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Obstacles to Rwanda’s State-Led Reconciliation Process

By Peace and Conflict Studies on December 1, 2014
Professor Thomson on obstacles to reconciliation in Rwanda, published by the United States Institute for Peace, in its most recent issue of Insights. 

Colgate Professor Jacob Mundy looks for ‘crisis’ to save Western Sahara

By Peace and Conflict Studies on September 22, 2014

Jacob Mundy

Writing about Western Sahara and Morocco in a feature article online at World Politics ReviewProfessor Jacob Mundy asserted that “a web of geopolitical interests keeps the conflict in a permanent state of limbo.”

Mundy, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies, looks for a disruptive event to “unbalance the deadlock,” though, he wrote, the likeliest events — the Arab Spring, the 2012 Mali crisis, and renewed oil and gas interest in the area – all have failed to do so, at least thus far.

Mundy’s conclusion: “Right now, oil is the factor to watch when it comes to the Western Sahara dispute.”

Mundy has taught at Colgate since fall 2011. He is co-author of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution and co-editor and contributor to The Post-Conflict Environment: Investigation and Critique. His forthcoming book is Imaginative Geographies of Algerian Violence.

Read Mundy’s September 16 article here (PDF). He has been quoted in the Washington PostUSA TodayBoston Globe and other outlets.


Prof. Susan Thomson Profiled in the Colgate Scene

By Peace and Conflict Studies on August 5, 2014

Susan ThomsonBoiling Point: Professor Susan Thomson maintains a cool demeanor despite having lived through heated moments in Africa.

“Good people do bad things, and bad people do good things,” said Professor Susan Thomson.

Read entire article here.

Projects for Peace Fellows Offer Final Thoughts on Summer Research

By Peace and Conflict Studies on July 22, 2014
Projects for Peace fellows Sarah Dickson ’14 and Michelle Van Even ’14 offer final thoughts on their summer research on immigration and national identity in Iceland.

Start-up community development organizations host Emily Luba, ’16

By Peace and Conflict Studies on July 2, 2014

This story was originally published by the Upstate Institute at Colgate University.

Emily Luba ’16 is new to the Field School this summer, and is working with two organizations that are new as well. Emily is a double major in Peace and Conflict Studies and Geography from Vancouver, and is working with community development start-ups Waterville First and the Horned Dorset Colony.

Emily Luba, '16, provides photos for the Horned Dorset Colony in Leonardsville

Emily Luba ’16 provides photos for the Horned Dorset Colony in Leonardsville

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Why are Rwandans Disappearing? Professor Susan Thomson and Co-Author Lara Santor Offer an Answer in the New York Times

By Peace and Conflict Studies on June 17, 2014

Link to NY Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/18/opinion/why-are-rwandans-disappearing.html?_r=0

Professor Thomson co-authors chapter in Globetrotting or Global Citizenship: Perils and Potential of International Experiential Learning

By Peace and Conflict Studies on May 17, 2014

Professor Thomson wrote (with Marie-Eve Desrosiers, University of Ottawa) a chapter in the new book Globetrotting or Global Citizenship: Perils and Potential of International Experiential Learning.

The chapter examines experiential learning in difficult environments, using postgenocide Rwanda as a case study.

Click here to learn more about the publication.

Professor Susan Thomson publishes blog post about Rwanda in E-International Relations website

By Peace and Conflict Studies on May 1, 2014

President Kagame claims his government has unified and reconciled Rwandans since the 1994 genocide. Professor Thomson argues his government has not.

Click here to read the full story.

20th anniversary of Rwandan Genocide: a roundtable PCON discussion

By Contributing Writer on April 7, 2014

Adapted from a Colgate University news article by Kellyann Hayes ’16

Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst,  Professor Susan Thomson, and special guests David Himbara, Joseph Sebarenzi and Noel Twagiramungu will hold a roundtable discussion about the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide at 7 p.m. Monday in Love Auditorium.  The discussion also will be available through a live webcast (available above).

The panelists will focus on what has happened in the African nation since 1994. The event is one in a series held recently on campus to commemorate the anniversary.

Thomson was in Rwanda during the genocide. Her book — Whispering Truth to Power: Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Postgenocide Rwanda (University of Wisconsin Press) — examines grassroots resistance to the postgenocide policies established by Rwandan government officials.

Herbst is a well-known scholar of Africa. He is co-editor of On the Fault Line: Managing Tensions and Divisions Within Societies, published in 2012. The collection of essays examines “fault lines” within nations, which can lead to mass violence.

Himbara was the principal private secretary to the Rwandan president from 2000-2002, and head of the strategy and policy unit in the president’s office from 2006 to 2010.  Sebarenzi is the former speaker of the Rwandan Parliament, and Twagiramungu is the former general secretary for the Rwandan League for Promotion and Defense of Human Rights.

Prof. Douglas Porch Guest Presentation: “Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War”

By Peace and Conflict Studies on March 7, 2014

On March 10th, at 7pm in Lawrence 105, Prof. Douglas Porch will be presenting “Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War”.  A decade of military occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq has revived historical debates about the costs of operations designed to eliminate guerrillas and build nations. Douglas Porch’s sweeping history of counterinsurgency challenges the myth that this is a humane and effective way of war. The reality, he reveals, is that these campaigns have shattered and divided societies and unsettled civil-military relations.

Douglas Porch is Distinguished Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His books include The French Foreign Legion, The Conquest of the Sahara, The French Army 1871-1914 and  Wars of Empire. The Path to Victory: The Mediterranean Theater in World War II (2004), received numerous awards. Porch’s latest work, Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War (Cambridge University Press) has been placed on the Army Chief of Staff’s reading list for all officers.

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