An Offer and an Appeal to You…

TRANSCEND News, 30 Mar 2020

Robin Edward Poulton, Ph.D. - TRANSCEND Media Service

We all have interesting and varied sources of information and analysis. One of the most exciting and insightful that I use and enjoy is TRANSCEND, founded by Professor Johann Galtung, the “Father of Peace Studies” and leader of a multi-national group of distinguished academics and activists working for peace in all its forms. The articles analyse world affairs from a multitude of different approaches. The Editor is Brazilian/Portuguese. Many of the contributors are American or European, but many others are from India, Pakistan, Middle East, Africa, Latin America … I would like to offer this information source to you and your students.

A University Education should challenge students to seek out ideas and to discover new sources. When I was teaching undergraduates, I would arrange groups of my students to study the media output on different continents (sometimes in different languages) and present in class the different perspectives of (say) the Latin American and Middle Eastern press, or the French and Indian press, on topical world affairs.  Students would present a dossier of regional articles selected by themselves, and be graded on short summaries written about the themes they had chosen. TRANSCEND Media Service does some of this preparatory work for your students: they can find many unexpected analyses and varying points of view in a single website.

— Robin Edward Poulton ChONM, ChROSC, UNSM, MBIM, MA (Hons St A), MSc (Oxon), PhD (Paris),
Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mali
Citoyen d’honneur de la Ville de Ségou
Docteur en Sciences sociales du développement
Member of TRANSCEND Peace Network
Managing Partner, EPES Mandala Consulting
Senior Fellow, UNIDIR Geneva (United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research)
Member of the African Studies Association (ASA) and WARA (West African Studies Ass’n)
Member, Royal Society for Asian Affairs
Guest professor, European Peace University (Austria) 2002-2008
Adjunct Professor, University of Richmond 2001-2007
Visiting Professor in International Studies 2002-2004 and 2012-2016 at VCU

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