Peacebuilding and Development Summer Institute (Washington DC, 28 June-16 July 2004)

Good Greetings,

Please share the following information about our Summer Peacebuilding &
Development Institute 2004 with your friends and colleagues. I thank you
for your kind assistance.

Saji Prelis
Program Director,
Peacebuilding & Development Institute
American University, School of Int'l Service
Washington, D.C. USA


American University
Washington, DC

Week I: June 28 - July 2
Week II: July 5 - July 9
Week III: July 12 - July 16


The Peacebuilding and Development Institute provides knowledge, practical
experience and skills for scholars and practitioners involved in conflict
resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance and development. There
are two components to the institute: one is the summer professional
training program and the other is the year-round practical training,
capacity building, and curriculum development programs in conflict areas.

The summer professional training institute focuses 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, conflict resolution, and


The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Program, housed
within the School of International Service at American University, is
designed for students and faculty who want to better understand the causes
of war and violence and the conditions for constructing peace. IPCR?s
philosophy is based on four underlying principles: the impact of culture
on political activity, examination of social and economic justice issues,
environmental balance, and a value explicit approach that favors peace and
nonviolent conflict resolution.


American University is a nationally and internationally recognized
university. The School of International Service (SIS) is the largest
school of international relations in the United States. SIS aims to foster
knowledge and cooperation through teaching, research and public dialogue.
Through a carefully designed combination of scholarly breadth and concrete
experience, faculty challenges their students to care about the moral,
philosophical, and practical implications of an interdependent world.


The summer institute is a unique training program designed to give foreign
aid workers, government officials, conflict resolution and development
practitioners practical skills to complement their daily work in conflict
affected areas. The Peacebuilding and Development Summer Institute is one
of the first academic programs specifically organized to bridge the two
issues of peacebuilding and development. The summer 2003 institute
welcomed 106 participants from 26 countries that spanned all continents
and many conflict areas. The participants came from varying backgrounds
ranging from international agencies such as OAS, UNDP, CARE, USAID, and
UNHCR, to oil companies, teachers, and small non-governmental
organizations. They were joined by master?s degree students from the
International Peace & Conflict Resolution and the International
Development programs at the School of International Service at American

The summer institute engages participants in a wide variety of social and
academic events in Washington, DC, bridging cultural gaps and establishing
a dynamic community in the process. Last year?s summer institute provided
the opportunity for a dialogue with the UN through a live videoconference
that was also broadcast live over the internet. In addition, a networking
reception, 4th of July celebrations, a grant writing workshop,
storytelling, panel discussions, and dinner/social gathering opportunities
were also offered. The participant evaluations have expressed their
appreciation of the cultural and intellectual diversity in the classroom.


Participants in the Summer Institute may also register to complete a 15
credit hour graduate Certificate in Peacebuilding, with concentrations in
Conflict Resolution, Conflict and Development, or Human Rights, which is
designed to illuminate the interfaces among these important fields of
professional practice. Please visit the Institute website for additional
information about this exciting opportunity.

June 28 - July 2, 2004
Choose from one of these three courses

Course 1: Religion & Culture in Conflict Resolution
         with Mohammed Abu-Nimer
This course focuses on the impact of cultural and religious factors in
peacebuilding processes. Participants explore the role of cultural and
religious identities in peacebuilding, and gain concrete skills and
approaches to integrate with their ongoing work.

Mohammed Abu-Nimer, an Associate Professor at American University, has
intervened and conducted training workshops in many parts of the world,
among them: Egypt, Turkey, Ireland, Switzerland, Sierra Leone and the
United States.  He recently authored Reconciliation, Justice and
Coexistence: Theory and Practice (Lexington, 2001) and has a forthcoming
book on nonviolence and peacebuilding in Islam: Theory and Practice
(University Press of Florida, 2003).

