Friday, March 28, 2008

Good Resource: International Center On Nonviolent Conflict (Liveblogging ISA)

With John McCain's recent speech on foreign policy recognizing the importance of allies and non-military strategies, it is virtually certain that the next president of the US (Clinton and Obama are already on the record with similar statements) will focus less on military strategies for protecting and advancing US national interests and more on diplomatic and other nonviolent strategies. With this thought in mind, it was more than serendipitous -- almost "way cool" -- to bump into the International Center On Nonviolent Conflict booth at ISA (See picture below).

The ICNC "is an independent, non-profit, educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies to establish and defend human rights, democracy and justice worldwide." Good stuff, that, and we could use a bit more of it.

What is even better is that they have a number of films and resources that they are happy to send people who request them (Note: I was told by the booth attendant that they were free for the asking but I noted that there are prices -- very reasonable prices, but prices nonetheless -- on the ordering website. I may have gotten confused. Maybe they are only free to attendees of the conference. I certainly got my copies free. I will go back and double check this tomorrow or maybe the ICNC guys can post a comment to clarify).

I picked up two of the movies, Bringing Down a Dictator and A Force More Powerful. I have seen bits of Bringing Down A Dictator about the last days of the Milosevic regime and, having lived through some of that myself, can say that it is pretty good. I intend to watch A Force More Powerful when I get back to Mercyhurst and will blog about it later but my expectation is that it is equally good.

After I watch the movie, I am looking forward to playing the game! That's right, they have even developed a video game based on the movie and book, A Force More Powerful. They were down to their last copy and they told me they would have to send me one. In the meantime I will have to make do with reading the great reviews the game has earned.

4 comments:

Manoela A Souza said...

Dear Kristan,

In fact, if you're a professor or develop a work in Peace Studies/Intl Security you can write them and they'll mail you everything for free -- even if you're not an attendee of the ISA Conference.

Best regards,

Kristan J. Wheaton said...

Manoela,

Many thanks!

And thanks again for your presentation today!

Kris

ICNC said...

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) provides -- to anyone who requests it -- knowledge of how to develop and apply strategies of civil resistance, in struggles for rights and justice. The Center has no involvement with the U.S. government for the purpose of identifying alternatives to military strategies or for any other purpose. It is an educational foundation.

We make a limited quantity of DVD’s of documentaries on nonviolent conflict, and various books, available at events and conferences that we attend, at no charge. However, DVD’s can otherwise be purchased through http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org, and books from their respective publishers. Print materials other than books can be downloaded from our web site or requested (at no charge) directly from our Center. Educators, activists and other interested individuals are encouraged to be in touch with us.

Kristan J. Wheaton said...

Thank you so much for the clarification and for all of your good work!

Kris