Dr. Akum Longchari is an activist and educator in the areas of human rights, self-determination and JustPeace. Since 1994, he has been involved with people's movements in the ares of human rights, justice, peace, and reconciliation and a consultant for peace programs in educational institutes. 

Akum has a Ph.D from the University of New England, Armindale, New South Wales, Australia, a Master's degree, and later as a Visiting Scholar in Conflict Transformation Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, an LLB degree from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, Delhi, India, and BA (Pass Course) from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, Delhi, India. He did his schooling from Lawrence School, Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh, India.

PublisherHeritage Publishing House
AuthorAkum Longchari
Published2016
Paperback359 Pages
ISBIN978-93-80500-92-8


Akum Longchari has crafted an exquisite conceptual compass. His book Self Determination. A Resource for Just Peace sets new direction through contested terrain. It is imaginative, robust and useful, exploring the dream of self-determination from the perspective of a Naga man searching for nonviolent paths out of occupation. Indigenous leaders and reflective practitioners accompanying liberation struggles, not just from Nagaland but across the globe, from West Papua to Western Sahara, will find much to stimulate and deepen thinking about how self-determination can be a resource for a just and sustainable peace. Akum Longchari presents us with a philosophy and praxis that invite the reader into deeper experiments to undo colonization and re-make the world. -

Jason MacLeod, author of Verdeka and the Morning Star: Civil resistance in West Papua' 

"important book because the author has lived experience of the subject matter" 

This is an insider story on the importance of self determination; and the role that measured analysis and dialogue can play in prioritizing a peaceful solution to the disorder that conflict wreaks. It is an important book because the author has lived experience of the subject matter, and so it is a powerful narrative of hope and resilience. -

Rebecca Spence, Director of Peaceworks and a Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies 

"urging us to cast away fear and to be more creative, imaginative and audacious" 

With a compelling indigenous voice, Akum is urging us to cast away fear and to be more creative, imaginative and audacious when reexamining the global system of nation-states as a key source of conflict. His study calls for a fundamental rethink. of contemporary approaches to building justice and building peace from the 'cages' in villages to the 'cages' in the halls of the United Nations. And, as the author rightfully asserts, the paradox of self-determination as either a cause of conflict or a source of JustPeace, will invariably depend on how we deconstruct its existing concept and refashion its application to address contemporary challenges.

  Babu Ayindo, Storyteller, Writer and JustPeace Activist 



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