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    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Tips for People Visiting Paris, France: Off the Beaten Track. (c) 2012 Rey Ty

    Since I have lived in Paris, France for about five years, my friend Chris Birks asked me to give him some tips about visiting Paris, France. As my list has grown, I thought more people can benefit from it. Hence, I'm sharing the list here. Enjoy Paris!

    Here are some both *non*-touristic (& maybe some touristic) places to visit: You can check the exact locations in Google (that's what I will do, if I had to). Note: I don't know if you are vegetarian or non-alcoholic! But in France, you can't avoid meat and wine!

    1. Berthillon: the best sherbet (sorbet) in France, soft frozen ice without the cream! just frozen fresh fruit juices. I guess only locals know this place. It's near Notre Dame Cathedral. My Facebook friend Jean-Paul Potet wrote: "The famous Berthillon pastry shop (pâtisserie) is on Île Saint Louis "Saint Louis Island" in the center of Paris. Île-de-France is not an island but the vast central region of France where Paris is."

    2. Poilane: the best bread, baked in wood-fired oven. People fall in line even in winter to get a loaf of french bread (etc.). I guess only the locals know this.

    3. Best French macaron (*not* coconut macaroon): in the cafe chez Carette near / across the street from the Trocadero. I guess only the locals know this. They come in different flavors, such as café, vanille, etc. French macaron are now starting to be fashionable in the U.S. But the U.S. version is very, very, very small. In fact, the nice café in Geneva, Illinois (your neighborhood) has this very, very, very small version! My friend Jean-Paul Potet wrote: "By the way, you can find macarons in a lot of pastry shops, and some are better than others. I think Ladurée has the most expensive ones."

    4. There are open street markets in different parts of Paris on different days. Great way to shop for fresh produce, cheese, etc. You can ask to chop and buy a small/medium slice of cheese. I shop for cheese every week in the open market, among my favorites are emmenthal, Gruyère, tête de moine, and Roquefort.

    5. Heart stopper: buy *butter* croissant, not regular croissant, for breakfast.

    6. Heart stopper: have a butter brioche. There's a good bakery near Centre George Pompidou in Les Halles where you can buy a big butter brioche with a piece of sausage inside (if you are not vegetarian).

    7. Only for the brave: try boudin, it's blood sausage. I guess the U.K. has some versions of this too.

    8. For summer, order an ice-cold drink cold Menthe à l'eau. It's basically sweet mint drink.

    9. Try to have an alcoholic drink (if you drink at all): it's called Kir. It knocked me down! It's basically wine wine mixed with a blackcurrant (or other) liqueur.

    10. If you are not a vegetarian: try having Confit de canard. I loved that stuff. It's duck marinated in its own fat!!!

    11. Taste rillete (pronounced rhee-yet), if you are not a vegetarian. It's ground pork pâté.

    12. Of course, taste the regular liver pâté. But please boycott foie gras (liver pâté made from cruelly force-fed duck's liver).

    13. My most favorite wine is Gewurtztraminer. It's a dry white wine which tastes like grapes!!!!!! It's *not* a dessert wine.

    14. This is touristy: take a train ride to Versailles and maybe have a picnic there. It's less than one hour by train.

    15. Trocadero has a cinema museum. It was the hotbed of radical youth during the late 1960s. Prominent intellectuals, film makers, and the young ones went to the cinema there. Note that the French say "cinema" not movies. Snob effect.

    16. Best hot chocolate drink in Angelina

    17. Taste marrons glacées: chesnut paste. It comes in a can or jar (grocery). J'adore! (I love it!).

    18. If you feel cold at night, you can snobly order a "vin rouge chaud": warmed/hot red wine.

    19. There are walking arcades. Non-touristy. Good to just take a promenade in these arcades, which are all over Paris.

    20. A whole shop devoted only to men: Brummell (near all the other "grands magasins" such as Lafayette, etc.) not far from the Opera.

    21. If you have time, get a cheap ticket and watch a show at the Opera. When I was a student there, I watched so many operas and ballets there, as with a student card, I got cheapo tickes in some of the best seats.

    22. Try getting an international faculty card (your Study Abroad office there, BU) might make and sell you. If not, go to NIU's S.A. Office. You might get discounts here and there by flashing your faculty card. Check with them about the benefits of having one when travelling.

    23. In general, you just *don't* tip in France and in Europe in general. Tip is added on your bill already. My friend Jean-Paul Potet wrote: "Do not confuse tip and service. Service is the waiter's salary. It is automatically included in the bill along with the TVA "VAT" tax. You have to pay these. We do not tip except when we request a special service, we find the waiter/waitress particularly nice, etc. In Prague, I was surprised that service was not included, and never knew exactly what to give."

    24. If you read French, buy a Michelin Guidebook: the French guidebook, which describes things to see, eat, go, etc. and gives you an approximation of how cheap or expensive these things/places are. Michelin is highly reputed (more "local"/ European than "Lonely Planet" etc.).

    25. I used to take the train to go to the Russian quarter to buy Russian baked goods, such as poppy seed pastry. I buy that in the Jewish quarter in Devon Avenue in Chicago! (Guide Michelin listed this).

    26 Go to La Défense. It's just the next stop from the last subway stop in Paris. As you know, Paris is a well-planned city. There can be *no* building taller than the Eiffel Tower, except Montparnasse in Paris. Just right outside Paris is La Défense, where there are skyscrapers. It's Paris' answer to New York's high rise.

    27. If you walk "behind" the touristic Moulin Rouge, you are already in the Arab quarter, feels like a totally different world.

