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Vol. XVIII, Number 1                                         Fall, 2003


MEDIA NOTES

 

Cynthia Sampson, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Claudia Liebler, Diana Whitney, Editors, Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding: A Resource for Innovators is an invitation to peacebuilders to consider new "positive approaches" to transforming conflict and building peace in some of the most complex of human situations. It is a call to shift from focusing predominantly on the conflict, struggle, and suffering to also shining light on cooperation, coexistence, and visions for a better future. Other contributors are Elise Boulding, Mark Chupp, Jaco Cilliers, David Cooperrider; Peter Delahaye, Tamra d'Estree, Sam Gbaydee Doe, Scott Fisher, Charles Gibbs, Paula Green, Peggy Green, Robin Gulick, Barbara Hartford, Meg Kinghorn, Bharat Krishnan, John Paul Lederach, Michael Henderson, Mark Mancao, Erin McCandless, Joseph Montville, Thomas Porter, Amela Puljek-Shank, Randy Puljek-Shank; Maurici Rios, Mary Hope Schwoebel, Nancy Good Sider; Herm Weaver; Anastasia White, and Heidi Paulson Winder. To read or download the Table of Contents and Introduction to Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding, go to www.pactpublications.com.

 

Rachel M. MacNair, The Psychology of Peace: An Introduction addresses the causes and effects of violence, as well as the causes and effects of behaviors that counter or prevent violence. A brief overview of the central concepts of peace psychology is provided, in addition to study of results and questions that still exist. The text includes practical guidance for policymakers, activists, researchers, and all readers who want to better understand this major aspect of the human condition. The 240 pp. is available in paper and cloth from Praeger (Greenwood Publishing): (800)225-5800, http://greenwood.com/books/BookDetail.asp?dept_id=1&sku=C7855.

 

Shibbley Telhami, The Stakes: America and the Middle East, The Consequences of Power and the Choice for Peace is 224 p-p. for $24 cloth from Westview Press in Boulder, CO. Barry Rubin, Ed., Crises in the Contemporary Persian Gulf is 328 pp. for $59.50 cloth from Frank Cass Publications. Hussein A. Amery and Aaron T. Wolf, Eds., Water in the Middle East: A geography of Peace is 336 pp. for $45 cloth from The University of Texas Press in Austin, TX.

 

Ladislav Rusmich and Stephen M. Sachs, Lessons from the Failure of the Communist Economic System, is a critique of the process of political-economic transition of East Europe Robert and of mainstream economic theory as applied to East European economic transition, including an emphasis on the idea that to know how to properly transform any political and economic system one must understand its condition, including psychological and cultural factors, and their causes at the time of the commencement of the transformation process. The approximately 290 pp. Cloth volume is available for $75 cloth (a paper edition is due out shortly) from Lexington Books, 15200 NBN Way, P.O. Box 191, Big Summit, PA 17214  (800)462-6420, custservl@rowman.com, www.lexingtonbooks.com.

 

Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Eds., Environmental Peacemaking, addressing the role environmental cooperation can play in transforming violent conflict, is 244 pp. for $35 from the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC.

 

Lous Kriesberg, Constructive Conflicts: From Escalation to Revolution is published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

 

Monica Duffy Toft, Geography of Ethnic Violence: Identity, Interests, and the Indivisibility of Territory Princeton University Press.

 

Martha Brill Olcott , Kazakhstan: Unfulfilled Promise is published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2002.

 

Daniel L. Byman. Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflicts is published by The John Hopkins University Press.

 

Robert O. Freedman, The Middle East Enters the Twenty-First Century is available from University Press of Florida.

 

Owen Bennett Jones, Pakistan: The Eye of the Storm is available from Yale University Press.

 

David P. Barash and Charles P. Webel, Peace and Conflict Studies is published by Sage Publications Inc.

 

by Inge Kaul, Pedro Conceicao, Katell Le Goulven, Ronald U. Mendoza, Eds., Providing Global Public Goods: Managing Globalization is available from Oxford University Press.

 

Yoichi Funabashi, Ed., Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific, is published by United States Institute of Press.

 

Yaakov Kop and Robert E. Litan, Sticking Together: The Israeli Experiment in Pluralism; Tom Bjorkman, Russia’s Road to Deeper Democracy; Matthew Evangelista, The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union? Meghan L. O’Sullivan, Shrewd Sanctions: Statecraft and State Sponsors of Terroism; Brainard, Graham, et. Al, The Other War: Global Poverty and the Millennium Challenge Account; Michael E. O’Hanlon,Expanding Global Military Capacity for Humanitarian Intervention;  Stephen John Stedman and Fred Tanner. Eds., Refugee Manipulation: War, Politics, and the Abuse of Human Suffering; Robert I. Rotberg, Ending Autocracy Enabling Democracy: The Tribulations of Southern Africa 1960-2000; and Francis M. Deng and I. William Zartman with forward by Olusegun Obasanjo, A Strategic Vision for Africa are available from Brookings Institution Press.

