Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan – Board Member

Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan has lived and worked in a dozen countries, spending most of his adult life in Southeast Asia. He currently serves on the Board of Nonviolence International Canada, and is a member of the grant making Advisory Board of the International Nonviolence Trainers Fund of the AJ Muste Institute in New York.

Yeshua received an MA in Peace and Reconciliation from Coventry University, UK and a PhD in Peace Studies from Gujarat Vidyapith in Ahmedabad, India. Since 2005 Yeshua has has been employed by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBLCMC), providing Ban Policy Research Coordination for their annual reports, the Landmine & Cluster Munition Monitor for countries in the Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East and North Africa regions, and on Non-State Armed Groups globally.

Previously from 1992 to 2005, Yeshua was the Southeast Asia Regional Representative for Nonviolence International. He was also a co-founder of the International Action Network on Small Arms- a global civil society network focused on decreasing the suffering caused by small arms and light weapons.

US born, he refused military conscription during the close of the US War on Indochina. Subsequently he has worked to promote pragmatic nonviolent alternatives to address human problems. Yeshua has organized, or participated in, people power or civil resistance initiatives, from the local to the national level, on four continents, and in a score of countries. Yeshua is a skilled nonviolence trainer, activist, and independent scholar on humanitarian disarmament, human rights and nonviolent direct action. His articles have appeared in several European, Pacific and Asian language journals and he has penned Opinion Editorials encouraging adherence humanitarian disarmament conventions in India, Iran and Singapore. He has co-authored reports on nonviolent direct action methods used by popular struggles in Tibet and Burma, and on international peace teams. Most recently he has been involved in peacekeeping training for nonviolent direct actions in his home province, opposing pipeline construction in British Columbia, Canada.