How Ought War to be Remembered in Schools?

Remembrance is now a brand – what place does it have in schools? (Original article: Emma Sangster,, Nov. 11, 2015) The visibility of Remembrance within the public realm has grown significantly over recent years. This has been driven by the Royal British Legion, which raises nearly£42million with the Poppy Appeal, almost twice the amount of […]

Children at Argyle primary school in London taking part in the ‘Fly Kites Not Drones’ schools project created by Quakers in Britain. (Photograph: Quaker Peace & Social Witness)

Time to give peace education a chance in schools

(Original article: Susanna Rustin, The Guardian, 11-9-15) “Has anyone seen that before?” asks peace educator Jac Bastian as a big CND sign flashes up on the screen at the front of the hall. “Hippies,” calls a year 12 student from a seat at the back. “Anywhere else?” “More hippies,” comes another voice, to laughter. This […]

Peace Education can end War, Violence and Hatred – Acharya Lokesh (India)

(Original post: Udaipur : Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni eminent Jainacharya and founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti speaking at Parliament of World Religions organised in United States of America on the topic ‘Peace Education to end War, Violence and Hatred’ said that our present education system only takes care of the physical and intellectual development […]

The war against women (Nepal)

Even in times of peace, women in conflict zones remain vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse, loss of bread winners and much more. (Original article: The Tribune India) Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty Tiny Nepal has shown the way with a National Action Plan for Women. The Himalayan nation has become an example not just for its much […]

Learning to Abolish War: Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace

“Learning to Abolish War: Teaching Toward a Culture of Peace,” is a peace education resource packet developed by Dr. Betty A. Reardon and Alicia Cabezudo.  It was the first publication of the Hague Appeal for Peace Global Campaign for Peace Education (published in 2002) and its lessons and framework still hold up well today. “Learning […]

Modern Slavery – Study Action on Military Sex Trafficking: Cases of Criminal Responsibility

by Caroline Fidan Tyler Doenmez   with an Introduction by Betty Reardon (Originally posted 2014) (*Photo credit: Ira Gelb.  “NOT for sale: human trafficking”)   Download a PDF of this study / action guide – All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights… (Article 1) – Everyone has the right to life, liberty […]

Military Sex Trafficking: Learning toward Abolition and Accountability

A Reflective Inquiry on an International Crime  Developed by Betty Reardon  (Originally posted in 2013)    Download a pdf copy of this learning unit Regular readers of this newsletter are aware that the Global Campaign for Peace Education and the International Institute on Peace Education were among the civil society organizations who presented the program, Avenues to […]

Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It

  Download this article: Criminalizing War and Those Who Make It (*Photo caption: Nuremberg Trials. Hermann Göring at the left edge on the first row of benches.) Betty A. ReardonFounding Director Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education(Originally posted: June 2013) War is a Crime against Humanity and Global Civil Order As members of global civil society committed to global […]

Upholding a Human Right to Peace

   Download this article: Upholding a Human Right to Peace. (*Photo caption: The First Hague International Peace Conference in 1899) In a groundbreaking session at the United Nations on June 6, 2013 members of civil society opened a very significant inquiry into fundamental questions of the desirability and possibilities of bringing an end to war. […]

Getting the military out of the Chicago Public Schools

(Veterans for Peace: We, the Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace, are pursuing a many-pronged campaign to bring Peace at Home, Peace Abroad by focusing on youth and the demilitarization of public education. As veterans, we’ve experienced the military from inside, and many of us have fought in one or more of our country’s all-too-frequent […]

Guns Are Not the Solution to Gender-Based Violence (PJSA position paper)

Issued by the Peace and Justice Studies Association, Authored by Heidi Huse, Ph.D., and Laura Finley, Ph.D. The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), in keeping with its mission and values, is opposed to the argument that deadly firearms are the primary if not sole solution to the very serious problem of sexual and domestic assault that traumatizes […]

Reflections on Education for Peace

(Original article: Prof. Dr. Alicia Cabezudo, Arigatou International) Education for peace and respect for human rights become particularly relevant today as the values that they entail are conflicted by daily violence, the horrors of war and the slow destruction of values such as solidarity, cooperation and respect for the other – situations that shake us […]

A Peace Educator’s Tribute to Ruth Leger Sivard

Betty Reardon, Global Campaign for Peace Education Civil society has long recognized that while it takes a citizens’ movement to achieve a change, prescient individuals can envision and share the core ideas that inspire and energize such movements. Such was the case with Ruth Sivard. No one more vividly illustrated that war and preparation for […]

Commemorating the Vietnam War: Remembering the Unlearned Lessons

Terry Provance and David Cortright (Featured article: Issue #117 January 2015) This spring marks several important Vietnam War-related anniversaries: the 50th anniversary of the major US escalation of the war, and of the first antiwar protests; the 40th anniversary of the end of the war; and 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between […]

Three Critical Themes for 21st Century Peace Education: Resilience, Holism, and the Abolition of War

Tony Jenkins Vice President for Academic Affairs, National Peace AcademyGlobal Director, International Institute on Peace Education(Featured Article: Issue #106 July 2013) As we step further and further into the 21st century, the field of peace education continues to evolve, much as it always has.  New forms of violence – from drone strikes to invasions of privacy […]

Security Council Resolution 1325: An Instrument for Peace through Gender Equality

Betty Reardon Founder Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education (Welcome letter: Issue #80 February 2011) In October 2010, the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the United Nations conducted a session to review progress in its implementation and the Non-governmental Community organized a Peace Fair, celebrating the resolution, lamenting the failure of […]

A Review of “The Gender Imperative: Human Security vs State Security”

The Gender Imperative: Human Security vs State Security, edited by Betty A. Reardon and Asha Hans, New Delhi, Routledge, 2010, 456pp. “For this, in sum, is the essence of human security, wellbeing made possible through the elimination of all forms of violence, assured by institutions designed specifically to achieve and maintain well-being; in short, demilitarizing […]

Toward the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Betty Reardon Founder, International Institute on Peace Education (Featured article: Issue #76 October 2010) “Reaffirming the importance of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building, and stressing the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and the need to […]