Academic Course Calendar - International Peace Studies with specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies - 2016 - 2017

Courses and Teachers
2016 - 2017 - International Peace Studies with specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies
Course listings are continously updated with new information
Courses Teacher Credits # Weeks Dates
UPEACE Foundation Course
Mandatory
Gal Harmat
(Israel)
Jan Breitling
(Germany)
Manish Thapa
(Nepal)
Mayumi Yamada
(Japan)
Mihir Kanade
(India)
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
3 credits
3 weeks
22 Aug-09 Sep 2016
8:45 AM - 11:45 AM At Council Room
Introduction to International Peace Studies, from War to Peace
Mandatory
Jerry Sanders
(United States)
3 credits
3 weeks (NOTE: 15 September-National Day)
14 Sep-05 Oct 2016
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Classroom #2
The United Nations System and UPMUNC (Part I)
Mandatory
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
2 credits
2 weeks (NOTE: including one double session -day TBA- 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. - Notice that 17 October - National Day)
10-21 Oct 2016
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Media: Theories and Practices
Mandatory
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
3 credits
3 weeks
26 Oct-15 Nov 2016
1:15 p.m. - 04:15 p.m. At Classroom #3
Research Methodology
Mandatory
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
3 credits
3 weeks
21 Nov-09 Dec 2016
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Global Law and Human Rights
Optional
Valentina Volpe
(Italy)
1 credits
1 weeks
28 Nov-02 Dec 2016
1:15pm - 4:15pm. At Classroom #1
Ethical Media Production and Peace Journalism
Mandatory
Saumava Mitra
(India)
3 credits
3 weeks
9-27 Jan 2017
1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. At Classroom #4
The Kurds between Past and Present Genocides in Iraq: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies?
Optional
María Rita Corticelli

Mohammed Ihsan

3 credits
3 weeks
9-13 Jan 2017
8:45am - 11:45am. At Classroom #1
Strategic Nonviolence Resistance
Mandatory
Maciej Bartkowski
(Poland/United States)
3 credits
3 weeks (NOTE: including three double sessions -on Thursday 2, 9 and 16 Feb- 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)
31 Jan-17 Feb 2017
1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. At Classroom #5
Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Mandatory
Manish Thapa
(Nepal)
3 credits
3 weeks
22 Feb-14 Mar 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Gender and Media
Mandatory
Heather Kertyzia
(Canada)
2 credits
2 weeks
20-31 Mar 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Classroom #2
Working in Conflict Areas – Field Training
Mandatory
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
1 credits
1 week
3-7 Apr 2017
8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. At Council Room
The United Nations System and UPMUNC (Part II)
Mandatory
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
1 credits
3 days
19-21 Apr 2017
8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. At Council Room
Transnational Organized Crime
Mandatory
Philip Reichel
(United States)
3 credits
3 weeks (NOTE: including one double session - day TBA - 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. - Notice that May 1 - National Day)
24 Apr-12 May 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Religion and Violent Extremism: The Case of Terrorism in the Name of Islam
Mandatory
Amr Abdalla
(Egypt)
1 credits
1 week
15-19 May 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Terrorism and Conflict: Issues and Perspectives
Mandatory
Manish Thapa
(Nepal)
2 credits
2 weeks
22 May-02 Jun 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Graduation Project: Thesis (8 credits) or Internship (8 credits) or Capstone (5 credits)
Mandatory
UPEACE Resident Faculty

8 credits
-
12 Jun-31 Dec 2017



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COURSE DESCRIPTION

The UPEACE Foundation Course provides a critical and concise introduction to the broad field of “Peace Studies” for students in all UPEACE programs. It initially addresses key conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the origins and development of peace studies as an interdisciplinary area within the fields of international relations and political economy, as well as a basic understanding of conflict analysis. Based on a critical analysis of policies, strategies, policies, institutions, organizations and movements, the course then examines a range of core issues, dimensions, perspectives and paradigms for understanding the root causes of conflicts and violence and constructive strategies to address them and build peace in contemporary global, international, regional, national and local contexts, including: conflict management, conflict resolution and conflict transformation; alternative discourse analysis; militarization and disarmament; human rights violations and promotion; gender inequalities, gender-based violence and gender mainstreaming; structural violence, human security, development and globalization; environmental sustainability; corporate social responsibility; cultural and religious identities; media’s role in conflict and peacebuilding; strategies of nonviolence; and peace education. This Foundations course will be essential in catalyzing the awareness, understanding and motivation of UPEACE students from diverse academic programmes to relate, ground or intersect their specific areas of academic and practitioner interest with core theoretical, conceptual and analytical ideas in peace studies.