Course 2: Bridging Human Rights, Conflict Resolution & Development
         with Diana Chigas
This integrative gateway course builds the participants? understanding of
the connections and tensions of human rights, development and conflict
intervention. Participants are introduced to the values, norms, techniques
and processes used by practitioners in the three fields, and have an
opportunity to reflect on what each field can contribute to the other.

Diana Chigas, is a Senior Associate at Conflict Management Group and a
Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at Tufts
University?s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  In her role at
Conflict Management Group, Ms. Chigas provides strategic advice, third
party facilitation and training to diplomats, economic and trade officials
and government leaders in negotiation and conflict resolution.

Course 3: Political Negotiation in Latin America
         with Graciela Tapia
The course will focus on the nexus between democratic governance, peaceful
approaches to conflict resolution, and development in Latin American and
Caribbean contexts. It is geared towards individuals from government and
civil society who are positioned to play important roles in managing and
resolving complex political issues in their countries.

Graciela (Gachi) Tapia is a lawyer and a mediator from Argentina and until
recently was the Executive Director of Partners for Democratic Change
National Center in Argentina. She comes to the Institute through a
partnership with the Organization of American States and has conducted
high level trainings throughout Latin America.

July 5 - July 9, 2004
Choose from one of these three courses

Course 1: Development in Conflict: Practical Approaches to Recovery
         with Kimberly Maynard
This course is designed specifically for the individual and organization
working in conflict-affected and structurally violent developing
countries. It is aimed at those interested in acquiring analytical and
practical skills in helping countries overcome the social, physical, and
economic destruction of violence. With an emphasis on practical
application supported by conceptual and theoretical foundations, it
centers on operational considerations and approaches, strategy and goal
development, program design methods and skills, and various types of
analyses. It will include such conceptual approaches as community-driven
development, do no harm, human security, and conflict impact mapping and
draw on the practical experience of both the participants and the

Kimberly Maynard, has worked with the U.S. Agency for International
Development, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and
private foundations on disaster and humanitarian issues for 23 years.  Her
fieldwork includes such complex emergencies such as Bosnia, Burundi and
Kosovo to name a few.  She has written on such issues as community
participation in post-conflict settings, grassroots psychosocial recovery
from conflict and the healing process in post-conflict settings.

Course 2: Training for Trainers in Peacebuilding & Development
         with Mohammed Abu-Nimer
This course utilizes training approaches and explores their practical
applications in peacebuilding and development contexts. It focuses on
skills and approaches for designing, implementing, and evaluating
effective training courses in conflict resolution, humanitarian
assistance, and democracy and governance.

Mohammed Abu-Nimer, an Associate Professor at American University, has
intervened and conducted training workshops in many parts of the world,
among them: Egypt, Turkey, Ireland, Switzerland, Sierra Leone and the
United States.  He recently authored Reconciliation, Justice and
Coexistence: Theory and Practice (Lexington, 2001) and has a forthcoming
book on nonviolence and peacebuilding in Islam: Theory and Practice
(University Press of Florida, 2003).

Course 3: Applied Conflict Analysis and Resolution
         with Ronald Fisher and Brian Mandell
This interactive course provides an overview of useful conceptual tools
(models, concepts, theories) for understanding violent and protracted
conflict between racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and other identity
groups, and constructive methods (negotiation, mediation, consultation,
training) for addressing such conflicts. Through a combination of
lecture/discussions, analytical exercises, role plays and simulations,
participants will come to appreciate the dynamics of destructive conflict
and learn practical approaches for its de-escalation and resolution.

Ron Fisher is a Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution
at American University, where he teaches courses in approaches to peace,
conflict resolution, and third party intervention.  He is a social
psychologist, who has published in many of the interdisciplinary journals
in peace studies and conflict resolution, and who has twenty-five years of
training and consultation experience at the domestic and international
levels.  In 2003 he received the Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award
from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, a Division
of the American Psychological Association.

