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European Youth Media Days 2013

Call for participants

Social movements, new political parties and civil society protests - what is in the future of the European Union (EU)? Who is working to ensure change and sustainability of the Union? What has been the actual impact of #Occupy and other movements on the policy-makers in Europe? If these are topics that interest you, we invite you to apply to become one of the 120 young journalists, aged between 18 and 30, reporting from the European Parliament in Brussels from October 15 to 17 2013.

Human Rights and Conflict Management

CfA from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. Deadline for applications: 17 October 2013

The MA programme is designed to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between human rights and conflict management theory and practice. The curriculum, strongly field oriented, prepares participants for working with NGOs, governments, aid agencies, the UN system, regional organisations and other institutions where a deep understanding of these issues is critical.

 

Thinking about Peace Research in 21st Century Latin America

Special issue of Peace, Conflict & Development at University of Bradford released

With the end of military dictatorships in the Southern Cone and the signing of peace accords that followed the civil wars in Central America, most violent conflicts in Latin America have been considered to belong to the past. Consequently, the region has been overlooked by peace researchers.

World military spending falls, but China, Russia’s spending rises

New SIPRI data on military expenditure

According to figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on 15 April 2013, the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, world military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2012, a fall of 0.5 per cent in real terms since 2011.

Right to Peace

UN Human Rights Council Working Group seeks to codify right to peace

The first session of the Open-ended Working Group took place from 18 to 21 February 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. In her opening speech, Chairperson of the Group Mona Zuficar said that "despite differences, there is growing consensus that the right to peace we are seeking to codify, does not only include negative peace (absence of direct physical violence and war) but also positive peace which addrsses the conditions for just and sustainable peace and enables building an environment conducive to social justice, respectful of human dignity and protective of all human rights" (source)

2 PhD scholarships

CfA: Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts at University of Copenhagen

Applications are invited for two PhD scholarships at the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC), Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen; one of these is based at the Department of Political Science at Aalborg University (in Copenhagen). Employment is to begin 1 August 2013 or as negotiated.

Peacebuilding in small spaces. Too little or enough?

New issue of 'New Routes - A journal of peace research and action' on civil society and the concept of ‘peacebuilding in small spaces’
The opening article reflects on the relations between governments and civil society, especially in peacbuilding. In another article, Roger W. Foster and Jayne S. Docherty, Eastern Mennonite University, point to situations when ‘smallness’ in itself is an advantage. James A. Paul, Global Policy Forum, and Henning Melber, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, in their respective articles, picture the UN’s and governments’ attitude towards civil society.

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