This course will present a comprehensive and critical overview of key conceptual and theoretical ideas, themes and alternative paradigms in International Peace Studies, including a conceptual grounding in the interrelated fields of international relations/security, conflict analysis, resolution and transformation, militarization and disarmament, and the related roles of international organizations.  The core themes and concepts outlined above will be introduced through a historical and comparative analysis of traditional and critical approaches to international peace and security encompassing the dominance of hegemonic peace following the second world war; the ascendance of liberal peace at the end of the cold war; and the emergence of cosmopolitan peace at the turn of the 21st century. Students will examine the work of  several theorists and analysts in various disciplines and interdisciplinary fields including political science, international relations and political economy to understand how each of these orientations has added a new revisionist understanding of peace and security, reinterpreting old orthodoxies to meet the demands of changing circumstances and new challenges.

Ever since its establishment in 1945, the United Nations has played a pivotal role in a great variety of affairs, large or small, international and national. As such the UN has played an incisive role in the lives of people around the world. Much of what the UN does is taken for granted and even goes unnoticed by the larger public, even as an oft quoted saying argues that ‘if the UN did not exist it would have to be invented’. At the same time, millions around the world look to the UN expecting it to address many of the enormous challenges faced by humankind. This complex dynamics is complemented by the fact that the UN is both reliant on what the member states want, while at the same time being much more than the sum of its members. This course provides a comprehensive and rigorous introduction into the UN system, including its origins and history, its organizational framework  and the  functioning of various organs, agencies, bodies and programmes.  Students will critically examine the most important areas of the UN mission including the key Charter pillars of international peace and security, economic and social progress and development and human rights as well as a growing list of priorities and initiatives (e.g., gender equality and  mainstreaming; eliminating gender-based violence; environmental protection; addressing climate change; post-2015 development agenda; Global Education First Initiative; action to counter terrorism; R2P, etc). In addition, the course offers a close look at some of the challenges the UN faces, and discusses various proposals for its reform. Students will also be encouraged to reflect on how UN priorities and initiatives can be constructively addressed in their respective fields and programmes of peace studies.

This course serves as a specialized introduction to the field of media and peace studies and establishes the historical context and thematic focus that will be developed throughout the IPS-MPCS programme. Key concepts from journalism, communications, and media studies are reviewed and evaluated in light of their contributions to our understanding of peace and war, and discussed in the context of 21st century media networks and technologies. Course content addresses contemporary concerns related to propaganda and conflict escalation, censorship and freedom of speech, privacy and surveillance, as well as the potential for greater cross-cultural exchange, collective problem-solving, global civic engagement, and individual empowerment through open access to information. Participants are also equipped with practical tools for critical analysis and media literacy.

The central goal of this course is to provide the students with a critical understanding of research methodologies used in the social sciences, particularly those that are relevant to peace and conflict studies and peace-building. Students will also get an introduction into the field of peace education as a tool for various research fields in peace studies. Initially, students will explore conceptual and theoretical perspectives underlying various paradigms in research methodology, including modern and post-modern as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches. Informed by post-positivist concerns, the course will raise students’ awareness of their relational and ethical position vis-à-vis their research. Drawing on examples of studies in diverse conflict and peacebuilding contexts, students will also be introduced to the design and conduct of a research study including a range of specific research methods such as surveys, interviews, content analysis, case-studies, participatory action research, evaluation research, ethnography, and feminist and indigenous approaches. The orientation, process and potential of these approaches to enact change towards social justice will be examined. Drawing from several exemplars, some ethical considerations, accountability, strengths and limitations for making a difference in terms of social justice will also be discussed. Throughout the research process, ethical issues will be emphasised, especially gender equity and rights of subordinated groups.

