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AUTUMN 2011
- what we forget
- militarising education
- arms for peace
- war without end


SPRING 2011

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AUTUMN 2010

- of medals and beacons
- remembering hiroshima
- welcome to warmongering wales
- the new military balance
- 1933 -2010 white poppies for peace
- jean giono
- feminism and war


SPRING 2010
- conscripting conscience
- to vote or not to vote
- climate science: a peace-studies lesson
- climate change and conflict
- unarmed resistance
- acts of conscience
- a sunny day in prague
- human abuse map

AUTUMN 2009
- quarrel in a far-away country
- for all mankind
- and dick sheppard came too
- passing of the last tommy
- pathways to reconciliation
- non-violent action in gaza
- human abuse map


SPRING 2009
- militarisation of Britain
- more than a t-shirt
- the role of scientific community
- absolutely pacifist
- can the greens stay nonviolent ?
- afghanistan: a misread war
- george lansbury anniversary
- work to do – adrian mitchell


AUTUMN 2008
- in memoriam : perpetuating war
- conversion to peace : stopping arm sales not enough
- send in the blue shirts: nonviolent interventions
- soldiers in the laboratory
- military in schools
- monitoring toolkit
- descent intomadness
- history of movements and ideas
- science and war
- cold war modern
- history of movements and ideas
- 'New thinking' needs new direction

SUMMER 2008-
- drip, drip, drip : the new militarism
- Conscientious objector Resource
  Centre Open Day
: unique exhibition about conscientious objectors
- financing development: strengths and limits of the G8
- human smoke
- winter soldiers: testimony of soldiers who refused to fight in Iraq
- the struggle for freedom: threats to human rights and civil liberties

WINTER 2007/08
- barbarians at the gate: dangerous plans to develop a ‘Super NATO’
- non sibi sed patriae: war memorials and promotion of remembrance
- chancers crooks and con men: government and the arms trade
- wanted: a new global paradigm: military v peaceful problem-solving
- iran in a calmer light: is there really a nuclear weapons threat?
- human rights: democracy acclaimed, democracy abused

SUMMER 2007
- conscience in cold storage: inadvertent support for militarism
- international day of non-violence: remembering Gandhi
- small arms: it’s time to deal with this key threat to peace
- militarism and science: military influence on developments in science
- problems with the hydra: the struggle to ban cluster bombs
- some thoughts for remembrance day: a focus for reflection
- what covenant? what nation?: British Legion’s chosen role
- pupils against the military  :recruitment in schools


SPRING 2007
- Oppressed and vilified – conscientious objectors, and the CO Project
- Corruption unlimited – the UK arms trade
- Falklands action – pacifist opposition remembered
- Development and security
- problems with powers – nuclear weapons, from the Cold War to
  the Trident debate
- resisting the falklands war - a retrospective
- Two Empires Gone and No Kipling Yet

WINTER 2006/07
- mince pies and missiles – the Trident debate
- making room for peace – the new Canadian war museum
- harm’s way – military intervention in the Balkans
- positive response to contemporary violence
- action for peace where you live
- playtime in the Lotz ghetto
- new kind of warfare

AUTUMN 2006
Memory test – war memorials in Britain and Germany
The interest of science – a scientific experiment using conscientious objectors
The war on terror – a report on the state of play
From the duel to the fluid – armaments, disarmament, and security

SPRING 2006
- a real champaign moment
- a park named arndt
- life imprisonment for desertion – soldiers who opt out of Iraq
- homeland security – Americans supporting Israel’s war
- military lessons – RAF recruiting techniques in British schools
- second coming
- close the deso
- remembering – Harry Mister and Allen Jackson

WINTER 2005/06
- Complex issues: military research, money and morals
- Trouble with white poppies: local churchman triggers controversy
- Veterans against the war: Soldiers resisting Iraq war
- Holy orders: religion and faith, war and peace
- War critics: UK objectors to war
- Peace making: a parable..: The EU and Turkey.

