Narco-Guerillas of Venezuela

“Narco-Guerillas of Venezuela: Transshipment State, International Issues, and Persistent Problems with Colombia”   written by Ryan Timothy Jacobs   (October 23rd, 2015)

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE (PDF VERSION): NarcoGuerillasofVenezuela

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Amid the rising xenophobia, another 17,000 Colombians living in Venezuela have fled back to their homeland voluntarily. With the normal land crossings sealed, many returnees have opted to wade across the knee-deep Táchira River that forms the border, carrying children, duffle bags, sofas and refrigerators. The exodus prompted Fabrizio Hothschild, who heads the United Nations mission in Colombia, to describe the situation as a “humanitarian crisis.”

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CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND RESOLUTION, ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND MEDIATION RESOURCES

The following list contains organizations, links, and descriptions pertaining to the top five recommended CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND RESOLUTION, ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND MEDIATION RESOURCES:

The Conflict Resolution Network
Conflict Resolution Network

“We research, develop and disseminate the theory and practice of Conflict Resolution (CR) throughout a national and international network.

Why? Because CR skills build stronger and more unified organisations and more rewarding relationships

We aim to make CR skills, strategies and attitudes universally accessible. Therefore we offer free training material on our website and most CRN literature can be freely reproduced. We  only ask that our copyright notice and contact details appear on any page that you reproduce or adapt, so that others can find their way to this site.

Our network includes teachers and trainers in CR skills as well as mediation and alternative dispute resolution practitioners.  We are often able to offer referrals when we can match up location and expertise.

This network also includes many thinking and caring individuals who choose to improve and demonstrate the skills in their personal and working lives. We believe this process starts from where we stand – it can be personal, within family, community, government or the international arena. Conflict resolution skills are the tools to move the rocks from our path.

Conflict Resolution skills and advocacy are vital for all the objectives of a well-run society and never more so than when we aim for peace, human rights and ecological care. Every human need and our very survival depend on our skill to communicate non-violently and creatively.

CRN maintains close links with CR programs at universities, and supports trainers and educators at every level in the community. Over the years, CRN has developed a comprehensive range of teaching manuals, trained thousands of trainers and directly taught CR skills to individuals and organisations. We have facilitated the resolution of a broad spectrum of personal, organisational and community conflicts, influenced CR training in school and university curricula and brought a CR focus to many social and political issues.

Our outreach today includes an eLearning Certificate Course in Conflict Resolution skills available by distance education using resources and assignments with teacher input via the internet.

Our special interests – some of which are on the web site – cover a wide range of humanitarian and social issues with a conflict-resolving, non-confrontational approach.

In 1973 the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) established the Peace and Conflict Resolution Program of UNAA, under the direction of Dr Stella Cornelius, AO, OBE, DLitt(Macq.), FAIM. As a result, the Conflict Resolution Network was founded in 1986 under the auspices of UNAA, and co-directors, Stella and Helena Cornelius. Today, Conflict Resolution Network is an independent civil society organisation headed by Helena Cornelius, a professional psychologist with over 30 years’ experience in this field.”

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR):

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.

Vision:   All people know their choices for conflict resolution

Mission: ACR gives voice to the choices for quality conflict resolution

We are a national professional association for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners. ACR works in a wide range of settings throughout the United States and around the world.

At ACR, you will find colleagues with similar skills and concerns,
whether you are a:

  • government employee working with the shared neutrals program,
  • school educator teaching peer mediation,
  • custody mediator in the court system,
  • environmental mediator dealing with regulatory disputes,
  • arbitrator dealing with corporate non-performance,
  • public policy facilitator working with inter-agency conflict, or
  • divorce mediator working with families, or more!

Our multicultural and multidisciplinary organization offers a broad umbrella under which all forms of dispute resolution practice find a home.

ACR’s Vision:

All people know their choices for conflict resolution

ACR’s Mission:

ACR gives voice to the choices for quality conflict resolution

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The International Association of Conflict Management (IACM)

IACM

“The International Association for Conflict Management was founded to encourage scholars and practitioners to develop and disseminate theory, research, and experience that is useful for understanding and improving conflict management in family, organizational, societal, and international settings.

IACM was founded in 1984. It is a membership-based organization of practitioners and university faculty & doctoral students from around the world. Activities include an annual conference, publication of the NCMR journal, and the Signal newsletter.”