Global governance deals with the complexity of current international relations and new developments of public international law and administrative law. In a progressively more fragmented international framework, global governance seeks to improve the capacity of the international community to face common challenges and global problems, given the absence of a world government. The paradox of ‘governance’ without ‘government’ lies at its core, looking “for order in disorder, for coherence in contradiction, and for continuity in change” (J. N. Rosenau).
Through the lenses of four important non-state actors, the course will introduce some of the fundamental concepts of the “law of global governance”, focusing in particular on the role that non-state actors can play in promoting higher human rights and democracy standards at the national level. The overcoming of the nation-state paradigm has been indeed one of the most important developments in the contemporary legal ‘brave new world’. In the last decade of the XX century, numerous non-state actors emerged as meaningful players in global governance issues, flanking states on the international scene. International/supranational organizations, international courts, legal experts, non-governmental organizations represent as many voices in the global governance discourse, which may in turn complement, threaten or reinforces state’s action in the global arena. After having introduced what global governance is (or should be), the course will analyze, through concrete case-studies, the role of the European Union, the Venice Commission, the UN Democracy Fund and the European Court of Human Rights in addressing new global governance challenges related with human rights protection and democracy promotion. In the conclusion it will examine the potential limits and possibility of rethinking global governance.

This course examines theories of media ethics and their relationship to contemporary media production. Lectures and course materials explore and question concepts such as objectivity, neutrality, and truth, as well as various “alternative” ethical paradigms that value “immersion” and “advocacy” on the part of media professionals. In this context, the concept of peace journalism is introduced and analyzed in depth. Participants will learn to recognize, analyze, and practice Peace Journalism, and discuss its potential for creating an informational context conducive to peace and supportive of peace initiatives and peacemakers, without compromising the basic principles of good journalism.

This course introduces students to the struggles of Kurds in the context of genocides committed against them in the past as well as in the current ongoing conflict against ISIS. It explores the Kurdish national movement and its prospects and challenges. At the end of the course, the students will have an understanding of the history of the Kurds in the Middle East with specific emphasis on the Kurds of Iraq from the birth of Kurdish nationalism to the present day. The first session will offer an overview of the history of the Kurds and their relation with the succeeding Iraqi governments. The second session will cover the history of genocides in Iraq against the Kurds and other minorities exploring the causes and the consequences for the political and social stability of the area. The third session will focus on the heritage that this culture of violence has created in the area and the genocides committed by ISIS. The fourth session will discuss the future of Iraq and the Kurds in the context of the Middle East. The last session will explore which is the future of Iraq as a country after the liberation of Mosul and the new balance of power born from the end of the war with ISIS and the definitive collapse of the order established in 1916 with the Sykes-Picot Agreement.

In a world still beset with militarized violence and multiple other forms of conflicts, a meaningful question is whether nonviolence can be an effective strategy for resolving these conflicts. This course seeks to provide a critical understanding of the growing movements and communities of people using principles, concepts and methods of nonviolence in addressing conflicts and challenging political violence/repression and economic, social and cultural injustices to build a culture of peace in diverse societies. Drawing on the ideas and philosophies of various nonviolence advocates as well as  national and local case studies, a comparison of these strategic nonviolent movements  will clarify  reasons for their success and/or failures and their possibilities and challenges in bringing about political and social transformation.  In sum, the course  seeks to provide some key conceptual and practical insights on the role of strategic nonviolent resistance in peacebuilding. 

Designed as an advanced workshop, this course provides a conceptual, theoretical and analytical understanding of, as well as practical skills in conflict analysis, negotiation, resolution and transformation essential in peacebuilding within and between states. Drawing on examples of complex conflicts involving nation-states, non-state groups, communities and citizens, students will examine various frameworks and tools for analyzing those conflicts, including the drivers, processes of escalation and conditions for de-escalation. The course will also provide basic knowledge, tools and skills in the vital strategy of negotiation in managing and resolving conflicts. It focuses on how the process of conducting diplomatic negotiations and other informal processes aimed at managing inter-state and intra-state conflicts have an impact on the outcomes of those conflicts, laying the foundations for outcomes ranging from stable peace to further escalation of violence. The workshop will also introduce students to various types and strategies of mediation as an important means of alternative conflict or dispute resolution. In the concluding sessions, students will examine the differences between conflict resolution and conflict transformation which focuses especially on addressing the root causes of conflicts, transforming and building long-term relationships with grassroots and community empowerment and fostering reconciliation.

As we have established in previous courses, media (in both its traditional and “new” forms) shapes our past, present, and future, and contributes in significant ways to the escalation of conflict and to practices of peace building. Here, we emphasize the gendered aspects of these processes.

