Academic Course Calendar

Courses and Teachers
From April 2018 To April 2018
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Courses Teacher Credits # Weeks Dates
Climate Change Governance
Recommended
Narinder Kakar
(India)
2 credits
2 weeks
2-13 Apr 2018
8:45 AM - 11:45 AM At Classroom #5
Human Rights, Dignity and Peace: Reconceptualizing the World Citizenship through the Work of Hannah Arendt
Optional
Jana Lozanoska
(Macedonia)
1 credits
1 weeks
2-6 Apr 2018
1:15pm - 4:15pm At Classroom #4
Disarmament Education
Mandatory
Manish Thapa
(Nepal)
2 credits
2 weeks (NOTE: 11 April is National Holiday. There will be one double session TBC)
2-13 Apr 2018
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Classroom #1
Gender and Media
Mandatory
Heather Kertyzia
(Canada)
2 credits
2 weeks (NOTE: 11 April is National Holiday. There are 3 double sessions on Thursday April 5th, Monday April 9th and Tuesday April 10th 8:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.)
2-10 Apr 2018
8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. At Classroom #2
Operaciones de Mantenimiento de Paz
Mandatory
General Alberto Teófilo Asarta Cuevas
(Español)
3 credits
3 weeks
2-20 Apr 2018
8:45am - 11:45am At Classroom #3
Introduction to Responsible Management
Mandatory
Andre Nijhof
(Netherlands)
2 credits
2 weeks
2-13 Apr 2018
8:45 AM - 11:45 AM At Classroom #4
International Law and the Rule of Law (2 credits)
Mandatory
Joaquín González Ibañez
(Spain)
2 credits
2 weeks, include double sessions.
3-12 Apr 2018
8:45am - 11:45am At Classroom #6
Accelerating Climate Action: The Power of Coalitions
Recommended
Monica Eugenia Araya Salas
(Costa Rica)
1 credits
1 weeks
16-20 Apr 2018
8:45 AM - 11:45 AM At Classroom #5
Project Management
Mandatory
Alonso Muñoz
(Costa Rica)
1 credits
1 weeks
16-20 Apr 2018
Working in Conflict and Post-Conflict Areas - Field Training
Optional
René Marc Burleigh
(France)
Ross Ryan
(Canada)
2 credits
1 week
16-20 Apr 2018
8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. At Council Room
Seminario: Aportes y Desafios de la Gobernanza Internacional (1 crédito)
Mandatory
Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao
(Costa Rica)
1 credits
1 weeks
23-27 Apr 2018
8:45am - 11:45am At Classroom #3
Hybrid Diploma in Social Innovation
Optional
Mohit Mukherjee
(India)
0 credits
18 months
25-27 Apr 2018
Positive Leadership
Optional
Mohit Mukherjee
(India)
0 credits
3 days
25-27 Apr 2018



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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course analyzes the nature and evolution of systems of governance to address climate change at the international, national, and local levels, charting the changing history of climate policy from the issue's initial introduction into political discussion to its recent ascension to become the new "master concept" of environmental governance generally.  The roles of various stakeholders in the negotiation, including transnational institutions, nation states, nongovernmental organizations, private businesses, and municipal governments, will be examined, as will the efficacy of different mechanisms (state-led, market-based, hybrid, etc.) for enacting climate policy.  The potential impact of climate policy on particular environmental issues (e.g., hydroelectric and nuclear power) and social groups (e.g., women, minorities, indigenous peoples) will be discussed as well.  Case studies will examine specific instances of climate policy and negotiation, including recent UNFCCC conferences, Costa Rica's own payment for environmental services (PES) and "Peace with Nature" climate neutrality initiative, and the emerging debate over proposed REDD (Reduced Emissions through Deforestation and Degradation) mechanisms.

