Project Ploughshares takes its name and its vision from the ancient biblical vision in the Book of Isaiah in which the material and human wealth consumed by military preparations are transformed into resources for human development, thereby removing the roots of war itself.
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Crisis Management Inititative (CMI)
Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is an independent, non-profit organisation that innovatively promotes and works for sustainable security. Full text publications are available and highly recommended.
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The ethnicisation of violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan / Madeleine Reeves / University of Manchester / openDemocracy
Media talk of 'ethnic conflict' in Kyrgyzstan is misleading, in that it takes ethnicity to be causal. This does not describe the complex, messy process - political, economic, social and structural - whereby this crisis has become ethnicised. What matters now is to understand why and how this has occurred with such destructive speed.
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This is an excellent resource. There are direct links here to the INCORE Conflict Data Service, the Ethnic Studies Network, Reports and Publications, and the Guide to Resources in Conflict Resolution on the Internet, all of which are useful for the practitioner.
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Swiss Peace Foundation
The Swiss Peace Foundation is a practice-oriented peace research institute which analyzes the causes of violent conflicts and develops strategies for their peaceful transformation. A number of articles and working papers covering current conflicts can be found here.
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Human Security Report Project (HSRP)
The Human Security Report Project (HSRP) is an independent research centre affiliated with Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. The HSRP tracks global and regional trends in organized violence, their causes and consequences. Research findings and analyses are published in the Human Security Report, Human Security Brief series, and the miniAtlas of Human Security. HSRP publications have received major coverage in the international media and are regularly cited by national governments, international agencies, and NGOs, as well as the research community. The HSRP also produces a range of online data, research and new resources covering a broad range of global security issues.
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Life & Peace Institute LPI
Since its formation, LPI has carried out programmes for conflict transformation in a variety of countries, conducted research, and produced numerous publications on nonviolent conflict transformation and the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding. The main focus of LPI's work has been on Africa, with the Horn of Africa Programme being established and well-known in the 1990s, not least the work in Somalia. Other initiatives have been carried out in Congo-Brazzaville, Croatia, Sri Lanka and East Timor. LPI has strengthened the capacity of their civil society partners to address the conflicts in their own context, in some of the most difficult and war-torn countries.
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Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy / Boston University
The focus here is on conflict-prone societies in crisis, especially Russia and other post-Soviet republics, with special consideration to political, ethnic and/or international factors which can lead to instability. In-depth analysis of recent events can be found here.
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Center for Applied Policy Research / Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich
This social science think-tank applies concepts, methods and findings from the social sciences to policy issues on the European and international agenda. The CAP Research Group on European Affairs studies the integration of Central and Eastern European countries and aspects of minority conflicts there.
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Tampere Peace Research Institute TAPRI
Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) is a multidisciplinary and international research centre, whose mission is to conduct high quality research on war and conflicts. Apart from the causes of war and conflicts, the research focuses on the possibilities of peaceful change and the resolution of conflicts through peace-building, mediation, and reconciliation.
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