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Two pioneers of Playback Theatre – evoking understanding, empathy and change – will be teaching at SPI 2014

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CJP faculty member Hizkias Assefa leads mediation to ease suffering in South Sudan

Thousands of men, women and children displaced and otherwise suffering from the impact of war in Jonglei – the largest, most populated state in South Sudan – may see their situation become less desperate as a result of mediation efforts led by Hizkias Assefa, a founding faculty member of the Center f ...More

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PBS segment features Byler’s insights on situation of Christians in Jordan

PBS correspondent Kim Lawton turned to J. Daryl Byler, executive director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, when she needed someone to provide context for a televised report on Christians living ...More

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CJP prof Lisa Schirch points way to better relationships, roles, for military, government and civil society

On the Wikipedia page for “Security Sector Reform,” you’ll read some nice-sounding stuff about helping police and military forces become more accountable to democratically elected governments and to hold human rights in higher regard. You’ll also see a picture, right at the top, of American and British soldiers teaching their Sierra Leonean counterparts how to use a mortar. It’ ...More

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First graduates of EMU’s Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program recognized in Somaliland ceremony

As she boarded the first flight of her globe-circling journey, Jayne Docherty, PhD, program director at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), carried a clutch of certificates she would present to the inaugural cohort of graduates in an innovative peace-training program. All w ...More

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Preventing burnout, among other attributes of organizational health, leads to more effective work

Where there is a food emergency, agencies like the UN World Food Programme rightly devote the majority of their time, resources and attention to those suffering directly from a food shortage. But paying no mind at all to the needs of staff working for a relief agency like the WFP, says Ilaria Dettori, is a recipe for burnout and organizati ...More

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Reintegrating child soldiers in Nepal shows challenge of turning good intentions into reality

When Kumar Anuraj Jha returned home to Nepal with an MA in conflict transformation in 2007, he was hired as a child protection advisor by the United Nations Mission in Nepal. The decade-long armed conflict between government forces and Maoist fighters had officially ended a year earlier, while Jha was midway through his graduate studie ...More

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UN official strives to maintain focus on relationships, recognizing the humanity in all

Devanand Ramiah, MA ’02, grew up in a refugee camp as a member of a displaced minority group in war-torn Sri Lanka and now carries significant responsibility in the Secretariat of the United Nations in New York City. (He is also a member of the board of reference of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, a volunteer role.) Hi ...More

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Start with compassion – one key lesson from 30 years as a top-level mediator around the world

The reason Hizkias Assefa has two law degrees, two master’s degrees, and one doctorate is not because he loves living buried in university libraries. It’s because he had to leave his home country of Ethiopia when his friends and relatives were being killed or imprisoned during the Derg’s 13-year military dictatorship. ...More

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Student project brings attention to veterans’ suicides

A breeze rustled the blank silver tags hanging on the tree’s wiry branches, causing a soft jangling noise to ring in the ears of a group of silent onlookers. Some closed their eyes and others gazed at the dog tags hanging from the maple tree at Eastern Mennonite University. The group was there for Thursday’s closing ceremony of a project known as the “ ...More