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Peace and its many aspects

Another positive sign

Check out the site for the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI), which is associated with Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  SAIS is one of the premier international relations graduate schools in the country (probably the world).  As such, there was, historically, more of an emphasis on conflict management than peace in its programs.  But now we see that the IPSI, though still giving a promient place to security, is definitely giving attention to peacebuilding: another sign that what, for lack of a better term, I would call “peace concerns” are finding their way more and more into mainstream thinking about world affairs.

To see in more detail what this entails, have a look at the page on their initial sympsosium (at the SAIS Center in Bologna, as it happens).  I rather like the first paragraph of the blurb:

“In cooperation with Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the International Symposium in Bologna will bring together up to 100 of the globe’s brightest young minds from top graduate institutions, international organizations, grassroots peace movements, and the armed services. Over a four-week period, the participants will undergo intensive training by the field’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates in the skills necessary to bring peace and security to their communities and to the world. In addition, students may apply to earn graduate-level course credit from SAIS, one of the world’s top graduate schools for international affairs.”

The course graphic provides a good overview of what is covered:

You will note that William Zartman is associated with the program.  He is definitely a very “big name” in conflict resolution and management.   Again, I find it interesting that he is associated here with a program that, at least at first glance, seems to go beyond resolution and management toward laying the foundations for more durable peace.

IGbarb says:  “Slowly but surely people are definitely getting with the program”

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February 21, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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