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IPE Events–2016

Highlights from events organized by the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs Initiative for Peacebuilding Through Education (IPE) in Fall 2016.

Building Better Peacebuilders: Students and Practitioners Show the Way

Youth Peacebuilding Summit
University of Duhok, Iraq
October 20, 2016

Approximately 400 young people came together for the first-ever Youth Peacebuilding Summit at the University of Duhok (UoD). IPE worked in partnership with UoD Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies to organize the summit.

Youth who had participated in the Community Peace Education program in 2015 and 2016 came from 18 high schools and 16 displacement camps in and around Duhok to participate in the summit. UoD facilitator Adnan Mzori led the group in an Open Space process that enabled participants to organize and conduct discussions around peacebuilding topics of their choosing. Participants ran 13 individual sessions that included subjects such as Spreading Peace Education Through Books, Bridge Building to Build Community, and Spreading Peace Through Social Media.

IPE director Thomas Hill offered encouragement to participants at the start of the summit, which occured three days after military operations began to remove the Islamic State from Mosul (located just 45 miles south of Duhok). He drew a parallel between 2016 and 2003, when the US conducted military operations in Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein's government from power. "There is one difference between 2003 and now, however, and that difference is you," Hill said. "In 2003, there was no group of young people prepared to work for change rather than to wait for change ... But now, here you are."

Building Better Peacebuilders: Students and Practitioners Show the Way

Building Better Peacebuilders: Students and Practitioners Show the Way
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs, New York
September 23, 2016

NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs (CGA) students, faculty, and guests from the peacebuilding community joined together for the launch of CGA’s Initiative for Peacebuilding Through Education and an engaging discussion on how education can be harnessed to build better peacebuilders. Students who participated in the Workshop in Applied Peacebuilding in the Spring 2016 semester screened a film that captured thoughtful reflections on their summer fieldwork as peacebuilders. A panel of experienced peacebuilding practitioners followed with an insightful discussion of how education has informed their careers and how it can be used in innovative ways to contribute to the building of more peaceful societies.

New Ideas in Environmental Peacebuilding

New Ideas in Environmental Peacebuilding—OBCP Presents Gidon Bromberg, Codirector, EcoPeace
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs, New York
September 20, 2016

Gidon Bromberg, cofounder of EcoPeace Middle East, shared how the organization uses water as a tool for building peace between Palestinians, Israelis, and Jordanians. The discussion over breakfast with students and guests of the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (OBCP) emphasized that peacebuilding's impact is maximized when it is framed in interdisciplinary ways. With its bottom-up and top-down approaches, Bromberg explained how EcoPeace's environmental peacebuilding work draws on the language and tools of the security, human rights, and economic development sectors to address structural roots of conflict in the region. Students and guests gained insight into how long-term and locally led peacebuilding initiatives, which create new shared identities and a healthy interdependence, can contribute to the conditions for sustainable peace.