“Civil Society Organizations should develop and put into practice strategies that embrace the cultural and systemic root causes and learn new ways to influence the political and social systems.” (Michael Narberhaus, Founder Smart CSOs)
The role is civil society organizations (CSOs) in the realm of peacebuilding is clear to academics and practitioners alike.
For Immediate Release: August 28, 2013
Contact: Patrick Hiller: (541) 490-4485, philler[at]pdx.edu
War Prevention Initiative Advocates Nonviolent Alternatives in Syria
The War Prevention Initiative promotes continued nonviolent approaches to address the escalated violence and atrocities in Syria.
We are happy to announce that under the leadership of Al Jubitz and Erin Thomas from the War Prevention Initiative Core Team, the newly founded Rotarian Action Group for Peace launched its comprehensive web portal at http:www.//rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org.
The steering committee of the Peace and Security Funders Group unaimously and enthusiastically approved the Jubitz Family Foundation’s application for membership to the Peace and Security Funders Group.
The central purpose of Peace and Security Funders Group is to enhance the effectiveness of the network of grantmakers supporting work in the area of peace and security by: 1) facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among funders regarding emerging issues of international security, and innovative approaches to the problems of peace and security; 2) providing opportunities for strategy development and collaboration; 3) providing a forum for funders to receive in-depth analysis of developments in the field; and 4) encouraging funders not currently making grants in the peace and security field to work in this area and to participate in PSFG.
Dr. Joseph G Bock and Dr. Abbee Corb headline a special one-day event for change agents and stakeholders held at Portland State University on May 31, 2013. Attendance of this event is free and open to the public, but online pre-registration is required.
The War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation and University of Oregon Law School’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center co-sponsored an exploratory brainstorming session to discuss a possible campaign in Oregon inspired by the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project (MNASAP).
At the 2012 General Conference of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) in Mie, Tsu, Japan, War Prevention Initiative director Patrick Hiller organized and chaired a plenary panel discussion on the topic “Global War Prevention – Are we at a turning point in history?”
War Prevention Initiative Director Patrick Hiller met with Professor David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In their discussion on the initiative’s commitment to war prevention, Cortright emphasized the need for a comprehensive campaign strategy for preventing war in Iran. A recently published report by the Iran Project – a non-governmental organization that seeks to resolve differences between the United States and Iran -supports arguments for avoiding military approaches.
Under the theme of “Bridging gaps and next steps in war prevention” the Parkdale Peace Gathering 2 brought together a group of scholars, practitioners, Rotarians and other individuals dedicated to peace. We were glad to host conflict resolution experts such as Harry Anastasiou, Rob Gould and Tom Hastings from Portland State University, Tim Hicks from the University of Oregon and Elaine Hallmark from the organization “Beyond War” and the manager of the Rotary Peace Centers, Brad Lauman.
On July 11, 2012 core team members of the War Prevention Initiative Al Jubitz and Patrick Hiller, as well as invited guest Jim McCobb met with New York Times Top 10 Bestseller Karl Marlantes in Seattle. He is the author Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War and the recently published non-fiction work What It Is Like To Go To War.