Academic Course Calendar - International Peace Studies - 2017 - 2018

Courses and Teachers
2017 - 2018 - International Peace Studies
Course listings are continously updated with new information
Courses Teacher Credits # Weeks Dates
UPEACE Foundation Course
Mandatory
Alonso Muñoz
(Costa Rica)
Heather Kertyzia
(Canada)
Jan Breitling
(Germany)
Manish Thapa
(Nepal)
Mayumi Yamada
(Japan)
Mihir Kanade
(India)
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
3 credits
3 weeks
21 Aug-08 Sep 2017
8:45am - 11:45am At Council Room
Introduction to International Peace Studies, from War to Peace
Mandatory
Jerry Sanders
(United States)
3 credits
3 weeks (NOTE: One double session on Thursday 5 October – 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.)
18 Sep-06 Oct 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Classroom #2
The United Nations System and UPMUNC (Part I)
Mandatory
José Riera-Cézanne
(United States)
Mihir Kanade
(India)
2 credits
2 weeks
11-25 Oct 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Security Sector Reform
Mandatory
Manish Thapa
(Nepal)
3 credits
15 Sessions (with 3 double session on 2nd, 14th & 15th November 2017 from 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m. and 2 online sessions)
26 Oct-15 Nov 2017
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Classroom #5
Strategic Nonviolence Resistance
Mandatory
Maciej Bartkowski
(Poland/United States)
3 credits
3 weeks (NOTE: including three double sessions -on Thursday 30 Nov, 07 and 14 Dec - 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)
27 Nov-14 Dec 2017
1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. At Council Room
The Kurds between Past and Present Genocides in Iraq: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies?
Optional
Mohammed Ihsan

2 credits
2 weeks
15-26 Jan 2018
At Classroom #3
Gender Mainstreaming in Peacekeeping Operations and in Humanitarian Assistance
Optional
Mayumi Yamada
(Japan)
3 credits
3 weeks
15 Jan-02 Feb 2018
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Classroom #1
Tools for Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Mandatory
Balázs Kovács
(Hungary)
3 credits
3 weeks
7-27 Feb 2018
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Research Methodology
Mandatory
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
3 credits
3 weeks
5-23 Mar 2018
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Disarmament Education
Mandatory
Manish Thapa
(Nepal)
Miriam Estrada-Castillo
(Ecuador)
2 credits
2 weeks
2-13 Apr 2018
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
Working in Conflict and Post-Conflict Areas - Field Training
Mandatory
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
2 credits
1 week
16-20 Apr 2018
8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. At Council Room
Terrorism and Conflict: Issues and Perspectives
Mandatory
Manish Thapa
(Nepal)
3 credits
3 weeks
2-22 May 2018
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room
The United Nations System and UPMUNC (Part II)
Mandatory
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
1 credits
1 weeks
28-30 May 2018
8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. At Council Room
Transnational Organized Crime
Mandatory
Philip Reichel
(United States)
3 credits
3 weeks
4-22 Jun 2018
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Classroom #1
Graduation Project: Thesis (8 credits) or Internship (8 credits) or Capstone (5 credits)
Mandatory
UPEACE Resident Faculty

8 credits
-
25 Jun-31 Dec 2018
Research Methodology (I Part)
Mandatory
UPEACE Resident Faculty

1 credits
1 week
26-30 Nov 2018
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Council Room



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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. Based on a critical analysis of policies, strategies, 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. The core concepts include militarization, disarmament and arms control; 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; international law in conflict and peacebuilding; 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 in diverse academic programs to relate, ground and 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.

The pursuit of an elusive peace for humanity has been one of the major driving forces for the establishment of international organisations throughout History. The struggled for maintenance of peace and peaceful settlement of disputes have been the most important aim of most Humanity. Two world wars have been needed, however, to institute finally an international organisation committed itself essentially “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom”  The United Nations emerged in 1945 as a stronger and wiser international organisation resolved to avoid the circumstances that led to the failure of its predecessor, the League of Nations.

After 70 years of its foundation, the historical, socio-political and economic development circumstances of the world have changed and with them, the UN has evolved towards a contemporary new architecture reflected in the adoption of an organisational philosophy able to respond to the current necessities of the world particularly on the subjects related to pacific settlement, collective security and development. One of the most important changes relates to the new criteria about Peace. In the world of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Mon “Building peace is about much more than ending war. It is about putting in place the institutions and trust that will carry people forward into a peaceful future. We often have a limited window of opportunity in which to do this.”

