Click the image below to open the presentation pdf format. A War to End All War? As we reach the centenary of the end of the First World War, journalist and peace activist Symon Hill considers our approach to human security then and now. Climate Crisis and Human Security. This well-attended meeting, organised jointly with Bath and North-East Somerset Green Party, considered the effect of climate change on human security.
Molly Scott Cato spoke on the Politics of Sustainability , drawing on her many years of campaigning at the highest level. In her presentation Saving our Soils , Hannah Conway, Molly's parliamentary researcher, highlighted the importance of agriculture in climate change. Both speakers kindly supplied their slides which are packed with useful information and striking graphics. Click on the images below to see the slides. Effective Responses to Terrorism: Security through Peacebuilding. Speaker Larry Attree. We are often asked how we ourselves respond to terrorism and the threat of terrorism.
Our speaker from the independent disarmament think-tank Saferworld will address the question with a critical look at UK and international counter-terrorism policies. Larry Attree is head of policy at Saferworld. He input extensively into global negotiations on peace and development issues including the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, the Busan Partnership and the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda. Sixth-form conference. Sixty students took part, from six different schools.
Celia gave a really excellent presentation tailored to the youthful audience. She engaged the young people from the start by beginning with questions to them and the level of their attention was evident in the group discussions that followed and the serious way in which they prepared their responses.
This underlines the importance of running such events and the students went home with much food for thought. The staff members present and the organisers were all delighted with the way it all went. The Bundle Journeyman Theatre.
Commissioned by Quakers Asylum-seekers and Refugee Network QARN , The Bundle tells the real life story of Adilah, a Chechen woman who flees the persecution and violence of her society and immediate family to save herself and her children. The title of the piece is taken from the name given to the Home Office file.
The bundle is vital to every asylum-seeker as it contains their life stories and the evidence of their claims. Report by Diana Francis on the pre-election discussion of security and foreign policy with candidates in the Bath constituency. After a welcome, introductions and a brief outline of the character of Bath Stop War and our Rethinking Security programme, with an empty chair marking the absence of Ben Howlett, the three other candidates made their presentations.
Four prepared questions were put to them by members of the audience: one about Trident and its non-contribution to human security; one about public spending choices and their impact on the security of ordinary people; one about policy on environmental protection, and the last about democracy as related to human security. Then the floor was open to all and the questions continued for what was probably another 45 minutes.
Their variety clearly forced the candidates to think about their responses rather than coming up with stock answers, although they may not always have said what we wanted especially on Trident. The atmosphere was mostly civil and relatively friendly and there seemed to be consensus between the candidates that the politics of braying contest needed to be left behind.
However, there was one spat between the Libdem and Labour candidates, with some audience participation on the subject of tactical voting. A young woman in the audience commented at the end that such behaviour put off people in her age group and turned them away from party politics. The forty-five articles—fresh, timely, diverse, and controversial—are sure to provoke meaningful discussion and debate.
Advanced Search. With the development of the atomic bomb, Albert Einstein remarked that everything had changed except our thinking about the world.
Einstein and Bertrand Russell warned us that "we have to learn to think in a new way. He is also editor of the journal Peace Review. Introduction— the Editors.
The Dictator's Furnace— D. Columbus and the Crusades— J. Hardware Is Not the Problem— W. Schwartz and C.
The New Nationalism in Europe— M. Ethnicity's Threat to Peace— A.
Said and A. Conflict Mitigation in Former Yugoslavia— J.
War is the archetype of violence; terrorism is its poor relation. Wars are made up of acts of enmity rather than co-operation, of imposition rather than negotiation, of summary killing rather than due process, of destruction rather than creation. When a nonviolent resistance began to form, consisting of political action, mass demonstrations, and strikes, the South African government reacted violently. And there is a substantial, if fluctuating, anti-war movement. If we need to take risks, to go to the point where life and death are in the balance, there are some very good channels for doing so — for instance, rescuing other people from the various kinds of calamity that will continue to be part of our human condition even if we can rid ourselves of disasters of our own making. At a time when the protection of the earth and its creatures is such an urgent concern, the environmental impact of war seems to go almost unnoticed.