Category Archives: Essays

U (Communicate) Peace

When a peace builder decides to enter into a mediation it means that s/he accepts the relationship among the parties and legitimizes their identity and position within the conflict. If to mediate is to legitimize, what do we do when … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Peace Research, Thoughts and Concepts | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

20th Century: Let Us Start Resolving Conflicts?!

“Conflict resolution […] first defined itself and then expanded its remit during what we are calling its foundation period in the 1950s and 1960s, and its period of further construction and expansion in the 1970s and 1980s.” wrote Oliver Rasbotham, … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Peace Research, Thoughts and Concepts | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Syria – The Protests and the Media Games

The summer of 2007 was my first real introduction to the Arab world. I had once visited Jordan in 2002 for a week, but the only thing I remember is football and trying something interesting, which they called Nargile. As … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Peace Research, Travel Journal | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Vagueness of Security – on what factors does it really depend?

This paper wants to investigate the current opinions about achieving “security” and how much these opinions are consistent with the main theories regarding peace building. “Security” is a theme of which we hear very often and it is surely linked … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Peace Research, Thoughts and Concepts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Introduction to Buddhism

Buddhism is a way of life, a path of life, a philosophy of life, and spiritual development, which aims at the cessation of ignorance and suffering. This Darsana was founded by Buddha, around 550 BCE, in India. Today Buddhism is … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Indian Philosphy | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Note on Gandhi’s Understanding of Satyagraha

Gandhi’s conception of satya and ahimsa lie at the heart of his entire social and political philosophy. His concept of satya, with ahimsa as the means, determined his doctrine of satyagraha or active resistance to authority; while the concept of … Continue reading

Posted in Essays, Indian Philosphy, Peace Research | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Note on Gandhi’s Understanding of Ahimsa

Though it was deeply influenced by Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Christian theories of non-violence, Gandhi’s theory was in a class by itself. Let us examine Gandhi’s understanding of Ahimsa by first examining the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist understanding of the … Continue reading

Posted in Indian Philosphy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment