Themes Of Ari Rusila

Themes of Ari Rusila is my site for minicourses and lectures of some special issues related to crisis management and covered in Ari Rusila’s BalkanBlog. While my blog posts are more connected to some actual event or process this Theme site highlights few wider timeless topics. Or at least it is intended to do so in near future. At present I am developing my e-learning skills, testing different platforms and presentation methods; thus the styles will so far vary and much of my material is not yet ready to publish. However my intention is to develop with this site some minicourses about key issues which in my opinion deserve more publicity. Theme site includes also some of my key lectures, statements or articles published elsewhere. As said for time being this site is under construction, how long, remains to see.

Recent articles in Conflicts By Ari Rusila




2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Blogging & Web 2.0 As A Tool In The Media War

Blogging is a part of the social media and Web 2.0 environment. While the first-stage web mainly included websites where people were limited to passive viewing of the content, the new-generation Web 2.0 creates highly interactive platforms that allow the creation of user-generated content, discussion and sharing in the virtual community. Besides blogging, the social media includes social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn…), microblogs (e.g. Twitter), wikis (wikipedia, wikimedia, wikileaks…), video sharing sites (e.g. Youtube), folksonomies (social bookmarking, tags) and other web applications (e.g. JavaScript). In conclusion, Web 2.0 has created a totally new level for communication between organizations, communities and individuals, far from the still-existing traditional and industrial media.

The traditional media has had a role in wars and international conflicts for at least a hundred years, e.g during the Armenian genocide it had some influence on the small humanitarian aid from the U.S. and afterwards influenced the trials against the perpetrators in Turkey. However, it was not until a half-century ago that it came clear that media hype can be far more effective than military combat success – as the Vietnam war amply demonstrated. It is said that Vietnam was the first conflict waged and won by the U.S. media.  

Read the full article under Media War category.

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The London Olympic Stadium is 53 meters high. This blog had about 730 visitors in 2012. If every visitor were a meter, this blog would be 14 times taller than the Olympic Stadium – not too shabby.

Click here to see the complete report.

%d bloggers like this: