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The Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies Course, "Approaching Societies in Conflict", California, US

Societies in conflict manifest distinct patterns of socio-political and economic behavior, such as informal and illicit networks, corruption, and perpetual cycles of poverty and violence. The purpose of this workshop is to expand and deepen peace-builders' understanding of the various trends and patterns encountered in conflict-affected societies. Practitioners will consider the context and multi-layered nature of these patterns and their root causes, examining policy implications and designing conflict-sensitive approaches. The course will introduce user-friendly tools of inquiry into the psychological, cultural, and institutional mechanisms through which these patterns come to be shaped and reshaped. This workshop is an opportunity to gain practical skills for working in societies emerging from or still undergoing protracted conflict, and an invitation to explore worldviews and paradigms of thinking that define approaches to these challenges.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will:

1. Explore how and why destructive social patterns develop in conflict-affected societies.

2. Identify ways to anticipate how these patterns may influence the practice of peace building.

3. Develop skills and capacities to design and implement effective, conflict-sensitive initiatives for social change.

4. Expand professional networks among the other practitioner communities that operate in conflict-affected environments.


* Dr. Tatsushi Arai, Assistant Professor of Conflict Transformation at the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, USA, is a mediator, trainer and consultant with extensive experience in tackling deep-rooted social conflicts in the Middle East, the African Great Lakes, East Asia and other parts of the world.

* Roseann Johnson is a Program Coordinator for The Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies, with mediation experience and a faith-based
approach to conflict resolution.

The workshop will be highly participatory, engaging and experiential. A series of in-depth case studies and simulation exercises will be used as practical contexts in which the participants
can exercise systematic, multi-angled analysis of problems at hand and creative approaches toward their resolution. Throughout the workshop, the participants will be asked to play an active role in sharing their experiences, perspectives and questions, with the aim of creating an
interactive forum for reflective dialogue and joint discoveries. Toward the end of the workshop, each participant will be asked to prepare a brief presentation on a concrete project or social change process that could be implemented in the near future, and that incorporates lessons learned from this course.

Who Will Attend:
The optimum class size is 45 participants. CSRS will recruit participants (both US and international) from the four main communities, broadly defined, that work in stabilization and
reconstruction operations: government civilian agencies, the armed forces, non-governmental organizations and inter-governmental organizations. CSRS will attempt to obtain equal number of representatives from each community.

Specific Dates:
Workshop begins 5 pm Sunday, May 2 and concludes 5 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

All international and domestic participants should plan to
arrive by 5 pm, Sunday, May 2, 2010. All are welcome to arrive before
or depart after the program officially begins/concludes, but additional
accommodation expenses will be their own responsibility.

Participants from outside Monterey will lodge at the hotel (to be announced) in Monterey, California, where the event is also held.


* The course is offered by the Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies, Naval Postgraduate School. There is no tuition or conference fee.
* Practitioners from non-governmental organizations, governmental civilian agencies, and inter-governmental organizations are offered gratis lodging at the
program site (Representatives of the defense/armed forces community --
including civilian employees -- pay their own lodging).
* Lunch and substantial am/pm coffee breaks are offered to all on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Additionally, the course will begin with a
heavy hors' d' oeuvres reception on May 2 at the event site.

CSRS Contact: Roseann Johnson, rmjohnso(at)nps.edu; +1.831.656.1811

The application period will close on March 22, 2010. We
anticipate that demand for this course will far exceed the number of
participants than can be admitted. Admission decisions will be
announced on a rolling basis starting March 1, 2010 until all seats are

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