This system is designed with the understanding that practitioners need a strong grasp of certain concepts in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution to be effective in their missions. Most important among these is the reliance of peacebuilding on development.
The core courses are designed to reinforce timeless, universal issues in the field. As evident in the table, these courses have been carried over from last year. These courses will augment the knowledge of participants and provide a foundation for participants to build upon in the future.
Conversely, the elective courses will adjust to address current issues, and provide a great deal of flexibility for participants who already have the foundation knowledge. Electives give PDI the opportunity to keep its curriculum contemporary by changing on an annual basis. Since students will only be able to take one course per week, the new system will allow them to choose which classes they deem relevant to their field.
Marshall Islands Nuclear History Student Exchange – May 2006
PDI and the IPCR Division at American University hosted four Marshallese high school students in Washington, DC to spread awareness of the U.S. nuclear testing during the 1940s and 50s on their native islands. During this period, 67 nuclear tests were conducted on the islands. Students met with congressmen and presented the little known story of the Marshall Islands to graduate classes at AU during their stay. This program was the first of an annual exchange of students between the Marshall Islands and American University. (Press Release)
Georgia - Abkhazia US Study Tour: Democracy, Good Governance & Leadership Program – February 11 - 26, 2006
For two weeks in February 2006, PDI hosted 24 young leaders from Abkhazia and Georgia. The participants had backgrounds in government, law, NGOs and brought a wealth of personal experience to share with one another. This program was designed to educate participants about the American Democratic system and provide an opportunity for the participants to discuss good governance through a conflict resolution lens. Through classes, discussions, and activities, participants forged relationships and confronted issues that were perceived to be divisive.
Conflict Resolution Training for Christian & Muslim Leaders from Cote d'Ivoire – March 23, 2006
PDI held a one-day conflict resolution and interfaith dialogue training with three religious leaders from Cote d'Ivoire in cooperation with the U.S. State Department and the Institute for International Education. The participants enhanced their skills in interfaith dialogue within their communities by exploring different conflict resolution methods within the African context.