Journal of Futures Studies

Peace Futures

Armed Conflict Versus Global Sustainable Development as Functions of Social Change

June 19th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Ethics, Futures and the Commons, Peace Futures | Comments Off on Armed Conflict Versus Global Sustainable Development as Functions of Social Change

by Marta Botta and  Aliasghar Abbasi Abstract This paper offers a futures analysis of armed conflicts and its detrimental impact on the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It draws on macrohistory to contextualize war along its socio-political and psychological drivers and explores alternative options for conflict resolution. The macrohistory perspective offers […]

The Common Futures of India and Pakistan: A New Approach

December 30th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Peace Futures, Political and Policy Foresight | Leave A Comment »

by Gautam Wahi ABSTRACT India and Pakistan have been the most uneasy neighbors with their relationship being entangled in troubled common histories, an unresolved territory dispute, competitive posturing on terrorism and a perceived sense of being wronged by the other. The paper looks to build on the shared history and culture of the region and build […]

Possible Scenarios on the Future of the Panatag Shoal

December 30th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Peace Futures, Political and Policy Foresight, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Leave A Comment »

by Shermon O. Cruz ABSTRACT Leading scholars of international relations argued that the West Philippine Sea dispute (South China Sea) was a tinderbox waiting to happen. Many analysts fear that the dispute could lead to a direct military conflict if tensions remain at the Panatag shoal. Recently, public interest in the disputed island resurfaced when China, […]

The Future of Water Resource Management in the Muslim World

March 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Narrative Foresight, Peace Futures, Political and Policy Foresight, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on The Future of Water Resource Management in the Muslim World

by Syeda Mariya Absar ABSTRACT This article provides an insight into water availability and usage in the Muslim world, based on the global data on water consumption and availability with respect to specific geographical regions and an extensive literature review to categorize the regions with similar socio-economic and hydro-geological make up into distinct water zones. Causal […]

How Can Everyone Have Sufficient Clean Water Without Conflict?

June 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Ecological and Environmental Foresight, Narrative Foresight, Peace Futures, Social and Community Development Foresight | Comments Off on How Can Everyone Have Sufficient Clean Water Without Conflict?

by Anita Kelleher ABSTRACT This article provides a statistical update of Australia’s water situation including data on usage, consumption, and volume supplied, and some recent developments in water policy, science and technology that might assist in managing the nation’s future water supply challenges. The prevailing 20th century water paradigm is then contrasted with some emerging perspectives […]

Future Peace: Breaking Cycles of Violence through Futures Thinking

March 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Participatory and Network Foresight, Peace Futures, Psychology, Consciousness and the Future, Social and Community Development Foresight, Sociology and Social Change Perspectives | Comments Off on Future Peace: Breaking Cycles of Violence through Futures Thinking

by Tessa Finlev ABSTRACT Why is it so hard to break out of cycles of violence? This paper focuses on the challenges associated with breaking out of cycles of violence and why futures thinking may provide a potential solution. Research suggests that people living in violence lack the ability to think about a peaceful future, or […]

Unpacking Images of China Using Causal Layered Analysis

March 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Cultural, Trans-Cultural and Civilizational Foresight, Peace Futures, Political and Policy Foresight | Comments Off on Unpacking Images of China Using Causal Layered Analysis

by Jeanne Hoffman ABSTRACT The aim of this paper is to use Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) to map the International Relations (IR) theories of ‘China threat’ and ‘Peaceful rise’. The paper looks at the way in which Western and Chinese constructs and prevailing metaphors impact the debate on the ‘rise’ of China and what limitations each […]

Screenplay As Scenario Vehicle: Unpacking the Implications of Korean Unification in an Asian Remake of “A Clockwork Orange”

December 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Narrative Foresight, Peace Futures, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Screenplay As Scenario Vehicle: Unpacking the Implications of Korean Unification in an Asian Remake of “A Clockwork Orange”

by Timothy Dolan ABSTRACT Scenario writing is a useful research method in futures studies. Expertly informed scenarios can be used to identify, forecast and model outcomes for complex issues or situations. They have the capacity to provide awareness of potential “wild card” or “Black Swan” contingencies to issues and policy responses that would otherwise be overlooked […]

Screenplay As Scenario Vehicle: Unpacking the Implications of Korean Unification in an Asian Remake of "A Clockwork Orange"

December 5th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Narrative Foresight, Peace Futures, Scenario Work and Alternative Futures | Comments Off on Screenplay As Scenario Vehicle: Unpacking the Implications of Korean Unification in an Asian Remake of "A Clockwork Orange"

by Timothy Dolan ABSTRACT Scenario writing is a useful research method in futures studies. Expertly informed scenarios can be used to identify, forecast and model outcomes for complex issues or situations. They have the capacity to provide awareness of potential “wild card” or “Black Swan” contingencies to issues and policy responses that would otherwise be overlooked […]

Maps, Metaphors and Myths: Beyond Impoverished Imagination about Peace, Development and the Future

August 11th, 2005  |  by  |  published in Futures Education, Peace Futures | Comments Off on Maps, Metaphors and Myths: Beyond Impoverished Imagination about Peace, Development and the Future

by Francis Hutchinson ABSTRACT This paper is a companion piece to “Mapping and imagined futures: beyond colonising cartography”. It extends the earlier argument about rethinking the way we map our world and the future. Wide dialogue is invited. From a peace education and futures education perspective, many critical issues are raised. These issues include whether our […]


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