FW: PeaceNet: June 2010
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Dear Rotary Peace Centers community,
Bangkok, Thailand, has been in the news and in our thoughts. Rotary Peace Fellows were preparing to leave for the city to study at Chulalongkorn University while the political situation was escalating. The Rotary Foundation’s staff had to plan very carefully. Ultimately, the decision was made to delay the start of the upcoming course from early June to early July. The primary concern is always the safety of participants in any Rotary program, and we will continue to monitor the situation. This will be a hands-on case study for the peace fellows: They can analyze the root causes of the conflict and learn about the possible solutions to prevent further turmoil in this dynamic country of sun and smiles. We look forward to hearing how the skills and theories apply to real situations.
Meanwhile, at other sites around the globe, peace fellows were presenting their research at annual seminars held at Universidad del Salvador (14 May) and the University of Queensland (22 May). Seminars are wonderful opportunities for the Rotarians in the host districts to hear how their Foundation program is making a difference by training a new generation of peacemakers. The next one will be held 12 June in Tokyo at International Christian University.
Rotary Peace Centers Department Manager
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
In the news Chisholm founds international peace education symposium
Long before he began his fellowship at the University of Bradford, Cameron Chisholm pondered how to share practical knowledge about conflict prevention and peace-building with students in his field. But it was during his applied field experience that these thoughts coalesced into a workable idea. Frantically scribbling notes while sitting at an unsteady plastic table in Ethiopia, Chisholm mapped out a business model that would become the International Peace and Security Institute.
Chisholm recognized a chasm between classroom education and work on the ground. Classrooms were heavy with theory, leaving young peacemakers without many of the practical skills they would need. So he spent the last several years working to found the institute, which will host its first educational symposium in Bologna, Italy, this month. Participants from more than 30 countries will undergo intensive training in the skills necessary to bring peace and security to their communities and the world.
The symposium’s unique curriculum will bridge the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge by employing practitioners at the forefront of the peace and security field to teach about theory from the perspective of personal experience. Guest speakers will include Betty Bigombe, chief mediator between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the government of Uganda, and Gareth Evans, president emeritus of the International Crisis Group and cochair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
Chisholm recognized the great contributions Rotary Foundation alumni have made to peace and conflict resolution by asking five of them to join his staff at the first symposium. Former peace fellows Luke Brothers, Angela Bruce-Raeburn, Maria Effendi, and Andy Piker, and Ambassadorial Scholar alumnus Donatello Osti, will help guide students in Bologna and lead breakout sessions. Current peace fellows Jake Kurtzer, Katharine Mote, and Goranka Slavujevic will take part in the symposium as students.
Read the institute’s press release.
Read Chisholm’s thoughts about practical education in peace-building on the Ashoka Peace blog.
Visit the institute’s website.
A matter of conviction
Former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar Roxana Saberi talks about her imprisonment in Iran, human rights, and a new book. Saberi, who left the United States for Tehran in 2003 as a foreign correspondent, has become an international celebrity and a face for human rights in Iran. Read more.
Peace fellow presents at the Brussels Crans Montana Forum on Africa
Peace fellow Aime Saba was invited to give two presentations to the Crans Montana Forum on Africa in Brussels, Belgium, in April. Saba wrote to us to share his contributions to and thoughts on the conference.
Aime Saba with Hage G. Geingob, former Namibian prime minister and current minister of trade and industry.
Photo courtesy of Aime Saba
Program updates Application deadline reminder
Applications for the 2011-13 class of Rotary Peace Fellows are due 1 July.
Please help the Rotary Peace Centers save the environment and stay green. When submitting applications, please try to send all materials via e-mail or fax.
If you have questions or need help, we are happy to provide guidance through the application process. Please contact rotarypeacecenters@... for more information.
Rotary Alumni Celebration
The 2010 Rotary Alumni Celebration will be held 09:00-12:30 on Saturday, 19 June, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Tickets are only US$25.
Registration is now open at www.regonline.com/trfevents2010.
Ambassador Donald Bobiash will be the keynote speaker. Bobiash is a former Ambassadorial Scholar to Senegal and winner of the 1995-96 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award. He was Canadian high commissioner to Ghana and ambassador to Togo, and currently serves as director-general for Africa in Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
In the afternoon, participants are welcome to join an optional visit to Old Montréal and the Old Port.
Learn more about the Rotary Alumni Celebration.
Rotary Peace Centers annual seminars
International Christian University will host its annual Rotary Peace Center seminar on
Saturday, 12 June. If you have yet to attend a seminar and will be in Japan in June, you should take this opportunity to meet the university’s most recent class of promising peace-builders.
