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SIPA Offers New U.N. Summer Peacekeeping Training Seminar

By James Devitt

The Columbia United Nations Study Program, part of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), will offer a two-week peacekeeping training seminar (July 8-19) that will include sessions with participants from peacekeeping missions around the globe.

The seminar will be conducted on the Columbia campus, with a portion of class time spent at the United Nations headquarters. Participating SIPA students will receive three credits toward a master's degree. The seminar is sponsored by the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations and was designed in affiliation with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

This seminar will explore several conflict settings in which peacekeepers have been deployed: post-colonial transitions, interstate conflicts, civil conflicts and humanitarian emergencies. Students and faculty will examine the effectiveness and challenges of peacekeeping operations based on analytical criteria and comparative case studies. Operations in Africa will be contrasted with traditional and emerging missions in the Middle East, as well as several comparative cases from other regions. The newly prominent role of regional organizations and alternative multilateral auspices for peacekeeping will also be explored.

The seminar will be co-taught by Naomi Weinberg, director of the SIPA's U.N. Studies Program, and John Hirsch, vice president of the International Peace Academy.

Additional information is available on the U.N. Studies website, or by contacting unstudies@columbia.edu.

Published: Apr 26, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002

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