The Korean Experience: A training in nuclear non-proliferation, energy and politics.. By Roli Mahajan

India and Pakistan are restive neighbors. The threat of nuclear arms is ever present in the subcontinent .   We know that if any country uses nuclear weapons in today’s day and age then we are doomed. Still, what if any of the leaders decide to tread the dangerous path (remember the scary exchanges between President … Continue reading The Korean Experience: A training in nuclear non-proliferation, energy and politics.. By Roli Mahajan

Applied Field Experience: The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in Northeast Asia

Ayako Tsujisaka, Class XVII Northeast Asia is a highly interesting region from peace and conflict research point of view. According to the East Asian Peace Program, East Asia, including Northeast Asia, has recorded an extremely low level of battle-related deaths since 1979, although it was the region that counted more than 80 per cent of … Continue reading Applied Field Experience: The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in Northeast Asia

Women are Ready, but Where are They? Reflection on Myanmar Women’s Participation in the Peace Process

by Yin YinThatun, Class XVI As I reflect on International Women’s Day, and the ongoing peace process in Myanmar, I see how much more work needs to be done to better implement the laws that have already been established to facilitate women’s participation. The lack of commitment to ensuring and strengthening the inclusion of women … Continue reading Women are Ready, but Where are They? Reflection on Myanmar Women’s Participation in the Peace Process

Broadening the scope: A search for a regional perspective on working for peace

By Jasper Peet-Martel, Class XVI Utilizing the incredible opportunity presented to me by Rotary International’s funded Applied Field Experience I wanted to better understand and contrast conflict prevention and mitigation work at the policy and local levels. Having prior professional experience working in the Burma/Myanmar peace process primarily at local levels, I was curious to broaden … Continue reading Broadening the scope: A search for a regional perspective on working for peace

Hydropower on the Mekong: a threat to social and environmental well-being

  By Kaitlin McGarvey, Class XVI   On July 23, 2018 Saddle Dam D in southern Laos collapsed displacing at least 6,000 people in Laos and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people in Cambodia (just south of Laos). Reports vary, but between 27 and 36 people have been confirmed dead, with about 100 people still missing. … Continue reading Hydropower on the Mekong: a threat to social and environmental well-being

Uppsala Peace Fellows and their AFE journeys

Class XVI Uppsala Peace Fellows are steadily wrapping up their Applied Field Experience.  In this blog, we provide you with glimpses of their exciting journeys. More of their stories will follow so stay tuned! Since early June Henrique has been posted with the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action in Tajikistan and Ukraine, with a short … Continue reading Uppsala Peace Fellows and their AFE journeys

How We Talk about Rotary and Peace: A Conversation with Richard Bell and Pierre Thompson

By Pierre Thompson and Richard Bell, Class XV As Class XV liaisons to the Uppsala Rotary community, Richard Bell and Pierre Thompson reflect on their overseas engagement with Rotary during the AFE/internship which took place over June 2017-January 2018. Richard completed both AFE and internship with the Governance Facility, Nepal in Kathmandu. The GF is a multi-donor funded … Continue reading How We Talk about Rotary and Peace: A Conversation with Richard Bell and Pierre Thompson

Nepal’s national governance survey underway

By Richard Bell, Class XV A major part of my 7-month internship with the Governance Facility (GF) in Nepal was around technical support and program management of the first government-owned national governance survey in Nepal. The Survey is now actively underway in all seven provinces of Nepal, where 53 enumerators have been deployed. They are working … Continue reading Nepal’s national governance survey underway

Reflection: “Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines”

By Pierre Thompson, Class XV A victim of the government’s war on drugs made the front page of the Philippine Inquirer in July 2016. (Photo: R. Lerma, reproduced with permission) Since mid-2016, extrajudicial killings (EJK) associated with President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs have claimed more than seven thousand lives, according to Amnesty International, raising significant … Continue reading Reflection: “Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines”

Pursuing Reconciliation, Resisting Normalization in Israel and Palestine

By Pierre Thompson, Class XV Palestinians held mass prayers in East Jerusalem for weeks as an act of civil disobedience, to boycott the metal detectors that Israel installed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Source: +972 Magazine) “In Jerusalem,” the historian Simon Montefiore notes, “the truth is often much less important than the myth.” Walking around the Old … Continue reading Pursuing Reconciliation, Resisting Normalization in Israel and Palestine