Motivation for Local Change

This past week has been a whirlwind of long, informative days. In attempt to learn about what peacebuilding is, I feel as though a more encompassing question is “what isn’t peacebuilding?” From nuclear weapons to conflict and water, we have already been exposed to so many different themes that all revolve around peacebuilding, and although […]

Development as peacebuilding

The first week at Summer Peacebuilding Program was an exciting opportunity for me to learn from and network with different academicians, practitioners and thinkers in the field of peacebuilding. Out of the various sessions, I was very interested in learning more about peacebuilding and the relation between development and peacebuilding. Coming from a nation which […]

The reduction of the public space

This week, we talked about neoliberalism in Professor Arocha’s session. I must say I enjoyed that one a lot. He started by asking us to share the two things that immediately come to our minds when we hear the word neoliberalism. We all said different yet very connected things: McDonald’s, free trade, globalization, etc.. What […]

Earthbound Farms

The site visit to Earthbound Farms in Carmel today brought me back to my “roots” in more ways than one.  I have always been an advocate for organic eating and healthy living.  I come from a family where KRAFT mac&cheese and soda were things that I didn’t hear about until I started primary school.  We […]

Rancho Cielo 30 Jul 2015

It was such an incredible experience to see a tangible example of peace building in action at Rancho Cielo. Most of the lectures we have been attending are largely theoretical and partially discussion based, and generally, in a purely intellectual environment it is becomes easy to fall into a continuously critical or even pessimistic mode. […]

How Do You DLC?

We had a steady stream of students, faculty, and staff in the DLC all during Spring Semester, 2015. The statistics round-up is as follows in the infographic below. As we gear up for Fall Semester, 2015, we are aiming to increase these numbers and have even more offerings for the Middlebury Institute community. We look […]

MIIS Cyber Conducts Crisis Management Training in the Balkans

MIIS Cyber director, Dr. Itamara Lochard, was the only U.S. university instructor among colleagues from the Marshall Center, International Red Cross, U.S. National Guard and other militaries to provide post-conflict stabilization training to an international cadre of nearly 180 cadets

Manioc Fields Forever

When I finally convinced my host sister and brother to take me to the fields, I had this great vision of myself, wandering around orderly rows of beans and cassava that stretch as far as the eye could see. Here I could be some farmer girl, working row after row, hacking at nicely turned soil, … Continue reading Manioc Fields Forever

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