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  • 12
    Dec
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    The Basque Country has experienced protracted conflict described as “Europe’s longest war” with roots that can be traced to the time of Spanish Civil War and before. On 20 October 2011, ETA announced a ‘definitive cessation of its armed activity’ and the peace process could start. Despite the Basque people’s strong support for dialogue and negotiations, the Spanish and Basque governments could not agree on the nature of peace process. Historical grievances, victimization, issue of prisoners, requests for greater autonomy and the lack of political will have placed the peace process at a standstill. However, different actors have been implementing various initiatives to support peace process. See more: http://scar.gmu.edu/field-experience/spain-basque-country-spring-2017 Highlights: During our stay in the Basque country, we will engage in

  • 15
    Feb
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    Bosnia and Herzegovina: Identity, Memory and Post-Conflict Reconstruction CONF 695/385  (3 Credits) $3,890             May 28-June 5, 2016   SPACE LIMITED – APPLY NOW by March 1, 2016 Post-conflict reconstruction is not about returning to some previous “stability,” which may have brought about conflict in the first place, but about societal change, which enables conditions for sustainable peace.  The aim of this course is to understand not only how a contentious past and historical memories and narratives impact the ways in which post-conflict societies function, but also to look into various social practices and initiatives of counteracting the negative effects of conflict through justice, good governance, education and art. Specifically, we will explore strategies geared towards social

  • 30
    Jan
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    In January 2016, I led a team of students in an immersive study abroad trip to the Basque Country, Spain. The course, titled "Memory and Conflict: Dealing with the Past Constructively," allowed students to discover how different actors and institutions address processes of dealing with the region's contentious past through education, justice, policymaking, and art. The Basque Country has experienced protracted conflict described as "Europe's longest war" with roots that can be traced to the time of Spanish Civil War and before. The Basque Study Abroad trip explored the consequences of the conflict and steps that are being taken to help spur the reconciliation process. Students participating in the trip interacted with government officials in the Basque Parliament, civil society

  • 05
    Aug
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    Traveling from the cool and cloudy Bilbao towards the sweltering heat of Barcelona, I feel a tinge of regret for the unseen, undiscovered, of inability to savor all the wonders of one place in a short period of time. In my mind’s eye, people and places I visited in the Basque country become alive. My travels first took me to sun-bathed Biarritz where easiness and quiet elegance, uninterrupted by the hassles of a big city, is a way of life. Then, to the picturesque neighboring villages of Saint Jean de Luz and Zokoa where the French Basque Coast has greeted me with a sharp contrast of blue Atlantic water, white houses and green hills so vividly colliding in a brilliant

  • 11
    Jun
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    On April, 27, 2015, I presented on individual responsibility and peace activism in a panel with my Macedonian colleagues from Skopje, at ASN Conference, SIPA, Columbia University. The notion of responsibility for peace in this presentation is examined through the analysis of stories told by seven peace activists that have chosen to promote peace in the midst of the violent 1990s conflicts in the Balkans by resisting or rejecting violence. The study aims to explore what it means to perform responsible action (i.e. why certain individuals choose peace in the midst of conflict, despite danger and risk for themselves), and what makes their peace activities successful. The research is based on seven in-depth semi-structured interviews. By means of dynamical systems

  • 05
    Jun
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    We have just completed another successful study abroad program in Kosovo Serbia in May/June 2015. Borislava has been leading study abroad courses in the Balkans for 3 years know. The topic of memory, history and dealing with the past has always been her topic of interest and the Balkans represents a perfect case for studying post-conflict reconstruction.

  • 05
    Jun
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    ​ Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN and   Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota visited Seton Hall at the invitation of Borislava Manojlovic to discuss Brazil's role in a changing global environment. See more: https://youtu.be/ZJ842n0SVVo

  • 14
    Apr
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    The world has cracked a little with the loss of one of its greatest   fathers. The human family feels this loss, but instead of despair, we can see celebration and tender memory of Madiba's achievement and life. Remembering Mandela gives us hope and proves that humans can recognize goodness in its prime form. He was a leader that put his country and people first, his governance was integrative and unselfish. Good deeds that Mandela leaves behind will continue reverberating through ages transmitting the message that individuals are capable of changing the world. It was not just his humility and perseverance that made the peaceful change possible in South Africa, but also his openness to the Other, to the 'Enemy'. He