We do live in dark times with various ongoing challenges, and this kind of complexity requires comprehensive approach in analyzing, examining and re-thinking the realities of 21st century. The main framework of the course will be the political theory of Hannah Arendt, who not only provided us with the meaningful idea of human dignity, but as well with a critique on the contemporary human rights. The importance of the Hannah Arendt’s work is that it addresses and relates to various ongoing challenges and threats (statelessness, rightlessness, refugees, crimes against humanity, totalitarianism, ideologies, propaganda, etc.) by offering profound insights and understandings of what “Citizen of the World” entails.
In that direction, the course follows an interdisciplinary approach involving several fields of studies such as: human rights (political and philosophical origins); gender, cultural and peace studies. It offers a re-examination of concepts such as human rights, dignity, justice, equality and peace along with the idea of “world citizenship” - worldliness or the cosmopolitan idea of humanity, as an answer to the ongoing challenges, discourses and trends. The main aim of the course will be to provide a re-thinking of human rights in the 21st century, as a way of addressing not only the growing “rightlessness” and “statelessness” and massive violations of human rights, but also to offer an understanding of the importance of the concepts of “dignity” and “world citizenship”, as central to human rights and peace.

In an age where a world war involving nuclear weapons could eliminate the entire human species, disarmament education is a necessary and invaluable tool for change. The purpose of this course is to raise awareness, that we live in an era of military security that takes precedence over human security. Disarmament disappeared as an element of university studies with the end of the Cold War. Education is a critically important element of sustainable peace. Disarmament education focuses on reducing, controlling, and eliminating weapons of all kinds in order to undermine militarism and prevent armed conflict and armed violence. It is a cross-cutting form of education that reinforces and learns from conflict resolution, communication, cross-cultural understanding, tolerance of diversity, non-violence, economic justice, gender equity, environmental preservation, demilitarization, development, human rights, and international humanitarian law.

As we have established in previous courses, media (in both its traditional and “new” forms) shapes our past, present, and future, and contributes in significant ways to the escalation of conflict and to practices of peace building. Here, we emphasize the gendered aspects of these processes.

In this course, we approach the media as a space for the negotiation of gendered identities, and interrogate the politics of representation from a multi-cultural and trans-disciplinary perspective. Our gender-focused analysis will address both the content of media messaging, and the wider social context of media production, activism, and advocacy. The agency of women in the media industry and the integration of gender in media NGOs will be considered in detail. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to engage with feminist critiques of media and communication studies, and to add their voices to contemporary debates on media, power, and gender.

Media is both an influential tool of socio-political and structural change, and an authoritative force for maintaining the status quo, and it is therefore essential to understand the full implications of its gendered dimensions.

La actuación de las organizaciones internacionales, tanto universales como regionales se está convirtiendo en una práctica diaria de la agenda internacional, desde los cascos azules de la ONU, los cascos verdes de la Unión Africana, hasta las misiones de observación electoral de la Unión Europea o la OEA representan un desafío político, jurídico y humanitario. La importancia del impacto diferencial para mujeres y hombres es central en el desarrollo de estas operaciones. Este curso abordará la historia, evolución y prácticas recientes de esta actuación colectiva de la comunidad internacional así como las numerosas resoluciones de las Naciones Unidas para hacer estos procesos más inclusivos y con un combate directo en contra de las diferentes formas de violencia que se manifiestan en un contexto de conflicto y post-conflicto, las violaciones masivas de derechos humanos que se producen, los diferentes crímenes que podrían cometerse en este contexto y que las operaciones de promoción de la paz tratan de contener o subsanar, entre ellos el de la violencia sexual, la violación de los derechos de niñas y niños y el reclutamiento de los niños y niñas como soldados. Manteniendo la Paz, valor fundamental para la raza humana.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a toolkit to support responsible management and decision-making in private, public, and third sector organisations of different sizes. The course offers an understanding of how different strategic and operational decisions in organisations influence the actors, practices, and structures in the spheres of business, society, and the natural environment. Lectures will focus on studying and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary management literature, including the shareholder primacy model, enlightened self-interest, institutional theory, stakeholder approach, corporate social responsibility, environmental management, corporate citizenship, public-private partnership, sustainable supply chain management, humanitarian logistics, sustainable organisation, and ecocentric organisation theory. In the course students will be working with several case studies and describing the current state of the managerial praxis, as well as evaluating the suggested implications to develop the organisational practices for sustainable development. As the main benefits, students will attain skills and knowledge that enables them to make their own judgements of what responsible management is, and what is not, in varying kinds of organisational settings.

This course analyzes

The roles of key stakeholders will be examined, as will the efficacy of different mechanisms for meeting the objectives of the Paris agreement but also to increase the ambition of these efforts. We will look to specific coalitions in several countries. They are international in scope and related to the Paris Agreement.

