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IPE Events–2016-2017

Highlights from events organized by the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs Initiative for Peacebuilding Through Education (IPE) in 2016-2017.


North American Consultation: Standards for training and assessment providers in Humanitarian Action
June 1, 2017

This workshop was held for New York City-based academics to offer feedback to four organizations (Institut Bioforce, RedR UK, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy and Pearson) that are seeking to refine a training and assessment system for humanitarian workers.

Introduction to Cross Cultural Dialogue and Facilitation

Introduction to Cross Cultural Dialogue and Facilitation
May 6, 2017

This workshop provided an introduction to the successful digital conflict resolution facilitation approach designed by Soliya. Students were able to continue into the Advanced Facilitation Training Certification with graduates and professionals from all over the world, where many of them acquired hands-on experience facilitating cross-cultural dialogue.

Religion and Peacebuilding

Religion and Peacebuilding
April 29, 2017

A brown bag lunch discussion with Imam Khalid Latif (Chaplain & Executive Director at Islamic Center at NYU) and Reverend Mary Catherine Young (NYU Episcopalian Chaplain). The NYU Chaplains explained how they have used religion and interfaith action to build peace. They called on students to define peace personally and realize that love is a seed that requires cultivation and attention. Poignant to the discussion about working with different people was the reminder that our perception of ‘the other’ tells us more about ourselves than them requiring us to be mindful of how our perceptions can affect our work as peacebuilders.

Leadership for Sustaining Peace

Leadership for Sustaining Peace
March 29, 2017

A brown bag lunch discussion with Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser, International Peace Institute. Students were given the opportunity to explore the transition from traditionally understood peacebuilding to the sustaining peace agenda and the emergence of prevention as a central concept to conflict management. Mahmoud encouraged students to shift the paradigm so that the focus is on “identifying context-specific capacities as the starting point” in order to strengthen the factors already in communities which have led to them being peaceful and just societies.

A Visit to Peaceland

A Visit to Peaceland
November 8, 2016

Professor Severine Autesserre of Barnard College at Columbia University spoke with students and faculty members about the need to concentrate peacebuilding work in local communities and to resist its securitization. “Everyday practices, habits and narratives on the ground strongly impact the effectiveness of international intervention efforts,” Autesserre said. “... Most research emphasizes differences between peacebuilding approaches. My research emphasizes the commonalities between them.” Autesserre is the author of Peaceland.

Youth Peacebuilding Summit

Youth Peacebuilding Summit
University of Duhok, Iraq
October 20, 2016

Approximately 400 young people came together for the first-ever Youth Peacebuilding Summit at the University of Duhok (UoD). IPE worked in partnership with UoD Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies to organize the summit.

Youth who had participated in the Community Peace Education program in 2015 and 2016 came from 18 high schools and 16 displacement camps in and around Duhok to participate in the summit. UoD facilitator Adnan Mzori led the group in an Open Space process that enabled participants to organize and conduct discussions around peacebuilding topics of their choosing. Participants ran 13 individual sessions that included subjects such as Spreading Peace Education Through Books, Bridge Building to Build Community, and Spreading Peace Through Social Media.

IPE director Thomas Hill offered encouragement to participants at the start of the summit, which occured three days after military operations began to remove the Islamic State from Mosul (located just 45 miles south of Duhok). He drew a parallel between 2016 and 2003, when the US conducted military operations in Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein's government from power. "There is one difference between 2003 and now, however, and that difference is you," Hill said. "In 2003, there was no group of young people prepared to work for change rather than to wait for change ... But now, here you are."

Building Better Peacebuilders: Students and Practitioners Show the Way

Building Better Peacebuilders: Students and Practitioners Show the Way
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs, New York
September 23, 2016

This event marked the launch of IPE with a public discussion by peacebuilding students and practitioners. Students from the Applied Workshop in Peacebuilding class that had spent the summer doing consultancies in Jordan with UNDP and World Vision, Liberia with Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation, Timor Leste with Ba Futuru, South Korea and Japan with International Peace Parks, and Myanmar with the World Education Foundation, shared their reflections on the peacebuilding field. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdytrcescTg&t=47s

New Ideas in Environmental Peacebuilding

New Ideas in Environmental Peacebuilding—OBCP Presents Gidon Bromberg, Codirector, EcoPeace
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs, New York
September 20, 2016

Gidon Bromberg, cofounder of EcoPeace Middle East, shared how the organization uses water as a tool for building peace between Palestinians, Israelis, and Jordanians. The discussion over breakfast with students and guests of the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (OBCP) emphasized that peacebuilding's impact is maximized when it is framed in interdisciplinary ways. With its bottom-up and top-down approaches, Bromberg explained how EcoPeace's environmental peacebuilding work draws on the language and tools of the security, human rights, and economic development sectors to address structural roots of conflict in the region. Students and guests gained insight into how long-term and locally led peacebuilding initiatives, which create new shared identities and a healthy interdependence, can contribute to the conditions for sustainable peace.