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Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)

Maryland – MACRO

“Recognizing the many benefits achievable though the use of ADR processes, as well as significant successes in other states, the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, created the Maryland ADR Commission in 1998. He charged the Commission with advancing the appropriate use of mediation and other innovative conflict resolution processes throughout Maryland’s courts, neighborhoods, schools, government agencies, criminal and juvenile justice programs, and businesses. Chaired by Chief Judge Bell, ADR Commission members included judges, public officials, legislators, ADR practitioners, community members, lawyers, business representatives, educators and others.

Working with over 700 people around the state, the ADR Commission developed a consensus-based Practical Action Plan titled Join the Resolution. To implement the plan, the ADR Commission evolved into MACRO (Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office), which currently supports pilot projects and offers assistance to numerous ADR programs, educational efforts, and services in courts, schools, community mediation centers, State’s Attorney’s offices, juvenile justice programs and government agencies across the state.

Maryland has won national acclaim for its multi-faceted approach to ADR as well as for the Maryland Judiciary’s leading role in helping to prevent disputes from reaching a stage at which court intervention is necessary.”

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The Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies
FRESNO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

FPU Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

The call to peacemaking is universal and timeless, since conflict is always with us. Its shadow is found in all cultures in all times, beckoning for response. When constructive, it leads to better understanding and deeper relationships. When destructive, it tends toward confusion and separation.

 

 

 

“HARNESSING LIGHT: LASER/SATELLITE RELAY MIRROR SYSTEMS AND DETERRENCE IN 2035”

AIR WAR COLLEGE
AIR UNIVERSITY


“HARNESSING LIGHT:
LASER/SATELLITE RELAY MIRROR SYSTEMS
AND DETERRENCE IN 2035”
by Michael J. Stephens, Lt Col, USAF

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL ARTiCLE: bh2010_stephens

BIOGRAPHY
Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Stephens was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in May 1989.  As a career developmental engineer and acquisition officer, he has served in assignments in laboratory, program office, and flight test organizations.  He also served as a plans and programs staff officer at the Pentagon, as well as commanding the 344th Recruiting Squadron in Arlington, TX.  In early 2009, he deployed to Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, for Special Operations Command–Central in support of ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He entered Air War College as a student in July 2009.  Lieutenant Colonel Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of West Florida, a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Advanced Program Manager’s Course at the Defense Systems Management College.  He is also a graduate of the Flight Test Engineer program at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, with over 600 flight test hours as a crewmember in over 36 different aircraft, primarily the F-15, F-16, and E-8C.

Ballistic Missile Defense Past and Future

BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE PAST AND FUTURE

written by Jacques S. Gansler
CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON, DC April 2010

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COMPLETE REPORT AND ARTICLE: GetTRDoc

 

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To help put the potential value of a national missile defense system in perspective, consider three scenarios, one modeled on a historical event, the other two hypothetical. First, suppose that the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait occurs 20 years later, which is to say, about now. Saddam Hussein has an arsenal of two or three long-range missiles equipped with biological or nuclear warheads. These weapons are aimed at New York and/or Washington (or even closer targets, such as Tel Aviv or London). He threatens to launch them if the United States attempts to throw him out of Kuwait. In the absence of a missile defense system, what options does the President of the United States have for dislodging Iraq from Kuwait—or preventing occupation of Saudi oilfields? The second scenario is a real, near-term possibility. Russian command and control over the launch of ICBMs has deteriorated, The Russian leadership continues to fear a U.S. first strike and believes it must keep its ICBMs on high readiness. The President of the United States receives a “hotline” call from the President of Russia saying: “You were right to keep warning us about the possibility of an inadvertent launch of one of our long-range missiles. In fact, this just happened, and the missile is on its way to strike Washington, D.C. You have my sincere apologies about this catastrophic event, and we will certainly do everything we can to make sure that your people understand this was not intentional. But, recognizing that you have no defensive capability, and that this means a catastrophic loss of American lives, we still think it is the wisest course for you not to respond in any equivalent or escalatory fashion, as it will undoubtedly result in an all-out nuclear exchange and the destruction of both of our countries.” Faced with the decapitation of the U.S. Government, what options does the President have for defending the Nation? Now consider what might happen if the government of Pakistan comes to be led by an extremist, anti-U.S. fanatic, perhaps as the result of an election manipulated by pro-Taliban groups, or of massive protests against U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Predator strikes in Pakistan. Pakistan has Scud ballistic missiles, an intermediate range ballistic missile under development (with a range of over 2,000 km), sensitive missile and guidance technology provided by China, and is . . .