In this course, we approach the media as a space for the negotiation of gendered identities, and interrogate the politics of representation from a multi-cultural and trans-disciplinary perspective. Our gender-focused analysis will address both the content of media messaging, and the wider social context of media production, activism, and advocacy. The agency of women in the media industry and the integration of gender in media NGOs will be considered in detail. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to engage with feminist critiques of media and communication studies, and to add their voices to contemporary debates on media, power, and gender.

Media is both an influential tool of socio-political and structural change, and an authoritative force for maintaining the status quo, and it is therefore essential to understand the full implications of its gendered dimensions.

This course is intended as a practical field exercise in conflict situations, as well as an academic seminar. The students will receive a basic training on how situations of stress or crisis influence them in a mental, physical, and professional ways. A series of scenarios drawn from contemporary conflict situations are presented to the participants as they simulate the work of journalists, NGO personnel and members of international organisations.

The UPEACE Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC) is a graduate-level simulation of the real United Nations Organization, its most important specialized agencies, and other associated organizations. UPMUNC provides a common platform for UPEACE students and participants from several other universities to discuss international affairs and to gain a greater understanding of the procedures of the United Nations. Participants become familiar with key global issues by becoming part of the international decision making process to resolve them, and in so doing, are given an opportunity to apply their skills in negotiations, public speaking, and diplomacy.

The course seeks to provide  a comprehensive and critical understanding of the expanding global problem of transnational organized crime which is undermining peace and human security, fuelling internal and international conflicts or violence, accentuating human rights violations and impacting negatively on the political, economic, social and cultural development of societies worldwide. Students will draw on conceptual/ theoretical and policy analyses, research findings and case studies from diverse regions and countries to examine various forms of transnational organized crime including the illicit arms trade, money laundering, illicit drug trafficking , theft of art and cultural objects, theft of intellectual property, piracy, cyber crime, trafficking in persons, trade in human body parts, environmental crime, intellectual property theft, organized fraud, infiltration of legal business, and graft and corruption.  The course will highlight the negative impact of transnational organized crime on state institutions and good governance (e.g., political, health, social, legal, justice, commercial and financial systems) and on  legal and social norms. Students will also examine recent initiatives by governments and international organizations, in particular the United Nations, to address and overcome such transnational organized criminality, such as notably the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its related protocols on Trafficking in Persons, Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking of Firearms.

The course aims to develop knowledge of the religious, social, cultural and political roots of terrorism in the Muslim context, providing balanced frameworks that may lead to peaceful transformation.

The course does not start with a simplistic assumption that “religion has been the cause of all conflicts”.  Instead, the course studies critically the role of religion (along with other factors, such as nationalism, ethnicity, race, class, gender, among others) in contributing to conflict causes, influencing its persisting negative and destructive dynamics,  and in peacefully resolving and transforming conflicts.  

The course will be studied from the vantage point of the field of peace and conflict studies, using frameworks and models intended to deeply analyze several case studies from different parts of the world.  The course materials and activities will culminate in an exploration of methods and processes that would advance the positive peaceful role of religion and religious institutions in various types and levels of conflicts, and which are suitable for the realities of the 21st century.

The course will target a wide range of participants, including graduate students of The University for Peace and professionals interested in the topic of religion, conflict and peace.

The course will focus on terrorism and related forms of political violence from a comparative and global perspective.  It will look at definitions, the prevalence of terrorism, techniques, the choice of targets, the effects of the media, and sources of support.  The course will also look at different types of terrorist organizations including ones that are primarily seeking to attain ideological objectives, groups with an ethnic or nationalist agenda, organizations with religious motivations, and those groups with a mixture of motives that are difficult to disentangle.  A portion of the course will also look at governmental support of local terrorist groups that target citizens of their own state.  In addition, it will look at counterterrorism and counterinsurgency techniques, including the effects that such activities can have on civil liberties. Finally, the relative success or failure of terrorist groups in achieving their objectives will be evaluated as part of the process of determining what the future is likely to hold.