We undertake dozens of projects every day, most of them excessively small to even think about them as projects. Others, sometimes way to big and complex to deal with without the proper planning. A project could be as simple as organizing a dinner party with a small group of friends, and as complex as relocating a whole factory to a different continent without stopping production, and everything in between. A project is considered to be a success if it achieves the objectives according to the acceptance criteria, within an agreed timescale and budget. Project management, therefore, is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve those project objectives. This short self-guided online course is meant to provide the key concepts, standard terminology and guidelines of managing a project.

This course is intended as a practical field exercise in conflict situations, as well as an academic seminar. The students will receive a basic training on how situations of stress or crisis influence them in a mental, physical, and professional ways. A series of scenarios drawn from contemporary conflict situations are presented to the participants as they simulate the work of journalists, NGO personnel and members of international organisations.

The Hybrid Diploma in Social Innovation is awarded upon completing 5 of the UPEACE Centre’s courses within a period of 18 months, including one onsite professional development workshop.  You will begin the program in Costa Rica from February 22-24, 2018 for the Positive Leadership seminar. Also required is the online course ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change.’ 

In addition to these courses, you may choose 3 more from the following options:

  • Skills for Effective Negotiations
  • Designing Your Life: Innovating From the Inside Out
  • Educating in Changing Times: Reflect, Rethink, Rebuild
  • Mission Impossible: Measuring Outcomes & Impact
  • Social Media for Social Innovation
  • Regenerative Leadership

These courses are offered several times during the year, so make sure to check our list of courses and their upcoming dates.  In order to enroll in these courses, just send us your choice of courses, so we can reserve your space. 

Please note that travel expenses to and in Costa Rica for the Positive Leadership workshop are not included in the Hybrid Diploma cost of $2,395.

This course will cover the following themes:

  • Integral Leadership
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Self-Evaluation and energy audit
  • Conflict Style and Resolution
  • Practicing Innovative Thinking
  • Getting Things Done


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FACULTY

Alonso Muñoz is Instructor in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace, where he coordinates the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED). He holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica and a Msc. in Business Administration. He has worked in the private sector as a consultant and as an entrepreneur, and has volunteered on various national and international projects regarding peace education, migration, environmental impact of systems and Social Enterprises. He is a novelist, a blogger, a peace advocate, an entrepreneur and passionate about social and environmental development.

André Nijhof (1969) has a masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Twente. He started his working life as a researcher of organisational change in multinational companies like Akzo Nobel, Asito, Shell Pernis, Stegeman Sara Lee and Vredestein. Based on his research he finished his PhD at the University of Twente just before the turn of the century (1999). Next he became a senior consultant at Q-Consult, where he specialized in corporate social responsibility and the implementation of management systems. Andre is former chairman of the Dutch Network on Business Ethics. Since 2007 he has been associate professor at the European Institute for Business Ethics, part of Nyenrode Business Universiteit.