 

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A Realist Reassessment of Turkısh-Russıan Relatıons, 2002-2012: From the Peak to the Dip?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

          Şener Aktürk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Koç University, and Foreign Policy Expert at the Caspian Strategy Institute. He received both his B.A. in Political Science and his M.A. from the Committee on International Relations from the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2009-2010, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Government, both at Harvard University. His book, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. He has published more than thirty academic articles, including in World Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, European Journal of Sociology, Middle Eastern Studies, Uluslararası İlişkiler, Nationalities Papers, Theoria, Ab Imperio, Insight Turkey, Doğu Batı, Turkish Studies, JAGNES, Central Eurasian Studies Review, ISEEES Newsletter, Journal of Academic Studies, and Hemispheres. He has also published book chapters for nine edited books in English Turkish, and Russian, in addition to articles in three encyclopedias, and numerous op-eds in Turkish and English for Radikal, Zaman, Sabah, Taraf, Yeni Şafak, Star, Today’s Zaman, and Hurriyet Daily News. He was the recipient of several prizes and awards including, 2011 Baki Komsuoğlu Social Sciences Encouragement Award, 2010 Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award, 2009 Teaching Effectiveness Award, and 2006 Peter Odegard Memorial Award ….

 

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PDF VERSION OF THE ARTICLE: Akturk_2013_Turk_Rus_Relations

 

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CASPIAN STRATEGY INSTITUTE CENTER FOR POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS STUDIES

 

 

“Russia remains the most important, and arguably the only, great power in Turkey’s immediate neighborhood. Therefore, the determinants of peace and conflict between Russia and Turkey deserve our utmost attention. The state of Turkish-Russian relations will be a key factor—if not the decisive factor—in determining whether Turkey will continue to grow in a peaceful environment or whether Turkey’s future prospects will be mired in direct or proxy conflict with Russia.  In 2002, the Secretary General of Turkish National Security Council, General Tuncer Kılınç, proposed to form an alliance between Turkey, Russia, and Iran, against the members of the European Union, but without disregarding the interests of the United States.1 Especially following Turkey’s refusal to allow U.S. troop deployments in Turkey in preparation for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, even several prominent American policy analysts pointed out to an emerging Turkish-Russian axis based on their exclusion from and opposition to multiple facets of the American grand strategy.2 Apart from foreign policy, in domestic politics and also in the media, there was an unprecedented rise of Turco-Russian “Eurasianism,”3 described by some as the original and current geopolitical vision of Kemalism, Turkey’s founding ideology.4 Even at the official level, Turkish-Russian relations were already described as a “strategic partnership.” Ten years later, in 2012, Turkey and Russia found themselves on different sides of the Syrian civil war. . . .”

 

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Conflict in International Politics – A Literature Review

 

 

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“Conflict in International Politics: A Literature Review” written by Ryan Timothy Jacobs (September 7th, 2015) is an analysis of the various schools of thought; in regards to how conflict is a normal aspect of international relations.  The value of the political philosophy that examines “why we fight” is essential to any individual that had an interest in international relations, from the beginning of human history, up until present day sovereign states and other international actors.  This article, that I began writing in my graduate program at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, introduces the Dependency Paradigm (Realists & Neorealists), Learned Cooperation (Institutionalism & International Mechanisms), Constructivism (such as Social Norms, Values & Beliefs and Social Networking), Post-Cold War Era (Ethnicity & Nationalism), Asymmetric Warfare (analyzing “Seven Deadly Tactics”), the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Social & Political Dynamics), and provides Conflict Management and Resolution Recommendations; regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, as well as Middle Eastern Rebel Organizations.  The brief, twenty-three page article, introduces these various aspects of International Conflict as an introduction to those interested in exactly how in-depth conflict has impacted the world in which we live on a day-to-day basis.  It also approaches conflict and conflict management from various perspectives, in order to illustrate a more objective examination of international conflict.  The historical accession within the article details the seemingly evolutionary way that conflict has been managed and/or resolved, but also aims to detail that the vast majority of scholarly research has yet to be fully recognized by the international community, in order to further humanities ability to manage and resolve these issues that commonly arise out of a difference of political, religious, cultural, and economic reasoning that often is difficult to reach compromise between sovereign states.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE .DOC VERSION OF THE ARTICLE:  Conflict in International Politics – Literature Review – CMR 525

