World Music Day 2019

Happy World Music Day: World Music Day is celebrated on June 21 that marks the beginning of summer solstice – the longest day of the year.

World Music Day has its origins in France, but soon got adopted by over 120 nations across the world, including India. Today, musicians from all genres and all ages, amateurs and experienced performers, gather together to express themselves through music at various public platforms. The events are primarily hosted in open areas like streets, parks, gardens, stadiums, stations or halls. Most events are non-ticketed as the idea is to spread the cheer through music. Read more

International Peace Studies

The Master of Arts Degree in International Peace Studies provides an interdisciplinary and critical analysis of the causes and consequences of a wide range of contemporary conflicts and violence that impact on global, international and human security. Topics to be explored include militarization, armed conflicts, violent extremism, economic, social and gender injustices, cultural and religious identity conflicts, and competition over environmental resources. An in-depth understanding of peacebuilding and peace processes in response to these issues is built.  Read more

Migration and Integration in Czechia: Policy Advances and the Hand Brake of Populism

Since regaining its independence in 1989 and peacefully splitting from the Slovak Republic in 1993, the Czech Republic has been transforming itself from a formerly socialist/communist state into a democratic, parliamentary one based on a free-market economy. In 1999, the country joined NATO, and, in 2004 along with several other former communist states, the European Union (EU). Moreover, in 2007, the country joined the Schengen area, abolishing internal border controls and, at the same time, strengthening the guarding of its one outer border. Read more

Journal of Peace Research

Journal of Peace Research is an interdisciplinary and international peer-reviewed bimonthly journal of scholarly work in peace research. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

“Journal of Peace Research (JPR)is at the forefront of serious academic research in conflict studies. One cannot claim to be a serious researcher in this field without reading JPR, with its articles on various subjects, using different approaches and methodologies. Of special interest are the special issues that focus on a particular theme; over the years several issues have been of great importance.” S. Mansoob Murshed, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague Read more

Harvard study: Women struggle with reconciliation after conflict more than men

It’s not exactly front-page news that when it comes to conflict, men and women usually behave very differently. The way they resolve those conflicts also tends to differ.

While men can be aggressive and combative, a new study shows that, from the tennis court to the boxing ring —modern equivalents of one-on-one conflict — men are more likely than women to make peace with their competitors after the competition ends. Read more


Martin Bell, UNICEF UK Ambassador and former BBC war correspondent, presents the latest UNICEF Debate and asks the tough questions: What drives youth involvement in conflict and civil unrest? What motivates them to join peace-building processes in post-conflict societies? Is the rapid growth of youth populations in many regions of the world a threat or an opportunity? Martin is joined by Richard Reeve, the Director of the Oxford Research Group’s Sustainable Security Programme; Dr Siobhan McEvoy-Levy, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Fellow of the Desmond Tutu Centre for Peace, Reconciliation and Global Justice, at Butler University in Indianapolis; and Dr Lyndsay McLean Hilker, a Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development at the University of Sussex. Read more

6 ways to successfully engage youths in peace building

Today, more than 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by fragility and conflict — a majority of which is under the age of 30.

These numbers alone justify the inclusion and consideration of youths in policymaking and planning. But in practice, the meaningful participation of young people in peace building has been hindered by discourses that overwhelmingly depict youths as victims or villains. Read more

Brazil Is Making Homophobia a Crime

The country’s Supreme Court voted Thursday to make discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender unconstitutional.

A majority of judges on Brazil’s Supreme Court voted Thursday to make homophobia and transphobia a crime, marking a major victory for the country’s LGBT population as they face an increasingly threatening environment, with dozens of people having been killed this year and President Jair Bolsonaro proudly declaring his dislike of the community.
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You have an idea for a new app or platform which can enable better communication and cooperation of citizens in addressing the problems of their communities?

You think that digital democracy can support higher inclusion of citizens in policy-making?

If your answers to these questions are positive, we invite you to share your idea about innovative digital solution which would strengthen citizen activism and improve the communication between citizens and decision-makers. Read more