Rules of Engagement/FAQ

This blog is a respectful and safe discussion space. Life experiences, ideas on root causes and solutions will differ, and this will naturally be reflected in the commentary, both by the authors, guest bloggers, and readers.

We fully support free speech and expression and we place special emphasis on civil and respectful dialogue. As such, we reserve the right to moderate comments and ideas which are contrary to the mission and intention of this blog.

We acknowledge that everyone has unique perspectives they bring to the discussion, and we are more than happy to include as many people as possible in the dialog we will try to foster at The Peace Blog. We kindly request that everyone keep in mind that some may address issues through a more academic lens, while others may use simpler language.

  • Do not post sexist, racist, classist or any other discriminatory and/or hateful remarks in the comments.
  • Be aware of your privilege and don’t speak on behalf of others
  • Disagree respectfully: differences in opinion need not result in animosity or ad hominem attacks.
  • Do not troll or feed the trolls.
  • Be open to new ideas and different perspectives
  • Feel free to share resources
  • You are invited and encouraged to connect with the authors and guests
  • If you want to share anything from this blog, link to us and let us know
  • Use complete sentences and proper grammar. (This is not a policy designed to exclude people whose first language is not English, but to discourage comments which do not add substance or value to the discussion. Smiley faces and LOLs are not valuable contributions).

Disclaimer: Although this is a collaborative blog, the Editors do not necessarily share each other’s opinion or that of our guest bloggers. We reserve the right to edit and modify content to ensure adherence to the mission of the blog.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: You write about issues that have nothing to do with peace or events that aren’t even happening in the war zone. Isn’t this a peace blog?

A: Peace is tied to human security and there are various issues that impact human security, and therefore peace. There are seven types of human security (seven categories of threats) identified by Dr. Mahbub ul Haq in the 1994 UNDP Human Development Report: economicfood, health, environmental, personal, community, and political security. So this means that the issues we touch on will fall into one or more of these categories. If it impacts the well-being and security of people, we deem it worthy of discussion, regardless of whether the situation is occurring in a state of peace, conflict, war, or post-conflict or any other security situation.