 

 

In the field of political science, large-scale conflict, and its resolution is analyzed through several different lenses.  The theory of war however, tends to be rooted in classical and neorealist theories and focuses on security and power.  Both domestic and international conflict can also be analyzed through the dependency paradigm.  At the same time, theories of conflict resolution that exclude force with the exception of deterrence theory, are rooted in stitutionalism, and focuses on learned cooperation )game theory), sanctions, international law, and other international mechanisms for resolving stemming conflict.  Constructivism, on the other hand, tends to focus on more abstract elements such as “collective memories” and identify politics….

 

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TOP 5 RECOMMENDED BOOKS (Non-Fiction) for September, 2015

The following is a list, that I have put together, based on readings that I have read throughout the year 2015.  Out of the twenty to thirty books that I have read over the course of this one year, the following includes the exceptional writings that I have found o be the most interesting and valuable in my personal library.  All of the books are non-fiction, and they encompass political philosophy, U.S. foreign policy, conflict management and resolution (domestic and international), science, alternative dispute resolution, peace-keeping operations, history, political science, war, and a variety of other important topics.

 

RECOMMENDED READINGS

 

5. The Years Of Lyndon Johnson – Master Of The Senate written by Robert A. Caro – 2002:

 

“Caro’s immersion in the man and period yields a fascinating, entertaining abundance . . . Master of the Senate splendidly reassembles the U.S. Senate of those years.” ~ Time

This book was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and according to the New York Times, “a wonderful, a glorious tale.  It will be hard to equal this amazing book.”  It is not a new read, but my girlfriend found it for me at the Goodwill down the road, and for one dollar, it is a priceless addition to my collection.  It encompasses all of Johnson’s work throughout his time in various offices.  It was a #1 national bestseller when it was first published in 2002.  A political biography, to say the least, this book entertainingly details Johnson’s fight in the Senate, to pass legislation, as he also struggles with his own personal battles and other pressing issues during the time in history.

 

Available @ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0394720954?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

 

 

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4. From Cultural Rebellion to Counterrevolution The Politics of Maurice Barres written by C. Stewart Doty – 1976.

 

This little gem is an old book; do not get the wrong idea.  Although I have just recently read this book in July of 2015, it covers much of Maurice Barres’ political philosophy, and life work.  It does not attempt to argue for or against, as I prefer most of the books I read, the author works diligently to provide an objective analysis of Barres.  Barres was an author, politician, and was instrumental in shaping the political and cultural attitudes in France; at the time.  He lived from 1862-1923, and his philosophy greatly influenced and shaped the political atmosphere, up until present day.  If you enjoy biographies and political philosophy, I highly recommend this book.  Also, alike #5 on this list, since it is an older book, you can locate it for a very cheap price or possibly free on Kindle.

Available @ http://www.amazon.com/Cultural-Rebellion-Counterrevolution-Politics-Maurice/dp/0821401912/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442507015&sr=1-1&keywords=from+cultural+rebellion+to+counterrevolution

 

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3. From Colony To Superpower – U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776 written by George C. Herring – 2008

 

” The Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multi-volume history of our nation in print. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize-winners, a New York Times bestseller, and winners of the prestigious Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. From Colony to Superpower is the only thematic volume commissioned for the series. Here, George C. Herring uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America’s dramatic rise from thirteen disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to the world’s greatest superpower. A sweeping account of United States foreign relations and diplomacy, this magisterial volume documents America’s interaction with other peoples and nations of the world. Herring tells a story of stunning successes and sometimes tragic failures, captured in a fast-paced narrative that illuminates the central importance of foreign relations to the existence and survival of the nation, and highlights its ongoing impact on the lives of ordinary citizens. He shows how policymakers defined American interests broadly to include territorial expansion, access to growing markets, and the spread of an “American way” of life. Herring does all this in a story rich in human drama and filled with epic events. Statesmen such as Benjamin Franklin, Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, and Dean Acheson played key roles in America’s rise to world power. But America’s expansion as a nation also owes much to the adventurers and explorers, the sea captains, merchants and captains of industry, the missionaries and diplomats, who discovered or charted new lands, developed new avenues of commerce, and established and defended the nation’s interests abroad. From the American Revolution to the fifty-year struggle with communism and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, From Colony to Superpower tells the dramatic story of America’s emergence as superpower–its birth in revolution, its troubled present, and its uncertain future.” [AMAZON REVIEW]

