2015 Annual Report
This past year saw its share of negative and positive events unfolding. The rise of the Islamic State and continued Syrian Civil War contributed to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people throughout North Africa and Europe and has had major global repercussions. Global violence and environmental disasters have overshadowed some of the more positive events of the past year: Bombing of the Erawan Shrine, Bangkok, Thailand; airstrikes on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Hospital, Afghanistan; Suicide Bombings, Ankara, Turkey and Beirut, Lebanon; and terrorist attacks, Paris, France, San Bernardino, California, and in many other places. Yet, despite these horrific events, global citizens came together to support the people of France; after 54 years the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic relations; Gravitational waves were detected for the first time by LIGO; water was found on Mars; Rubella was eradicated in the Americas; The Chinese and Taiwanese presidents formally met; and there was a global climate change pact agreed to at the COP 21 summit. Every year, the violence we see only continues to inspire us to do our work at the Toda Institute towards promoting dialogues of civilizations for the construction of sustained peaceful relations. Please find below the activities of the Institute during 2015.
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The Toda Institute Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research celebrated its 20th anniversary in Tokyo, Japan, February 5-8, 2016, by co-organizing—with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago—a conference entitled: "Warrior and Pacifist Traditions in the Three Abrahamic Religions and Buddhism." The three day meeting drew on the rich wisdom and experiences of the 20 participants, who came from 14 different countries and who spanned the various faith traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.
Peace & Policy 20 was published
The Promise of Reconciliation? explores the relationship between violence, nonviolence, and reconciliation in societal conflicts with questions such as: In what ways does violence impact the reconciliation process that necessarily follows a cessation of deadly conflict? Would an understanding of how conflict has been engaged, with violence or nonviolence, be conducive to how it could be prevented from sliding further into violence? For more information please see Transaction publishers (make transaction publishers go to this link. and To order your review copy please order: here.
New conference posted
"Islam and Nonviolence"
The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies University of Otago, concerned at the lack of a nuanced response to recent incidents of political violence in the Middle East and elsewhere co-hosted a "Brainstorming" workshop on Islam and Nonviolence in Tokyo, Japan, on May 25-26, 2015.
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