Program on Violence, War, and Their Alternatives


PsySR’s Program on Violence, War, and Their Alternatives offers a range of valuable resources.

PsySRPsySR’s Handbook on Using Psychology to Help Abolish Nuclear Weapons

This Handbook by Marc Pilisuk and Jamie Rowen, produced upon the auspices of PsySR, is designed to provide information about the potential contribution that psychology can make in our efforts to abolish nuclear weapons. It is available HERE.

PsySR“Us & Them”: PsySR’s Presenter’s Manual for Moderating Group Conflict

Written by member Stephen Fabick and based on a project of the Michigan Chapter of PsySR, this Presenter’s Manual provides tools for intervention before intergroup prejudice and tensions erupt into violence. The program it describes is applicable to an array of problems including religious intolerance, racial tension, ethnic turmoil, and community divisiveness. The manual is available HERE.

PsySRTwo PsySR Manuals: “Dismantling the Mask of Enmity” and “Enemy Images”

These two manuals were prepared by PsySR a decade and a half apart. Both the Cold War era “Dismantling the Mask of Enmity” (available HERE) and the post-9/11 “Enemy Images” (available HERE) provide important insights and strategies for dismantling images that limit our thinking about security and that fuel tensions and wars.

PsySRPsySR’s Enemy Images Powerpoint Presentation

This powerpoint presentation explores the many psychological aspects of “enemy images” and their relationship to war and peace. It can be a valuable teaching aid and can be downloaded HERE.

A PsySR Member Perspective: Marc Pilisuk on Who Benefits from Global Violence?

PsySRMilitary, economic, and environmental violence in the era of globalization cause immense suffering and ultimately threaten the existence of life as we know it. We seem to struggle endlessly, and sometimes even effectively, over whether a particular war should be continued or ended, whether some displaced victims of globalization will be fed and treated humanely, whether modest measures–less than what is needed–will be adopted to save our increasingly warmer and more toxic environment, whether some scandalous rip-off by one or another contractor will end.Read More »

PsySRA PsySR Member Perspective: Kathleen Malley-Morrison and Lauren Groves on Governmental Aggression

Governments, like individuals, have shown a capacity for inhumanity to man, for as long as they have been in existence. Even within today‚Äôs constitutional democracies, governments carry out acts of aggression that would constitute criminal conduct if performed by civilians. Invasions of other lands, capital punishment, torture, violations of international treaties, disavowals of international human rights agreements, police or military violence against their own citizens, and killing foreign civilians during wartime are all examples of governmentally sanctioned aggression and violence.Read More »

PsySRA PsySR Member Perspective: Clark McCauley on Terrorism as Jujitsu Politics

The U.S. is spending hundreds of billions of dollars in the war on terrorism. Hidden in the direct costs are opportunity costs: investments in health, education, and infrastructure that are not possible for lack of resources. On top of material costs are political costs: the enlargement of government power and the narrowing of individual rights and privacy that accompany the waging of war. These costs are particularly threatening because no one expects the threat of terrorism to disappear anytime soon. Read More »

PsySRA PsySR Member Perspective: Fathali Moghaddam on How Globalization Spurs Terrorism

Twenty-first century Islamic terrorism is in large part a product of a fractured globalization that poses profound threats to the collective identity of Muslims. As sudden contact between groups with little previous history of contact increases through globalization, fundamentalists feel greater identity threat, and some react violently to the perceived threat of their extinction. Read More »

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