About War and Pacification

TNI's War and Pacification work:

  • Provides up-to-date analysis, by its fellows and staff, of key international conflicts including Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia and the Middle East. 
  • Pioneers research on the militarisation of EU security research and immigration policies. 
  • Critically examines the policy of terrorist listing and counter-terrorism measures for persistently violating fundamental rights and undermining important civil society initiatives. 
  • Supports anti-nuclear movements, particularly in South Asia, working for peace and reconciliation within the region.

Currently is developing analysis and research on the securitisation of climate change policies.

The War and Pacification work is not a separately funded project, but brings together work pioneered by TNI's fellows and links up with work emerging from the Economic Justice Programme with their focus on European Union policy; and with the Drugs and Democracy Programme which calls for human-rights based approaches to resolving conflicts in drug-producing areas.

“TNI has provided extremely useful research material and concrete help in organising international conferences -- providing government and civil society contacts and resource persons of real authority and expertise.” (Achin Vanaik, Retired Professor of International Relations and Global Politics from thë University of Delhi,)

TNI fellows Phyllis Bennis, Achin Vanaik, Praful Bidwai and Ben Hayes and its Drugs and Democracy staff are well-respected analysts of global conflicts, security policy and militarisation as a dimension of globalisation. TNI's fellows are actively involved in social movements such as campaigns to end Israeli occupation and movements for nuclear disarmament and peace in South Asia.

As the war on drugs, war on terror and forewarnings of climate instability continue to dominate public debate, the need for ongoing research and alternative proposals for human-rights based security will be vital.

History

TNI has been working on war and pacification issues since its inception. It was founded by the Institute of Policy Studies, which in the 1960s published readers (Vietnam Reader and Intervention and Revolution) that became seminal texts for the anti-Vietnam War movement.

In 1982, TNI fellow Mary Kaldor and TNI associate Dan Smith, published Disarming Europe, examining proposals for disarmament, non-alignment and new forms of defence, which lay the groundwork for ongoing work on nuclear disarmament.

In the 1980s, TNI -- with IPS -- was also actively involved in opposing US intervention in Central America as well as exposing the South African apartheid regime’s efforts at destabilising the frontline states.

As early as 1997, TNI was warning that the US was itching to launch a new war on Iraq. In the aftermath of 9/11, TNI provided cutting-edge analysis of the dangers inherent in the "global war on terror" and played a central role in the mobilisation of a global movement against US-UK war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

TNI was also one of the first institutes to undertake thorough research on the impact of the US war on drugs, highlighting the human and environmental costs for Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Afghanistan. In 2003, TNI published a popular book, Selling US wars, which analysed and exposing the various myths used to justify US military intervention worldwide.

From 2004-2008, TNI ran a Peace and Security project that brought public attention to the vast military infrastructure that supported both US and EU foreign policy strategies as well as the corporate-takeover of security policies, particularly within the EU. TNI played a key role in pulling together research – including launching a Google Earth map of 800 military bases - and temporarily hosted the International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases.