Courses: Conflict Transformation Across Borders Summer Institute Launches in Ecuador

Please let students, colleagues, and alumni know about this exciting new opportunity for hands-on learning in Latin America in June 2015!

The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, FLACSO-Ecuador, and the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC) are pleased to announce:

Conflict Transformation Across Borders

This new summer institute will take place from June 10-30, 2015 in Quito, Ecuador at FLACSO, with graduate-level credit issued by UMass Boston. The program will focus on conflict and peace in border regions.

The program is coordinated by Dr. Jeff Pugh of UMass Boston (Dept. of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance) and Dr. Cecile Mouly of FLACSO-Ecuador (Dept. of International Studies and Communication), and will feature a series of high-level guest speakers (including former Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Relations and UN Ambassador Francisco Carrion).  This course is designed to equip early-career professionals, graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and other future peacebuilders with practical tools, knowledge, and hands-on experience to understand the complexities of conflicts within and across border regions, and the types of interventions that can be used to transform these conflicts.

The program will include classroom discussion; trips to the Amazon cloud forest and the northern border region; practical skills training workshops on negotiation, cross-cultural communication, and proposal writing; and participants will design their own proposal for a peacebuilding intervention, receiving feedback from a panel of experienced experts in the field.

More details and applications are available online at http://www.umb.edu/academics/caps/international/conflict_transformation (the deadline to apply is March 1, 2015).

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Topics:
¨ Human vs. national security in border regions
¨ Transnational dimensions of peacebuilding
¨ Skills workshop: Conflict analysis
¨ Border disputes and binational peace processes:  Ecuador-Colombia and Ecuador-Peru
¨ Forced migration, refugees, and social conflict in migrant-receiving communities
¨ Skills workshop: Negotiation and mediation
¨ Skills workshop: Project proposal development
¨ Transnational environmental conflict
¨ Indigenous identity and ethnic conflict along borders
¨ Skills workshop: Cross-cultural and non-violent communication as peacebuilding resource
¨ Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) and the Colombian armed conflict
¨ Local initiatives and national infrastructures for peace

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