International Alert

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
International Alert[1]
Formation 1985[2][3][4][5][1][6]
Founder Leo Kuper, Michael Young, Martin Ennals, Luis Kutner[4][7][2][8][3][9][1]
Merger of Standing International Forum on Ethnic Conflict, Development and Human Rights; International Alert on Genocide and Massacres[1]
Registration no. Charity Commission number: 327553[10][11]
Slogan Peace is within our power[12]

International Alert is a non-profit organisation focusing on peacebuilding activities.[3][1][6][13][14][15] It has been independently characterised as a "major non-governmental organization" and a "major driver of change in international politics" that makes "conflict prevention and resolution issues an important sphere of action among governments, IGOs and NGOs."[16][17] Its publications are required or recommended reading at a number of higher education institutions,[q 1][q 2][c 1][c 2][c 3][c 4][c 5][c 6][c 7][c 8][c 9][c 10][c 11] and its work has received attention in both mainstream and specialist media.[18][19][20][21][22]

Notable Initiatives[edit]

Data mining for conflict prevention[edit]

International Alert was an early advocate for the development of conflict early warning systems.[23] Its work on gender and peacebuilding was important in establishing the necessity of incorporating gender relations and female stakeholders in conflict early warning systems.[23]

By the early 1990s, International Alert was using the HURIDOCS database in conjunction with early Internet conferencing systems, to enable it to keep abreast of and interact with "local and international nongovernmental organizations and international experts."[24] Through the mid-1990s, by applying a combination of manual and automated analysis in conjunction with such systems, researchers collaborating with International Alert performed early data mining research, demonstrating the viability of this approach for predicting conflict outcomes and encouraging the development of a website for the African Union's Continental Early Warning System (CEWS).[24]

Millennium Peace Prize for Women[edit]

In 2001, as part of International Alert's Women Building Peace campaign, the organisation collaborated with the United Nations Development Fund for Women awarded a Millennium Peace Prize for Women.[25][26][27][28][29][30]


In 2015 and 2016, International Alert organised a series of hackathons called Peacehack, exploring ways information technology might be used to reduce conflict by discouraging hate speech.[31][32][33][34]


