Local Idea, Global Concept & the Unity of Purpose Towards Peace

by Ibrahim Safiriyu Growing up in Nigeria, I was raised to imbibe the principle of Omoluabi – an all-encompassing philosophy that teaches respect for the rights of others and defines individual attitude and [...]

My Rotarian Amazement

by Luis Pedro Fernández Smith One hundred and twelve years ago in Chicago, a lawyer named Paul Harris decided with three of his friends, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele and Hiram Shorey, to create a club to forge [...]

Proactively Preventing Conflict vs. Reactively Resolving Conflict

by Dianne Williams I was honored to not only have had an opportunity to introduce Dr. Neu, but I also had an opportunity to have dinner with her and a few other participants/facilitators. [...]

From a Shattered Hand to a Shocking Experience in Sri Lanka

by Luis Pedro Fernández Through the mystical streets and arcades of Bologna, I had the opportunity to share a Student-Speaker dinner with Dr. Terrence Hoppman while enjoying a great antipasti and Aperol Spritz. One of [...]

If Walls Could Talk

by Micaela Segal de la Garza As I returned to my birthplace of Reggio Emilia, I found myself trying to soak up as much of the societal culture and history as possible. On our first [...]

Can you reconcile without forgiving?

by Elissa Al Roumi, Lebanon  “What is forgiveness? Can you reconcile without forgiving?” this was the opening question of our last session after a four weeks Symposium. Robi Damelin stood there listening to our “scientific” [...]

Memory and Reconciliation

by Rachel Naguib, Egypt How can we forget violent conflicts that left us psychologically devastated and our feelings full of apprehension, relief, anger and lethargy? Memory is not only a product of the past, but [...]

At which point does the Security Council feel that military intervention in a crisis is necessary?

by Rose Julia Wanjiru, Kenya    The speaker of the day was Hon. Gareth Evans, an expert in state diplomacy from his experience as an Australian Foreign Minister and President and CEO of the International [...]

When “Divine Love” breaks common ground between Christians and Muslims

by Pierre Ahoure,  Côte d’Ivoire/Australia On Wednesday 15, and Thursday 16, July 2015, trainers Michael Shipler and Rajendra Mulmi coached the Peacemakers at the 2015 Bologna Symposium, to search for common ground during conflict prevention, [...]

The Peace Process Cycle and Managing a Mediation Process

by Alice Dean, Canada Dr. Joyce Neu, the Founder and Senior Associate of Facilitating Peace and a former Team Leader of United Nations’ Standby Team of Mediation experts, continued her lecture with us on Tuesday, [...]

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