Rotary Peace Centers social networking
Learn the latest Rotary Peace Centers news, stay in touch with your peace fellow friends, and make new connections through these social networking opportunities for peace fellows:
Rotary Peace Centers cause page on Facebook
Rotary Peace Centers profile on Facebook
Rotary Peace Centers open information group on the Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Private peace-fellows-only group on the Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Rotary Foundation alumni group on LinkedIn
Rotary Peace Centers on Rotary International’s channel on YouTube
Class notes On the move
We encourage all our alumni and friends to stay connected, especially those who are in the same line of work or geographical area. By sharing your successes, we can update Rotarians on Rotary Peace Fellows’ activities and inspire current students and alumni. Please contact the alumni relations coordinator, Mike Pfriem, with news of your recent work.
Brian Adams (UQ 2003-05) is the lead international associate with Ullmen Associates LLC, specializing in conflict management consulting for a broad range of organizations in the Asia-Pacific. He is also a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Mahamoud Ahmed (Bradford 2008-10) works for ActionAid International in Somalia as program support coordinator for development.
Bobby Anderson (Chula January 2010) is the deputy chief of party for International Relief and Development. He will develop governance, peace-building, conflict resolution, and livelihood grants for local civil society partners; create and maintain a monitoring and evaluation system; and act as technical adviser to USAID and civil society grantees across Indonesia.
Jackie Bornstein (Bradford 2005-07) lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she is writing an entry on creativity, dogmatic thinking, and conflict for Daniel J. Christie’s forthcoming Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology (Wiley-Blackwell). She is also writing a chapter for Peace Psychology in Australia: Dreamings of Peace, the latest book in the Peace Psychology Book Series (Springer). This chapter will discuss the contributions peace psychology can make to conflict and its transformation.
Virorth Doung (UQ 2007-09) is a researcher and consultant for national and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia.
Carolyn Fanelli (UQ 2002-04) serves as the head of office for Catholic Relief Services in Quetta, Pakistan.
Caitlin Fitzpatrick (UQ 2004-06) is working for the annual People’s Fair in Denver, Colorado, USA, in an effort to “go green” by composting and recycling, and educating the community on ways people can benefit their environment.
Mariano Griva (UQ 2003-05) is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland.
Xiao Mei Liu (Bradford 2008-10) is the small-grants manager for Winrock International, working on a new project aimed at strengthening environmental NGOs in China.
Omid Memarian (Berkeley 2007-09) is a freelance writer for the Inter Press Service News Agency and Rooz Online, and regularly blogs for the Huffington Post.
Cecilia Nedziwe (UQ 2006-08) is a regional coordinator for the Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa in Cape Town, South Africa. Her duties include working with the Southern Africa Development Community’s Council of Non-Governmental Organisations and its Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre to coordinate civil society efforts in mediation and civilian components in peacekeeping operations.
Marieke Nieuwendijk (Chula January 2010) is a program officer in the Netherlands for Simavi, a public health and water and sanitation organization. She will be working on projects in Malawi.
Akiko Okudaira (UQ 2005-07) is pursuing a PhD at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. She received a scholarship from the Australian National University in Canberra.
Megan Powers (USAL 2004-06) is a senior project manager at Grassroots Solutions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Grassroots Solutions is a political consulting firm that specializes in community organizing, engaging, and mobilizing.
Perth Rosen (UQ 2005-07) is a technical training adviser with the Latin American division of Freedom from Hunger in Davis, California, USA, which specializes in developing innovative, “added value” capacity-building products for microfinance institutions.
Aime Saba (Bradford 2007-09) is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Queensland. His thesis examines the role of international and regional organizations in negotiating post-conflict state rebuilding in politically complex environments, looking at Afghanistan and Somalia as case studies.
Maiko Shimizu (UQ 2004-06) is a junior professional officer candidate sponsored by the government of Japan.
Julia Smith (Bradford 2008-10) is a monitoring and evaluations adviser for the SEND Foundation, a West African organization that focuses on social and economic development in post-conflict and hard-to-reach areas.
Johanna Stratton (ICU 2006-08) lives in New Zealand and works on freelance writing and editing projects.
Etsuko Teranishi (UQ 2005-07) is a junior professional officer sponsored by the foreign ministry of Japan. She works for the International Organization for Migration on human trafficking issues.
Tamara Turcan (UQ 2007-09) is the director of studies at the language center for the American Councils for International Education in Moldova. She supervises the teaching and professional development of 18 language instructors.
Andrezza Zeitune (Sciences Po 2003-05) works for UNESCO in Paris for the Latin America and Caribbean region and on emergency assistance projects.
Marcos Zunino (UQ 2007-09) joined the Judicial Power of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, as undersecretary in a court of law. He focuses on complex cases involving human rights and has joined the College of Magistrates and Functionaries of Buenos Aires Province.
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