Don’t Give up Hope

"We must not abandon the hope to avoid war and armed conflict through dialogue and negotiation. No matter how hard it seems, this is the only way to bring about peace among nations." Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan, Statement of Protest Against the Cabinet decision that Allows the Exercise of a Right to Collective Self-defense, 3 July 2014In a statement of protest at the reinterpretation of Japan’s Peace Constitution, the Catholic Bishops of Japan plead with their Prime Minister not to give up hope of settling disputes through dialogue and negotiation. The full statement is available here.

Can you think of any war that actually brought about lasting peace? Dialogue and negotiation are often needed to end wars. What elements do you think promote successful dialogue and negotiation?

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