    28. Do you know that the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Monmartre was built as an apology for the shameful murder of the people in the Paris Commune?

    29. Go to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Père-Lachaise) and look for the grayevard of famous people, such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Honoré de Balzac, Edith Piaf & Jim Morrison.

    30. By the way, Montparnasse by itself is worth visiting. It's the only tallest building allowed inside Paris, plus both Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were both linked to this building. I believe they might have lived there.

    31. Intellectuals go to the Rive Gauche (appropriately Left Bank). Ernest Hemingway, Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir frequented both Café Flore and Café Deux Magots. Just sit there, order an espress (espresso), sip for hours, and feel the presence of these great authors. Parisians prefer to sit outdoors--second choice is by the window.

    32. Since you will be on the Left Bank, go inside and walk through the courtyard and halls of the University of Paris-Sorbonne. I took French Civilization courses there (literature, grammar, history, geography, politics, business French, the works...). May 1968 was when the students, Jean Paul Sartre and others protested, occupying the courtyard of Sorbonne, etc., etc.

    33. I believe I have hardly mentioned the cheesy, usual touristy sites. I leave those to you!!!

    34. If you have more time, I suggest you rent a car and go out of Paris for a "long" drive. Note that France is a small country by U.S. standard and so you can go places as Americans drive all over the place in the U.S. Some places to consider are Valley of the Loire (where there is a high concentration of château), Champagne (guess what? to taste real Champage), Strasbourg (for the German-French food, architecture, and wine as well as one of the major cities for pan-European institutions),Mont Saint Michel (stay there overnight but you can't park your car there due to high tide)!

    35. From Strasbourg, you can walk across the bridge and you will already be in Germany. I used to take the bus from Strasbourg to Germany to shop (Munster cheese and German radio!). I took summer classes in international human rights law there and did my internship at the Council of Europe and the European Youth Centre, both in Strasbourg.

    36. If you want to go from Paris to Geneva, Switzerland (not Illinois!), it's just a 4-hour train ride by TGV train.

    37. Catholics love to go to Lourdes down south for their pilgrimage. You are almost in Spain there! Basque culture.

    38. Abélard was a very well know monk/teacher at the Notre Dame who wrote beautifl love letters, now compiled as a book called Abelard and Heloise. He lived near Notre Dame Cathedral and his residence is now a museum. It's a must-read book. For me, it's better than Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Check guidebooks on the exact location of his residence.

    ‎39. Latin Quarter: Go to the Panthéon. it's the "burial site" of famous people: Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Jean Moulin, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Louis Braille, Jean Jaurès, etc.

    40. Latin Quarter: Have a nice stroll at the Luxembourg Gardens.

    ‎41. Latin Quarter: Try the cuisine of Greece and North Africa there. Many Greek, Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian (and Japanese) restaurants there.

    42. Latin Quarter: Visit the statue of victorious Saint Michael slaying Satan there! Ok, this is touristy!

    43. Jewelry shopping: Place Vendôme.

    44. Haute couture shopping: Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. $$$$$

    ‎45. Walk along the banks of the Seine River: it's free! Many movies (both historical and current-day contexts) feature this place.

    46. Best impressionist museum: Tuilleries.

    47. In any city and country I go to, including Paris, I take one bus ride, going from the point where I first boarded, and let the bus go all its routes until it returns to the original point where I boarded the bus. In that way, I get a very cheap *non-touristic* view of a good stretch of the real city where "real" local folks live and work.

    48. My friend Jean-Paul Potet wrote: "Some people believe the water of the Fontaine Lamartine, square Lamartine, 16th district, Paris, is a cure-all if not just miraculous."

    49. Potet wrote: "The star on the ground in front of Notre-Dame is the official centre of Paris, kilometre zero from which distances to provincial cities are measured."

    50. Potet wrote: "Le Parc des Buttes-Chaumonts is a very nice public garden, but the neighbourhood may not be all that nice."

    51. Potet wrote: "In the Quartier Latin (thus called because students and professors spoke Latin in the Middle-Ages) there is a small Catholic church of some Oriental Greek rite (Saint Julien le Pauvre). In the yard there is a very old tree whose sapling was brought from Holy Land during the Crusades."

    52. Potet wrote: "La Sainte Chapelle, on the compound of the Palais de Justice, ïle de la Cité, was built to house several relics, in particular the spear of Longinus, the Roman soldier in charge of giving Jesus the coup de grâce. Only the chapel remains."

    53. Potet wrote: "If you go to les jardins du Luxembourg, imagine the huge jam party given in the palace by Cardinal Mazarin. The most prized was the ginger jam, a great novelty at that time. Making jams was regarded as a great art at par with pharmacy and chemistry."

    54. Potet wrote: "Notre Dame has a beautiful Russian icon given some years ago by the late patriarch of Moscow. It is on the left when you face the altar."

    55. Potet wrote: "On the left side of Notre Dame are some bas-reliefs, in particular one that shows the Virgin Mary's dormition."

    56. Potet wrote: "For Muslims, the mosque (la Grande Mosquée de Paris), 6 rue Georges Desplas, in the 5th district, is a beautiful monument that was founded in 1926 when Algeria was French. There is also the famous Institut du Monde arabe that combines a museum with a library."

    57. Potet wrote, recommending a restaurant: ". I like La Coupole, 102 boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris 14, but it costs about 35€ per person."

    58. Jean-Paul Potet wrote: Sometimes one can have a very pleasant surprise in 4 or 5 star venues... in a posh rue de Rivoli restaurant in a hotel because they had a dinner at a very reasonable price for this category. It was excellent and the service was impeccable. Very good value for money. Unfortunately I don't remember which one it was..., and I am not sure this offer is renewed every year. Just in case have a look at their menus while passing there."

