoing conflict and left some increasingly outspoken residents of the U.S., and the rest of the world, demanding that foreign forces be withdrawn and the Iraqis left to their own accord.
The work examines issues including how and when the Iraqis began to see the United States, as not a liberator but as an occupier; how both Abu Ghraib and our ensuing handling of the scandal heightened Iraqi humiliation and fighting; how we’ve fuelled the ethno-religious unrest that still rages today; and how the Post-Saddam elections paved the way for civil war. Fontan also describes the role of women in Iraq who may ultimately be an important key to peace and explains her views on the “new role” the U.S. may play to better help establish peace.
The 2009 issues of Peace & Conflict Review has a [mere/impressive] two articles about the interaction of ICT with peace and conflict. Njeru takes a constructive approach where ICT may be very useful in peacebuilding in Africa, and for women in particular (which is also discussedhere ), whereas Keet looks at the pitfalls of development of databases for conflict data and the deceptive dirty war index as a guideline for humanitarian intervention and peacebuilding.
Alexander I. Gray is currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as member of the Core Team of the independent EU Election Observation Mission to Ethiopia 2010 to observe the House of Peoples’ representatives and State Council election on May 23, 2010. In short, the “observers will be deployed to every region in the country, where they will meet with local electoral officials, candidates, party representatives, civil society organizations, and voters, among others. They will follow the election preparations, political campaigns, the complaints and appeals process and the announcement of results. On Election Day they will observe all phases of the election, from the opening of polling stations, to voting, closing and counting, as well as the aggregation of results.” More information about the mission and methodology, photos etc. can be accessed through the website dedidated to election observations in Ethiopia. On the trip we also went past a clinic in Denmark. We cooperated with a dentist clinic nearby and they were very helpful. As he describes himself the clinic is ” a very professionel Akut Tandlæge i København” which means that the clinic itself is very profesionel and treat users that we support a lot.