war and peace

  • 16 Sep 2011

    Professor Jolyon Mitchell focused on the biblical and practical theme of 'swords into ploughshares' for his inaugural lecture in taking up a new personal chair at the University of Edinburgh on 15 September 2011.

  • 11 Sep 2011

    Over the past ten years we have witnessed the birth of the neologism '9/11' and the horrid and inaccurate phrase 'global war on terror'. Some of what happened in those ten intervening years is now history, says Harry Hagopian. But much of it continues to resonate across the globe, calling us to a change of outlook and action. Revolutions and popular revolts across the Middle East and North Africa region vindicate the standpoint that real changes should come from within and do not necessarily get imposed militarily upon a whole people anymore.

  • 25 Aug 2011

    In answer to that question, Edwin Starr responded "absolutely nothing.” But others say that it protects our freedom and way of life from those who would destroy it.

  • 22 Aug 2011

    The visit to Britain of Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, from the Cordoba Initiative in New York, resonates not just with our reflections on the impending tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, but with the continuing quest for interreligious understanding in a conflictual world, says Professor Hugh Goddard.

  • 3 Aug 2011

    The Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church has called on his Russian counterpart to reconcile, after a war between the two countries in 2008.

  • 25 Jun 2011

    A group of 40 religious leaders in the United States have called for President Barck Obama to "bring the war in Afghanistan to an end."

  • 20 May 2011

    Whatever happens in Libya in the coming weeks, the dichotomy in western policy between armed intervention in one situation and lack of an adequate response elsewhere will continue, casting a shadow over humanitarian claims and undermining other proclaimed purposes, says Professor Paul Rogers. The damage and the lost opportunities produced will be measured for years to come. The west's military-political strategy prolongs the war in Libya and gives space to authoritarian regimes elsewhere in the region.

  • 21 Apr 2011

    The fifth annual Peace History Conference organised by Movement for the Abolition of War will take place at the Imperial War Museum on 13-14 May.

  • 18 Apr 2011

    As a Dutch teenager under Nazi occupation, Ben Bavinck learnt to resist fascism. He later taught in Sri Lanka, then returned in 1988, amidst violent turmoil. By that time, the island had become notorious throughout the world because of the scale of killings, by both government and rebel forces. While doing relief and rehabilitation work for the National Christian Council, he kept diaries, describing and seeking to make sense of what he witnessed.

  • 8 Apr 2011

    Is humanitarian military intervention correctly characterised 'lesser evil'? John Heathershaw considers five questions about the nature and the prospects of intervention in Libya. He asks poignantly where the responsibility is in the much-vaunted ‘responsibility to protect’?