Social Justice Resources - Conflict and Peace

Websites:

United Nations Peacekeeping

                An overview of key facts and figures for UN Peacekeeping.

US Institute of Peace

Topics of Conflict and Peacebuilding provides access to recent articles about specific peace and conflict topics such as Conflict Analysis and Prevention, Education, and Negotiation and Diplomacy.               

Movies and Documentaries:

Women, War, and Peace

Women, War & Peace is a bold new five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. The vast majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, but rather by informal entities: gangs and warlords using small arms and improvised weapons. The series reveals how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

A World without Weapons

Examines the argument that nations as well as protest movements should look to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, two great advocates of non-violence. Costa Rica was the first country in the world to abolish its armed forces. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and ex-president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, makes a passionate plea for countries around the world to take similar measures.

Israelis-Palestinians: Peace Shadows

Since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians has brought deaths, violence and suffering. This film takes us from the roots of the conflict up to the current situation. In the middle of the troubles, men and women from both sides, often anonymously, are hard at work, despite fatigue and discouragement, to bring about encounters, exchange and respect. Nonviolent in spirit and activists in the field, they call the policies of the Israeli government into question, reminding us of the peaceful origins of Judaism. The Rabbis for Human Rights dismantle a road block intended to isolate a Palestinian village. The Women in Black demonstrate, the Christian Peacemakers Team intervene in a clash between soldiers and Arabs in Hebron or in the repression of a peaceful demonstration in Ramallah. A solution is sought somewhere between violence and non violence. These anonymous activists give us keys on a human scale for a future of harmonious cohabitation which they are already living. A hope is born.