The Graduation Project is a concluding academic requirement intended to be a comprehensive and capstone outcome of the student educational performance. It is a higher academic exercise that enables the student to demonstrate the ability to identify a problem, determine an academic objective to address it and utilize an appropriate methodology to attain such objective. The Graduation Project is also intended to demonstrate the student’s ability to write and critically develop a professional and scholarly report.  The Graduation Project can be fulfilled through one of the following modalities:

  • Thesis:  8 credits
  • Internship: 8 credits (3 months)
  • Capstone: 5 credits*

Graduation Project Guidelines with detail information of each modality will be provided by your Academic Department.

*NOTE: Students who choose Capstone as Graduation Project must take an extra 3-credit course according the following options:

  1. One additional course (face to face modality), which means taking 2 parallel regular master courses (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) if approved by the student's MA Programme Coordinator
  2. One additional 3-credit course or two additional 2-credit courses (online modality), which means taking 2 or 3 parallel courses (one face-to-face master course and one 3 credit course or two 2-credit courses approved by the student's Programme Coordinator) before June 2017
  3. One additional 3-credit course or two additional 2-credit courses (online modality) extended from June 2017until December 2017


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FACULTY

Dr. Abdalla is the Senior Advisor on Policy Analysis and Research at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University, and the Senior Advisor on Conflict Resolution at KARAMAH (Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights). In 2013-2014, he was Vice President of SALAM Institute for Peace and Justice in Washington, D.C. From 2004-2013 he was Professor, Dean and Vice Rector at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow with the Peace Operations Policy Program, School of Public Policy, at George Mason University, Virginia. He was also a Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia. He practiced law as a prosecuting attorney from 1978 to 1987 in Egypt. He then emigrated to the U.S. where he obtained a Master's degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. He has been teaching graduate classes in conflict analysis and resolution, and has conducted training, research and evaluation of conflict resolution and peacebuilding programs in several countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. He teaches regularly (face-to-face and online) at American University in Washington, D.C., University for Peace, University of Addis Ababa, and Open University of Catalonia. Dr. Abdalla pioneered the development of the first conflict resolution training manual for the Muslim communities in the United States titled (“…Say Peace”). He also founded Project LIGHT (Learning Islamic Guidance for Human Tolerance), a community peer-based anti-discrimination project funded by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). In 2011, he established with Egyptian UPEACE graduates a program for community prevention of sectarian violence in Egypt (Ahl el Hetta).

Head, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies, Assistant Professor, and Academic Coordinator Gender and Peace Building Programme and Peace Education Programme

Dr. Gal Harmat holds a PhD in Gender Analysis of Peace Education and Dialogue encounters from Nitra University (Slovakia) and a M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She was a professor in conflict transformation, peace education and gender and Co-Director of the Social Justice and Peace Education Teachers Training Program, Kibbutzim Teachers College in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been teaching in the World Peace Academy (University of Basel), the European Peace University (Austria), and the Arts and Social Change College in Israel. As a Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist, she has extensive experience in training, conflict analysis, dialogue facilitation, capacity building, peace education, research, gender empowerment and gender mainstreaming since 1998 in various countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and West and South East Asia. Her consultancies include intergovernmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN Women, UNDP, and the Council of Europe), various international and regional NGOs (e.g. Non Violent Peace Force, Friends of the Earth Middle East; Peres Centre for Peace) and corporate donors (e.g. United Bank of Switzerland; Optimus Foundation).

Heather Kertyzia is currently an assistant professor of Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at California State University Dominguez Hills. She focuses on peace education, working with teachers in participatory action research to create more peaceful secondary schools. As a former secondary school teacher, Heather understands the importance of the local community in building more socially, economically and environmentally just educational spaces. As an interdisciplinary student and scholar, she has worked with communities throughout the Americas, with a recent focus on partnering with local grassroots organizations in Nicaragua.
Jan Breitling is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Development at University for Peace. He holds a BSc. in Tropical Forestry, from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, and a MSc. in Environmental Sciences from WUR Wageningen University and Research Center, The Netherlands. His research interests include root causes of deforestation and Global Environmental Change, and Environmental Governance, specifically market based approaches addressing biodiversity conservation and Climate Change.

