Welcome back from AC4!
Thank you for tuning in to the AC4 Monthly Newsletter. As the 2014-2015 school year kicks off, we are eager to share news with you from our productive summer and on upcoming events.
First of all, please join us for our annual Conflict Resolution Career Fair this Thursday, October 2, from 11am to 1pm! Over 30 organizations will be in Roone Arledge Auditorium to discuss employment and internship opportunities with interested students.
Also looking ahead, we will soon have application information available for the AC4 scholarships to the 2015 edition of the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) Conference. This year we had the pleasure of accompanying the 2014 AC4 Scholarship Recipients to the Netherlands and participating as well -- Peter Coleman, Joshua Fisher, Kyong Mazzaro, and Nick Redding discussed core projects of AC4’s research agenda, including a study on Mindtypes and Framing for Peacebuilding in the Middle East, and Critical Approaches to Studying Peace: Definitions, Measures, and Empirical Dilemmas.
Thinking back on the longer days of summer, we have had exciting developments in our research on conflict, violence, peace and social change. Here in New York on June 19-22, Peter Coleman and Kyong Mazzaro were part of a panel at the Society of Justice Research (ISJR) interdisciplinary conference. They spoke about new perspectives on the contribution of Dynamical Systems Theory (DST) to social justice research.
In the end of July, AC4 co-sponsored the second DST Innovation Lab and participated in it with over 50 scholars, practitioners and local partners. Through pre-lab work and the lab itself, work focused on four areas -- mapping and visualization, resonance, institutionalization, and learning and evaluation – and participants shared and experimented with leading-edge ideas, methods and practices. Innovations and learning developed on pressing challenges including fresh water availability, healthcare, early childhood education and leadership development. Please visit http://conflictinnovationlab.org/ for further information.
We hope you continue to visit the AC4 website and through social media to stay updated on events and contribute to our growing community. There are many events and ways to engage with the peace and conflict community at Columbia University, and we welcome your participation.
Best regards, and see at the fair on Thursday!
The AC4 Team
Conflict Resolution Career Fair is this Thursday, 11am to 1pm!
Please register for the event here.
Registered recruiters are from organizations that represent the many aspects of conflict resolution, including: New York Peace Institute, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Department of the US District Court of the Eastern District of New York, International Rescue Committee, UN Secretariat Office, the Battery Dance Company and WITNESS.
Roone Arledge Auditorium
Please check out the Career Fair event page for updates and the full list of organizations!
Interview with Jenik Radon, International Affairs and Human Rights Lawyer, Negotiator, Professor and Scholar
How do you view conflict in your work?
Conflict is a concept that must be viewed and understood in all its guises or stages. Internationally conflict, in the popular mind, has come to be associated with armed struggles. But such struggles are often the sad result of ignoring or silencing the voices that expressed grievances or merely different opinions. So armed conflicts are not the only forms of conflict. Moreover, once a struggle ends there is the post-conflict period, the peace building and the institution building period. And that period is often very trying and isolating as there is no generally accepted recognition or appreciation of the challenges involved.
Estonia, a nation with which I have been engaged for more than 25 years, peacefully struggled for nearly half a century to re-gain its independence, which it did in 1991, after having been forcefully annexed in the 1940s by the Soviet Union. You could, on the one hand, say Estonia was in a stable situation but, on the other hand, it was in a perpetual conflict situation, struggling every day to restore itself as an independent nation.
Or, if you look at Nepal, where I am proud to have been an author of its interim or peace constitution, it has been struggling for eight years, since 2006, to agree on a permanent constitution. This is after a 10-year civil war during which an estimated 15,000 had been killed (not even counting the number of those who have been permanently injured, etc.).
So, sadly, a conflict is an extended protracted state which demands years of dedication to resolve.
You can learn more about Jenik Radon and read the full interview here.
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AC4 Graduate Student Fellowships
Each year, the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) funds as many as 10 Columbia University graduate students conducting interdisciplinary research in areas addressing conflict, violence, peace-building and sustainable development (such projects might include- but are not limited to- doctoral students’ dissertation research, master’s students’ thesis research, or capstone projects). This year AC4 will fund students for up to $3,000 and teams of students for up to $6,000. Team applicants must present a truly interdisciplinary research proposal. Students may not apply to both. Updated information for the 2015/2016 fellowships will be on the AC4 website in the near future.
The deadline for submissions will be in February 2015.
Questions may be directed to Meredith Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org