Michael Beer

  • published Treaty List by State in Resources 2019-10-23 10:55:23 -0400

    Treaty List by State

    A data set describing which states have signed, ratified, or called for humanitarian disarmament treaties and efforts. An interactive pivot table is available here.

    A data set describing which states have signed, ratified, or called for humanitarian disarmament treaties and efforts. An interactive pivot table is available here.

    Treaty List by State

    Sources for this data are

    TPNW: http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/tpnw 

    ATT: https://www.un.org/disarmament/convarms/arms-trade-treaty-2/

    CCM: http://www.clusterconvention.org/the-convention/convention-status/ 

    MBT: https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/ottawasigs

    CAWB: https://www.stopkillerrobots.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KRC_CountryViews13Nov2018.pdf 

    CAEW: http://www.inew.org/political-response/ 


    A data set describing which states have signed, ratified, or called for humanitarian disarmament treaties and efforts. An interactive pivot table is available here.

  • published 30th Recap in Updates 2019-10-10 16:17:07 -0400

    Nonviolence International's 30th Anniversary Party

    Nonviolence International is celebrating 30 years since its humble beginnings in the founder's basement back in 1989. We have come a long way since then and we are excited to provide an update on the success of our 30th anniversary party. Nonviolence International's founders, Mubarak Awad, Jonathan Kuttab, and staff, Michael Beer and David Hart gathered along with friends and supporters at our co-director’s home in Bethesda, Maryland for an afternoon of food, conversation and inspiration. The atmosphere was light and happy, all who mingled found bright smiles, lively personalities, and stimulating conversation.


    Guests mingling and chatting at the party. Nonviolence International's executive director mingling at the party.  

    Friends of Nonviolence International getting to know each other Guests and friends mingling and chatting.  


    People attended from Burma, Kurdistan, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Lebanon, Indonesia, Bahamas, France, and the US. Mubarak Awad and others prepared delicious traditional Middle Eastern and Indonesian dishes including hummus with pita or vegetables, spinach pies, fresh fruit, and scrumptious sweets. Guests explored several mementos from Nonviolence International’s history such as past projects, photographs, and various resources that have been collected throughout the decades. Some materials were available to be taken home by guests including pamphlets produced by Nonviolence International describing different nonviolent resistance tactics, pins with messages of active nonviolence or peace, and copies of the book Faithful Witness by Kamal Boullata. Further, all attendees were entered into a raffle with the third prize being two selected books about nonviolent action, while second prize was a book about activism concerning climate change and a decorative pillow, and first prize was a beautiful piece of Palestinian pottery from Jerusalem. Finally there was a silent auction of signed prints donated to the organization by one of its founders who had recently passed away, Kamal Boullata. Several pieces sold through the auction, though there are still two available for purchase. Inquiries into the pricing or purchasing of the remaining prints can be directed to the Washington D.C. office of Nonviolence International.


    Nonviolence International intern, Connor Paul helps a young boy pick and read out raffle ticket numbers. Third place raffle winner with prizes.  

    Second place raffle winner receiving prizes from Nonviolence International intern First place raffle winner holding and admiring prize


    Several speeches were given at the event to highlight stories from our past, the people who have made Nonviolence International's work possible over the years, and to look forward to exciting new projects. Mubarak Awad, Michael Beer, David Hart, and Jonathan Kuttab spoke on the rich history of Nonviolence International as well as our hopes for a vibrant future. Many of the people in attendance were involved with Nonviolence International in significant ways such as  Betty Sitka, Asna Husin, Nadine Bloch, Paul Magno, Phil Bogdonoff, Elin Ross, Simon Billenness, and Dr. Sein Win. We also heard from two of our interns, Alyssa Scot and Tiffany Schwartz, who spoke about the need for nonviolent campaigns to address the climate crisis, and the establishment of the Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship Fund for interns in the wake of the student debt crisis. 


    Nonviolence International's Executive Director giving a speech. Nonviolende International intern delivering speech on the Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship fund. 

    Nonviolence International intern delivering speech on climate crisis and nonviolent action.  Nonviolence International Co-founder delivering speech. 

     Nonviolence International founder delivering impassioned speech.