 

Available @ http://www.amazon.com/Colony-Superpower-Foreign-Relations-History/dp/0199765537/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442507672&sr=1-1&keywords=from+colony+to+superpower

 

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2. Winter King – Henry VII and The Dawn of Tudor England written by Thomas Penn – 2011

 

Compelling . . . Fascinating . . . I feel I’ve been waiting to read this book a long time.” ~ Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

 

A more recent book, which I highly recommend, is this biography of the life of Henry VII; the foundation of the Tudor Dynasty.  It took me a long time to locate a good biography on Henry VII, but it was worth the wait.  Capturing all the various aspects depicting the 16th century in England, and how the dynasty came into power, this book offers an compelling perspective filled with violence, coups, and conspiracy.  It is essential to every historians library, as well as anyone who enjoys reading historical biographies.

 

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OTHER REVIEWS:

“A definitive and accesible account of the reign of Henry VII that will alter our view not just of Henry, but of the country he dominated and corrupted, and of the dynasty he founded.” ~ Philippa Gregory, The Guardian (UK)

“This is an exceptionally stylish literary debut. Henry VII may be the most unlikely person ever to have occupied the throne of England, and his biographers have rarely conveyed just what a weird man he was. Tom Penn does this triumphantly, and in the process manages to place his subject in a vividly-realised landscape. His book should be the first port of call for anyone trying to understand England’s most flagrant usurper since William the Conqueror.” ~
Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

“As Thomas Penn shows us so vividly in Winter King, the first Tudor monarch is as fascinating as his son and his life story nearly as full of drama and incident.” ~ Martin Rubin, The Wall Street Journal

 

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Available @ http://www.amazon.com/Winter-King-Henry-Tudor-England/dp/1439191573/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442509900&sr=8-1&keywords=winter+king+penn

 

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1. The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr written by H.W. Brands – 2012

 

“Tightly crafted. . . . Aaron Burr is our Founding Father in the shadows. So often the gifted American who gut-shot Alexander Hamilton on a sheltered rocky ledge in Weehawken, N.J., is remembered as a nasty piece of work. . . . The flawed, fascinating pol has been the subject of many biographies. But in H.W. Brands’ beguiling 192-pager, The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr, the grandson of Calvinist preacher Jonathan Edwards steps off the page with customary aplomb—not as a cartoonish villain but as a cultured, considerate and caring father who was a Princeton graduate at 16, a hero of the Revolution at 20, New York state attorney general at 30 and U.S. senator at 35. . . . Like Herman Melville, who swept us back to 19th-century New Bedford’s Spouter-Inn in Moby-Dick, Brands transports us to a room on Stone Street in New York ‘on this eighth day of June, anno domini 1812.’ . . . And it’s [Burr and Theo’s] highly literate, lively correspondence that leavens this revealing book and makes its subjects spring to life.”  ~ Austin American-Statesman
“Brands reveals another side of Burr in this examination of his extensive correspondence with his beloved daughter, Theodosia. . . . The letters deal with more than personal relations, as Burr discourses upon subjects as varied as sexual equality and political rivalry. . . . This useful, often emotionally stirring work offers a surprising view of an enigmatic personality.”  ~ Booklist

“The second in the author’s series entitled American Portraits, this is one of the increasingly popular “small stories” that give so much insight into the men, women and events of history. A short but thrilling page-turner. Brands burrows into Burr’s psyche and exposes his failings as he details the outstanding talents that were so sadly wasted.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

 

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H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, and for Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

 

Available @ http://www.amazon.com/Heartbreak-Aaron-Burr-American-Portraits/dp/0307743268/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442510358&sr=1-1&keywords=heartbreak+of+aaron+burr

 

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Ryan Timothy Jacobs

 

 

 

 

Value and Vice of Venezuela

“Value and Vice of Venezuela” is an analysis of the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of Venezuela; historically, up until present day.  It is a brief summary, evaluating the implementation and plausible outcomes to a variety of important actors and actions of Venezuela, both domestically and internationally.

