This Week in the World of Conflict… February 13th-20th, 2012.

  • TRANSCEND Peace University has opened its online courses in peace and conflict studies for the upcoming spring semester. TRANSCEND was founded by Dr. Johan Galtung, widely known as the father of peace studies.
  • NATO announced on Wednesday that it will buy five US-made unmanned drone aircraft capable of countering Afghan insurgents, hunting pirates off Somalia or monitoring arms embargos. The drones will be part of the Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) project) set to begin between 2015 and 2017.
  • TransConflict established a Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation comprised of organizations from over forty organizations from a variety of countries that are committed to upholding the principles of conflict transformation.
  • Bill Clinton is being forwarded as one of the names to replace Robert Zoellick as the head of the World Bank. Other candidates are speculated to be Larry Summers and Tim Geithner.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation has launched a new map that tracks cases of threatened bloggers around the world. The Foundation also helps bloggers understand their legal rights.
  • Park University’s Centre for Global Peace Journalism has launched a new semi-annual publication highlighting peace and conflict sensitive journalism called The Peace Journalist. They are currently seeking submissions of summaries of a length of one to two pages of upcoming peace/conflict sensitive journalism projects, as well as research/academic papers.
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called upon all countries to move towards realizing the vision of a nuclear-weapon-free world on Friday and especially on those who have not yet endorsed the global treaty to ban nuclear testing, to do so without delay. These words came on the 15th anniversary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.
  • The Centre for International Peace Operations released a new report on the role of elections in peace processes, when and how they advance stability or exacerbate conflicts.
  • The International Peace Institute released a new report on Security Sector Reform. The report focuses on how practitioners and academics can move from policy of SSR to implementation.
  • The German Institute for International and Security Affairs released a report on the partnership of NATO and the UN.

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