Every two years, the members of the International Peace Research Association meet at their global conference to assess conflict and peace building in the world; discuss the state of the art of peace research; plan future research, and influence the practice and decision-making of violence prevention and peace building.
The conference is made up of plenary sessions, which focus on specific issues that continue to influence the peace and conflict process significantly, as well as panels and roundtables organized by IPRA's Commissions and Working Groups, plus special events.
Carolyn Arguillas is an experienced reporter and editor in Philippines journalism, having served as Davao Bureau Chief for the country's leading newspaper, the Philippines Daily Inquirer. She subsequently left, with a group of colleagues, to set up Mindanews, in the southern island of Mindanao, in the early two-thousands.
Mindanews is a cooperative venture which runs a leading news website, based on principles of peace journalism, and has held numerous conferences and training workshops for journalists, as well as partnering in peace journalism training in collaboration with international agencies.
Richard Lance Keeble is Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln. He previously taught in the journalism department at City University, London, for 19 years. He has written and edited 17 publications including Secret state, silent press: New militarism, the Gulf and the modern image of warfare (John Libbey, 1997), The newspapers handbook (Oxon, Routledge 2005, fourth edition) and Ethics for journalists (Oxon, Routledge 2008, second edition).
He edited Print journalism: A critical introduction (Routledge 2005), co-edited The journalistic imagination: Literary journalists from Defoe to Capote and Carter (Routledge 2007) and Communicating war: Memory, media and military (Arima 2007). He is also the joint editor of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics.
Jake Lynch is Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney, an Executive Member of the Sydney Peace Foundation since 2009 and an Advisor to the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. He chairs the Organizing Committee of the International Peace Research Association conference, which was hosted by CPACS in July 2010.
Lynch has spent the past 13 years researching, developing, teaching and training in peace journalism - and practicing it, as an experienced international reporter in television and newspapers. Publications include several books and many book chapters and refereed articles on peace and peace journalism. He is also the author of several think-tank reports and innumerable articles in public media including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian and the Canberra Times.
Senthan Selvarajah is a London-based journalist from Sri Lanka.
He was formerly with the Centre for the Study & Human Rights in Colombo.
Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, discusses the "complexity in our responses to media," comparing the relative validity of mainstream and alternative news sources.