    59. For breakfast or afternoon tea or coffee, have some pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), a variety of petits fours, or pain aux raisins (raisin roll). You can find Gâteau Basque (pastry with a custard filling) in a bake shop in the 16th district (arrondissement). Delish!

    60. The fancy "French" version of pork and beans is Cassoulet Basque, worth trying.

    61. You can have the best *free* panoramic view of Paris from (1) Centre Georges Pompidou (Les Halles) and Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Sacred Heart Basilica).

    Please feel free to add to this list. Thank you!

    Monday, February 20, 2012

    Globalization: Contending Views


    There are contending views about globalization: positive, nothing new, and negative. This essay explores these different views.

    Globalization Is Great
    Multinational corporations push for economic globalization, including the World Trade organization (WTO), to ensure the free flow of goods and capital.

    There Is Nothing New about Globalization
    Historians insist that globalization is not a new phenomenon. If the hypothesis that the first person Jane came from Africa and then populated the rest of the world were true, then globalization was a creeping reality, as people migrated from Africa to the rest of the world. The Silk Route linked China to Western Europe through the vast Eurasian landmass where traders traveled to and fro to buy and sell goods.

    Globalization Is A Negative Phenomenon
    Many believe that globalization is not a positive development. Only multinational corporations are able to penetrate markets all over the world. But the losers are the working people. Jobs are moved from one country to another, where the cost of labor is lowest. The only entities that stand to profit from globalization are the multinational corporations which reaps abundant profits.

    What Do You Think?

    Friday, December 9, 2011

    Guide to Social Networking (How to Create One Network and Key Resources)

    Original Source: http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blog/show?id=780588%3ABlogPost%3A169898&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_post


    There are many reasons for setting up a social network. These can include providing a space for members or supporters of your organization to interact with one another, sharing of expertise and experiences, building a community of knowledge, distributing information, allowing individuals and organizations to connect with peers, etc. Being clear about the purpose of your work is an important first step. One way to do this is by doing some brainstorming, talking with colleagues, and also reviewing other networks online to get some ideas.


    In order to begin your own social network one of the most important decisions is what is the software platform/format that will be used and what type of functionality is provided, are there any costs, is the platform flexible, scaleable (can it grow as membership increases), etc. For this site I use a platform called NING (www.ning.com) which is wonderful company that provides platforms for social networks that have a high degree of customization. I have been doing this type of networking online for more than a decade and to date NING is my favorite resource. Ning used to provide their resources for free, recently they started charging monthly fees (they may still provide free sites to educators. I still think Ning is the best platform).

    There are also many other platforms on which you can create a social networking site, some might require some programming expertise, while others are largely accessible to anyone who has a basic understanding of how a content management system functions (which is similar to using any of the main word processing software programs in which a web page can added/edits relatively easily). There are many open source contentment management systems that are available for free online. Some of the most reliable include www.drupal.org, www.joomla.org, www.mambo.org, www.plone.org. You can find a great deal online by searching and there are also aggregate sites that compare contentment management systems, such a CMS review or idealware/techsoup has a good review of some sites.. For an open source content management system, one of the steps that is required is finding a site or place to install, run and host the software (basically a server). This often requires some technical knowledge or there are some companies that will provide this service for a fee, which you can find by searching. Some people also choose to setup groups on Facebook or to setup parallel groups on Facebook.

    In addition to NING and open source content management systems, there are some commercial products available for a fee. You can find these by searching.

    Note if your goal is only to distribute information to your members, then signing up for one of the free listserv or group software platforms can be an effective and free way to do this. For example, YAHOOGROUPS or GOOGLE GROUPS allow anyone to setup a listserv and each provides some features where members can interact.

    Also many organizations choose to build their own community sites by hiring expert IT companies or consultants (or hiring some to modify an open source system).


    An important question while creating a network is if the site should be open to anyone, moderated or a private network. This a vital decision that will affect who chooses to join the network.


    Once you a clear goal and platform, one of the next steps is beginning to work on content. Even if you create the best site, unless you have strong content, the amount of traffic the site receives will be minimal. There is no magic recipe for creating content, but in general my recommendation is try to follow your passion in terms of creating content that fits with your own interests. But it equally important to try and ensure that you're not duplicating already existing content/resources. Try to see what is already available on the Internet and fill gaps, develop new areas, etc.


    Building a member base is another key component of launching a network. Obviously one of the first places to recruit members is through your own colleagues and networks. Craft a short and clear e-mail inviting people to join the network (perhaps you might invite a few people to test the site before you launch the site publicly). Another valuable way is to post information about your site on other relevant sites/networks. For example, some key sites that might be appropriate for posting information include www.idealist.org, www.takingitglobal.org, www.developmentgateway.org, www.devzone.org. There are hundreds of other sites and lists where it is often possible to post free.

    Another means of attracting members is to work out partnerships with like-minded sites/organizations and engage in cross-promotion of one another's networks.

    Of course, starting a facebook group or a Twitter account can be other ways to attract members.


    Some additional resources that maybe useful include:

    TECHSOUP - TechSoup.org offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support.

    NPOWER - NPower is a network of locally based nonprofit organizations that provide comprehensive, high-quality and affordable technology assistance to other nonprofit groups nationally.

    CASE Foundation Guide to Social Media for Nonprofits - Gear Up for Giving is series of social media tutorials, to help nonprofits and their supporters understand how to use key tools and techniques to create awareness, catalyze civic action and cultivate new supporters and donors for their causes. We've also scoured the web and compiled our favorite resources on some of the most popular social media tools, so you can learn more at your own pace.