This course provides a basic introduction to the concept of “Security Sector Reform” (SSR) which is widely recognized as a vital component of building sustainable peace in societies in post-conflict contexts. Such reform is necessary to enhance the security and safety of people and for preventing emerging or recurring crises and conflicts. Through a critical analysis of policies, procedures, programs, activities and case studies in global, regional and local contexts, the course will clarify how Governments and intergovernmental agencies can improve the provision of security, safety and justice to citizens and institutions based on the rule of law and related standards or principles of human rights, gender equality, human security, transparency, accountability, democratic participation and good governance. Specific security sector reforms to be examined include disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs vital in the transition from the ending of armed conflict to a peaceful societal order; reform of various law and order and defense agencies (e.g. armed forces; police; justice, national security) and the establishment of effective civilian oversight of the security system. Emphasis will also be placed in this course on major UN policy and operational areas for supporting SSR, including peacekeeping, DDR and post-conflict peacebuilding, and the role of the United Nations Inter-Agency Security Sector Reform Task Force (IASSRTF) to “promote an integrated, holistic and coherent United Nations security sector reform (SSR) approach that envisages to assist States and societies in establishing effective, inclusive and accountable security”. The civil society-led initiative of a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS) will also be explored in terms of its potential positive contributions to international Security Sector Reform.

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.

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.

This course is designed to provide theoretical as well as field-based knowledge on the gender dimensions of peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. Throughout the three weeks, the students will be exposed to the major trends that have been used for the integration of a gender perspective in peacekeeping and humanitarian fields. Students will critically examine the theories and policies that underpin programming to gain a thorough understanding of gender integration as an essential element in the delivery of effective programming in peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. Students will also learn from the on-the-ground experience and knowledge of practitioners on how these theories and policies are put into practice in the field. At the end of the three-week course, the students shall have a deeper understanding and overview of the theory and praxis of gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance as well as the ability to analyse any current situation from a gender perspective.

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.

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.

In an age where a world war involving nuclear weapons could eliminate the entire human species, disarmament education is a necessary and invaluable tool for change. The purpose of this course is to raise awareness, that we live in an era of military security that takes precedence over human security. Disarmament disappeared as an element of university studies with the end of the Cold War. Education is a critically important element of sustainable peace. Disarmament education focuses on reducing, controlling, and eliminating weapons of all kinds in order to undermine militarism and prevent armed conflict and armed violence. It is a cross-cutting form of education that reinforces and learns from conflict resolution, communication, cross-cultural understanding, tolerance of diversity, non-violence, economic justice, gender equity, environmental preservation, demilitarization, development, human rights, and international humanitarian law.

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 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 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 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:

  • 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
  • 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 2018
  • One additional 3-credit course or two additional 2-credit courses (online modality) extended from June 2018 until December 2018 (the online course or courses must be approved by the student's Programme Coordinator)

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.



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FACULTY

Alonso Muñoz is Instructor in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace, where he coordinates the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED). He holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica and a Msc. in Business Administration. He has worked in the private sector as a consultant and as an entrepreneur, and has volunteered on various national and international projects regarding peace education, migration, environmental impact of systems and Social Enterprises. He is a novelist, a blogger, a peace advocate, an entrepreneur and passionate about social and environmental development.

Balázs Áron Kovács currently serves as the programme manager of forumZFD, a German NGO working in the field of conflict transformation. He is in charge of forumZFD’s programme in the Philippines. Earlier he taught international relations at Webster University Thailand and peace and conflict studies at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and the Philippines. Balazs received his PhD degree in 2017 from the University of New England, Australia, in peace studies/politics and international studies. His research focuses on local-level peace-building, state theory, and state-society interactions of the violent kind.

Resident Professor and Academic Coordinator of Peace Education Programme
Heather Kertyzia is currently Resident Professor and Academic Coordinator of Peace Education Master Programme at the University for Peace. She is also 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. 

