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Early warning: Burundi !

There is a country in Africa which, in a few years, has achieved more peace than most formerly war-ravaged countries around the world – much more than Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, or Afghanistan. There was a comprehensive ceasefire and a power-sharing among former fighters, tens of thousands of whom have been disarmed and re-socialized. Thanks to peaceful, free and fair elections and a new constitution,...
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Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy latest issue (

Dear Colleagues and Friends I am pleased to send you the table of contents of the latest issue of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy ( You can follow the links below for each article. have a nice day! bests Raul An Economic Development Road Map for Promoting Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation2 Miki Malul, Yuri Mansury, Tad Hara, and Sidney Saltzman Landmines...
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Fragments of life in Burundi

Burundi, April 2008 It is not enough that we “know” what is going on, and continue living and working along. Beyond theories, figures and abstract knowledge that often does not reach our hearts, I believe we also need the capacity and openness to continue to be struck by things, outraged by what is going on in terms of violence and injustice, impressed and amazed by what is going well in peace...
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  • April 24, 2008 2:00 pm


Erle Frayne D. Argonza [Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila] From the early 1970s through the 1990s, the massive liberalization of the international financial system was executed with such dynamism, radically altering thus the international financial landscape. Look at the result of this gargantuan liberalization today: global economic catastrophe. New Nationalism, in collaboration with old...

Welcome & Enjoy

Hi, I live and work in Burundi. I will, from time to time, write about Burundi and its peacebuilding process as well as about my work and life experiences here. “We live in the age of written papers”, one of my favourite Romanian poets goes. And the age of speed, to the extent that some peace educators speak about the traumas the young – and not only they – are developing because of this...
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  • April 23, 2008 11:20 am

Training Course: Youth, Conflict, & Peacebuilding

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute offers its Summer Professional Training Program every June, and each year, dozens of students, scholars, practitioners, and professionals flock to Washington, DC in hopes of taking advantage of what some say is our most engaging training course: Youth, Conflict, & Peacebuilding. We’re highlighting the Youth course this week – please read on. The...

CHINA HAS FUELED ENOUGH CONFLICTS IN AFRICA, NOW ARMS TO ZIMBABWE China power might not hard to beat by many African governments but sending a ship full of arms to volatile Zimbabwe is a far worse test to the continents powers. The Chines Government has already bought enough bloody oil from Sudan to fuel a genocide in Darur isn’t that enough? No it isn’t. China is increasingly become shameless. It has a ship...


Erle Frayne D. Argonza [Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila] Who really is in control of a country’s central bank? Is the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas really in the hands of the people of the republic, under the guidance of the Constitution of the Republic? How come we cannot even see a shadow of any of the Letters of Intent of the International Monetary Fund that were supposedly deposited...


I have spent the last two weeks in Geneva and Lebanon for a peace and security workshop. Being invited I had no idea how big this would be. The workshop for journalists organized by Media21 had 13 journalists from developing countries , a few swiss based ones. I just one week I was able to learn from different experts ranging from Migration, Cluster munitions, arms to Refugees and Internally displaced...


Erle Frayne D. Argonza [Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila] I have always supported a ‘social capital’ framework for advancing the interests of marginal sectors in resource extraction industries. Particularly affected are the indigenous peoples and the slash & burn planters. The New Nationalism article emphasizes this point clearly. I also had advanced this contention in some other...

The River Red

there is no water in the river
only blood
what calumny
what heresy
if at that time a child dies
and the serpent entwines itself
in the red red river,
my bloodied hands will cry out
Where are you o peace?


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Monitoring & Evaluation

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute is focusing this week on highlighting our Monitoring & Evaluation course within our Summer Professional Training Program in June. Why? Because it’s such a good opportunity. Gain and hone your M&E skills while networking with fellow students, local DC professionals, and international peace builders and practitioners. The Details: Building Monitoring...


Erle Frayne D. Argonza [Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila] As one can observe from my previous articles, New Nationalism supports a continuous entry of investments to the domestic market from overseas. This article articulates the specific contention about the matter. Autarchy is bad policy and practice to begin with. If it worked for the Habsburg Empire for a while, it worked only because...

Summer Professional Training Program in Peacebuilding & Development

The Peacebuilding & Development Institute at American University is preparing for its big annual event this June: the Summer Professional Training Program. PDI will host nearly 100 international peace builders, development practitioners, conflict resolution specialists, government officials, civil society leaders, and scholars, not to mention the esteemed members of the American University graduate...


Erle Frayne D. Argonza [Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila] In a recently written book by me titled Fair Trade and Food Security: Framework and Policy Architecture (Kaisampalad, 2004), I was able to gather clear evidences of the failures of free trade policies. Not only free trade but the whole policy regime of economic liberalization—that paved the way to globalization—had downgrading...

BREAKING NEWS… Israel denies visa to Richard Falk: Yet another Jewish fundamentalist clamp down on intellectual freedom

BREAKING NEWS Israel denies visa to TFF Associate Richard Falk, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the Israeli-Palestinian human rights situation. That’s what you can read in the Israeli Daily Haaretz on April 9, 2008. By any standards and beyond dispute, professor emeritus Richard Falk of Princeton University, distinguished visiting professor of University of...
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Erle Frayne Argonza [Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila] The antiquated debate regarding which domain should be the main source of national wealth—whether domestic or overseas—is still alive today. In the article of New Nationalism, I argued that in the emerging context of post-industrialism, this debate has become futile and unproductive. Instead of stressing a domestic versus international...

Did you believe it?

I am now more than confident that I will manage to lead Bulgaria to better days.

Thank you all for your encouraging responses! I appreciate them.



Erle Frayne D. Argonza [Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila] Globalization is not only destroying the nation-state. It has also been destroying the ‘physical economy’ that is the economic foundation of the nation-state. All in the name of the greed of the financier oligarchs, who bred the monstrous ‘virtual economy’ founded on predatory finance. The New Nationalism, as contended in...

Humanitarian Security Analysis Training

I am offering a course in security analysis for humanitarian and development professionals deployed in high-risk and politically volatile countries or regions. Through experience I have found that those most at risk of coming in harm’s way as a result of a foreign deployment are usually people and organisations that pay least attention to the systematic analysis and understanding of the security...
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