    CHARITYFOCUS - Since its inception in 1999, CharityFocus has partnered with hundreds of small nonprofit organizations (NPOs) to build custom web-solutions. CharityFocus' unique model enables volunteers to deploy a broad array of expertise to help NPOs better deliver services to their beneficiaries and more effectively reach their target audience. CharityFocus is completely volunteer run, and the services of its volunteers are absolutely free.

    NETSQUARED - Today the global community stands witness to a momentous time in history where progressive change is not only necessary, but imminent. At NetSquared, we recognize that mandate and believe the social Web is key to making change. NetSquared works toward this goal by mobilizing individuals and communities, providing Web-based tools, and awarding financial support to leverage social action projects.

    NETHOPE - NetHope is a nonprofit IT consortium of leading international NGOs serving tens of millions of endbeneficiaries each year in 150+ countries.

    ICT for PEACEBUILDING - Exploring the use of information and communications technology for conflict transformation

    ASHOKA's CHANGEMAKERS - Has published several useful guides for developing and promoting social networks including: A guide to social media, starting online groups, publicity and more.

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    Major Peacebuilding Organizations and Institutions

    Original Source: http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blog/show?id=780588%3ABlogPost%3A158918&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_post

    1) SwissPeace -is a practice-oriented peace research institute in the area of conflict analysis and peacebuilding. We research the causes of wars and violent conflicts, develop tools for early recognition of tensions, and formulate conflict mitigation and peacebuilding strategies. swisspeace contributes to information exchange and networking on current issues of peace and security policy through its analyses and reports as well as meetings and conferences.

    2) Berghof Center - aims to occupy the middle-ground between theory and practice in the study of ethnopolitical conflict. Thus we produce research that can generate ideas, tools and resources for the practice of conflict transformation, and we draw on practical experience to generate innovative research and conceptual approaches. Our goal is to contribute not only to an increased understanding of peacemaking and peacebuilding processes, but also actively to support such work. The Center also maintains the very useful Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation which is comprehensive and cumulative website resource that provides continually updated cutting-edge knowledge, experience and lessons learned for those working in the field of transforming violent ethnopolitical conflict.

    3) International Alert - is an independent peacebuilding organisation that works to lay the foundations for lasting peace and security in communities affected by violent conflict. We work in over 20 countries and territories around the world, both directly with people affected by violent conflict as well as at government, EU and UN levels to shape both policy and practice in building sustainable peace. IA has a very research program providing up to date information on best practice, emerging themes in peacebuilding such as climate change, the intersection of business and peace, gender and more.

    4) Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior - is a think tank based in Madrid that aims to provide the best and most innovative thinking on Europe’s role in the international arena. It strives to break new ground in its core research interests of peace and security, human rights, democracy promotion, and development and humanitarian aid, and mould debate in governmental and non-governmental bodies through rigorous analysis, rooted in the values of justice, equality and democracy.

    5) Conciliation Resources - is an international non-governmental organization registered in the UK as a charity. We work mainly in the South Caucasus, Fiji, Uganda, Sudan and West Africa in partnership with local and international civil society organizations and governments. We also publish Accord: an international review of peace initiatives and are involved in projects in Colombia and the Philippines.

    6) The Alliance for Peacebuilding - plays a leadership role in developing and disseminating innovative approaches to peacebuilding, including collaboration between conflict resolution organizations and organizations in the fields of development, relief, human rights, and security. We initiate, develop and support collaborative action among nongovernmental, governmental, and intergovernmental organizations. We also build understanding of and support for peacebuilding policies and programs among leaders in government, business, media, philanthropy, religion, and other sectors of civil society. In addition, we help increase the effectiveness of the peacebuilding field by developing networks, disseminating best practices, and enhancing organizational capacities and professional skills.

    7) CDA Collaborative Learning Projects - CDA Collaborative Learning Projects). We are committed to improving the effectiveness of international actors who provide humanitarian assistance, engage in peace practice, and are involved in supporting sustainable development.

    8) The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research - is an independent think tank, a global network and a website for peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power. It promotes conflict-mitigation and reconciliation in general and in selected conflict regions through meticulous on-the-ground research, active listening, education and advocacy.

    9) The Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is the principal body through which the OECD deals with issues related to co-operation with developing countries. They provide publications and analysis on peacebuilding, fragile states, gender and more that summarize best practices across key donor agencies.

    10) The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution - as a South African-based civil society organisation working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent. ACCORD’s primary aim is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict. ACCORD specialises in conflict management, analysis and prevention and intervenes in conflicts through mediation, negotiation, training, research and conflict analysis.

    11) The Social Science Research Council -has a long-standing commitment to developing better understanding of problems of global security and cooperation, from work on arms control and nuclear proliferation, to emerging social, political, and religious movements, global public health challenges, and persistent forms of conflict and threats to human security.

    12) United Nations Development Program - Supports out a wide variety of development projects around the globe. Within UNDP, the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery has a number of relevant publications.

    13) The International Crisis Group - is now generally recognised as the world’s leading independent, non-partisan, source of analysis and advice to governments, and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and World Bank, on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.

    14) The United States Institute of Peace - provides the analysis, training and tools that prevent and end conflicts, promotes stability and professionalizes the field of peacebuilding. USIP regularly publishes an array of comprehensive analysis and policy recommendations on current international affairs issues, especially on the prevention and resolution of conflict. USIP resources also include practical tools, training and courses for conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

    15) The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organization, active in Romania and internationally since March 2001. The main purpose of PATRIR is to promote peacebuilding, and constructive conflict transformation, and at the same time the prevention of all forms of violence - direct, structural, and cultural - in Romania, and internationally. The organization carries out extensive research, publications and advocacy on peacebuilding practice and effectiveness.

