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Offer: Empowering Peacemakers: Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation

In cooperation with Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the International Symposium in Bologna, Italy 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, you 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 your community and to the world. In addition, you may apply to earn graduate-level course credit from SAIS, one of the world’s top graduate schools for international affairs.

The curriculum of the Bologna Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation is designed and managed by IPSI in coordination with co-Academic Coordinators Dr. P. Terrence Hopmann, Director of the SAIS Conflict Management Program, and Dr. William Zartman, prolific conflict resolution theoretician. The course work includes modules on conflict prevention, conflict management and resolution (including intensive mediation and negotiation training), post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction, several multilateral simulations, and social entrepreneurship.

Student Selection: The IPSI Bologna Symposium strives to attract a diverse and accomplished student body from across the globe, including peace and security leaders from conflict and post-conflict countries. A balanced and effective student body will draw from a broad spectrum of regions, religions, and ethnicities. IPSI will accept up to 100 young professionals, graduate students, accomplished rising seniors, and a select few highly qualified undergraduates based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Stellar academic and/or professional achievement
  • Keen interest in Peace & Security
  • Proven record of leadership positions in community affairs
  • Experience in the armed services
  • Demonstrated ability in undertaking social entrepreneurship ventures

IPSI will accept applications from January 30, 2010 – May 12, 2010.

Limited Scholarships: IPSI will carefully select a number of participants from conflict and post-conflict countries to receive partial-to-full scholarships for the Bologna Symposium. To achieve a diverse and balanced group, IPSI will consult with embassies, universities, international organizations, NGOs, and other contacts on the ground to seek out participants that have the greatest ability to influence policy and/or impact the grassroots. IPSI will place special emphasis on recruiting participants that work for peace, understanding, and reconciliation on opposing sides of any given conflict.

Aware of the current economic realities in many developed countries, IPSI is making available up to 20 partial scholarships to applicants from developed countries who can demonstrate the financial need. The total subsidized cost of the Bologna, Italy Symposium for these 20 carefully-selected students will be $5,500.00 (without academic credit) and $5,850 (with academic credit).

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