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  • Perspectives on Mass Violence: Peace and Conflict Studies and Genocide Studies Compared

    March 1, 2018

    This week’s compelling guest blog compares the fields of Conflict Studies with Genocide Studies, its intriguing differences and similarities and the general lack of cross-pollination between them, even though they both deal with questions of collective violence and individual participation in violence. The author, Kjell Anderson, is a jurist and social scientist and works in both fields of Conflict Studies and Genocide studies.

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  • Are Syria and Iraq the Middle Eastern Bloodlands?

    July 20, 2017

    Deir az-Zor is a sleepy town on the banks of the Euphrates in the Syrian desert, and did not ring much of a bell for most non-Syrians. Except for Armenians. During the 1915 Armenian Genocide, the Ottoman government deported hundreds of thousands of Ottoman Armenians to Deir az-Zor, where they were left to die or were killed outright. A German diplomat who was stationed in that area wrote that the Armenians were “slaughtered like sheep”. To the casual observer this looked allegorical or even hyperbolical, in any case unreal, removed far away in geography, time, and culture. Until recent times, when ISIS videos surfaced online. And again the desert soil of Deir az-Zor shone red with blood, and once more the word ‘Deir az-Zor’ served as a symbol of bloodshed.

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  • The official announcement of the date of the Palestinian accession to the ICC, in the form of a letter from Ban, was posted on a U.N. website. (Photo: Reuters)

    Palestine in the International Criminal Court: impact and consequences!

    January 23, 2015

    The year 2014 ended with a cliff-hanger for the Israeli-Palestinian question. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute on New Year’s eve, a day after a UN resolution mandating Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank failed to pass at the Security Council. As a result, on 6 January 2015, the UN secretary-general confirmed by an official note that Palestine will accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015. In this blog I will explain the meaning of the Palestinian accession, the procedure of preliminary examination by the International Criminal Court and possible consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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    The Youth Peace Initiative 2014 and the Roadmap to Israeli-Palestinian Permanent Peace!

    October 17, 2014

    Between 11 and 18 October the Youth Peace Initiative 2014 took place in The Hague, international City of Peace and Justice. The Youth Peace Initiative 2014 (YPI 2014) has been set up to get Israeli and Palestinian youth involved with the current peace negotiations between their nations. The YPI 2014 participants discussed and deliberated a whole week to achieve consensus on ideas and solutions for the peace process.

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  • Wilhelmina. Eerlijkheid, vertrouwen, liefde

    Richtsnoer tusschen personen en volken

    September 6, 2013

    Fragment from the message of Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina on the occasion of the call for moral and spiritual rearmament; 10 October 1928.

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  • No More War

    No More War

    August 23, 2013

    Poster with a call for an international poster competion based on the theme “No More War” issued by the magazine Avant Garde. On the back of the poster a Dutch translation of the poster text is printed.

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  • Ingrid Rollema and the Buste of Bertha von Suttner

    Digital Unveiling of Bertha von Suttner’s Bust

    June 26, 2013

    On the June 21, 2013, we celebrated the 99th anniversary of Bertha von Suttner’s death. As part of our Centennial celebrations we are honored to begin the first of several posts comprising a ‘digital unveiling’ of the beautiful bust of Bertha von Suttner lovingly sculpted by Ingrid Rollema.
    Digital Unveiling of Bertha von Suttner's Bust

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  • Vrouwen Vredesgang

    Vrouwen Vredesgang Rotterdam 17 mei

    June 12, 2013

    Poster to announce the Women’s Yearly Peace March in Rotterdam. Image: Black and blue colored image of a woman with child standing on a globe in front of a war cemetery and looking up to the sky while war planes are flying over.

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  • Paix, l’Europe unie construit la paix

    June 12, 2013

    Poster to promote the European Union with the slogan “L’ Europe Unie construit La Paix” by the French movement Paix et Liberté. Image: Painting of a group of figures that is carrying a large white cube with the text “Paix” on it.  The figures represent European countries: West-Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Great Brittain and Italy.

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  • Oorlog is ondergang van de jeugd

    June 12, 2013

    Poster for the International Peace Week for the Youth organised in 1924: “War, destruction of youth” Image: drawing of a young boy reaching for a red peace dove with a white palm branch,  in the background a burning city.

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