Professor José Riera-Cézanne is Adjunct Professor in the Department of International Law at UPEACE as well as an international consultant (United Nations and non-governmental organizations). He joined UPEACE in 2017 following 32 years of distinguished service with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), most recently as Special Adviser to the Assistant UN High Commissioner for Refugees (Protection), Mr. Volker Türk. Professor Riera-Cézanne is a seasoned expert in multilateral consultations and negotiations relating to refugees and other populations who are of concern to UNHCR and to the United Nations, as well humanitarian issues more broadly. He brings to UPAZ his in-depth knowledge of international refugee law and protection issues; international humanitarian law and norms relating to the protection of the world’s growing number of internally displaced persons; international law relating to statelessness and nationality; human rights law; international migration and efforts to improve global governance of international migration and refugee flows; international migration and human rights; comprehensive refugee response frameworks as called for in the United Nations General Assembly’s New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants of 2016; climate change and its ramifications for migration, displacement and planned relocation of affected populations; humanitarian accountability; evaluations of humanitarian assistance; fund raising from Governments, Foundations and others; and the UN’s cooperation with faith-based actors in development and humanitarian interventions. Professor Riera-Cézanne holds degrees from Yale College (BA cum laude, SY ’77), Columbia Law School (JD ’81), the Parker School of Foreign and International Law (Certificate in Foreign and International Law ‘81). He has also worked towards a doctorate from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, and studied at The Hague Academy of International Law (Private international law and Public international law). His principal area of academic research is documenting the impacts of climate change on human mobility and identifying effective adaptation strategies and State policies to promote them. He has lectured in a number of universities over the years, including the NATO School, (Germany) the University of Washington (USA) and the University of Groningen (Neth.). Lectures and presentations Contribution to the United Nations Global Compact on Refugees: Lessons from the 1989 International Conference on Refugees in Central America (CIREFCA), UNHCR-organized meeting on “Towards a global compact on refugees”, Thematic discussion 1 on Past and current burden- and responsibility-sharing arrangements, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 10 July 2017 Recent Developments in International Governance of International Migration and Refugee Flows: The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, Lecture at the University of Washington, Faculty of Geography and Migration, 27 February 2017 (Unpublished – available upon request) The UN’s Cooperation with Faith-based Actors: Recent Developments, Lecture at the University of Washington, Faculty of Geography and Migration, 27 February 2017 (Unpublished – available upon request)

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, Resident 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 Head of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and Resident Professor of International Peace Studies Master Programme at the University for Peace. 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.

Mayumi Yamada (Ph.D.).
Resident Professor and Head of Doctoral Programme

Dr. Mayumi Yamada is Resident Professor and Head of the Doctoral Programme of the UN Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. Prior to joining UPEACE, she worked as the Recovery, Reintegration & Peace Building Officer of United Nations Mission in South Sudan. During the December Crisis 2013 in South Sudan, she remained as a life-saving staff, directly managing one of the biggest Protection of Civilians sites by supporting humanitarian assistance. Before joining UNMISS, she worked with UNDP Offices in Kazakhstan (Semipalatinsk: ex-nuclear testing sites), Maldives, Lao PDR and Solomon Islands, and the UN Centre for Regional Development (Disaster Management Planning Unit). She holds a Ph.D. Degree in Sustainable Development from Imperial College London, UK. She is originally from Kobe (Japan), who survived from the Great Hanshin- Awaji Earthquake in 1995.

Dr. Mihir Kanade (India) is the Academic Coordinator of UPEACE, the Head of its Department of International Law, and the Director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre. He holds an LL.B. from Nagpur University (India) and a Master degree and Doctorate from UPEACE. He is also an adjunct faculty at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio (Spain), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), and Long Island University (United States). His principal area of academic research and study is International Law, Human Rights and Globalization, covering several themes within that interface including trade and investment, sustainable development, forced migration, indigenous peoples’ rights, public health, amongst others. He has extensive experience in training staff of inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as professionals, in the field of human rights. He acts as an advisor to several human rights organizations and corporations on issues related to international law and human rights. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the International Bar Association on the topic of Business and Human Rights. He also leads a project of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting the Right to Development. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Mihir practiced for several years as a lawyer at the Bombay High Court and at the Supreme Court of India.
Dr. Miriam Estrada-Castillo (Ecuador) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Law. 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”.

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