AUTUMN 2005
- batting for war: the British Legion and Remembrance
- A world becoming peaceful?: critical comments on Human Security Report
- Human rights, human nature: human society at its worst and best
- Educating for peace: the why and the how
- Remembrance Day: Briefing for peace action

SUMMER 2005
- celebrating war:the British brand of militarism
- painting peace: children’s visionary mural
- history lessons: teaching the right stuff
- when the rain returns
- working together to arm the globe: dangerous allure of nuclear weapons
- G8 countries spending on arms: global arms sales/global aid

SPRING 2005
- big guns against small arms
- soldiers in the laboratory
- nuclear disarmament?
- we don’t do body counts
- british pacifism in WW2
- trouble ahead - putting human
lives first

- high calibre recruiting
- Europe and the Non-Proliferation
Treaty


AUTUMN 2004
- the night before armistice - reflections on human security
- evolutionary moves - human security the alternative to war
- We’re doing Iraq this term - lessons for today's pupils
- public diplomacy - user friendly propaganda
- a book isn’t just for christmas

SUMMER 2004
- romancing the stones: Remembrance, morality and militarism
- eulogy for our marlon brando: civil rights activist as well as star
- a loving slap: no, smacking children is wrong
- memories of hebron: Israeli soldiers talk about checkpoint duty
- heroic attitudes: Britain's 'warrior culture'
- education for peace accross the curriculum: suggestions for teachers
- trasncend and transform: a wise book about conflict resolution
- space ethics: career in science and technology could mean working for war
- human rights map: locations of conflict and human rights abuse

WINTER 2003/2004
- war is peace: finding the political will to reject armed violence
- colombian resistance to war: working for peace in this troubled country
- nuclear alert: the danger of nuclear warfare hasn't disappeared
- disarmament education: what it is and why the UN is promoting it
- challenge to nonviolence: nonviolent action in 1990s conflict

AUTUMN 2003
- appropriating the dead: the cautionary tale of Jack Cornwell VC
- educating for peace in ireland: Oakgrove - a year of peace activities
- poetry and remembrance: how poets round the world have written about war
- concept of basic benevolence policies behind British military interventions
- can democracy be designed? democracy in conflict-torn countries
- cold war building: about the structures built in Britain for military
and government use in a nuclear attack

SUMMER 2003
- the devil in the detail Resisting war in everyday life
- peace studies in indianapolis A multiple project for practical action
- the worst war in the world The story of Congo
- US wants control of space Defying the 1967 Space Treaty
- chaos in the iraqi media Too little objective reporting in Iraq
- setting the agenda for global peace UN conferences are not enough
- they speak for themselves George Bush and Tony Blair in the run-up to war


SPRING 2003
- the big picture Might is not right
- wider still and wider The problems of empire
- US interventions since 1945 List
-
US military bases 2001-2003 Map
- psychological and social consequences of war Post-traumatic stress
- democracy in iraq Iraq’s political history
- american century The US factor in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan from 1980

WINTER 2002/03
- states of concern A pacifist's view of the United Nations
- good will Acts of kindness and compassion during the Holocaust
- resource wars Global security and the competition for raw materials
- alternatives to war Global co-operation: sharing care of natural resources
- holocaust memorial day
- (s)kill force

AUTUMN 2002
- passing the torch Military recruitment, museums and modern warfare
- war by february Hard questions to ask advocates of war on Iraq
- counting the dead Estimating casualties of war from 1945
- conflict map Armed conflicts round the world since 1999
- remembering Young victims of the First World War

SUMMER 2002
- silence and memory Memorial in France and museum in the UK
- special agents Aid agencies and war
- international courts State of play
- hard rock or hard luck
- national identity in conflict Women’s groups working for peace

SPRING 2002
- the trench Defence systems old and new
- nuclear agenda
- the falklands war 20 years on
- conflict resolution What are the EU and the USA doing about it?
- global warning The USA and global responsibility
- a thousand coffins Thoughts about conflict in Israel
- european network for peace

WINTER 2001/2002
- god bless America?: The USA’s military links with Britain
- challenge to afghan media: Problems for journalists
- child soldiers: Campaign to end recruitment of under-18s in the UK
- good deeds: War prevention at work - and working
- conflict and the search for peace: Review of MRG International report, 2001
- gender and armed conflict: Women as victims and as peace-builders
- state of the global vilage: If the world were a village of 1,000 people....