Brian Mandell is a Lecturer in Public Policy and Executive Director of the
Negotiation Project at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
University, where he teaches courses in conflict resolution and
negotiation with an emphasis on facilitation and consensus building in
addressing protracted policy disputes at both the domestic and
international levels.  He is a political scientist and international
relations specialist, who studies contentious and protracted conflicts
with a view to integrating theory and practice in his teaching and
writing, and who has provided training to a variety of audiences in the
United States and abroad.

July 12 - July 16, 2004
Choose from one of these three courses

Course 1: Gender & Peacebuilding in a Development Context
         with Julie Mertus
This course examines the role of governmental and nongovernmental actors
in addressing gender issues in peacebuilding and post-conflict development
projects. Making full use of its location in Washington D.C., the course
exposes participants to a number of individuals who present specific
examples of gender programming  at three levels of activity: the local or
grassroots, the state or national level, and international institutions
and other multinational spaces.

Julie Mertus, in an Assistant Professor at American University?s School of
International Service and co-director of the Ethics and Peace M.A.
program.  She was formerly a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute
of Peace, Fulbright Fellow (Romania) and Counsel to Human Rights Watch.
She has extensive field experience in the Balkans and has worked on human
rights projects in over a dozen countries worldwide.

Course 2: Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding & Development
         with Claudia Liebler
This interactive and practical course is for participants who enjoy a
creative learning environment that encourages ?out of the box? thinking
and experimentation. The course will introduce participants to some of the
most innovative approaches for change of our times that have application
for both peacebuilders and development practitioners. It will draw on the
newly released book: Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding: A Resource for
Innovators. Positive approaches are having success in building common
vision among diverse stakeholders, mobilizing elements of a community,
building improbable partnerships, eliciting cooperation where none has
existed before and focusing participants on the positive change core
existing in every human system.

Claudia Liebler, has been involved with international development for 30
years, with experience in 28 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin
America.  She was co-founder of the Global Excellence in Management
Initiative of Case Western Reserve University, which for seven years
provided training and consultation in Appreciative Inquiry for development
NGO?s worldwide.

Course 3: Arts Approaches to Peacebuilding
         with Babu Ayindo
In what ways can we accentuate the power of art to transform conflicts and
enrich peacebuilding work? How can the arts contribute to social justice,
healing and dialogue? This course explores various arts approaches to
peacebuilding, drawing from a variety of traditions. Emphasis is given to
integrating Story-telling, Photography, Image Theater and Forum Theater.
Participants will engage in skills practice to enhance imagination and
creativity in exploring arts approaches to peacebuilding.

Babu Ayindo is a Lecturer at the Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
Program, Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Zambia.  He is the founding
artistic director of the Amani People's Theatre in Kenya.  He has
conducted trainings in art and peacebuilding throughout Africa, Austria,
UK, US, and Australia. He has facilitated, published and performed in many
theatre productions on art and healing. As an international trainer and
practitioner, he has bridged the fields of theatre, reconciliation and
peacebuilding through Theatre and other mediums of creative expression.


Non-credit Tuition: $735 per course.
Credit Tuition (2 Credit): $1,754 per course.

International Participants

Participants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United
States are responsible for obtaining necessary visas. For more
information, please contact the Program Administrator at


On-campus housing is available on a limited basis. Sign up early to take
advantage of the on-campus housing option. The applicants are responsible
for securing their own housing arrangements. For more information, please
contact the Summer Housing Office directly at (202) 885-3370, or email:
For the most complete information available for housing, please see the
website located at:


There are four need-based tuition scholarships available. The scholarship
will pay for one week of tuition, and you will be responsible for paying
for the second week, at least. The Scholarship deadline is Wednesday,
March 31st 2004. For more information, please contact the Program
Administrator at <>.

To apply for the Summer Peacebuilding & Development Institute go On-line


Email the completed application to: <> or fax it to

For questions call Saji Prelis at: 1-202-885-2014 or email:

Mailing address:
Saji Prelis
Peacebuilding and Development Summer Institute 2004
School of International Service
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071

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