    16) Catholic Relief Services - Peacebuilding Division - Peacebuilding emerged as one of CRS' top priorities in 2001. Historically we worked on many activities related to peace and justice, but in the 1990s we began to focus more explicitly on them. This grew in large part out of experiences in East Africa and the Balkans.
    We pair peacebuilding with justice to ensure that our activities address the root causes of conflicts and not just surface issues. Justice provides the vision and standards for peace while peacebuilding focuses on the process of how we get there - how we repair relationships and restore broken structures, how we prevent future devastation and how we address current injustices. CRS has a number of excellent publications on peacebuilding practice, trauma healing and more.

    17) UN Peacebuilding Commission - is an intergovernmental advisory body of the United Nations that supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict, and is a key addition to the capacity of the International Community in the broad peace agenda.

    18) Institute of Security Studies is a non-profit regional research institute operating in Sub-Saharan Africa that focuses on human security in Africa. An excellent resource for academics and professionals in the areas of conflict analysis, conflict management, peacebuilding and other security-related fields. It collaborates Governments and Civil Society at strategic level and assists in policy implementation.

    19) West African Network for Peacebuilding - is a West Africa Civil Society Organization with over 450 member- organizations working in Partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The network carries out training, advocacy and policy related research.

    20) The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict is a global civil society-led network which seeks to build an international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict. ince holding its Global Conference in 2005, GPPAC has worked to strengthen civil society networks for peace and security by linking local, national, regional, and global levels of action; to establish effective engagement with governments, the UN system and regional organisations; and to carry out projects within the five main programme areas identified in its Global Work Plan (2007-2010).

    21) The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) is a not-for-profit, Canadian-based institution dedicated to improving the effectiveness of peace operations around the world. Using a multi-disciplinary and activity-based learning approach, the PPC teaches and trains those who serve in conflict zones including civilians, military personnel and police officers. Since its inception in 1994, the PPC has trained over 18,000 individuals from over 150 countries.

    22) RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, an independent and international research and policy think tank based in Singapore at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. We are one of the core institutes of the MacArthur Asia Security Initiative, and the secretariat of NTS-Asia, a consortium of partner institutes in Asia focusing on Non-Traditional Security studies.

    23) The 3D Security Initiative is a policy voice for civil society and conflict prevention in US security policymaking. It produces concise policy briefs on a range of issues and regions, connects policymakers with global civil society networks, engages in civil-military dialogue, and seeks to increase investments in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

    24) The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization specializing in conflict resolution. IMTD’s mission is to promote a systems-based approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict through education and conflict resolution training. IMTD’s multi-track approach to peacebuilding expands the traditional framework of peacemaking to include both official and unofficial spheres such as non-governmental structures, businesses, private citizens, educational and research institutions, peace activists, religious organizations, foundations and mass media. By transforming conflict through a multi-track lens, IMTD’s activities address the tangible and intangible conditions perpetuating a conflict.

    25) The Peace Research Institute of Oslo - is a non-profit research institution established in 1959, whose overarching purpose is to conduct research on the conditions for
    peaceful relations between states, groups and people. The institute is
    independent, international and interdisciplinary, and explores issues
    related to all facets of peace and conflict. To remain at the cutting
    edge of peace research, PRIO is both proactively involved in identifying
    new trends in global conflict, and oriented toward formulating and
    documenting new understandings and responses.

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    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Resources for Finding Internships in International Development, Conflict Resolution Related Fields

    Original Source: http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blog/show?id=780588%3ABlogPost%3A40159&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_post

    1) Develop a Strong Resume - Make sure you have a strong, clear and compelling resume and cover letter. See the Download TipsforWritingEffectiveResumes.pdf . Many university career centers also offer guidance on resumes.

    2) Read Key Resources - The ACT Report, Skills, Networks and Knowledge: Careers in International Peace and Conflict Resolution offers guide to careers in the field based on interviews with over 60 organizations and practitioners. The document also offers 10 pages of resources for finding jobs, internships, scholarships and more. You can download the report for Download Webreport.pdf or at the ACT website. Another great resource is a Career Guide from Sustainability on Corporate Social Responsibility. Idealist has also developed an excellent guide to Nonprofit Careers and a separate Careers Resources Section . Also see the Idealist Guide to International Volunteerism, and the United Nations Volunteer Web.

    3) Subscribe to Key Web and Job Lists - There are countless numbers of websites that provide resources on jobs and internships in the field. You should get on all or some of these sites as you will get daily or weekly updates of opportunities around the world. See the full guide to job lists in the careers section(many of which post internships) Some of the best sites include:

    Alliance for Peacebuilding Member Forums
    Business for Social Responsibility
    Foreign Policy Association Job Board

    4) Use your contacts/networks - One of the key strategies for finding a job/internship is to consult your personal and professional networks. Let your professors, colleagues and friends know that you're seeking an opportunity and perhaps they will have suggestions/contacts. University career centers and alumni can also be terrific resources.