Eduardo Ulibarri Bilbao, periodista, analista, diplomático y académico, fue representante permanente de Costa Rica ante las Naciones Unidas entre agosto de 2010 y junio de 2014. En la actualidad se desempeña como consultor internacional en análisis sociopolítico y estrategias de comunicación, articulista del diario La Nación (que dirigió entre 1982 y 2003), y miembro de juntas directivas de empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro. La Academia de Centroamérica acaba de publicar su libro Costa Rica global: pilares y horizontes de nuestra acción en el mundo. Ulibarri es catedrático de la Universidad de Costa Rica. Fue uno de los fundadores y primer presidente del Instituto de Prensa y Libertad de Expresión (IPLEX), entre 2005 y 2010; presidente de la Comisión de Libertad de Prensa de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (1991-1994), y miembro de la directiva (1989-2002) y del consejo consultivo (desde 2002) del International Center for Journalists, Washington, D.C. Ha recibido la Medalla por Servicios Distinguidos en Periodismo de la Universidad de Missouri, en 1989; el premio María Moors Cabot, de la Universidad de Columbia (Nueva York), en 1996, y el Premio Nacional de Periodismo de Costa Rica, en 1999. En 2002 la Asociación Latinoamericana de Consultores Políticos (ALACOP) lo distinguió “por su contribución al desarrollo de la investigación en opinión pública en Costa Rica”. Estudió en las universidades de Costa Rica (licenciatura en Comunicación, 1974), Missouri (maestría en Periodismo, 1976) y Harvard (Niemann Fellow, 1988).
El General de División Alberto Asarta Cuevas nació en Zaragoza (España) el 14 de noviembre de 1951. Ingresó en la Academia General Militar de Zaragoza como cadete en 1971 y fue ascendido a Teniente en 1975. El General de División Asarta estuvo en los empleos de Teniente y Capitán entre los años 1975 y 1988, donde sirvió en la Brigada Paracaidista (8 años), la Legión Española (2 años) y el Regimiento de Infantería “Canarias 50” (3 años). Durante este tiempo estuvo como Jefe de Sección y de Compañía. Los dos últimos años estuvo como Capitán Instructor de la Escuela de Paracaidismo. Fue ascendido a Comandante en 1988. De 1988 a 1990 estudió en la Escuela de Guerra del Ejército de Tierra, en Madrid, donde se graduó en Estado Mayor. Fue destinado a diferentes Unidades de la Fuerza así como a Cuarteles Generales durante sus empleos de Comandante, Teniente Coronel y Coronel. Como Comandante, el General Asarta fue el segundo oficial en ser destinado al Cuartel General del EUROCUERPO, en Estrasburgo (Francia), entre febrero de 1993 y julio de 1996. Alcanzó el puesto de Jefe de la Sección de Entrenamiento y Ejercicios en el Cuartel General de la Fuerza de Maniobra, como Teniente Coronel, entre 1996 al 2000. Como Coronel, el General Asarta fue destinado a la División de Planes del Estado Mayor del Ejército, desde 2002 hasta 2003. Desde diciembre de 2003 a diciembre de 2005, estuvo al mando del Regimiento de Infantería Mecanizada “Castilla 16”, donde participó además en misión militar en Irak. Fue ascendido a General de Brigada en marzo de 2006. Desde Julio de 2006 estuvo al mando de la Brigada de Infantería Acorazada XII, hasta septiembre de 2009. Ascendido a General de División en septiembre de 2009 comienza su preparación y la de su equipo para incorporarse a la misión de UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) como Head of Mission and Force Commander, desde enero de 2010 hasta enero de 2012 Desde mayo de 2012 hasta el 31 de Marzo de 2013 en que pasa a la situación de reserva, ocupa el cargo de General Adjunto al Teniente General Jefe de la Unidad Militar de Emergencias. El General Asarta ha completado su formación con otros estudios durante su etapa militar. Obtuvo una Diplomatura en Educación Física y un Máster en Defensa Nacional, éste último cursado en Argentina, obteniendo en ambos el primer puesto y con la calificación de sobresaliente. Además, ha completado un gran número de cursos OTAN en la Escuela OTAN de Alemania. El General Asarta posee un nivel fluido de inglés (S.L.P. 3.3.4.4.) y de francés (S.L.P. 4.4.4.4.). Le han sido concedidas diversas condecoraciones tanto nacionales como internacionales, siendo la más importante la Cruz al Mérito Militar con Distintivo Rojo. Otras condecoraciones incluyen la Gran Cruz al Mérito Militar con Distintivo Blanco, la Gran Cruz de la Real y Militar Orden de San Hermenegildo, cinco Cruces al Mérito Militar con Distintivo Blanco, dos Medalla OTAN, dos Medallas ONU (ONUCA, UNIFIL), una Medalla Plateada del Ejército Polaco, la Medalla Conmemorativa Francesa durante su servicio en Bosnia, la Medalla Conmemorativa Polaca durante su servicio en Iraq, la Medalla por la Paz de la República de Italia, Medalla de las Naciones Unidad (FINUL-Líbano), Medalla de la Orden del Cedro del Líbano, Medalla de la Orden Nacional del Cedro-Grado de Comendador-del Líbano, Insignia Conmemorativa del Ejército Libanés. En el ámbito civil y desde su pase a la reserva (31 Marzo de 2013), el General Asarta es profesor del Master de Relaciones Internacionales que imparte la Universidad Alfonso X de Madrid así como conferenciante y colaborador con el Instituto Berg de Derechos Humanos en Otzenhausen (Alemania) y Bogotá (Colombia). Igualmente ha participado como conferenciante en el Instituto de estudios Fiscales de Madrid (Madrid), con el CiT Pax Toledo (Madrid), y con el Observatorio para Género del Ministerio de Defensa español (Nairobi-Kenia y Amsterdan), en SOMERO 2015 (Gijón-España), en las universidades de Logroño, Málaga, Cartagena y Valladolid (Aula María Zambrano en Segovia) (2016), en los cursos de verano de la Academia General del Aire (2016) y en el Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona (Ene. 2017). El general Asarta ha sido autor y colaborador de diversos artículos y monografías relativos a temas de su profesión militar y que han sido publicados por el Instituto Español de Estudios Estratégicos y por el Centro Superior de Estudios de la Defensa Nacional, entre los que cabe destacar, “La relación EEUU-China desde la II Guerra Mundial”, “UNIFIL, un instrumento para la Paz en Oriente Medio” y “el Nivel Operacional” Desde Enero de 2014 a Enero de 2016 ha trabajado como asesor en asunto de Defensa para la empresa INDRA (multinacional española de alta tecnología)

