Opportunity to Attend AU?’s Summer Peacebuilding & Development Institute 2004

American University?’s Peacebuilding and Development Summer Institute provides knowledge, practical experience and skills for practitioners, teachers and students involved in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance and development. Held on AU's campus in Washington, DC, the Summer Institute will focus on various approaches to mediation, negotiation, facilitation, reconciliation and dialogue, particularly in conflict-torn and developing regions.

Participants will explore innovative methods of promoting cultural diversity with respect to public policy, community and religion, war and post-conflict environments, while expanding their knowledge and skills in a participatory and interactive learning environment. Participants in the Summer Institute will be exposed to leading national and international professionals in the fields of public policy, peacebuilding and development.

The summer 2003 Institute welcomed 106 participants from 26 countries. The participants came from varying backgrounds ranging from international agencies such as UNDP, CARE, USAID, UNHCR, oil companies, teachers, an official from a State police agency, to a representative from the American Bar Association, and small non-governmental organizations. They were joined by Master?’s degree students from the International Peace & Conflict Resolution division and the International Development division within the School of International Service.

Three courses will be offered each week for three weeks and participants will have to choose one class each week. The courses are:

Week I - June 28 - July 2, 2004
Religion & Culture in Conflict Resolution, with Mohammed Abu -Nimer, Bridging Human Rights Conflict Resolution & Development with Diana Chigas,

Political Negotiation in Latin America with Graciela (Gachi) Tapia

Week II - July 5-9
Development in Conflict: Practical Approaches to Recovery with Kimberly Maynard, Training for Trainers in Peacebuilding & Development with Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Applied Conflict Analysis and Resolution with Ronald Fisher and Brian Mandell,

Week III - July 12-16
Gender & Peacebuilding in a Development Context with Julie Mertus, Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding & Development with Claudia Liebler, Arts Approaches to Peacebuilding with Babu Ayindo.

For further information and the summer 2004 application kindly refer to www.american.edu/sis/peacebuilding or e-mail .

Added February 19, 2004