    5)Join New Networks- Joining a professional network in the field can also be a useful way to make contacts and learn about opportunities. Some relevant networks include:
    Society for International Development or Society for International Development DC Chapter
    Association for Conflict Resolution
    Women in International Security
    Peace and Justice Studies Association

    6) Find and Contact Organizations Directly - Often you can find great organizations and opportunities through your own research and identify/create your own opportunities. You can find also find opportunities listed directly on an organization's website. It is important to ensure that ensure that any organization you will work with is a legitimate organization (check with friends, see who funds them, visit their website, learn about their reputation). It is possible to contact organizations (particularly smaller ones) to let them know you're interested in their work and have skills (be specific) that you believe might be of assistance.

    7) Explore Fellowship Opportunities - There are many excellent fellowships/scholarships that do provide funding for independent research/volunteer work/study. Thus, don't just think about internships as a way to get field experience, but look into ways you can obtain a fellowship and perhaps as part of your study intern with local organizations and/or conduct independent research. You can find many fellowships/scholarships on this site by searching by various keywords.

    8) Explore Negotiating about Opportunities - While many internships are unpaid and an organization may not have sufficient funds, you may want to explore negotiating about the terms of potential internships. For example some organizations might be able to provide housing, while other organizations might provide training opportunities, or perhaps allow you to explore publication opportunities.

    9) Consider Fundraising to Support Your Opportunity - Some universities may have funding opportunities to support summer internships/field work. Perhaps you can consult your relatives and ask for small contributions to cover your basic expenses or find other creative ways to fund your experience.

    10) Additional Suggestions - What are additional suggestions for finding the best internship?

    Rey Ty
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    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Guide to Conflict Resolution and Peace Related Events in Washington, DC

    Original Source: Posted by Sigma Chang http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profiles/blog/show?id=780588%3ABlogPost%3A180405&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_post

    Finding events specifically related to conflict resolution or peace building can be somewhat laborious. This is because, as we all know, there are relatively few organizations that specifically focus on CR, but at the same time, there are many organizations that have a tangential interest in peace and stability.

    Gathered on this page are some of the major think tanks, public policy institutes, NGO’s, and universities in Washington, DC and the metropolitan area that frequently host events about or related to conflict resolution. There are very brief descriptions of each organization on this page and links to their respective home and events web addresses. Attending events such as these are not only informative, but are also a great opportunity to network. Presenters and participants are often well placed members of influential organizations, and you have more privileged access to them in these settings. I hope you find this guide useful. Enjoy!

    If you have any suggestions for this guide, or want me to add something that I missed please feel free to say so!

    Think Tanks and Public Policy Institutes

    American Enterprise Institute for American Policy Research 1943
    The American Enterprise Institute’s predecessor, the American Enterprise Association, was created to study post-war demobilization and the economic effects of acts of Congress in general. It now continues to inform law makers based on private liberty, individual opportunity, and free enterprise principles.
    Home: http://www.aei.org/
    Events: http://www.aei.org/events?uc=1

    The Aspen Institute 1949
    The Aspen Institute is guided by the dual goals of fostering values based leadership and encouraging reflection on what defines a good society. It accomplishes these goals by providing reflection seminars, youth leadership fellowships, policy forums, and public events and conferences.
    Home: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/
    Events: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents

    The Brookings Institute 1916
    Brookings is a non-profit public policy institute dedicated to conducting high-quality independent research, which it uses for policy recommendations. The goals of the Institute are to: strengthen American democracy; foster the security, economic and social welfare opportunities of all Americans; secure a more open, safe, prosperous, and cooperative international system. Its work is oft cited and influential in public policy.
    Home: http://www.brookings.edu/
    Events: http://www.brookings.edu/events.aspx

    The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1910
    The Carnegie Endowment is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to international cooperation, and active engagement by the US. It has offices in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, and Moscow.
    Home: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/
    Events: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/events/

    Cato Institute 1977
    Founded by Edward H. Crane, the Cato Institute’s mission is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of small government, free market, individual liberty, and peace. The Institute receives no government funding and individuals contribute 75% of its budget.
    Home: http://www.cato.org/
    Events: http://www.cato.org/events/calendar.html

    Center for Strategic International Studies 1962
    David M. Abshire founded the Center for Strategic International Studies to provide insights to all sectors focused on defense and security, regional stability, and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration. It receives funding from many different sources, though the largest portions are corporate and from the foundation itself.
    Home: http://csis.org/
    Events: http://csis.org/events

    Center for American Progress 2003
    The Center for American Progress is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. It combines bold policy ideas with a modern communications platform to help shape the national debate, expose the hollowness of conservative governing philosophy, and challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter.
    Home: http://www.americanprogress.org/
    Events: http://www.americanprogress.org/events

    Center for Global Development 2001
    CGD is an independent non-profit policy research organization devoted to reducing poverty and making globalization ‘work’ for the poor. It engages policy makers and key financial and development institutions to improve economic and social development prospects for poor countries. It was ranked 15 of several thousand in Foreign Policy Magazine’s survey of top think tanks of the world.
    Home: http://www.cgdev.org/
    Events: http://www.cgdev.org/section/events/

    Center for New American Security 2007
    CNAS develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate.
    Home: http://www.cnas.org/
    Events: http://www.cnas.org/events

    The Connect U.S. Fund 2004
    The Connect U.S. Fund promotes responsible U.S. global engagement in the world through grantmaking and operations that advance foreign policy objectives and support an effective, collaborative community of individuals and organizations working toward common objectives. They are a foundation/NGO initiative led by a professional staff, supported by a donors’ collaborative, and with a grantmaking fund managed by Tides Foundation.
    Home: http://www.connectusfund.org/
    Events: http://www.connectusfund.org/events/upcoming

