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Volume 3 Issue 1, March 2013

From the Editor’s Desk

by Kyrstie Lane, Managing Editor CCS is undergoing some exciting and significant changes – namely, becoming an official center of the Monterey Institute of International Studies! In the coming months and issues, Reflections will be seeing some changes too. We are currently evaluating and adapting our format and content to best fit our authors, subjects, read more »

Pedagogy of Conflict: “Knowledge as Action; Action as Change”

by Pushpa Iyer, Director Philosophy, commonly understood as the way we think about things and therefore act accordingly, is not something that can be articulated and neither is it that something that everyone adopts. Instead, we could teach and learn about adopting a philosophical approach –the pursuit of knowledge – which in turn will shape read more »

Drone Follies: “We Can’t Kill Our Way Out of This Mess”

by Siamak T. Naficy President Obama’s recent condemnation of the horrors of the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, has provoked comparisons with his attitude toward the children killed by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones). In his eloquent Op-Ed for The Guardian, George Monbiot argues: “It must follow that what applies to the read more »

Complex Conflicts and the Dilemma of Searching for Peace and Stability in Sudan: What Can Be Done?

by Hamdan Goumaa The Sudan is considered a microcosm of Africa in terms of its ethnic and religious diversity as well as its geography, which dictate multiple livelihoods and cultures. The competition between these distinct groups over land and other resources has always been a source of conflict, albeit manageable through traditional methods of conflict read more »

The Power of Language – the Language of Power: Leveraging Core Humanitarian Principles To Improve Multilingual Communication in the Field

by Barbara Moser-Mercer Most native speakers of English assume that English transcends culture and is capable of expressing concepts in a culturally neutral and objective way. Conflict, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, however, are characterized by imbalances and shifts in power relations often expressed in emotionally charged language that reflects the trauma experienced by the parties read more »

Cover Photo: Tamaru Naam Shu Che

by Bryan Weiner Those were the only five words that I could speak in Gujarati. What is your name? The most basic phrase in any language. But it was enough to send the group of kids we met at the Jesuit boarding school in Bhiloda, Gujarat into gales of laughter. I was the strange white read more »

Picks of the Quarter

United States A new defense spending bill in the United States could allow and even protect discrimination against gays, lesbians, and other minorities in the military. The controversial provisions in the bill, which come from a proposal by Representative Todd Akin, whose remarks about “legitimate rape” caused a stir last year, require the military to read more »