Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
There are many definitions for peace. Here is one: Peace is a state of well-being that is characterized by trust, compassion, and justice. As it has been written, “In this state, we can be encouraged to explore as well as celebrate our diversity, and search for the good in each other without the concern for personal pain or sacrifice. Peace provides us a chance to look at ourselves and others as part of the human family, part of one world.” It is an awareness that all humans should have the right to a full and satisfying life. For an individual this means developing his own and his loved ones potential growth, and reaching out to his neighbors to help assure that they have the same chances. This means developing fair regulations for living together and encouraging programs that will enhance fellowship among a community’s many diverse people by mitigating the release of tensions resulting from social conflict.
Here are some other definitions of peace:
Hot peace promotes and, indeed, is defined by global interdependence, human rights, democratization, an effective United Nations, and a diminution of national sovereignty.
In cold peace, there is almost a neutral view of a previous enemy. There is little mutual hostility but there is also a lack of mutually beneficial interactions aimed at developing trust, interdependence, and collaboration. There may be a longing for an enemy because nothing has replaced it as an object of national concern. In this situation, isolationism and nationalism occur simultaneously. There is no clear objective because there is no well-defined enemy.
Globalization is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas, and other aspects. Peace is occurring a globalized economy, culture and other sectors. Peace does not mean only to stop war or shooting, the theme of peace is bigger and the world must come together as different representatives at the United Nations to document human rights. From my perspective, because we live in a globalized world we need globalized peace. The world should have to sit down and draft an international protocol for peace agreements parallel to the human rights and other protocols or as an extension of the human rights protocol.
The Rotary Peace Fellowship, a full three month certificate training, is the first step for this important process of peace globalization. The Rotary Peace Center brings together many participants from different countries and continents from various political, religious, ethnic backgrounds, from academics to military personal young people and women wanting to learn and share experiences. This full fellowship covers the same amount of material in three months that Master’s and PhD degrees in many universities cover in globalization studies. There are a number of universities that offer peace and conflict resolution studies but the Rotary Peace Center outperforms most them. I think The Rotary Foundation can lead the globalization of peace through this fellowship. Alumni can connect through social media and focus on one vision through missions using different methodologies.
The entire time I’ve studied here in the fellowship has been great. I have learned so much related to my work in media and peace and women from the strategic perspective and I think of pursuing a PhD in this area. Professor Reena led me to connect these ideas during her week at the Rotary Peace Center when she was taught peace journalism.
My thanks to those who gave me their trust by allowing me this opportunity, which is a great source of pride in my life.
Enaam Haroon Mahmoud Ismaiel, Sudan
Rotary Peace Fellow
June 2014 Session