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Exploring Bottom-Up Environmental Peacebuilding in Timor-Leste

The local customary dispute resolution practice of Tara bandu—practiced throughout Timor-Leste to manage natural resources and address communal or interpersonal violence—is an example of successful, bottom-up environmental peacebuilding.

Children as Agents of Militarization in the Donbas Region of Ukraine 

Children participate in militarization processes through everyday practices at their schools that commemorate military history and sacrifice and celebrate Donbas regional identity, thereby helping to legitimate these proto-republics and their military activities. 

How Counterterrorism Practitioners Discount the Lived Experience of Racial Violence 

Academic-practitioner exchanges focused on counterterrorism policy show how whiteness is employed by practitioners to restrict certain types of knowledge about Islamophobia and systemic racism.

Costs and Considerations for Meaningful Ceasefires

Ceasefires represent strategic deliberations for conflicting parties— when honored, ceasefires reduce violence immediately and create opportunities for meaningful conflict de-escalation and resolution. 

Forgiveness as Acts of Everyday Co-existence  

In the context of focus groups with ethnic Croats and Serbs in Croatia, formal apologies and forgiveness might not be necessary to build peaceful, intergroup relationships between ethnic Serbs and Croats, but the “exchange of mutual social gestures showing readiness for contact and moving on with everyday living” are meaningful.

War Diminishes Global Economic Growth

War is expensive and destructive, affecting long-term economic growth through population changes, fewer investments, and worsening educational outcomes. 

Functional Coexistence to Manage Conflicts in a State of Nonresolution

A decades-long process of conflict intervention reveals that conditions that appear to be unchangeable can change over time, even in conflicts with no resolution in sight and where no mutual recognition exists between parties.

Local Peace Agreements as a Means to Dissolving Armed Conflict

Armed conflict and peacemaking are best understood not in terms of a hierarchical relationship between local and national levels but instead as a “mesh” of different “conflictscapes.”

Building Peace through Sport in Northern Ireland and Korea

In this essay, the authors are interested in how sport can be harnessed as a tool of peacebuilding, with a specific focus on Northern Ireland and Korea.

A Feminist Critique of Military Heritage

Gender and sexuality norms are employed at military heritage sites to reinforce traditional national security thinking on the necessity of protecting territory through military force.

Time and Counterinsurgency’s Failures

Using the lens of time to analyze counterinsurgency (COIN) reveals its colonial heritage but also makes evident paradoxes and tensions within COIN doctrine that clarify why it repeatedly fails to serve U.S. interests.

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