Resident Professor and Academic Coordinator of Peace Education Programme
Heather Kertyzia is currently Resident Professor and Academic Coordinator of Peace Education Master Programme at the University for Peace. She is also an assistant professor of Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at California State University Dominguez Hills. She focuses on peace education, working with teachers in participatory action research to create more peaceful secondary schools. As a former secondary school teacher, Heather understands the importance of the local community in building more socially, economically and environmentally just educational spaces. As an interdisciplinary student and scholar, she has worked with communities throughout the Americas, with a recent focus on partnering with local grassroots organizations in Nicaragua.

Jana Lozanoska, LL.M in international humanitarian law from the University of Geneva, is a Doctoral Candidate at the University for Peace. Her research is a critique on human rights that is based on the idea of human dignity as proposed by the German-Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt. Her current research interests are in the field of human rights, political theory and political philosophy. Her professional career of twelve years is a combination of academia, research and policy area. She served as an Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia for two years. She had contributed frequently as regular columnist in several daily newspapers in Macedonia. Lozanoska had published three poetry books and one novel. She continues to research and publish on issues related to international law, human rights, gender and LGBT, regional and international organizations. Follow her doctoral research blog at: https://rethinkinghumanity.wordpress.com/
Joaquín González Ibáñez As a professor and researcher in the field of International Law and International Relations, my career has focused on Human Rights protection. After graduating in Law in 1993, I furthered my studies in International Law at The Hague International Institute of Law, the Institute of Human Rights Rene Cassin in Strasbourg (France), and the University of Leuven (KULeuven). In 2002, I completed my doctoral studies at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and was awarded the degree of Doctor in Jurisprudence Magna cum Laude. As a Doctor I have been a visiting scholar and researcher at the European Law Research Center at Harvard University (2003-2004). In 2008, I earned a Fulbright-Schuman post-doctoral research fellowship (2008-2009). I have been a professor of International Law and International Relations at Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio (UAX) in Madrid since 2001, where I have held various academic positions, including Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Applied Languages, Director of the dual Washington College of Law-UAX undergraduate degree program in Law, and Co-Director of two master’s programs in International Relations and Human Rights Protection in collaboration with United Nations’ UPeace program and Berg Institute. My international experience as a professor and researcher includes academic stays and lectures at Universities and Public Institutions in Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, China, Japan, Israel, and the United States, where I was a researcher in the European Law Institute at Harvard University. I co-founded and co-direct Berg Institute’s Human Rights protection programs in Germany, Costa Rica, and Israel, as well as the book collection titled Biblioteca de Derechos Humanos del Instituto Berg. My publications include articles, book chapters and monographs in the field of International Law and Human Rights protection. In recent years, I have designed various programs on Human Rights Protection for the Armed Forces and the Police of Colombia, where I was honoured to receive the Medal of the Colombian Congress, the Human Rights Medal of the Colombian Army, and the Human Rights Medal of the Colombian Police in recognition of my work in the field of Human Rights Protection awareness. I firmly believe in the key role Education plays in the construction of truly democratic societies.