    Nonviolence International celebrated many accomplishments and is working to support a new generation of nonviolence leaders to address chronic and emerging challenges. Now more than ever, Nonviolence International remains steadfast in our mission to realize a changed world with a focus on justice, peace, and environmental sanity where the worth and dignity of all people is fully realized and conflicts are resolved without resorting to violence.

  • published Remembering Jamal Khashoggi in Updates 2019-10-03 13:37:53 -0400

    Nonviolence International Remembers Jamal Khashoggi One Year Later

    On October 2, 2019, the staff and interns of Nonviolence International along with the support of various other organizations were committed to making sure the one year anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi death did not go unnoticed and to demand further accountability.

    One year earlier to the day, Washington Post journalist and permanent U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered upon entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.  The brutality of the murder shocked the world and revealed the heinous extremes that the Saudi Arabian regime would go to in an attempt to silence its dissidents. Crown Prince and heir-apparent Mohammed Bin Salman has denied any involved in the gruesome act as the international community has stood by and done nothing to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the murder.  Countries around the world, specifically the United States, have not only accepted the Crown Prince's denial, but have continued to sell weapons to the kingdom to help sustain their involvement in the Yemeni Civil War which has sparked one of the worst humanitarian crises witnessed.

    Yesterday our organization, alongside the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Code Pink, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), and Justice for Jamal, stood together outside of the Saudi Arabian Washington DC embassy to hold a press conference in remembrance of the esteemed journalist's murder.  Representing our organization as a speaker was one of our co-founders, renowned international human rights attorney Jonathan Kuttab. Amidst the condemnation of the Saudi Arabian regime and lack of accountability from the international community, Jonathan convened the theme of hope in his speech as he called on the institutions of society to hold our leaders to a higher standard.  Jonathan called on institutions such as the courts, civil society groups, the press, and most importantly, ordinary individuals to stand up for human rights and redouble our efforts to bring accountability to those who suppress such freedoms.  Ending on an optimistic note, Jonathan notes that those who engage in violence and suppression will not win the hearts and minds of the world, but rather that victory will be claimed by those who advocate for accountability and justice through nonviolent resistance. 

    "We must fight with the weapons of light against the weapons of darkness." ~ Jonathan Kuttab

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  • published Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship in Updates 2019-10-03 14:37:25 -0400

    Announcement of the Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship Fund

    In recognition to lifelong contributions to peace by Professor Abdul Aziz Said, Nonviolence International has started a new program under which interns will receive stipends for their service. This financial aid is provided to perpetuate the legacy of Abdul Aziz Said, who co-founded Nonviolence International in 1989 and devoted his life to inspiring students to promote peace and global understanding. In particular, this scholarship will ensure that international students and those of modest financial means will have an equal opportunity to gain professional experience. 

    Abdul Aziz Said is a world renowned educator. He is a Syrian-born writer and was a professor of international relations in the School of International Service at American University where he taught for 60 years. He was the first occupant of the endowed Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace; director-emeritus and founder of AU's Center for Global Peace; and founding director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution department at the School of International Service. Professor Said has written or edited over a dozen books and has been published in many journals. 

    In 1989, he co-founded Nonviolence International with AU adjunct professor Dr. Mubarak Awad and then served on the board for 30+ years. In 2007 he was awarded the first El-Hibri Peace Education Prize. What can’t be captured in this remarkable career is his deep impact on thousands of students through his charismatic and humble character and the countless careers he inspired devoted to a more just and peaceful world.

    Nonviolence International has a storied history of promoting nonviolent action, reconciliation and disarmament and is an NGO in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

    American University students and graduates will have priority.  Internships are for 12 to 14 weeks in the summer, autumn and winter.  This internship is based in Washington, DC.  Interns must be able to dedicate 15-20 hours per week on average to their assigned work. Each intern will have her/his time split between nonviolence research, non-profit management, and educational outreach.  Students must provide a final report evaluating their experience.

    Potential donors to this scholarship fund can reach out to Nonviolence International for further information, or send donations by following this link

  • published Print in Artwork 2019-09-16 12:15:24 -0400

    Hwwa (He) -- 1983

    Dimensions: 26 1/4" x 28 3/8"

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