Core Competencies for Critical Peace Educators and Learners

Core Competency Possible Educational Activities and Approaches Critical thinking and analysis   Critical Media Literacy Analyzing the roots and current impact of forces of domination Interrogating identity and unequal forms citizenship Empathy and solidarity   Cultivating an understanding of the psychological and emotional impacts of violence Viewing injustices facing others as limits on the freedom[…]

Political Violence in Post-9/11 Wars

A byproduct of the United States’ post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is the vast amount of attention these conflicts have gained from the world’s academic communities. The authors count over 275 published articles and 80 books on the subject since 2002. To help put this new information into perspective, the authors review this vast[…]

Police Militarization: Domestic Consequences of Foreign Policy

Foreign and domestic policies are most often thought of as separate functions. However, this study shows that aggressive foreign policy, such as military interventions, can generate severe domestic consequences including the adoption of methods, equipment and attitudes of militaristic social control. This adopted form of social control is most commonly identified in the militarization of[…]

Nonviolent Conflict Escalation

Borrowing from the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights, the authors argue all conflicts are equal with the same right to recognition and resolution, although many remain unknown to the broader public and ultimately unresolved. In many cases, the process of escalating a conflict or grievance into public discourse is regarded as problematic or undesirable[…]

International Influence on U.S. Public Support for Drone Strikes

Many international government and nongovernment organizations say the U.S. drone program is against international law and creates more terrorists than it eliminates.  The U.S. government claims drones are an effective way to disrupt terrorist networks and that the program is in accordance with international law. While public support is key to sustainable, legitimate policy in[…]

Military Support and an Increased Vulnerability to Terrorist Attacks

The terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 introduced to the world the reality of large-scale transnational terrorism. The attacks in Madrid in 2004, London in 2005, and many others globally, proved that the United States was not alone on the list of potential targets. Terrorism research continues to explore relationships that may increase a country’s[…]

‘Pedagogies of Resistance’ and Critical Peace Education

The field of Peace Education emerged after World War I and II when educators began to teach topics of peace with the hope of avoiding future war. Since then, peace education has branched off into various areas of focus with their own methods of teaching. However, peace educators tend to hold certain philosophies which are[…]

Everyday Peace, Peace Pedagogy and the Big Social Picture

In this article, the authors discuss the concept of ‘everyday peace’ as a peace education framework. Co-created with the study participants, everyday peace is based on values and on the individual and structural levels. The research connects peace education to everyday violence in people’s lives. As such, it becomes an important vehicle to move beyond[…]

Interrupting Generational Cycles of Violence Through Historical Memory

In this article, the author provides a concept of interrupting cycles of violence spreading across generations by connecting collective/historical memory to peace education. She specifically suggests incorporating “oral histories” and “futures visioning” into classrooms and the communities beyond to make peace education more socially relevant. This is of particular relevance because violent and seemingly unresolvable[…]