|Course on Conflict Resolution in Israel-Palestine offered at the University of Maryland|
|Wednesday, 27 May 2009 00:00|
In a time of continued fighting, it is more important than ever to support initiatives working to find common ground. Whether you are interested in learning more as an individual about a topic very relevant to the world or if you are a specialist in the field looking to find new potentialities for change, this course will allow you to become part of the movement towards peace.
Course Information from the University:
After years of negotiation, lately most of the dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis East is accompanied with bullets and missiles and it with President Obama there seems to be a renewed chance for bringing the conflict to an end. For fifteen years, a Palestinian and Israeli professors have been team teaching about the interdependence of their two nations. During periods of wars and peace negotiations, the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland – College Park has shaped a unique strategy for the understanding of the narratives and needs of each other and are now opening it to the larger community interested in the field of conflict resolution and the Middle East in particular.
This unique team of professors is lecturing and facilitating this groundbreaking interactive course, contributing to an in-depth understanding of this volatile issue using facilitated simulations, contending historical perspectives and problem-solving workshops to search for common ground. Topics include the fate of Jerusalem, the problems associated with refugees, settlements, water rights, border disputes and security concerns. This conflict is compared to the broader perspective of other ethno-political conflicts. The instructors are two well known Palestinian and Israeli political scientists, who for fifteen years have been working together and team-teaching at GVPT. Prof. Manuel Hassassian a resident of the West Bank, has been the Executive Vice-President of the Bethlehem University and currently the ambassador of the Palestinian Authority in the United Kingdom. Prof. Edy Kaufman, has been the Director of both the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at UMD and is concurrently teaching at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlyiah.