Peace center, Japan Times unite for online symposium

The Japan Center for Conflict Prevention and The Japan Times will jointly sponsor an electronic symposium on the theme of “Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? — How Can Peace Be Achieved In Palestine, Chechnya and Other Conflict Zones?,” from Thursday through May 30.

Seven presenters will initially set out their views online Thursday, and seven commentators will respond on Friday.

From Saturday through Wednesday, members of the public are encouraged to discuss and respond to the views via the symposium’s Web site at www.dwcw.org/3rd–e-symposium/

Links to the symposium site can also be found at The Japan Times Web site at www.japantimes.co.jp

During Thursday’s presentations, Paul Eidelberg, the Israeli president of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, will address the question of “Solving the Arab-Israel Conflict,” while Palestinian Bassem Eid, director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, will comment on “Conflict Prevention — The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.”

Romanian Defense Minister Ioan Mircea Pascu will examine “Conflict in the International System: A Short Overview.” The Rev. Junsei Teresawa, who is Japanese, of the International Peace Bureau will consider “From Chechen Genocide Toward a Vision of New Global Non-Violence.”

The other presenters include Germany’s Hannah Reich, an associate researcher at the Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management, who will discuss “Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Representing an Asymmetrical Conflict.”

I. William Zartman, from the U.S. and director of the Conflict Management Program at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, will examine “Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Peacemaking in the Middle East.”

Hoj-Ahmed Noukhaev, former first deputy prime minister of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, will comment on “Traditionalism — A Simple and Practical Solution to Conflicts in Chechnya and Palestine.”

The seven commentators who will respond Friday include Brian Williams, a professor of Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts; Flaurie Storie, executive director of the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiations; and John M. Amoda of Nigeria, director general of the Center for Development and Democratic Studies.

Detailed reviews will also be made. The reviewers will be India’s K.P.S Gill, president of the Institute for Conflict Management; Christian P. Scherrer, a Swiss researcher at the Hiroshima Peace Institute; and Dennis Sandole, from the U.S. Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.