The hard work of peace
The roots of the current conflict between Georgia and Russia over the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia run deep, as the Monitor reports today. The turn of events serves as a sobering reminder at how hard it can be to establish peaceful relations between nations and how easy it seems to wipe away years of work and trust.
To help shift focus in a more constructive direction, the 10 finalists for the 2008 Dayton Literary Peace Prize have been released this week. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is the "only international literary peace prize award in the United States" that aims to recognize "adult fiction and nonfiction authors whose works promote the cause of peace."