Head, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies, Resident Professor and Academic Coordinator of International Peace Studies Programme and International Peace Studies with specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies Programme
Dr. Manish Thapa is Head of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and Resident Professor of International Peace Studies Master Programme at the University for Peace. He is one of the founding members of Department of Conflict, Peace & Development Studies at Tribhuvan University Nepal (2007-2015). He is also currently Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw, Poland and Senior Research Fellow at Center for Europe – University of Warsaw- Poland. He received his Post Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Warsaw. He has served as Research Fellow in several universities and institutes in Europe and North America such as the University of Warsaw; Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Uppsala University; Brown University; McGill-Echenberg Human Rights Fellow & Jeanne Sauvé Scholar, McGill University; Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. His publications include 6 books and numerous journal articles and book chapters including "Foreign Policy in the Global South: Anti-Westernism, Rhetoric and Identity" (Co-editor), London: Routledge 2017 (Forthcoming - In Press); "From Bullet to Ballot – Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Nepal: Lessons Learned and Unlearned" (Editor), London: Routledge 2017 (Proposal accepted); “Internal Conflicts & Peacebuilding Challenges" (Editor), New Delhi: K W Publishers 2016 and "India in the Contemporary World: Polity, Economy and International Relations" (Co-editor), London: Routledge 2014.

Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive and Professional Education and a faculty member at UPEACE. Prior to this position, he served as Education Programme Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, an international nonprofit organization. Before his 4-years in the non-profit sector, he worked both in the private sector and also as a high school teacher in Ecuador. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his Master's from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Monica Araya is the co-founder and Director of Costa Rica Limpia (costaricalimpia.org) to bring people closer to clean technologies that improve their everyday life. Her group pioneered www.movilidadelectrica.org – the first zero emissions electric mobility platforms in Latin America devoted to the education of consumers. She co-founded the Electric Mobility Association in Costa Rica and is the Board´s Vice President. She is a former negotiator in the UN climate talks and has been a reference on climate politics in Latin America. She founded the platform Nivela.org to support new voices on development and environment in Latin America. She writes frequently for international and local newspapers. She is a policy senior adviser at E3G in London and at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and is the member of several advisory boards. She studied economics at the National University, got a Masters in Economic Policy at CINPE. She also got a Masters and Ph.D. in environmental management from Yale University. Her TED talk about fossil-free Costa Rica that has over 1 million views and was translated into 30 languages. In December 2016, she joined the world´s largest all-female expedition to Antarctica. More info: www.monicaaraya.org
Mr. Kakar was most recently the Director of the University’s United Nations Liaison Office in New York, where he served concurrently as the Permanent Observer of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Prior to joining UPEACE, Mr. Kakar spent 30 years with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), holding diverse posts with progressively increasing responsibility in Yemen, Guyana, Turkey and China. He most recently served as the Country Coordinator in the Maldives. Among his other UNDP posts, he was Deputy Director and subsequently Director of the Division for Resource Mobilization in New York. During his long career with the United Nations, Mr. Kakar served on a number of bodies, including the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund from 1989 to 1995. He also chaired the Joint Appeals Board during the 1990s and was the first member of the United Nations Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, chairing it from 1991 to 1995. A citizen of India, Mr. Kakar received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi Polytecnic, where he also earned a diploma in journalism. He obtained a Master’s degree from Haceteppe University in Turkey and, in 1995, was a social development Research Associate at Harvard University.
Marc Burleigh Bureau Chief for Central America at AFP Experienced foreign correspondent, reporting extensively from Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Currently AFP Bureau Chief for Central America. Have covered wars (Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Kosovo), politics (upheaval in Egypt, elections in France, Spain, Austria) disasters (Air France crash off Brazil, Haiti quake), features and entertainment (Cannes, film reviews and industry stories). Also: TV production (shooting, editing and reporting), and photography. Specialties: News & feature writing, TV reporting and production, photography.

Instructor, Liason, Media, Peace and Conflict Studies Specialization and Editor, Peace and Conflict Monitor and Peace and Conflict Review Ross Ryan holds degrees in political science and literature from McMaster University, Canada and the M.A. degree in environmental security from the University for Peace, Costa Rica. He is chief editor of the Peace and Conflict Monitor and managing editor of the Peace and Conflict Review, as well as instructor in the department of peace studies and liaison officer of the media, peace and conflict studies specialization. He is currently working on a research project entitled “Information Technology, Civic Engagement, and the Cyber-Ethnography of Peace Movements”.

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