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” [...]

Can you reconcile without forgiving?2017-09-01T16:45:59-05:00

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 [...]

Memory and Reconciliation2017-09-01T16:46:00-05:00

Pray the Devil Back to Hell…


by Leenat Jilani, Canada Yesterday our class had the great privilege of hearing from Joyce Neu, a conflict resolution specialist and the first team leader of United Nations’ Standby Team of Mediation Experts. However, it was [...]

Pray the Devil Back to Hell…2017-09-01T16:46:01-05:00

The Right of Resistance


by Giovanna Maselli, Guatemala "Most of what we commonly call women’s history is actually the history of women’s roles in the development of nonviolent action.” –Pam Mcallister   Dr. Mary E. King opened today’s session [...]

The Right of Resistance2017-09-01T16:46:02-05:00

Civil Resistance: Nonviolent Force for Change


by Kareem Bessisso, Palestine We began the day with Dr. Maciej Bartkowski who provided us with a thorough introduction to the origins and ideas that underlie the modern practice of civil resistance. The roots of [...]

Civil Resistance: Nonviolent Force for Change2017-09-01T16:46:02-05:00

Post Conflict Peace Building


by Carol Grojean, United States  In 1982 the danger of nuclear annihilation  seemed to have been eased but there were many other challenges going on in the world: Geopolitical corruption Religious Ideology Spheres of influence [...]

Post Conflict Peace Building2017-09-01T16:46:02-05:00

Finding your way in a world of uncertainty


by Maria Winters DiMarco, United States This week we have had the privilege of being trained in negotiation tactics by Wilbur Perlot, director of the Clingendael Academy. As a communications professional, I am fascinated with [...]

Finding your way in a world of uncertainty2017-09-01T16:46:02-05:00

Negotiation and Empathy


by Janine Bressmer, Germany/Canada  In today’s session of the IPSI Bologna Symposium we had the pleasure of meeting and learning from Wilbur Perlot, the Deputy Director of the Clingendael Institute, a Dutch Institute of International [...]

Negotiation and Empathy2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Discontinuous Shifts


by Carol Grojean, United States Crossing the chasm of paradigm shifts can be tough for leaders. In conflict management, how can we help leaders move away from the model of aggression-to-violence-to-win or lose at the [...]

Discontinuous Shifts2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

How does one quantify peace?


Leo Lou, China/United States    How does one quantify peace? What credible databases concerning conflicts, safety, military, or crime statistics should one throw into the mix to construct the “formula for peace”? How do countries get compared [...]

How does one quantify peace?2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Building bridges for peace


by Shagufta Hayat, Pakistan Participants coming from diverse backgrounds, origins and cultures widen the message of coming together for a cause, to understand and respect each other’s norms, values and traditions. In a larger perspective [...]

Building bridges for peace2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

Embracing complexity


by Ben Collard, Australia Today we heard from the Bologna Symposium's keynote speaker, Lieutenant-General (retd.) Roméo Dallaire. The General is a former Artillery officer, a position that encompasses a variety of roles, the primary one [...]

Embracing complexity2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00

“We stumbled into a new era”


by George A. Stairs, Canada With that, The Honourable Lt-Gen. (Rtd.) Roméo Dallaire launched into his description of the “New World Disorder,” the state of affairs existing in the post-Cold War world where the previous [...]

“We stumbled into a new era”2017-09-01T16:46:03-05:00