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Capstone Projects 2015: Center for Justice and Peacebuilding graduates research issues of conflict transformation

When Katrina Gehman began her four-month practicum experience at the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), she quickly learned that some terms have different meanings in different contexts. The context she’d been immersed in as a graduate student in the conflict transformation progr ...More

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Nobel winner headlines EMU international student fundraiser for Ebola orphans

Leymah Gbowee, co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, loves small local initiatives that fight the problems of the world. So when she heard that a group of international students at a college in Virginia were raising funds for orphans of the Ebola plague in her native Li ...More

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A little guide to the workings of the United Nations, from a peacebuilding perspective

[Editor’s note: Originally published in Peacebuilder magazine a year ago, this article on the workings of the United Nations remains more relevant than ever, with UN agencies needing to play a major role in the fight to stop Ebola, as well as to bring an end to the d ...More

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Afghanistan needs nonviolent peace movement at grassroots, says this Afghan, and he proposes to start one

Farshid Hakimyar has much in common with four men he greatly admires – Mahatma Gandhi, Khān Abdul Ghaffār Khān, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela. Like them, Hakimyar is a man from a comparatively comfortable family background and, as a result, he is well educated and can make choices that could lead him to a comfortable existence either in his home country of Afghanistan or outsi ...More

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A challenging mission at the United Nations

The United Nations system contains about two dozen graduates of Eastern Mennonite University – most of them alumni of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) featured in the current issue of Peacebuilder magazine – but a handful have emerged f ...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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SPI Alumni Help With Syrian Refugee Crisis

Syrians are flooding into neighboring Jordan at the rate of more than 1,000 per night, seeking refuge from a brutal civil war. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has taken steps to supplement its material aid (food, diapers, blankets, school kits, hygiene kits, etc.) with trainings aimed at easing growing tensions, understanding the impact of trauma, and ...More

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Iraqi Returns For Grad Degree After 8-Year Absence

In the eight years since first attending the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University, Ala Ali, an Iraqi-Kurdish civil society activist and peacebuilder, has put the lessons she learned then to extensive practical use. Now the program development manager for the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, a development, human rights an ...More

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UN Exhibits Zehr’s Photos on Children of Prisoners

A branch of the United Nations (UN) is featuring Howard Zehr’s photo-portraits of the children of U.S. prisoners in an conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 30, 2011. The exhibit complements a major meeting of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Sept. 20, where UN officials will focus on rights and needs of children of incarcerated parents for the first time in hist ...More