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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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Afghan Domestic Opinion Neglected in Ashdown Plan

Afghan Domestic Opinion Neglected in Ashdown Plan

February 15, 2008 at 9:38 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 02/15/08 By Michael Shank Sir, Paddy Ashdown still does not get it. His three-pronged policy prescription for Afghanistan (“A strategy to save Afghanistan”, February 13), while meritorious on many levels, nowhere implies consultation with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai. This approach, unfortunately, is consistent with years of interventionist neglect […]

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High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy

High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy

February 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm

THE HILL 02/06/08 By Michael Shank In the article “Club for Growth goes after Gilchrest with ad buy” (Feb. 1), caustic conservatives, wielding a weighty $590,000 in television ad spending, queue to attack Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) prior to Maryland’s Feb. 12 GOP primary. Those in Washington favoring a deliberative […]

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Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan

Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan

January 17, 2008 at 9:47 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 01/17/08 By Michael Shank Sir, At long last, US strategy in Afghanistan is wising up (“From poppies to pomegranates”, January 14). Putting crop eradication on the back burner, a move aided by concern from the government in Kabul, the US is pursuing ways in which high-value produce can […]

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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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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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Talking at the Border

Talking at the Border

February 5, 2003 at 11:16 pm

HIMAL MAGAZINE 02/03 By Michael Shank Michael Shank is a theatre artist who served as a conference facilitator at Focus on South Asia, a ‘youth peace conference’ organised by the Youth Initiative for Peace in Lahore in mid-December 2002. The conference was attended by 35 girls and boys from all […]

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