Jerry W. Sanders is retired from the University of California, Berkeley where he served as Professor and Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies.  Dr. Sanders’ teaching and research interests include cosmopolitan and critical peace theory; globalization and governance; human security and peacebuilding; militarization and geopolitics; and neo-conservatism in American political culture and foreign policy.   He is the author of Peddlers of Crisis: The Committee On The Present Danger and The Politics of Containment (South End Press, 1983), a co-founder of the World Policy Journal, and a contributing author to the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace (Oxford University Press, 2010).   Dr. Sanders is also founder and director of  The Summer Peace Institute in Human Security and Peacebuilding Practice at the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica), in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley.  In addition to his academic writings, he has published articles in World Policy, The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, and  Mothers Jones.   Dr. Sanders received the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley (1980) and served as a community development Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia (1967-69).   He has also taught abroad in Spain, Mexico, Sweden, and Argentina. 

Dr. Maciej Bartkowski is Senior Director for Education & Research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), which is an independent, non-profit educational foundation based in Washington DC (USA) that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies aimed at establishing and defending human rights, democratic self-rule and justice worldwide. Dr. Bartkowski works on academic programs for students, faculty, and professionals, curricular development, and global academic and educational outreach and research in the growing field of civil resistance studies. He has taught or lectured on strategic nonviolent conflict, movement's mobilization, nonviolent actions, civil resistance and democratization at various academic institutions around the world, including George Mason University, John Hopkins University (adjunct faculty), Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Amsterdam University, University of Basque Country and Deusto University in Bilbao, Central European University in Budapest, Cambridge University, Rosario University in Bogota, SAIS program in Bologna, Honk Kong University, Euro-Mediterranean University in Slovenia, Collegium Civitas in Poland, Cairo University in Egypt and UPEACE.. His numerous publications on nonviolent movements, strategic nonviolent conflict and civil resistance include, Rediscovering Nonviolent History. Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles and Nation-Making (Editor, Lynne Rienner, 2013), chapters in Understanding Nonviolence: Contours and Context (Hallward & Norman, Polity Press, 2014), and (coauthored) "Myopia of the Syrian Struggle: Key Lessons" in Future of Authoritarianism (Atlantic Council, 2014). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest, completed his undergraduate work at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and speaks fluent English, Polish and Russian, as well as some Ukrainian and German.

Head, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of International Peace Studies Programme and International Peace Studies with specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies Programme
Dr. Manish Thapa is Resident Professor of International Peace Studies at UPEACE. He is one of the founding members of Department of Conflict, Peace & Development Studies at Tribhuvan University Nepal (2007-2015). He is also currently Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw, Poland and Senior Research Fellow at Center for Europe – University of Warsaw- Poland. He received his Post Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Warsaw. He has served as Research Fellow in several universities and institutes in Europe and North America such as the University of Warsaw; Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Uppsala University; Brown University; McGill-Echenberg Human Rights Fellow & Jeanne Sauvé Scholar, McGill University; Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. His publications include 6 books and numerous journal articles and book chapters including "Foreign Policy in the Global South: Anti-Westernism, Rhetoric and Identity" (Co-editor), London: Routledge 2017 (Forthcoming - In Press); "From Bullet to Ballot – Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Nepal: Lessons Learned and Unlearned" (Editor), London: Routledge 2017 (Proposal accepted); "Internal Conflicts & Peacebuilding Challenges" (Editor), New Delhi: K W Publishers 2016 and "India in the Contemporary World: Polity, Economy and International Relations" (Co-editor), London: Routledge 2014.

Dr. Mayumi Yamada (Japan) Assistant Professor and Doctoral Programme Coordinator.
Prior to joining UPEACE, Dr. Mayumi Yamada worked as the Recovery, Reintegration & Peace Building (RRP) Officer, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) (April, 2013 - June 30, 2014). During the December Crisis 2013 in South Sudan, she remained as a critical (life-saving) staff, directly managed one of the biggest Protection of Civilians sites (UNMISS Tomping PoC) and supported humanitarian assistance during armed-conflicts in the capital Juba. At least 27,000 people’s lives were saved in the UNMISS Tomping compound. Before the crisis, she drafted the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) South Sudan (2014-2016). Before joining UNMISS, she worked with UNDP Offices in Kazakhstan, Maldives, Lao PDR and Solomon Islands. She holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development (Poverty Reduction & Environment Conservation: Watershed Management Programme with CARE International Nepal) from Imperial College London, UK. She worked with Disaster Management Planning Unit of United Nations Centre for Regional Development, UNCRD), being one of the survivors from the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake in 1995. She is also the Visiting Research Fellow, Global Collaboration Centre (GLOCOL) of Osaka University.

