After decades of separation, Greek and Turkish Cypriots are working together on projects in order to re-build their severed relationship. They are restoring Greek and Turkish monuments, including mosques, that have deteriorated in divided Cyprus, and as one citizen observed, “Each one understands the pain of the other, which is considered the pain of Cyprus….” And, another, “It can be this peaceful, if everybody wants it.”
Children find themselves in precarious situations that often lead to escalated conflict with their peers. Conflicts arise in the classroom, lunchroom, library, school bus, playground, while standing in line, and any place where kids gather. During adolescence into the developing stages of puberty, many children act out their emotions in the form of teasing, gossip, and physical aggression. If left unchecked, these same behavioral patterns will transfer over into the teenage years, where stiffer competition exists among peer groups. The inability to resolve conflict without resorting violence is symptomatic of youth’s inability to handle confrontation. Teaching youth how to resolve conflict in a peaceful way can help reduce incidents of violence and criminal mischief. Conflict resolution education aims to make that a reality. Read More
It’s difficult enough to understand “the other” but when our news is gerrymandered in a way that we don’t even get to know what “the other” is about, how do we manage in an environment where listening matters?
Rutgers graduate students are being offered a new master’s degree program, on peace and war, that examines conflict through an interdisciplinary lens. While the locus of the program is at Newark, and is concentrated in the anthropology and sociology departments, other courses, from other disciplines, including elective courses offered by faculty in New Brunswick, are also included. Students will be prepared to continue toward a higher degree in PhD programs or for employment by any governmental agency, NGO, or business working in areas of high social conflict. Competencies include the ability to analyze and communicate about complex situations, understanding the interacting factors that lead to nonviolent social movements or to large scale violence, ways to mitigate destructive conflict, and move forward toward sustainable peace.
For more information see: The Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies and a story in Rutgers Today.
In late August, the New York Times carried a story about the growth in global disputes that is providing significant income to the law firms that provide legal services to clients that have debt woes, broken contracts and soured business deals, that, as reporter Elizabeth Olson notes, are costing global investors billions in losses and creating seemingly never-ending headaches for policy-makers. Profiting from such geopolitical problems, though, are arbitration lawyers.
Two stories in August highlight the value of mediation in complex cases, one the bankruptcy of the city of Detroit, and the other, the settlement of the lawsuit against the National Football League. In both cases, mediation was the choice of process to help the parties reach settlements.
First, the NFL case, from the New York Times coverage of the NFL case, there is this quote from Layn Phillips, the mediator:
“Rather than litigate literally thousands of complex individual claims over many years, the parties have reached an agreement that, if approved, will provide relief and support where it is needed at a time when it is most needed.”
Second, the Detroit bankruptcy case, from coverage by MLive, a Michigan online site, the bankruptcy judge has this observation on why he appointed a mediator:
“The purpose of bankruptcy is to give the city a fresh start. After this bankruptcy case is over, many of the creditors will continue to have long-term commitments with the city…Consensual resolution of the city’s disputes with its creditors is in the best interest of the citizens of Detroit.”