Blogpost on the Monkey Cage on our recent research on how the NGO Geneva Call has had some success in inducing non-state actors (and in turn states) to refrain from using land mines in conflict.
A blog post from 6 February 2018, reflecting on Gene Sharp’s first published pamphlet for the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru and non-violent nationalism.
The Nobel Committee has a longer tradition of honoring anti-nuclear activism Your editorial on the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize (“The Guardian view on the new peace laureates: a better bet”) welcomes the award to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) as a global civil society movement, and highlight this as a change from honoring politicians. However, the claim that the Nobel Peace Prize committee rarely engages with the nuclear issue is questionable, and the claim that “only once before”, to the Pugwash Conferences in 1995, “has the prize been awarded to an explicitly anti-nuclear campaign” is clearly incorrect. The 1985 peace prize was awarded to the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), and Alva Myrdal and Alfonso García Robles were given the award in 1982 for their work on nuclear weapons free zones. Moreover, there have been many awards to civil society organizations with a transnational presence, including the 1977 award to Amnesty International. Perhaps some of these awards may not be remembered as vividly as some of the infamous awards to statesmen such as Henry Kissinger, but this is not because the committee has not honored anti-nuclear campaigns or civil society organizations.
As part of the governing council of the Network of European Peace Scientists I helped draft the below statement expressing concerns over the reports on threats to academic freedom in Turkey. Other organizations such as the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association have also made statements to express their concern.
Academics should be able to express their views openly, without fear of persecution, regardless of their political views.
January, 21st 2016
NEPS statement on academic freedom in Turkey
The Network of European Peace Scientists (NEPS) is concerned about reports on the current situation for academic freedom in Turkey. NEPS as an organization does not take positions on domestic political issues or the original petition by the “Academics for Peace”. However, as an organization with a commitment to academic freedom in the scientific study of conflict and peace, we see it as essential that academics must be allowed to express their views openly, and without the fear of persecution. We call on the Turkish government to protect academic freedom and prevent the persecution of academics.