    NEW The Friends Committee on National Legislation 1943
    Founded by a group of Quakers, FCNL is the largest registered group of peace lobbyists in Washington, DC. Its nationwide network, tens of thousands strong, works to promote social and economic justice, peace and good governance. The committee was instrumental in creating the Peace Corps and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
    Home: http://www.fcnl.org/index.htm

    The Henry L. Stimson Center 1989
    The Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach. Its priorities are to strengthen institutions for international peace, build regional security, and reduce weapons of mass destruction and transnational threads.
    Home: http://www.stimson.org/about/?SN=AB200111059
    Events: http://www.stimson.org/events.cfm

    Heritage Foundation 1973
    The Heritage foundation is the nations most broadly funded public policy research institute. Its mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
    Home: http://www.heritage.org/
    Events: http://www.heritage.org/press/events/

    Hudson Institute 1961
    Hudson Institute is a non-partisan policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis, which promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom. Hudson Institute challenges conventional thinking and helps manage transitions into the future through interdisciplinary and collaborative studies in defense, international relations, economics, culture, science, technology, and law.
    Home: http://www.hudson.org/
    Events: http://www.hudson.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=upcoming_events_list

    The Independent Institute 1986
    The Independent Institute strives to provide policy analysis that overcomes the ‘politicization and superficiality’ surrounding public policy research and debate. It has offices in Oakland, CA and Washington, DC.
    Home: http://www.independent.org/
    Events: http://www.independent.org/events/

    Institute for Policy Studies 1963
    ISP was started by Marcus Raskin and Richard Barnet. Its independence from government and corporate funding as well as the ‘silos’ of academia allows it to combine bold ideas with effective action. It produces books, films, and articles to educate key policy makers and the general public on practical strategies to promote peace, justice, and the environment.
    Home: http://www.ips-dc.org/
    Events: http://www.ips-dc.org/events

    International Center on Non-violent Conflict 2001
    The center is a non-profit educational foundation that studies civilian focused strategies, and their uses, for human rights, democracy, and justice. It is entirely funded by the founding chair Dr. Peter Ackerman.
    Home: http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.htm
    Events: http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/publicActivity.shtml

    The International Institute for Strategic Studies 1958
    IISS claims to be the worlds leading authority in political-military conflict. It focuses on political, economic, and social issues, which may lead to instability or international cooperation. Based in London, it has offices in both Washington DC and Singapore, and derives staff and membership from over 90 countries.
    Home: http://www.iiss.org/
    Events: http://www.iiss.org/events-calendar/

    Progressive Policy Institute 1989
    PPI is a non-profit corporation and a project of the Third Party Foundation. It aims to define new, progressive politics for America in the Information Age.
    Home: http://www.ppionline.org/
    Events: http://www.ppionline.org/ppi_ka.cfm?knlgAreaID=126

    Middle East Institute 1946
    Founded by former Secretary of State Christian Herter, and scholar, George Camp Keiser, the Middle East Institute is the oldest Washington-based institution devoted exclusively to the study of the region. Its mission is to promote greater understanding of the Middle East in America, as well as the United States in the region.
    Home: http://www.mei.edu/
    Events: http://www.mei.edu/Events.aspx

    Migrant Policy Institute 2001
    MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the rising demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world.
    Home: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/about/index.php
    Events: http://contact.migrationpolicy.org/site/PageServer?pagename=events

    New America Foundation 1999
    The New America Foundation addresses the next generation of challenges facing the US by investing in new thinkers and ideas. It is a non-profit public policy institute based on the idea that each generation will live better than the last. Its funding is derived mostly from individuals along with a large donation from the Rockefeller Foundation.
    Home: http://www.newamerica.net/
    Events: http://www.newamerica.net/events

    Peterson Institute of International Economics 1981
    According to their website, the Peterson Institute was awarded top think tank of its kind by the first comprehensive survey of such institutions (over 5000 reviewed). It is also considered one of the only widely regarded neutral, nonpartisan economic think tanks in operation.
    Home: http://www.piie.com/
    Events: http://www.piie.com/events/events.cfm

    Search for Common Ground 1982
    Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict, from adversarial approaches, towards collaborative problem solving. It works with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.
    Home: http://www.sfcg.org/
    Events: http://www.sfcg.org/donate/help_calendar.html

    NEW The Society for International Development - Washington Chapter 1957
    SID - Washington is a professional association for individuals and institutions associated with international development in the greater Washington, DC area. It is an independent and neutral convener for knowledge exchange and networking on interventions and current policy issues ("hot-topics") in development across sectoral and organizational lines in order to enhance development effectiveness and an understanding of its benefits.
    Home: http://www.sidw.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=65030&orgId=wdcsid
    Events: http://www.sidw.org/mc/community/vieweventcalendar.do?orgId=wdcsid

    Streit Council for a Union of Democracies (formerly Federal Union 1939)
    The Streit Council works to improve US engagement and effectiveness in the world through better integration with developed democracies. It aims to promote freedom, security, and peace through a widening and deepening of relations and institutions between transatlantic nations.
    Home: http://streitcouncil.www2.spacegrant.org/
    Events: http://streitcouncil.www2.spacegrant.org/index.php?page=events

    United States Institute of Peace 1984
    USIP was the result of an act of Congress with bipartisan support and the conviction that the US government needed an official institute devoted to the study and promotion of peace. It engages in activities such as field operations in zones of conflict, cutting edge research, identifying best practices and developing innovative peacebuilding tools, training on conflict management, teaching high school and college students, and supporting policy makers.
    Home: http://www.usip.org/
    Events: http://www.usip.org/events

