Why can’t we all just get along? Human conflict has always been, to quote the German strategist Carl von Clausewitz, “the continuation of politics by other means,” but in the twenty-first century the technological capabilities we have developed have given us the ability to perpetrate the destruction of our species and the planet we inhabit. We have learned little, it would appear, from the total wars and genocides of the twentieth century. As writers and journalists we believe it is our responsibility to be both the memory and the conscience of those who would seek solutions to their problems through violence rather than diplomacy.
As our global political realities oscillate from the geopolitical stalemate of the post-war and Cold War era to the asymmetric guerrilla warfare of liberation movements and terrorists back to a new hemispheric standoff, we are aware that in every conflict one of the most critical battlegrounds is over the control of the narrative. Writers writing at a distance and journalists reporting from the field may not have the immediate power of states and international organisations to intervene so as to bring about peace, but what we do have is the ability to reclaim the truth and the narrative from the belligerents who have claimed it and weaponised it.
Before peace is possible in any theatre of conflict there needs to be justice, but justice is not possible without truth. Sadly, given the corporatisation of the state and the media in recent decades, journalism has been in many places compromised by bigger political and economic agendas; making it ever more difficult to tell the truth.
Conflict Dispatches aims to breathe new life into the reporting of conflict, ensuring everything we produce is factual and evidence based. Our analysis will examine the narratives of all parties involved in conflict and put them to the rigorous test of fact checking and critical scrutiny.
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Jason Michael McCann, M.Phil (Race Ethnicity Conflict)
Scottish political columnist and blogger living in Ireland.