Dr. Kanade is the Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE, and is the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre. He holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies with a specialization in Human Rights (Multilateral Trading System and Human Rights: A Governance Space Theory on Linkages) and a Masters degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from UPEACE. He also holds a LL.B. from Nagpur University, India. Prior to joining UPEACE in 2009, Mihir practiced for 6 years as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations. His principal area of academic research is Globalization and Human Rights.
Dr. Miriam Estrada-Castillo (Ecuador) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Law and Human Rights. Prior to joining UPEACE, Dr. Estrada-Castillo worked as the senior legal and political officer in the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). Prior to that position, she has worked with the UN system in various capacities, including as the International Prosecutor General, UN Peacekeeping Mission for East-Timor (DPKO), Expert and Vice-Chairperson of the Monitoring Committee of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Chief of Field of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Latin America Regional Adviser on Gender, Human Rights and Culture of Peace for UNESCO. She has also worked as the President of the Ecuadorian Supreme Court of Juvenile Justice and as the Minister of Social Affairs in Ecuador. In her academic life, she worked recently as the Director of Master Degree Courses on Gender and the Law and Children in Armed Conflict, Lund University, Sweden. She is a Visiting Professor of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) and has also taught courses as a Visiting Professor at the Australian National University. She is the author of the Ecuadorian Law on Violence against Women and of the first Legislation for Minors and Family in the country.

Philip Reichel is Emeritus Professor in both Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado and Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire Law School. He also serves as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ NGO Alternate Representative to the United Nations. During his more than 40 years in academia, he has received awards for teaching, advising, service, and scholarship. Especially notable among those were his selection as his university’s Distinguished Scholar in 2003 and his selection in 2005 by the student council as Advisor of the Year. Professor Reichel is the author of Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: A Topical Approach, coeditor of the Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice, coauthor of Corrections, and coeditor of Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities. In addition, he has authored or co-authored more than thirty articles and book chapters. He has provided guest lectures at universities in Austria, Germany, and Poland, participated in a panel for the United Nations University, presented papers at side-events during the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Brazil) and the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Vienna), and was an invited speaker at Zhejiang Police College in Hangzhou, China. He remains active in his retirement by providing service to professional organizations, continuing to update his existing textbooks, and taking on new writing projects.

Instructor, Liason, Media, Peace and Conflict Studies Specialization and Editor, Peace and Conflict Monitor and Peace and Conflict Review Ross Ryan holds degrees in political science and literature from McMaster University, Canada and the M.A. degree in environmental security from the University for Peace, Costa Rica. He is chief editor of the Peace and Conflict Monitor and managing editor of the Peace and Conflict Review, as well as instructor in the department of peace studies and liaison officer of the media, peace and conflict studies specialization. He is currently working on a research project entitled “Information Technology, Civic Engagement, and the Cyber-Ethnography of Peace Movements”.

Saumava Mitra is a PhD candidate at University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research interest is in understanding the nuances of the role visuals play in conflict and crises news. His current primary research focus is on photojournalism in Afghanistan in the contexts of the post-conflict reconstruction in the country as well as the socio-historical distrust of the visual medium in Afghan society. His research publications have explored the discursive context of news visuals and their relationship to positive depiction of war-torn societies and an overarching typology of media initiatives which aim for peace in post-conflict societies. His most recent publication develops a critical framework to understand particular socio-cultural contexts of different post-conflict societies to see the applicability and acceptability of Peace Journalism practices in such places. Before taking up his doctoral position, he was an independent researcher and lecturer at the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has also worked as a journalist and communication consultant in India, Netherlands, Tanzania and Kenya for organizations like Associated Press, Bloomberg and Radio Netherlands. He was recipient of an Erasmus Mundus scholarship from the European Union during his Master’s studies in Journalism with a specialization in conflict reporting.

Valentina Volpe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law (MPIL) in Heidelberg (Germany) and is an Associate Lecturer at the Lille Catholic University (campus of Paris) and LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome. She holds a PhD in Law and Legal Theory from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) of Naples (today Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa) and is a former Visiting Researcher at the Yale Law School. Before joining the MPIL she worked as a project manager for a grassroots NGO in the areas of international cooperation and human rights protection. She has been lecturing in Italy, Germany, France and China.

 

Her areas of interest include global and international public law, comparative constitutional law, democracy promotion, human rights and international organisations.

 

 

 

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