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Offer: Now Accepting Applications: 2011 Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation

In cooperation with Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the 2011 Bologna Symposium will bring together the globe’s brightest young minds from top graduate institutions, international organizations, grassroots peace movements, and the armed services. Over a four-week period, participants will undergo intensive training by the field’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates in the practical skills necessary to foster peace and security in their communities and the world. In addition, participants may apply to earn graduate-level course credit from SAIS, one of the world’s top graduate schools for international affairs.

The course work includes modules on conflict prevention, conflict management and resolution, and post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction. Participants graduate from the program with the knowledge to effectively confront violent conflict – be it ethnic, social, political, religious, or economic – through learned mediation, negotiation, facilitation, social entrepreneurship, leadership, and societal transformation techniques and a clearer understanding of the dynamics of contemporary conflicts.

The Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation will take place from June 26 – July 22, 2011.

The IPSI Bologna Symposium strives to attract a diverse and accomplished student body from across the globe, especially 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 80 young professionals, graduate students, and accomplished rising seniors, 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/with government agencies
* Military background
* Demonstrated ability in undertaking social entrepreneurship ventures

To be considered for matriculation, you will need to provide the following materials via our online application form:

* Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
* Short essays (1000 characters or less) on
o WHY you would like to attend the Bologna Symposium & WHAT you intend to do with the training received
o WHAT does being a Peace & Security leader mean to you
* Letter of recommendation
* $25.00 application fee (waived for full scholarship applicants)

Scholarship applicants are responsible for submitting an additional short essay on “why you are uniquely suited to utilize IPSI’s trainings to foster peace & security in your country/region.”

IPSI will accept applications in three rounds from November 18, 2010 – April 25, 2011. Early Decision Deadline is January 31st!

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.

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