Peace educator Werner Wintersteiner brings a peace research perspective to understanding the dynamics of the Russian-Ukraine war and explores the possibilities for peace. His six observations can serve as a series of inquiries to support critical dialogue on the situation and its potential for resolution and/or transformation.
In Colombia, to restore the interest of civil society in local peacebuilding it is necessary to acknowledge and address the institutionalisation of violence and war.
Yurii Sheliazhenko has been falsely accused of justifying Russian aggression and faces the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. Yuri argues that “structural, existential, fundamentalist militarism poisons our minds and our everyday lives.”
This visual database was developed by World BEYOND War to demonstrate the immense problem of excessive preparation for war. By illustrating the extent of USA’s empire of military outposts, they hope to call attention to the wider problem.
The rise in violence against women is interconnected with the presence and rise of authoritarianism and militarism. Gun Free Kitchen Tables, an Israeli feminist movement to counter domestic violence committed by military-issued weapons, looks at the domestic and intimate violence integral to patriarchal militarism and its effects on women.
To ensure the “revolution of values” that Dr. King called for, justice and equality must be enshrined under new anti-racist systems. This requires exercising our imaginations, investing in peace education, and rethinking global economic and security systems. Only then will we defeat the evil triplets, “shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society,” and foster positive, sustainable peace.
Ray Acheson argues that to confront the compounding crises in Ukraine, war and war profiteering must end, nuclear weapons must be abolished, and we must confront the world of war that has been deliberately constructed at the expense of peace, justice, and survival.
Peacebuilders Need the Concept of “the Militarist-Sexist Symbiosis” to Change the Militarized Security System
This essay by Yuuka Kageyama explores Betty Reardon’s conceptualization of the war system as upheld by a symbiotic relationship between militarism and sexism. The significance and relevance of this symbiosis in confronting the peace problematique of today is in its systemic approach to analyzing the interconnectedness of the causes and processes of various forms of violence in the war system as a whole.
In this video, the first of 6 in a series, Betty Reardon illuminates the integral relationship between sexism and militarism, and explores their modern manifestations.
This book, by Cécile Barbeito Thonon, explains peace in a simple way and invites action. It proposes concrete actions, from easy to complex, to help solve concrete challenges related to armed conflict and violence.
In this Corona Connection, Asha Hans reflects on the militarist response to COVID-19 in India, illustrating the interrelationships among the multiple “normal” injustices this pandemic has laid bare, showing how they are manifestations of a highly militarized security system. She also invites educators to begin the pedagogic imagining and structuring of a preferred future.
Fundación Escuelas de Paz, an organization committed to peacebuilding, peace education, and regional peace transformations, calls for respect for the life of community leaders, youngsters, adolescents, boys and girls in South Colombia.