How can we build a more peaceful world without war is the topic for this meeting and this is an appropriate one as we remember the slaughter of the First World War.
From recent events in Gaza, Iraq and the Ukraine, we know we are living in a dangerous world and any global system of governance seems to be breaking down. We are not only faced with declining empires, rogue states but also terrorist groups and powerful militias that exist outside the state system. We also see countries battling for scarce resources. How can we make sense of all this and begin to rebuild peaceful co-existence? This is the subject of this meeting.
Speaking at this meeting will be Jane Dawson who leads on the four-year project ‘Marking the Centenary of World War I’ for Quakers in Britain. Quakers have worked for peace and social justice for over 350 years. Jane worked for The Young Foundation, The Red Cross and Timebank before taking on the political and media role of Advocacy and Public Relationships lead for Quakers in Britain 2 years ago. Jane is also Clerk of The Edith M Ellis Charitable Trust.
Also speaking will be Shaughan Dolan, the campaigns manager of Conscience. Shaughan has a background in debating championships, sits on the organising comittee of Idebate Rwanda, the executive comittee for the London Debating Society and is a trustee for the Newturn think tank.
Conscience TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR is a campaigning organisation which works to create a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.The ultimate aim of conscience is to bring about a situation where national security is ensured using non-military rather than military means. You can find out more about them on their website at http://www.conscienceonline.org.uk
Dr Erin Marie Saltman a Senior Researcher at the Quilliam Foundation. Erin completed her PhD at University College London, analysing political socialisation processes and civil activism in new democracies, using Hungary as a case study. A large focus of Erin’s doctoral thesis was on the process of radicalisation among youth activists. Before working at Quilliam Erin worked as a contracted risk analyst as well as a researcher work on various large-scale international projects looking at subterranean politics and civil activist networks across Europe.
As Senior Researcher, Erin continues to work on investigating processes of radicalisation, analysing both Islamist extremist and radical right trends, addressing ways of countering extremism. Most recently Erin co-authored Quilliam’s report about online extremism and how to counter it.
This year we are remembering World War One - a war that should never have happened but for the folly of European nation states. And yet this was a war that saw young men and women be slaughtered in their hundreds of thousands. So many young lives were lost from all countries in a war that shaped the twentieth century landscape and laid the foundation for yet another war - the Second World War.
Wars rarely change things for the better and often makes matters worse. There has to be a better way. So in this meeting we are going to discuss with the organisation Conscience and The Quilliam Foundation if it is possible to build a more peaceful world where we resolve conflicts by peaceful means rather than sacrificing thousands of lives.
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