The relationship between violent and nonviolent action is not as clear-cut as it may at first appear. In principle, as nonviolence guru Gene Sharp repeatedly reminds us, violence must not be combined with nonviolent action. Why? For one thing, violence will undermine the legitimacy and moral high ground enjoyed by nonviolent resisters. Why is this … Read more How Nonviolent is Nonviolent Action?
The images we are seeing of the conflict in Ukraine continue to shock and generate understandable sympathy for the people of Ukraine that find themselves in the middle of this nightmare. It is entirely understandable that the first instinct of the people of Ukraine is to fight the invaders with everything they have. It is … Read more Bringing an End to the Conflict in Ukraine
“Non-violent defence” is an oxymoron. Or so it appears to many people. You hear the word “defence”, you think of “military”. You hear the term “national security”, you think of a state’s military strength (and perhaps diplomacy). The military has hi-jacked the terms defence and national security. Consequently, it sounds absurd to talk about non-violent … Read more The Viability of Nonviolent Defence Today
Dear Minister Anand; As a former air force colonel and former CF18 fleet engineering life cycle manager, I am writing to express my deep disappointment for the recent F35 announcement to select the F35 as the next fighter for the Air Force. Not only was this an election promise broken, but a fundamental departure from … Read more 2022 Open Letter to Minister of Defence on F35 Selection
It is always difficult to admit that one was wrong about something. I have to confess that I was wrong about Vladimir Putin. I was not alone in seeing his record of the last twenty years as displaying the characteristics ruthlessness and determination, but also of caution, pragmatism and rationality in regard to Russian … Read more Unattractive Options in the Ukraine Crisis: What is to be done?
“We, Russian researchers and research journalists, declare our absolute protest against the military action started by the Armed Forces of our country on the territory of Ukraine,” reads the statement signed by a quickly growing part of Russia’s science community. Continue reading.. Photo: Thomas Nilsen
February 26, 2022 Science for Peace condemns the Russian decision to launch military action against Ukraine and its efforts to depose a democratically elected government. Although Russia has plausible security concerns about NATO’s eastward march to Russia’s borders, these concerns do not justify this all-out military offensive. The Russian government’s diplomatic recognition of Donetsk and … Read more Science for Peace Calls for a Peaceful Settlement in Ukraine
10 ways to avoid a devastating war in Ukraine As the crisis in Ukraine accelerates, President Biden and other leaders have acted wisely in continuing diplomatic efforts. However, leaders in the United States and Russia, including Vladimir Putin and Mr. Biden, too often escalate conflict in Eastern Europe with military deployments, at times dehumanizing opponents … Read more A Possible Path to Peace – in Ukraine and Elsewhere