Publications

Strategic Arts-Based Peacebuilding

Strategic Arts-Based Peacebuilding

April 5, 2008 at 10:26 pm

PEACE & CHANGE: A JOURNAL OF PEACE RESEARCH Vol. 33, Issue 2, April 08 By Michael Shank and Lisa Schirch Abstract The arts offer peacebuilders unique tools for transforming intractable interpersonal, intercommunal, national, and global conflicts – tools that are not currently prevalent or available within the peacebuilding field. The […]

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Reducing Taliban Recruitment by Development

Reducing Taliban Recruitment by Development

July 5, 2007 at 10:37 pm

JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE OPERATIONS Vol. 3, No. 1, July-Aug 07 By Michael Shank United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ recent commentary that “things are slowly, cautiously headed in the right direction” in Afghanistan convinced very few. General Dan McNeill, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, seconded the […]

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The Need for a Robust Security Strategy in Iraq

The Need for a Robust Security Strategy in Iraq

March 5, 2007 at 10:46 pm

JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE OPERATIONS Vol 2, No. 5, March-April 07 By Michael Shank The 43rd MÜNICH Conference on Security Policy, an annual February forum discussing security and foreign policy challenges in European and American relations, brought the latest chastisement of United States security policy, this time by the Germans. […]

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Understanding Political Islam in Somalia

Understanding Political Islam in Somalia

March 5, 2007 at 10:41 pm

CONTEMPORARY ISLAM No. 11562, March 07 By Michael Shank Preface By the time this article is published, much will have transpired in recent months within Somalia. Between December 2006 and January 2007, the Ethiopian and United States governments invaded Somalia by land and air, respectively, ousting the ruling Union of […]

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US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement: A Model for Climate Change Action and Social Movements

US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement: A Model for Climate Change Action and Social Movements

May 20, 2006 at 7:37 am

GMU 2006 By Michael Shank Abstract: Over seven-hundred U.S. mayors are signatories to the Mayors Climate Protect Agreement, which commits each signatory’s city to aggressive emissions reduction standards. The seven-hundred-plus signatories represent a social movement that is unparalleled in the U.S.; no other public or private organization is exhibiting this […]

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Social Justice is the Will of the People: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

Social Justice is the Will of the People: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

June 5, 2005 at 10:57 pm

SEATTLE JOURNAL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Vol. 3, Issue 2, Spring/Summer 2005 By Michael Shank The Transforming Social Justice section of this issue explores what social justice is, what the social justice movement has accomplished, and whether the movement should transform itself to confront today’s most pressing issues effectively. Mr. Noam […]

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Redefining the Movement: Art Activism

Redefining the Movement: Art Activism

May 5, 2005 at 10:50 pm

SEATTLE JOURNAL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Vol. 3, Issue 2, Spring/Summer 05 By Michael Shank FOREWORD BY HOWARD ZINN* When I think of the relationship between artists and society – and for me the question is always what it could be, rather than what it is – I think of the […]

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Socially Irresponsible Investing

Socially Irresponsible Investing

June 5, 2004 at 11:02 pm

THE MENNONITE Vol. 7, No 11, June 04 By Michael Shank When a financial services firm such as Mennonite Mutual Aid (MMA), a company committed to socially responsible investing, makes investment decisions, they rely on a philosophy of stewardship for guidance. The firm’s philosophy is guided by a set of […]

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Prophets in Pakistan

Prophets in Pakistan

May 5, 2003 at 11:07 pm

PEACE NEWS No. 2450, March-May 03 By Michael Shank “So how was Pakistan?” Friends eager to know more about my recent work in the Islamic Republic have had to wait patiently as I search my vocabulary for the appropriate words. My silence surprises me as well. Usually words do not […]

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Becoming a Prophet

Becoming a Prophet

March 5, 2003 at 11:11 pm

PEACE NEWS No. 2450, March-May 03 By Michael Shank “You can take as much time as you’d like, Michael. We’ve got the place reserved until 6pm,” whispered one of the organisers of Focus on South Asia, the peace conference recently held in Lahore, Pakistan for delegates from India, Pakistan, Sri […]

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