In October of 1992, my colleagues and I launched the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). At that time, landmines were plaguing more than eighty countries. Every twenty minutes, someone somewhere in the world would fall victim to these relentless, indiscriminate killers. Unlike other weapons, of war, after a conflict ended, landmines remained in the ground ready to kill or maim any civilian unfortunate enough to detonate them. Landmines recognize no peace accord. They continued to kill for generations.
In many ways the success of the mine ban movement must be measured beyond the Mine Ban Treaty itself and the changes it has brought about. Our movement demonstrated that when ordinary people come together in common cause, we can create extraordinary change. When we work together with like-minded governments and international institutions, we can help to make the world a better place for everyone and contribute to world peace.
This book is an example of one such collaboration. The contributing authors, from around the world and representing many different professions, have pooled their knowledge about global health issues to share with others. Here they address mental health, poverty, HIV/AIDS, dementia, and PTSD. They tackle tough questions about how to act for change; how to start an NGO; how to establish and build curriculums to deal with aspects of these issues; and how to make continual, sustainable, global improvement.
Issues pertaining to global health are not just medical in nature. Global health is a vast topic, full of interrelated crises. It is affected by disasters of disease, of nature, and of war, and problems are further aggravated by lack or misuse of resources. Healthcare professionals are needed, but so are financial analysts, engineers, political scientists, agriculturists, volunteer coordinators, and so many others. In other words, regardless of your field of expertise, you too can make a difference.
It is my hope, and that of the authors and editors involved, that this book will inspire new projects and improve existing ones as people reading it are motivated to identify problems and work together to solve them.
A team of top experts from across the nation and around the world presents issues of war, conflict resolution, and stable peace. They explain how men and women are transformed into perpetrators of genocide, how neighbors become sworn enemies, the cultural and psychological origins of war, and even the neuropsychology of conflict. Considering these elements together allows us to understand more clearly the violent world that surrounds us, and serves as a precursor for examining models for resolving conflict and building peace. Finally, an exploration of what it means to wage a "successful" war holds profound implications about what a victory in the war against terrorism would look like. These books bring attention to a variety of elements that will inform military studies, psychology, and sociology scholars and students. It will also inform researchers in many fields and at many levels who aim to understand the underlying causes of longstanding and emerging conflicts and the methods that may finally bring resolution and peace.
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, 2005
ISBN 0275982017, 9780275982010
The Integration of Psychological Principles in Policy Development
By Chris E. Stout
The thrust of this book is to educate policymakers, academics, political scientists, and others as to the beneficial use of psychological principles within a multidisciplinary framework to aid in the development of more productive policy. Contributors to this volume offer an integrative, collaborative, synergistic approach to effecting positive change. The book's goal is threefold: to offer a varied collection of solutions and models of applications of psychological principles; to collect a diverse group of experts (academics, theorists, and practitioners) whose expertise spans some of the top managed care firms, institutions of higher learning, national consultants, schools, and health care facilities; and to integrate this collection of "pragmatic theorists" into one volume with a general, but common focus - improving society.
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996
ISBN 0275950115, 9780275950118
The Psychology of Diplomacy
By Harvey J. Langholtz, Chris E. Stout
The first book focused on diplomacy from a psychological perspective, this work features 12 top diplomats and psychologists examining issues and approaches. Factors considered include the implicit and explicit ground rules for the interaction of diplomats, and their assumptions about their own roles and those of their counterparts. The book explores the vital question: Do diplomats meet to work out agreements and solutions for the common benefit of humanity, or is it the responsibility of a diplomat to seek advantage for his or her own nation at the expense of others? The topics include ethnic rivalry, water resources, and financial issues. In some cases in this text, the views of psychologists and diplomats are consistent. But there is a gap between the two disciplines. Psychologists tend to be more idealistic, egalitarian, and theory-based, while the diplomats most often focus on the practical realities of dealing with their counterparts and issues where opposing nations seek divergent outcomes. The actual implementation of diplomacy, and the psychology of diplomacy, takes place not at the global or macro levels, but instead at the one-on-one, micro level. This volume will appeal to students and scholars in students, scholars, and practitioners in psychology, international relations, peace studies, and political science.
Published by Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004
ISBN 0275971449, 9780275971441