Rights group documents fresh South Sudan ‘war crimes’

A rights group on Wednesday accused the government of South Sudan and its allied militias of carrying out “war crimes” of “staggering brutality” during an offensive earlier this year.Amnesty International’s report, based on research following a government offensive on Leer and Mayendit counties in the northern Unity State between April and June, catalogued the testimonies…

International Peace Research Association at 50 BY Johan Galtung

Known as IPRA, founded in 1964 in London–and this author, 34 at the time, is the only surviving founder. IPRA rotates every two years from one peace research center to the other, and is now in very competent Turkish hands. And what is more natural than having the 50th anniversary for the hub of peace…

Interview with Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung is a Norwegian professor and author who is widely regarded as the “Father of Academic Peace Research.” His pioneering and continuing efforts have greatly contributed to inspiring the creation of Peace and Conflict Resolution academic programs in universities throughout the world. In an academic career spanning 40 years, Johan Galtung has been a…

Tell Kirr and Marchar, the taste of the pudding is in the Eating

The much-anticipated first face-to-face talks between South Sudan’s President Kiir and his former vice president turned rebel leader Machar culminated in a peace accord. The talks that the IGAD Chairperson and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne personally facilitated took place in two rounds. In the first round, PM Desalegne held separate talks with Kiir and…