Category: Interdisciplinary – Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies


Western Diplomacy’s Ineffective Iconoclasm: Conflict Resolution With China and the West’s Forgotten Rhetorical Tools

The Alaskan talks of China and America point to the need for a new style of Western diplomacy. The limitations of a bland diplomacy, without pomp and spectacle, become apparent when faced with a party unwilling to display fealty to the current World Order. The renunciation of pageantry points towards a deeper issue of the


Exploring the Social Space of Filipino Catholics in Japan: [De]Ghettoization

Filipinos go to Japan for economic reasons but as they migrate for work, they bring along with them their ethnoreligious identity and heritage. Situated as “guests” in the Church of Japan, Filipino Catholics’ (FCs) ecclesial presence is marked by narratives of seclusion, marginality, and negotiation. Data are drawn from qualitative field research on selected church


What Does it Mean to Give Faithfully in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Polarized America?: A Case Study of Liberal Mennonites

This presentation aims to examine the ways in which American liberal Mennonites collectively and individually allocate their financial resources to reflect their faith. Based on their religious interpretation, Mennonite congregations have encouraged their members to offer funds for peace promotion and support for the poor and socially disadvantaged. However, it is sometimes challenging to figure


Rethinking the Principle of National Self-Determination: Toward a New Approach for the Question of Palestine

Several ideas have been proposed to solve the question of Palestine, but none have succeeded. Representative examples include the two-state solution for the separation and independence of Israel and Palestine and the one-state solution for the coexistence of two ethnic groups within one country. This study examined methodological problems common to these two central ideas


“Saving Our City”: Christian Perspectives on Mediating Controversies and Conflicts in the Anti-extradition Movement in Hong Kong

The anti-extradition movement has already persisted in Hong Kong since early June 2019. There have been frequent violent confrontations between the protesters and the police in public spaces. Nevertheless, divisions and arguments between Christians who support the protesters and those who strictly disagree with violence are emerging. Many Christian churches and the ministers in Hong


Power- Conflict: Empowering Human Relation

‘Power-conflict’ has been in existence in different forms in our lives. Notionally, it estranges interpersonal relations. But the present paper seeks to show that the interplay of power is not necessarily violent and coercive rupturing human relation, rather it strengthens man’s bond with his own being and with others. The thoughts, emotions and values which


The Interplay of Power and Femininism: A Typical Interpretation of Judges 4:4-22

The word “Power” has been given various interpretations by sociologist, philosophers and theologians etc. depending on each perspective. One basic fact about human societies and communities is the fact that leadership does not exist without power. The Old Testament presents the issue of power standing at the heart of story of ancient Israel. God challenges