What is Peace and Conflict Studies

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances — Mahatma Gandhi. Peace and conflict studies is a social science field that identifies and analyzes violent and nonviolent behaviors as well as the structural mechanisms attending conflicts (including social conflicts), with a view towards…

Main Goals and Motivations in Afghanistan’s view of Canada

Farzad Ramezani Bonesh Adjunct Researcher 2020-2021 at ACPCS Diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Canada The Canadian government decided to establish full diplomatic relations with Afghanistan in 1968 by establishing Canada’s first embassy in Afghanistan, but Afghanistan’s internal crises severed ties after the Soviet invasion. After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan and Canada…

Belarus Peace or Conflict?

by Jeffrey Mankoff s political upheaval, a slow-burning war with Russia, and a general sense of chaos have engulfed Ukraine over the past six years, neighboring Belarus has come to seem like an oasis of stability: stagnant but calm. In recent weeks, that calm has been shattered by oil cutoffs, protests, government shuffles, snap military…

Pluralism and Multiculturalism

Virtual Event – at the University of Ottawa 31 July, 2020 – 3-5 p.m Cultural pluralism is a term used when smaller groups within a larger society maintain their unique cultural identities, whereby their values and practices are accepted by the dominant culture, provided such are consistent with the laws and values of the wider…

Turkey’s approach to the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis

Farzad Ramezani Bonesh Senior Researcher and Analyst of International Affairs The July 2020 confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan did not open a new situation in the history of their conflict. But Turkey’s position on this issue is plausible. From the past, Turkey has been concerned about Armenian domination to parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent areas,…

STOCKHOLM FORUM / SIPRI TALK: Armed conflict and peace processes

Hamed Kazemzadeh had a short talk in the panel of Armed Conflict in SIPRI Debates of Stockholm Forum 2020. He mentioned that the pattern of armed conflict and peace processes in 2019 appeared to confirm the recent trend for a reversal of the post-cold war peace, but the picture is mixed. According to the UCDP,…

No War With Iran Action

On January 2nd 2020, the US sent a drone to bomb an Iranian General, Qassem Soleimani. This open declaration of war from the United States is bringing the low-scale conflict between the US and Iran into a dangerous escalation point that could potentially bring more instability in the region and possibly another full-scale war in…

A Multidisciplinary and progressive view of peace and conflict studies

The author argues that Peace and Conflict Studies serves as a comprehensive reference book that provides a lively account of peace and conflict that simultaneously stimulates the mind and tugs at the heart. There is some psychology in this book. However, the coverage is much broader and particularly generous with historical material, which gives the reader a…

2019 Global Peace Index – Vision of Humanity

This is the thirteenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. This report presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to date on peace,…

Yemen and Future Autonomous, Conflict – Peace

Despite ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen, populations remain at risk of war crimes and are experiencing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Fighting between Houthi rebels, members of the General People’s Congress, the Southern Transitional Council (STC), and various forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government – as well as airstrikes…

Political change and manifestation of violence in Georgia

In 2012, for the first time in its 22 years of independence, Georgia witnessed the peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box. It was a significant development for the country’s ambitious democratisation agenda. However, the news of religious intolerance in the villages of Nigvziani, Tsintskharo and Chela, where there are substantial Muslim populations, and…