AUTUMN 2001
- terror from the sky: thoughts on 11.09.01
- against the tide: Germans who bravely resisted Nazism
- resistance in israel: students against conscription
- on war and morality: World War II was no victory
- security in the 20th century: what does national 'security' really mean?

SUMMER 2001
- a blighted land: Greenham Common then and now
- the vision thing: peace-building is happening everywhere
- full spectrum dominance: US global domination?
- obstacles to communication: the Middle East conflict
- child soldiers: recruitment round the globe

SPRING 2001
- crimes of war: the International Criminal Court
- caught in the act: recruiting under-18s in the UK
- good behaviour: moral defences against barbarism and war
- security in new millenium: global survival depends on abolishing war
- gun running: the arms trade
- making peace where we live: local peace initiatives among children
WINTER 2000/01
- goddesses of peace: national war memorials
-
cluster bombs: new information about harm to civilians
- kid's tv preventing violence: a peace-based television project in Macedonia
- reactionary forces: we've invented war - now we must build peace
- peacemaking in Cyprus: community peace initiatives
- remembering the holocaust: Britain and Jewish refugees, 1933-48
- conflict transformation: getting people in conflict to talk

AUTUMN 2000
- reclaiming the silence: rethinking Remembrance
- coercing and enforcing: post-war Bosnia
- arms trade map: UK arms sales to world hot-spots
-
living together: inequality between men and women

SUMMER 2000
- Smart procurement: Ministry of Defence spending
- Working together: European military alliances and the US
- Preservation order: handling the historic heritage of war
- Arabian connection: UK arms trade and the Middle East
- Conversion - faded ideal? defence technology for peaceful use
- Breaking the silence:

SPRING 2000
- Sinister cults: how UK society tacitly approves killing
- Intervention in Kosovo: discussing NATO's action
- Children in war: stories of child soldiers and victims
- Collective amnesia: the death toll in Northern Ireland
- Catching them young: recruitment of young soldiers in the UK
- Alex Comfort: obituary of a notable pacifist

WINTER 1999/2000
- synergy: military entanglement in civilian life
- peacemaking in the 20thcentury: looking back at 20th century peace action
- peace museums: where they are and what they do
- engineering the future: the millennium dome and BAE
- people on war – a survey

AUTUMN 1999
- technology of death: advanced military technology is no solution
- remembering objectors: unveiling the CO Commemorative Stone
- war crimes: the law and NATO
- war criminals: calling for an International Criminal Court
- matter of life and death: understanding persecutors as well as victims
- using the media: getting peace-building stories heard

SUMMER 1999
- abolishing war: the Hague Appeal for Peace
- education for sustainable future: teaching non-military alternatives
- words at war over Kosovo: the struggle against propaganda
- media and war: the US Envoy to the Balkans speaks
- peace In the 21st century: promote disarmament, learn conflicts' causes
- 20th century pacifism: how pacifism developed

SPRING 1999
- seduced from target?: pacifists and Kosovo
- indoctrinate: arms manufacturers' links with schools
- happy birthday: NATO is 50 years old
- rwanda: after the genocide
- peace through books: recent children's books against war

WINTER 1998/1999
- defence-no thank you: the UK government defence policy
- sanctions: UN sanctions against troublesome countries
- unnatural disasters: the effects of war on the environment
- preventing wars: spotting early - and defusing - conflicts

AUTUMN 1998
- crossing the Ness: the atomic weapons test site in Suffolk
- remembering the killing fields: eight 20th century genocides
- there we'll meet again: a World War I diary
- children and violence: a new report says 'media play major role'
- child soldiers: recruitment is on the increase
- de-coding the image: learning to resist the media message of violence
- lifting the dead weight of habit: developing a culture of peace

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