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About Scilla Elworthy
Scilla Elworthy founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop dialogue with nuclear weapons decision makers, and set up Peace Direct in 2002 to support local peace-builders in conflict areas. Three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003, she advised Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. She co-founded Rising Women Rising World in 2013; her latest book is Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works and her TED talk on non violence has been viewed by over one million people.
Articles by Scilla Elworthy
This week's editor
Guest editor Ronan Harrington introduces this week's theme: Spirituality and Visionary Politics.
Ronan is a freelance political strategist and co-creator of Alter Ego, a gathering exploring the future of progressive politics.
No to TTIP
“In 2012, due to a massive public awareness campaign, the global public became aware that it was not only necessary, but possible, to evolve individual and collective consciousness, as Einstein had insisted would be necessary for survival. As a result, decisions affecting the planet began to be made from a new, long-term perspective that for the first time took as its premise a holistic, collective, interdependent view of the earth and its inhabitants.”
How can the crisis over Iran be resolved without resort to violence? Scilla Elworthy looks at the possibilities for creative action at citizen level.
The second siege of Fallujah by United States forces in November 2004 inflicted huge damage and casualties on the Iraqi city. Scilla Elworthy asks what went wrong, and what strategy could have worked better for civilians and military alike.
The decisive instrument in preventing attacks like those in London is the capacity of the human mind to imagine and implement solutions that lead to real change. Scilla Elworthy proposes a fresh way of addressing terrorism.
One year on from the Iraq war, an experienced researcher of military conflict and peacemaking asks: was there an alternative, what can be done now, and what are the lessons of Iraq for conflict prevention and peace-building worldwide?
The anniversary of the war on Iraq falls on 19-20 March 2004.
Is there a practical, realistic alternative to seemingly inevitable war with Iraq? The experienced policy analyst Scilla Elworthy builds on her recent visit to Baghdad to propose a peaceful solution that yet speaks to the realities of conflict.
What would a non-military strategy for dealing with Saddam Husseins Iraq involve? A seminar convened by Londons Royal United Services Institute and the Oxford Research Group, and involving government and NGO representatives from around the world, recently addressed this vital issue. The ORGs director presents her own interpretation of the proceedings.
In early 2003, amidst the inexorable build-up of US forces in the region, the director of the respected Oxford Research Group visited Baghdad to gauge the current situation on the Iraqi side and to consider alternatives to war. Here is her vivid diary of an extraordinary few days.
What happens if you introduce the idea of cost control into the handling of terror? The beginnings of an audit.
A group of key thinkers on matters of war, fear, human and international relations discuss the possible outcome of post-9/11 policies at an event held by openDemocracy and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in October, 2001. Here are some excerpts…
Security policy differences between Europe and the US are real and growing. A researcher of international security and conflict mediation sketches those differences from missile defence and weaponisation of space to nuclear policy and arms control. Is US unilateralism a danger, and how should its allies respond?