  1. ^ a b c d e Rupesinghe, Kumar (1999). "International Alert and the Prevention of Genocide". In Charny, Israel. Encyclopedia of Genocide: Vol. 1. ABC-CLIO. pp. 359–362. ISBN 9780874369281. 
  2. ^ a b Folkart, Burt (27 May 1994). "Leo Kuper; Sociologist Wrote About Worldwide Genocide". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Totten, Samuel; Bartrop, Paul Robert (2008). Dictionary of Genocide, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. pp. 131, 216. ISBN 9780313346422. 
  4. ^ a b Totten, Samuel (2011). "The State and Future of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An Overview and Analysis of Some Key Issues". Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal. International Association of Genocide Scholars. 6 (3): 212–213. 
  5. ^ Lofchie, Michael; Surace, Samuel; Turner, Ralph (1994). "Leo Kuper, Sociology: Los Angeles". 1994, University of California: In Memoriam. University of California. 
  6. ^ a b c Lawson, Edward H.; Bertucci, Mary Lou (1996). "International Alert". Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Taylor & Francis. p. 804. ISBN 9781560323624. 
  7. ^ Galchinsky, Michael (2008). Jews and Human Rights: Dancing at Three Weddings. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 99. ISBN 9780742552678. 
  8. ^ Charny, Israel (2013). "Chapter 11: Leo Kuper: A Giant Pioneer". In Totten, Samuel; Jacobs, Steven Leonard. Pioneers of Genocide Studies. Transaction Publishers. pp. 273, 280. ISBN 9781412849746. 
  9. ^ Kuper, Adam. "Obituary: Leo Kuper". The Independent. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Charity overview - 327553 - INTERNATIONAL ALERT". Register of charities. Charity Commission for England and Wales. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Who we are". International Alert. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Homepage". International Alert. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  13. ^ Sweetman, Derek (2009). Business, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding: Contributions from the Private Sector to Address Violent Conflict. Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Routledge. pp. 30–51. ISBN 9781134013838. 
  14. ^ Daley, Patricia (2015). "Chapter 41: Researching Sexual Violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo". In Coles, Anne; Gray, Leslie; Momsen, Janet. The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development. Routledge International Handbooks. Routledge. ISBN 9781134094783. 
  15. ^ Porter, Elisabeth (2007). Peacebuilding: Women in International Perspective. Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics. Routledge. pp. 15, 197. ISBN 9781134151738. 
  16. ^ Leander, Anna (2008). "Chapter 2: Thinking Tools". In Klotz, Audie; Prakash, Deepa. Qualitative Methods in International Relations: A Pluralist Guide. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 18. ISBN 9780230584129. 
  17. ^ Sørbø, Gunnar M.; Macrae, Joanna; Wohlgemuth, Lennart (1997). "NGOs in conflict- an evaluation of International Alert". Bergen, Norway: Chr. Michelsen Institute. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  18. ^ Searcey, Dionne (16 February 2016). "Nigerian Women Freed From Boko Haram Face Rejection at Home". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 25 July 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Breakthrough hope in search for 200 girls seized by Boko Haram". 4 March 2016. 
  20. ^ Sinclair, Harriet (8 March 2016). "March for women kidnapped by Boko Haram to be held as 'Future For Our Girls' campaign launched". 
  21. ^ "Pop-up restaurant tries to wage peace through food". 31 August 2016. 
  22. ^ "International Alert revives its peace-themed cafe concept". 
  23. ^ a b Nyheim, David (2009). Deutscher, Eckhard, ed. Conflict and Fragility: Preventing Violence, War and State Collapse (PDF). OECD. pp. 28, 30. ISBN 978-92-64-05980-1. 
  24. ^ a b Alker, Hayward R.; Schmalberger, Thomas (2001). "Chapter 2: The Double Design of the CEWS Project". In Alker, Hayward R.; Gurr, Ted Robert; Rupesinghe, Kumar. Journeys Through Conflict: Narratives and Lessons. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780742510289. 
  25. ^ "UNIFEM - Millennium Peace Prize for Women - 2001 Peace Prize Recipients". United Nations Development Fund for Women. 2001. Archived from the original on 8 February 2002. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  26. ^ Bell, Imogen, ed. (2003). Central and South-Eastern Europe 2004. Regional Surveys of the World (4th ed.). Europa Publications. p. 699. ISBN 9781857431865. 
  27. ^ Sandrasagra, Mithre J. (8 March 2001). "DEVELOPMENT: New Peace Prize to Honour Women". IPS Inter Press Service. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  28. ^ Weatherford, Doris (2002). Women's Almanac 2002. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 6. ISBN 9781573565103. 
  29. ^ van der Gaag, Nikki (2004). The No-nonsense Guide to Women's Rights. Verso. p. 113. ISBN 9781844675029. 
  30. ^ Zirin, Mary; Livezeanu, Irina; Worobec, Christine D.; Farris, June Pachuta (2015). Women and Gender in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Routledge. p. 415. ISBN 9781317451976. 
  31. ^ Akl, Aida (21 October 2016). "Hate Speech Plugin Gives Internet Trolls a Chance to Pause". Techtonics. Voice of America. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  32. ^ McDonald, Clare (2015). "Worldwide #peacehack hackathons use technology to promote peace". Computer Weekly. TechTarget. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  33. ^ Ismail, Nick (3 October 2016). "Peacehack hackathon tackles hate speech". Information Age. Vitesse Media Plc. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  34. ^ writer, Vanessa Thevathasan Freelance; Rights, Independent Consultant on the; Women, Protection of; Conflict, Children in; Peacebuilding; Development. (22 September 2014). "International Peace Day: Social Media as a Tool for #TalkingPeace - Huffington Post". 

International Alert publications as required reading[edit]

  1. ^ "Conflict Resolution in World Politics 2016-2017". University of Kent. 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Theodore A. (2008). "Development, Aid and Coexistence" (PDF). Brandeis University. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 

International Alert publications as recommended reading[edit]

  1. ^ Wilkinson, Robert (2016). "Introduction to Negotiation Theory and Practice - MLD 225" (PDF). Harvard University. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Representations of Violent Conflict (2016-17)" (PDF). University of St Andrews. 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "P30305 Conflict Violence and Humanitarianism" (PDF). Oxford Brookes University. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Peoples, Columba (2015). "POLIM1006 SECURITY GOVERNANCE" (PDF). University of Bristol. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Edmunds, Tim (2015). "POLI1007 Conflict, Security and Development" (PDF). University of Bristol. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Global Politics of Sex and Gender PLIT10075" (PDF). University of Edinburgh. 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Politics and International Studies - Reading List". University of Warwick. 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Module catalogue: GI2E70 - Working for Peace in Situations of Conflict". London Metropolitan University. 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  9. ^ James, Eric (2011). "PA5821 (35968): Humanitarianism". University of Minnesota. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Woodward, Susan (2011). "Ph.D. Program in Political Science - PSC 86206 Peace and War: Peace Studies, a Research Seminar" (PDF). City University of New York. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  11. ^ Smirl, Lisa (September 2010). "CONFLICT, SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT 917 MI". University of Sussex. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°28′08″N 0°07′37″W / 51.46893°N 0.12686°W / 51.46893; -0.12686 Geographic data related to International Alert at OpenStreetMap