Peace and Development In International Geopolitics
June 10, 2013
Hosted by Audrey E. Kitagawa
Sri Lanka's brutal 33-year civil war pitted minority Tamil separatist paramilitaries against majority Sinhalese government forces. Ethnic/religious polarization created paramilitary Tamil separatism that ended on May 19 2009 when government forces overran the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Over 100,000 men, women, and children died, and thousands were disabled. The war cost billions of dollars. China bankrolled the Sri Lanka government campaign enabling victory. India, Pakistan, Israel, US, France, UK, Malaysia, and Indonesia also supported the government to varying degrees. Dr. Purnaka L. de Silva, a political scientist with experiential insights discusses co-founding the International War-related Trauma & Humanitarian Intervention Trust which provided psychosocial training for practitioners serving combatants and non-combatants. He examines post-war reconstruction, development, and the geopolitics of donor countries' inputs, comparing consequences of their respective aid.
Our Sacred Journey
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Our Sacred Journey will inspire others to share their love, compassion and kindness as a powerful way of actualizing the reality of the Divine in our daily lives. Our fascinating guests are global citizens who live and manifest their values, principles and ideals. You’ll hear the broad spectrum of life experiences that moved these passionate, courageous people through the hallways of such global institutions as the United Nations, to the villages in developing countries. We will discuss what it means to live as global citizens from the foundation of our inner spirituality, values and beliefs. Our potential to create a harmonious, cooperative present and future arising out of our own creativity and commitment to make valuable contributions to humanity will weave a beautiful tapestry of our sacred journey together.
Audrey E. Kitagawa
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Audrey E. Kitagawa, is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, and a graduate of Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Honolulu for twenty years. At the time of her retirement in 1996, Ms. Kitagawa had a Martindale-Hubbel AV rating, (i.e. highest rating for professional and ethical excellence in the legal profession).
She is President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a nondenominational, ecumenical, spiritual community with broad global outreach. She is the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, and the former Vice President/Trustee of Council For A Parliament of The World’s Religions, one of the world’s largest conveners of communities of faith. She is currently a Founding Trustee of the New York City Peace Museum.
She has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa (i.e.Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School. She has published articles in World Affairs, The Journal of International Issues. She has authored chapters for three books, and has been listed in Who's Who of American Law, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Prominent People of Hawaii.