Two Upcoming Releases from MIPJ: Media, Information, International Relations, and Humanitarian Affairs

the crisis/conflict publisher, MIPJ: Media, Information, International Relations, and Humanitarian Affairs, will be releasing the following:

  • September 30: “Democracy, International Law, and Statelessness” – This long-form academic article/digital single examines issues surrounding democracy and statelessness with three case studies: Dominicans of Haitian descent, Roma, and the Rohingya. Stateless populations, currently thought to represent over 12 million people and despite international conventions and rule of law, continue to be one of the most vulnerable populations internationally. This is inherently in part because they are one of the most underserved when it comes to such democratic principles, despite international conventions (inclusive of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), 1951 and 1964 Conventions on Statelessness) and laws held by various democratic governments in which Stateless communities reside. Given the purpose of the UDHR, 1954 and 1961 Conventions—along with the widely- accepted modern democratic principles and human rights that are at such conventions’ foundation—it is inordinately important to examine current 21st century, pragmatic realities of Stateless communities. The wide community of Roma, Haitians born in the Dominican Republic, and the Rohingya of Burma (Myanmar), each represent some of the most poignant examples of where democratic principles have failed such communities in the modern age, despite post- WWII vehemence regarding democratic principles and human rights.
  • November 15: The History and Current Trajectory of the ELN – A monograph (print and digital) by K.J. Wetherholt, this examination of both the history of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) and its current trajectory is not just essential in terms of the potential for any peace process in Colombia, but also for potential regional and international security issues. This includes a history of the ELN, including its primary influences, from its inception as a Marxist/Maoist group inspired by the Cuban Revolution, its leaders trained in Cuba by Fidel and Raul Castro and Che Guevara; the combination of such Marxist/Maoist philosophy with liberation theology; its status as a non-state actor and combatant, including its background and strategic use of what Western military and policy describe as asymmetric/low-intensity/Gen 4 methodology to conduct its operations; and last but not least, its current trajectory and inherent interests as not just the last remaining Colombian guerrilla group without a peace process as of 2019, but increasingly something much more dangerous: a force that in actuality has become, under the proverbial radar during the FARC peace process and the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis, a “Colombo-Venezuelan rebel army” that complicates not just Venezuelan-Colombian relations, but overall security across the northern half of South America. (Note: Part I of the monograph will be available in digital on September 20, 2019.)

For further information, any questions, or to order, please see http://www.mipj.org.

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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