The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations is proud to launch its "Peace and Conflict Studies Speaker Series." The first speaker will be Professor Andrea Bartoli, Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. Professor Bartoli will be presenting Monday, March 24, 2014 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on his new book "Negotiating Peace: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations." The event will take place in the Beck Rooms located in the University Library.
Professor Bartoli's presentation will highlight and discuss the emerging role that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are playing in peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace building throughout the world. When conflict has shattered a society to its foundation and the memory of individual and collective traumas is so deep that they cannot easily be eliminated, the desire to explore new ways to peace is both great and very difficult. Sometimes the tension between the need for an alternative and the lack of that alternative is resolved by the dedication, presence, advocacy and innovation of NGOs. In the past decades, some interesting trends that link NGOs and peace processes have been observed. From Search for Common Ground to the recent mediation of Laktar Brahimi in Syria, from the Community of Sant'Egidio to the work of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee, the examples of the promising role of NGOs in negotiating peace is becoming more common.
Professor Bartoli joined Seton Hall and the School of Diplomacy in July of 2013 as the dean of the School of Diplomacy, serving as dean of George Mason's University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution prior to his arrival.
The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies is a newly established research center at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. According to Dr. Zheng Wang, the Director of the Center, the mission of the Center is to promote interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics related to peace and conflict with an emphasis on conflict prevention, management, resolution, and post-conflict peace building and reconstruction. The Center is committed to advancing the understanding of social conflict, global peace and conflict issues through multidisciplinary, multilevel, and multicultural approaches. Through the Center’s ongoing research projects as well as education and practice activities, faculty, students, alumni and colleagues are working together to develop the interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies.
The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Sigma Iota Rho chapter of international honors society at Seton Hall University.
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