IG’s Peace Blog

Peace and its many aspects

The “TFF”

I just came across the site of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research , and I’m glad I did.  This is a major resource.  For one thing you can see several videos (right on the home page) of some of the giants in the field of peace and world order studies (such as Richard Falk and Johan Galtung).

OK…the basics…

“TFF is an independent think tank, a global network and a website for peace by peaceful means. It inspires a passion for peace from the grassroots to the corridors of power.
TFF is an all-volunteer global network. It promotes conflict-mitigation and reconciliation in general and in selected conflict regions through meticulous on-the-ground research, active listening, education and advocacy.”

This is from the organization’s “Mission” page, and you really have to go there to read more, because there is too much for me to summarize.  They do a wide variety of things essential to peacebuilding and peace education; including, inter alia, on the ground conflict analysis and mitigation (something Galtung has been doing for decades through Transcend); a lot of research on important subjects (both conceptual and practical); and advocacy training, including working with the media.

As I said, there is a lot here.  One important thing to remember is their dedication to “peace by peaceful means” (whatever their other political agendas, which, as always I do not necessarily endorse), a principle derived from the commitment in the U.N. Charter for countries to deal with their problems through “peaceful means”.

Finally, check out the Director’s page–Dr. Oberg is another influential figure in peace studies and peace praxis–and the organizations Publications.

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March 31, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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