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Carol Radomski <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 29 Apr 2008 08:49:01 -0400
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---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 14:49:11 -0400
>From: John Davies <[log in to unmask]>  
>Subject: [CONFLICTTRANSFORMATION] Summer Program in Multi-Track Diplomacy at the University of Maryland  
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Dear Friends and Colleagues,
>I am writing to invite you to participate in our Summer Program on
>Citizens' and Multi-Track Diplomacy: Transforming Violent Conflict.
>This seminar/workshop (GVPT 409D/808D) provides training in applied
>conflict management skills applicable at all levels of life, from
>transforming conflicts in the family and work environments to preventing
>wars and building peace. Based on past participation by government, IO
>and civil society professionals from the US and other countries, we
>expect that this will be a highly worthwhile training for anyone who may
>be working in unstable environments from the local to the international
>This year our weekend workshop exercise will focus on the ongoing
>conflict in the Middle East, South Asia (India-Pakistan over Kashmir),
>or Latin America (Argentina-Uruguay border conflict) searching for
>common ground for negotiations. As Co-Director of Partners in Conflict
>and Partners in Peacebuilding, I have had over 20 years' experience in
>conflict management and peacebuilding work in the Middle East, Asia,
>Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Participants
>include graduate and advanced undergrad students, government and civil
>society professionals and concerned citizens from the US and other
>Some scholarship support is available for professionals from developing
>countries or non-profit organizations, to help cover tuition fees
>(non-credit). To accommodate the work schedules of professionals, the
>seminars are held two evenings per week for three weeks from June 24th,
>on the University of Maryland's College Park campus. 
>More details are given below and in the attached flyer. Please share
>this invitation with friends who may be interested, and let me know if
>you would like more information.  
>With best regards - 
>John Davies, Ph.D.
>Co-Director,  Partners in Conflict and 
>Partners in Peacebuilding,
>Center for International Development  
>  and Conflict Management,
>Department of Government and Politics,
>Tydings Hall #0145,
>University of Maryland,
>College Park MD 20742
>Tel:  240-441-8712  
>Email: [log in to unmask] 
>Some comments from our most recent course:
>"The track two (citizens' diplomacy) program at UMD is vigorous and
>full of energy and life. The instructors play a role more like
>facilitators and the students more like participants in conflict
>mediation workshops. Role play sessions on the Middle East
>conflict...were real and everybody became totally immersed in efforts to
>resolve this obstinate conflict... The instructors managed the sessions
>with wit, dexterity and tact. Their thorough knowledge not only of the
>subject matter but also of the different shades of conflicts, conflict
>hot-spots, means of mediation and conflict predictability was
>astounding... No student leaves without presenting real action
>commitments s/he is willing to undertake to resolve a conflict. If
>everybody were track two practitioners, no arms would sell and the wars
>would end."  - John Monibah (Liberia)
>"This program really changed the way I look at the world... This class
>made me realize the significance of communication and learning how to
>build an intimate conversation with someone. This tactic will be useful
>when I go to law school or just dealing with people in general...This
>will be a new start to my relationships." - Tooba Ahmed (grad student
>from University of Baltimore)
>"I will try to get support for my project proposal...(and) go beyond
>that by contributing to development of civil society and democratic
>institutions in the Caucasus region...I hope to be able to put the ARIA
>process into action in the Ossetian-Ingush conflict." - Valery Dzutsev
>The Summer Program on Citizens' and Multi-Track Diplomacy -
>Transforming Violent Conflict provides experiential learning on ways to
>manage violence and instability that are also applicable to dealing with
>tensions at interpersonal, organizational and inter-group levels.
>Participants (including professionals as well as students) will focus
>these skills in addressing current tensions in the Middle East, South
>Asia or Latin America, supporting ongoing multi-track peace initiatives.
>See more details below, and a more complete description attached. The
>planned simulation is expected to be co-facilitated by Prof. Edy
>Kaufman, who has partnered with me using multi-track diplomacy in many
>countries suffering from war, terrorism and instability in the Middle
>East, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Americas. 
>Class: GVPT 409D (or 808D): Citizens’ Diplomacy: Transforming Violent
>Instructor:  Prof. John Davies 
>Schedule:  Seven evening seminars, Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 24th -
>July 10th, 6.00 - 9.20pm and Friday July 11th, 6.00 - 9.20pm; weekend
>workshop: Saturday and Sunday July 12th - 13th, 9.00am - 1.00pm and 2.00
>- 6.00pm. 
>Location: Tydings Hall #1101 on the University of Maryland College Park
>Readings: Second Track/Citizens’ Diplomacy: Concepts and Techniques
>for Conflict Transformation (2003), by John Davies and Edward Kaufman,
>will be a primary text, with additional readings included in a course
>packet available at the beginning of the program.
>For more information, see attached flyer, or please contact John Davies
>at [log in to unmask] or 240-441-8712.
>SummerProgramFlyer6-08.doc (1501k bytes)