Searching the Soul for Peace


by Raghda Abu-Shala, Palestine    When we first arrived at the 2014 IPSI Bologna Symposium each participant was asked to choose one training day to write a blog post reflecting our thoughts on what we [...]

Searching the Soul for Peace2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Experiences in Knowledge and Training


by Mojdeh Abtahi, Iran We concluded the second week of the 2014 Bologna Symposium with Clingendael Institute Deputy Director Wilbur Perlot as well as Alvaro de Soto, a career diplomat who has held senior positions [...]

Experiences in Knowledge and Training2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

The Efficacy of Non-Violent Action


by Punya Bagga, India/Canada As we moved into our third week of the symposium, we were introduced to a form of conflict resolution, or more appropriately, a different way of waging conflict: nonviolent action. Hailing [...]

The Efficacy of Non-Violent Action2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

La verità, niente di più sovversivo


by Claire Connellan, Austrailia    On Thursday, as our third week at the Bologna Symposium neared its end, we began the first of two days of presentations by Jack Duvall, Dr. Maciej Bartkowski and Dr. [...]

La verità, niente di più sovversivo2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

Is the past really past? Some important insights


by Elinah Nciizah, Zimbabwe  We are in our last week at the IPSI 2014 Bologna Symposium yet every day is a first-hand discovery of shared thoughts, ideas, knowledge and practice. Certainly, learning at the 2014 [...]

Is the past really past? Some important insights2017-09-01T16:46:04-05:00

Without Justice There Is No Peace


by Oscar Sánchez Piñeiro As we have seen from the 2014 IPSI Bologna Symposium speakers who have presented their work in the last few weeks, there exists a proliferation of NGOs and private entities involved [...]

Without Justice There Is No Peace2017-09-01T16:46:05-05:00

A Revised Agenda for Peace


by Stephen Wilson, Australia The year was 1992. Senior Political Advisor, Álvaro de Soto was accompanying recently-appointed United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on a long-haul flight. With the recently achieved El Salvadorean Chapultepec Peace Accords [...]

A Revised Agenda for Peace2017-09-01T16:46:05-05:00

Negotiations: It’s about who gets what!


by Trust Mamombe, Zimbabwe Enter Wilbur Perlot, the Deputy Director of the Clingendael Academy and a ‘Specialist in Difficult Negotiations’ (SDN, my creative acronym).  Here is a man with a non-negotiably long CV. That being [...]

Negotiations: It’s about who gets what!2017-09-01T16:46:06-05:00

Blending Theory & Practice


by Robert Heyn, Germany Last Wednesday was a very special day for me.  I was very much looking forward to Wilbur Perlot's class on international negotiation.  Whenever negotiation was on the schedule during my undergraduate [...]

Blending Theory & Practice2017-09-01T16:46:06-05:00

Accountable to a Purpose


by Stephen Di Lorenzo, Australia Over the last few years my adventures in the world of peacebuilding and conflict management have been rather limited, yet my enthusiasm for the field has grown. My foray into [...]

Accountable to a Purpose2017-09-01T16:46:07-05:00

Political Change and Bridging the Divide


By Rishita Apsani, India/Canada   Conflict is an inevitable and healthy part of the human condition and our role as peace builders is not to stomp out conflict as such, but to move it away [...]

Political Change and Bridging the Divide2017-09-01T16:46:07-05:00

Peace is Divine


by Tom Hasani, United States As a human being in search of a higher power, it has been a difficult life trying to understand the perpetuation of violent conflict in the name of different Gods. [...]

Peace is Divine2017-09-01T16:46:07-05:00

Dialogue, the Cornerstone of Conflict Resolution


By Douglas Munemo, Zimbabwe  It was an eventful and action packed day here in Bologna spent sharpening our conflict prevention and resolution skills as Michael Shipler and Rajendra Mulmi from Search for Common Ground (SFCG) [...]

Dialogue, the Cornerstone of Conflict Resolution2017-09-01T16:46:07-05:00

Social Entrepreneurship, A Standing Ovation


by Amanda Chittleborough, Australia We concluded the first week of the Symposium with husband and wife team John Marks and Susan Collin Marks. They are the founders, President, and Senior Vice President, respectively, of the [...]

Social Entrepreneurship, A Standing Ovation2017-09-01T16:46:07-05:00

Why Peace?


by, Samantha Twietmeyer, Canada  Our conflict resolution toolboxes are being filled as we work through our first week in sunny Bologna. In his session on social entrepreneurship, John Marks, co-creator and president of Search for [...]

Why Peace?2017-09-01T16:46:07-05:00

A Symposium Through the Eyes of a Bolognese


by Caterina Manzi, Italy “Which part of Italy are you from?” My typical answer to this question used to be: “Bologna...It's in the center-North of the country” But, living in Mexico I soon learned that [...]

A Symposium Through the Eyes of a Bolognese2017-09-01T16:46:07-05:00

Wording Peace: Placing Value to Education


by Leo Guardado, El Salvador/USA Ambassador Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary General, addressed the 2014 IPSI Bologna Symposium on the first formal day of our month-long training. Though he provided an overview of the [...]

Wording Peace: Placing Value to Education2017-09-01T16:46:08-05:00

The Prize is Peace


  by David Carpenter, Canada  Peacemaking is difficult. That is the lesson I learned from our first foray into conflict prevention: The Simulation of the OSCE in the Ukraine-Crimea Crisis. With a Model United Nations/Crisis [...]

The Prize is Peace2017-09-01T16:46:08-05:00

A Day with a UN Ambassador


by Tom Hasani, United States As the first formal day of the symposium began our IPSI-Bologna cohort was anxiously awaiting the Symposium’s keynote speaker-- Ambassador Jan Eliasson, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ambassador Eliasson [...]

A Day with a UN Ambassador2017-09-01T16:46:09-05:00