A U Analyzing the nonviolence movement in the 21st century
e Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution
(SPCR) strives to be an organization that provides students within the IPCR program opportunities that further their interest in the peace and conflict resolution field. is semester, the group has orga- nized events to do just that.
One of SPCR’s goals is to connect IPCR students with the great opportunities that Washington, DC has to offer. On Friday, January 15th, a group of twenty students visited the office of the International Crisis Group (ICG), an NGO dedicated to prevent- ing violent conflict. Senior Vice President Mark Schneider and other members of the ICG staff spoke with the group about the organization’s work and gave advice on how to be successful in the field.
On Tuesday, January 26th, SPCR hosted a panel titled “More than Peace Signs and Flowers: the Nonviolence Movement in the 21st Century.” Panel- ists Daryn Cambridge, Nadine Bloch, and Michael Beer (see right) focused on the use of nonviolence for social change and addressed some of the miscon- ceptions as well as the strengths of using nonviolent action.
SPCR also serves as a vehicle for IPCR students to inform their colleagues on issues that are important to them. Tim Kustusch, MA/IPCR ’11, spent time in Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria, and wanted to bring attention to the ongoing struggle over the Western Sahara, one of Africa’s longest running conflicts. Kustusch, joined by former Deputy Chair- man for the UN Peacekeeping Mission for Western Sahara (MINURSO), Frank Ruddy, spoke on the roots of the conflict and the challenges of the current stalemate.
Panel participants (from left to right) Daryn Cambridge, the Director for Knowledge & Digital Strategies at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict; Nadine Bloch, longtime participant in peace and environmental justice movements; and Michael Bee . the Executive Director of Nonviolence International (photo courtesy of oe Navatto).
Upcoming Event Peace ‘N Pizza
Wednesda , April 7 12:30 - 2 pm in SIS 205
SPCR presents an opportunity to enjoy free pizza and con- versation! e conversation will be started on the topic of “Privatizing ar & Peace.”
Sponsored by SPCR and the Graduate School Council
Innovations in Student Leadership Conference
On Saturday, February 20th, students of conflict resolution from around the Washington, D.C. area and beyond gathered in Georgetown for the Innova- tions in Student Leaders Conference.
e fourth annual conference centered
around the theme, ‘Building Peace in Practice.’
e student-organized conference,
was hosted by students at Georgetown’s Conflict Resolution Program with con-
tributions from students from George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs, Johns Hopkins Uni- versity’s Nietzsche School of Advanced International Studies, Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peace, and George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Members of the Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution (SPCR) represented IPCR on the organizing committee.
e conference, attended by sev-
eral IPCR students, also featured IPCR connections on the event’s panels. e conference began with a panel discussion on Innovative Applications of Conflict Resolution, which included IPCR pro- fessor Barbara Wien and alumus Todd Walters, MA/IPCR ’07. e event also included panels on the role of the mili- tary and the environment in the field of conflict resolution.