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COLOMBIA’S PEACE AND GRASSROOTS PEACEBUILDING

Why grassroots peacebuilding? In recent years, international peace practitioners have come to recognize that the conventional method of building peace through a one-size-fits all approach lacks effectiveness. This approach, the so-called ‘liberal way of building peace’, can be understood as a practice whereby leading Western states, NGO’s and international financial bodies promote their version of

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COLOMBIA’S PEACE IN 2018: A NEW GOVERNMENT, POLARIZATION, AND INSTABILITY

After a fast-tracked beginning in the implementation of Colombia’s peace agreement, president Iván Duque is seeking significant changes to the 2016 initiative between the FARC guerrillas and former president Juan Manuel Santos. Duque recently made public his government’s evaluation of the peace process, that has ushered in a critical crossroads: de-escalation towards peace, or the

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Media more negative than sympathetic toward caravan migrants

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism A study of news media reporting about the migrant caravan in Mexico using the Lexis-Nexis database shows that negative mentions about the migrants outnumber positive ones, and that news media are guilty of exaggerating the “threat” posed by the migrants. In the study of news reports

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UN’s Mandela Peace Summit delights, disappoints

By Steven Youngblood, Director, Center for Global Peace Journalism, Park University At the UN Monday, world leaders gathered for the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. Somehow, I got invited. Speakers included dozens of prime ministers, presidents, and foreign ministers, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Each presenter sang Mandela’ praises, and urged one another to carry

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