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CLiCK HERE TO READ A PDF VERSION OF THE ARTICLE: Value and Vice of Venezuela

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More on Venezuela @ http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2015/09/pope-cuba-and-venezuela?zid=305&ah=417bd5664dc76da5d98af4f7a640fd8a

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The pope, Cuba and Venezuela
Left-wing regimes pose a moral challenge for Pope Francis

Sep 12th 2015, 15:26 by ERASMUS

“THE SENTENCING of Venezuela’s opposition leader, Leopoldo López, to nearly 14 years in prison, on top of the 18 months he has already spent in mostly-solitary confinement, triggered a range of different reactions. Amnesty International, a global human-rights lobby, said of the verdict: “The charges against [him] were never adequately substantiated and the prison sentence against him is clearly politically motivated. His only ‘crime’ was being leader of an opposition party in Venezuela.”  Human Rights Watch, another international watch-dog, spoke of “egregious violations” of due process. Mr López himself sent a hand-written note from jail saying that he had been fully aware of the consequences when he defied pressure from the regime to leave the country. “My soul, my ideals and my love for you are flying high in the skies above our beautiful Venezuela,” he wrote to his wife and two children…”

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“Simulation-based Learning in Nursing – A Literature Review”

Simulation-based learning in Nursing (Graduate School) is a highly debatable topic, and in recent years, there has been a wide array of research conducted upon the topic.  The pros and cons are contested in this literature review; written by Ryan Timothy Jacobs (March 10th, 2015).

 

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CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL PDF VERSION: Dr Kuiper – Literature Review – Simulation-Based Learning in Nursing

 

SBL is a highly advanced educational method that promotes technical/non-technical skills, increases team competency, and increases health care team interaction in a safe health care environment with no potential for harm to the patient. Even though students may experience the same simulation, their reactions are not necessarily uniform. This study aims at identifying the diversely perceived attitudes of undergraduate nursing students toward simulation-based learning. This study design was utilized using a Q methodology, which analyzes the subjectivity . . .

http://www.nurseeducationtoday.com/article/S0260-6917(14)00071-9/abstract

 

Panoramic photos of Hoggard Hall, Soaring Seahawk sculpture for campus beauty and new web design. - UNCW/Jamie Moncrief
Panoramic photos of Hoggard Hall, Soaring Seahawk sculpture for campus beauty and new web design. – UNCW/Jamie Moncrief

The Conflict Resolution Network

The Conflict Resolution Network:   http://www.crnhq.org/

Our vision is to create a conflict-resolving community in a culture of peace and social justice.

“We research, develop and disseminate the theory and practice of Conflict Resolution (CR) throughout a national and international network.
Why? Because CR skills build stronger and more unified organisations and more rewarding relationships

We aim to make CR skills, strategies and attitudes universally accessible. Therefore we offer free training material on our website and most CRN literature can be freely reproduced. We  only ask that our copyright notice and contact details appear on any page that you reproduce or adapt, so that others can find their way to this site.

Our network includes teachers and trainers in CR skills as well as mediation and alternative dispute resolution practitioners.  We are often able to offer referrals when we can match up location and expertise.

This network also includes many thinking and caring individuals who choose to improve and demonstrate the skills in their personal and working lives. We believe this process starts from where we stand – it can be personal, within family, community, government or the international arena. Conflict resolution skills are the tools to move the rocks from our path.

Conflict Resolution skills and advocacy are vital for all the objectives of a well-run society and never more so than when we aim for peace, human rights and ecological care. Every human need and our very survival depend on our skill to communicate non-violently and creatively.

CRN maintains close links with CR programs at universities, and supports trainers and educators at every level in the community. Over the years, CRN has developed a comprehensive range of teaching manuals, trained thousands of trainers and directly taught CR skills to individuals and organisations. We have facilitated the resolution of a broad spectrum of personal, organisational and community conflicts, influenced CR training in school and university curricula and brought a CR focus to many social and political issues . . “

Our outreach today includes an eLearning Certificate Course in Conflict Resolution skills available by distance education using resources and assignments with teacher input via the internet.

Our special interests – some of which are on the web site – cover a wide range of humanitarian and social issues with a conflict-resolving, non-confrontational approach.

In 1973 the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) established the Peace and Conflict Resolution Program of UNAA, under the direction of Dr Stella Cornelius, AO, OBE, DLitt(Macq.), FAIM. As a result, the Conflict Resolution Network was founded in 1986 under the auspices of UNAA, and co-directors, Stella and Helena Cornelius. Today, Conflict Resolution Network is an independent civil society organisation headed by Helena Cornelius, a professional psychologist with over 30 years’ experience in this field.