    The Urban Institute 1968
    The Urban Institute analyzes policies, evaluates programs, and informs community development to improve social, civic, and economic well-being. It works in all 50 states and abroad in over 28 countries, and shares its research findings with policymakers, program administrators, business, academics, and the public online and through reports and scholarly books.
    Home: http://www.urban.org/
    Events: http://www.urban.org/events/

    Wilson Center 1968
    The Woodrow Wilson Center was founded by an act of Congress and is the official memorial to the late president. It is a non-partisan institute of advanced study as well as a neutral forum for serious dialogue. Its aims are to connect important policy makers with pre-eminent scholars.
    Home: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm
    Events: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.welcome


    American University 1893
    AU was chartered by an act of Congress to train future leaders with a global outlook, practical idealism, and passion for public service. It was reported to be the number one school for politically active students, and its high academic standards are reflected in the number of awards and merits consistently awarded to them.
    International Studies
    Home: http://www.american.edu/sis/
    Events: http://www.american.edu/sis/calendar/?h=89
    Public Affairs
    Home: http://www.american.edu/spa/
    Events: http://www.american.edu/spa/Calendar/
    Home: http://www.wcl.american.edu/
    Events: http://www.wcl.american.edu/calendar/

    Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies 1943
    Established by Christian A. Herter and Paul H. Nitze to train the next generation of leaders for the post war environment, SAIS has remained committed to this mission in the post 9/11 world. Students come from over 70 countries and about 40% of its 600 strong student body come from abroad. It maintains campuses in Nanjing, PRC and Bologna, Italy.
    Home: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/index.html
    Events: http://apps.sais-jhu.edu/insider/this_week_calendar.php

    George Mason University—Institute for Conflict Analysis and Management
    ICAR is committed to interrupting cycles of violence through the development of theory research and practice. It does this by advancing understanding of conflict at all levels, studying the nature, origin, types of conflict, and developing the requisite conditions and processes necessary for conflict resolution.
    Home: http://icar.gmu.edu/index.html
    Events: http://icar.gmu.edu/Events.htm

    George Washington University—Elliot School of International Affairs 1821
    The Elliot School provides an interdisciplinary education for analysis and the development of practical application to global issues. It is comprised of six institutes and centers, which each focus on a different field or geo-political region.
    Home: http://www.gwu.edu/~elliott/
    Events: http://www.elliottschool.org/events/calendar.cfm
    GW Law

    Georgetown University 1773
    The oldest Catholic University in the United States, Georgetown, has a long and consistent history of academic excellence and 'educating the whole person'. It's international focus has frequently been praised, earning it a number one ranking in Masters programs for International Relations (School of Foreign Service) based on faculty in Foreign Policy Magazine.
    Home: http://www.georgetown.edu/
    Events: http://events.georgetown.edu/
    Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
    Home: http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/
    Events: http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events
    Conflict Resolution
    Home/Events: http://www1.georgetown.edu/departments/government/conflictresolution/
    Institute for the Study of International Migration
    Home: http://isim.georgetown.edu/pages/Certificate.html
    Events: http://isim.georgetown.edu/pages/Events.html
    NEW Program on Justice and Peace
    Home: http://www1.georgetown.edu/departments/justice_peace/
    Events: http://events.georgetown.edu/events/?CalendarID=66&View=6
    School of Foreign Service
    Home/Events: http://sfs.georgetown.edu/


    Alliance for Peace Building 1999
    AfP works to support collaborative efforts between NGOs, government, and transnational government institutions to help promote understanding of peace building, and increase the effectiveness of such efforts. AfP does this by creating networks between practitioners, disseminating best practices, and enhancing capacity of various organizations.
    Home: http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/index.htm
    Events: http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/events.htm

    Amnesty International 1961
    Amnesty International is a London based, Nobel Prize winning grassroots activist organization. Its 1.8 million members are dedicated to preventing and ending human rights abused the world over.
    Home: http://www.amnestyusa.org/index.html
    Events: http://www.amnestyusa.org/events/page.do?id=1102261

    The National Press Club 1908
    The National Press Club is an association of active or former journalists, government information officers, and people are considered to be regular news sources. It operates based on Walter William’s journalist creed.
    Home: http://www.press.org/
    Events: http://npc.press.org/calendar/calendar.cfm

    United Nations, DC
    The UN Information Center’s mission is to promote a better understanding of the UN in Washington. It also serves as an important resource for NGO’s and civil society organization.
    Home: http://www.unicwash.org/about/about.html
    Events: http://www.unicwash.org/events/events.html

    United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs 1812
    The US House Committee on Foreign Affairs is responsible for oversight and legislation in regard to US activities abroad. These include USAID, the State Department, Peace Corps, reviewing treaties, security developments, etc. The current Chairman is Howard L. Berman.
    Home: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/index.asp
    Hearings: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing_notice.asp?id=1124

    United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 1816
    The Senate Committee is responsible for overseeing US foreign policy agencies including USAID, the State Department, etc. It also considers all diplomatic nominations and international treaties. The current Chairman is Senator John F. Kerry, and ranking minority member is Richard G. Lugar.
    Home: http://foreign.senate.gov/index.html
    Hearings: http://foreign.senate.gov/hearing.html

    World Bank 1945
    The World Bank was created following the Bretton Woods conference to finance long term development and reconstruction. It is ‘owned’ by 186 member countries, though routinely the president of the bank is a US national. It now is involved in a number of activities including research and finance of education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture, and environmental and natural resource management.
    Home: http://www.worldbank.org/
    Events: http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,enableDHL:TRUE~hlPK:961926~menuPK:34482~pagePK:34380~piPK:34428~theSitePK:4607,00.html

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