The gathering of the Mandela Fellows, class of 2017, at Rutgers, thanks to President Obama’s initiative. Six thousand individuals apply, less than 100 are able to be supported. It’s a privilege to work with them, to teach and to learn from them.
To celebrate the new Gov. James J. Florio Distinguished Scholar Policy Lecture series, former senator Bill Bradley recently spent a day at the Bloustein School. Over the course of the day he met with both students and faculty. At the first discussion the former senator engaged with 15 planning and policy students over lunch. In the afternoon, former Senator Bradley spoke for an hour in the Governor James J. Florio Special Events Forum.
Senator Bradley, along with former Governor James Florio, spoke with the students for almost two hours about his experiences before and after his senate career. There was also an open question and answer period where the students asked specific questions on a variety of topics. The discussion included the 2016 Presidential election, the viability of the current two-party system, the candidacy of Donald Trump, and how the former senator used interpersonal relationships to overcome partisanship within the federal government.
Rutgers graduate students are being offered a new master’s degree program, on peace and war, that examines conflict through an interdisciplinary lens. While the locus of the program is at Newark, and is concentrated in the anthropology and sociology departments, other courses, from other disciplines, including elective courses offered by faculty in New Brunswick, are also included. Students will be prepared to continue toward a higher degree in PhD programs or for employment by any governmental agency, NGO, or business working in areas of high social conflict. Competencies include the ability to analyze and communicate about complex situations, understanding the interacting factors that lead to nonviolent social movements or to large scale violence, ways to mitigate destructive conflict, and move forward toward sustainable peace.
For more information see: The Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies and a story in Rutgers Today.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. – United Way of Morris County’s Success By 6® coalition is bringing “Peacemaking Skills for Little Kids” to preschools throughout Morris County. In collaboration with the Peace Education Foundation, Success By 6® is working to educate caretakers of young children about the dynamics of conflict while promoting peacemaking skills in school, at home, and throughout the community.
Planet in Peril: Environmental Changes and Global Security: The Impact of Climate and Environmental Changes on Global Resources and Global Conflict.
The program included a discussion of climate-related changes that have and are occurring across the globe, the impact of these changes on global resources and the potential for armed conflict among nations over an evolving competition for the arising scarcity of resources. Speakers included Tom Cioppa, Chairperson, Department of Political Science, Brookdale Community College; Alan Robock, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University and Linda Stamato, Co-Director, Center for Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, Rutgers University.
Interest in international development policy and planning among faculty and graduate students in the Bloustein School has led to the creation of a dedicated interest group in this area: The “International Development Interest Group.” The IDIG functions as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information as well as a platform for collaboration around various themes and geographies of relevance in planning and policy work in low- and middle-income countries.
The group is holding regular meetings every two weeks to discuss the different aspects of its activities, including the exploration of networks and project collaboration with existing centers, departments and organizations at Rutgers already active in international development work. Current interests include the following sectors or themes within policymaking and planning: transportation, healthcare, housing, energy and petroleum, environment, water management, fiscal policy, micro-finance and financial mobilization, public sector accounting, vulnerable urban communities, labor management, women’s entrepreneurial activities, political economy of development, international trade, tourism, telecommunications, war and post-conflict planning, security and defense, methodologies of research and field work. The IDIG is aiming to build up and strengthen a network of similarly dedicated individuals and groups active in the international policy and planning field in the region.
More universities are developing conflict resolution studies as global violence prompts increasing interest in the causes of conflict and the means to reach sustainable peace. For more information, see: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/10/14/america/redpeace.php
The Academy is pleased to announce the launch of its new online program, the Academy Online which is designed to allow students to deepen their knowledge and skills in conflict management and peacebuilding. Our distance learning courses leverage online technologies and multimedia to bring USIP courses to the widest possible community of peacebuilding practitioners.
The Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2005 was awarded to two scholars who developed the use of game theory to analyze public policy. Their understanding of human behavior in managing conflict is a significant step towards making cooperation more likely in resolving disputes.