 

Adekeye Adebajo, Building Peace in West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau; Paul van Tongeren, Hans van de Veen, and Juliette Verhoeven, Eds., Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia: An Overview of Conflict and Prevention and Peacebuilding Activites; and Lyn S. Graybill , Truth & Reconciliation in South Africa: Miracle or Model? are available from Lynne Rienner Publishers.

 

Anthony Gaglione, The United Nations Under Trygve Lie, 1945-1953;  Peter B. Heller, The United Nations Under Dag Hammarskjold, 1953-1961; Bernard J. Firestone, The United Nations Under U Thant, 1961-1971; George J. Lankevich The United Nations Under Javier Perez de Cuellar, 1982-1991; and Stephen F. Burgess, The United Nations Under Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1992-1997 are all published by Scarecrow Press.

 

Charles Thomas Taylor, Toward World Sovereignty is published by University Press of America.

 

Robin M. Williams Jr., The Wars Within: Peoples and States in Conflict is published by Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.

 

Munib Younan, Witnessing for Peace: In Jerusalem and the World is available from, Fortress Press.

 

US Labor Against the War has produced a report: "The Corporate Invasion of Iraq: Profiles of US Corporations Awarded Contracts in US/British Occupied Iraq." Most of these corporations have been awarded no-bid contracts worth billions of dollars to rebuild and privatize Iraq, and to bring its economy firmly under U.S. control. Their names read like a rogues gallery of anti-union US multinationals, including Halliburton (VP Cheney's former company), MCI (formerly MCI/WorldCom, notoriously anti-union and now charged with the largest corporate fraud case in history), and SSA (the leader of the attack on the ILWU during their 2002 contract negotiations). The report can be downloaded from the USLAW website: http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org for free or purchased in printed form for $5 a copy for the first copy and $2 for each additional copy. For more information contact Gene Bruskin, Bob Muehlenkamp, Michael Eisenscher or Amy Newell at info@uslabaragainstwar.org.

 

Psychotherapy and Politics International is a new journal exploring the connections and interactions between politics and psychotherapy in theory and practice. For details, contact the editor, Nick Totton: psychpol@tiscali.co.uk.

 

The Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture, established in 1994, is a quarterly, co-published and co-edited by a team of Palestinian and Israeli journalists and academics. The Journal is an independent quarterly that aims to shed light on and analyze freely and critically the complex issues dividing Israelis and Palestinians. Its goal is to promote better understanding and rapprochement between the peoples, and it strives to discuss all issues without prejudice or taboos. The PIJ can be reached at pij@palnet.com, www.pij.org.

 

International Journal on World Peace (IJWP) is available at International Journal on World Peace, 2285 University Avenue West, #200, St. Paul, MN 55114 (651) 644-2809, ijwp@pwpa.org.

 

Peace and Conflict 2003: A Global Survey of Armed Conflicts, Self-Determination Movements, and Democracy is the second edition in the Integrated Network for Societal Conflict Research (INSCR) Program's biennial global report series. The full-color, 72-page global report (umd.edu/inscr/pc03web.pdf) details major trends in armed conflict, self-determination movements, and democracy through the contemporary era, 1946-2002, and provides a "conflict ledger" assessing each country's "peace-building capacity" in 2003. The work is available free at <http://www.cidcm.umd.edu/inscr/pc03web.pdf>http://www.cidcm.

 

Special Report: Zimbabwe and the Prospects for Nonviolent Political Change, commissioned by United States Institute of Peace's Research and Studies Program and written by three scholar-analysts currently living and working in Zimbabwe (not named for reasons of personal security) is available on line. After three years of protracted political crisis and precipitous economic decline, what are the prospects for nonviolent change and societal reconstruction in Zimbabwe? This report examines the obstacles to change and considers the roles of key domestic actors, their strategies, and their interests in a new Zimbabwe. It assesses the current mechanisms for change and potential outcomes. It can be read in full at: //www.usip.org/pubs/specialreports/sr109.html or call 202-429-3832, option 1, for a copy or copies via post, or email: dbrown@usip.org, specifying mailing address and report desired. Related: Zimbabwe web links have been updated at Library & Links, go to: http://www.usip.org/library/regions/zimbabwe.html.

 

David Adams has a brief history of the culture of peace on his website at http://www.culture-of-peace.info/history/introduction.html, along with the original version of the UNESCO monograph, http://www.culture-of-peace.info/monograph/page1.html, David Adams: adams1peace@aol.com.

 

The Plowshares Peace Studies Collaborative of Earlham, Goshen and Manchester Colleges announces the launching of the Plowshares website: www.plowsharesproject.org.



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