CCS would like to introduce our 2015 Peacebuilder Fellows! Christine Young and Tayna Martins are participating in this year’s program in Honduras. Partnering with the Catholic Relief Services, they will research water conflicts in the country, gathering stories from stakeholders and learning about approaches to conflict resolution. Upon their return, the fellows will work with the Center to share the stories they have heard and the knowledge they have gained. Read about their background and experience here, and be sure to follow the blog for updates about their experiences!
The Center is proud to share the first issue of the new, re-launched Reflections magazine! Reflections will now be an annual publication, reviewing the year’s activities at the Center, sharing research and field experiences, highlighting alumni accomplishments, presenting the coming year’s events, and more. As ever, the magazine’s articles and features are designed to make readers reflect on new thoughts and important issues in conflict studies and peacebuilding.
This year’s magazine was presented at the “Violence Explained and Peace Explored” presentation at MIIS on April 4, and will also be available on our website as a PDF.
The Center for Conflict Studies invites you to attend its upcoming presentation, “Violence Explained and Peace Explored.” In 2015, CCS organized two field courses: “Challenges to Peacebuilding in Mindanao” and “The Praxis of Conflict Transformation: Poverty, Homelessness and Violence in Los Angeles.” Dr. Pushpa Iyer will lead 15 MIIS and 3 CSUMB course participants in telling stories of violence and peace.
We will also be celebrating the re-launch of our magazine, Reflections.
The presentation will take place Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 pm in Irvine Auditorium, 499 Pierce Street in Monterey.
You are also invited to a reception following the presentation. This event is open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The CCS Visiting Scholar for 2015-16 will be Robert C. Brears, founder of Mitidaption, an ideas lab. Robert is an expert on the impacts of climate change and environmental risks to business, governance and society as well as adaptation strategies to mitigate these risks. He is a contributing author for the Johns Hopkins University’s Global Water Magazine, China Water Risk and RepRisk. He has published widely on water security, water resources management, and related issues, and has conducted field research around the world, including Antarctica. His research with CCS will focus on water security in the Asia-Pacific.
For more information on Robert and past visiting scholars, please visit our website.
Applications for the second summer Peacebuilders Fellowship are now open! The 2015 program will once again focus on water conflicts, this time in Honduras. Fellows will work with Catholic Relief Services and their partners to conduct research and document local challenges and approaches in dealing with water conflicts. This material will provide vital information to the Center in developing a manual for peacebuilders working on water conflicts.
Two fellows will be selected for the project, and are expected to be in the field for 8 to 10 weeks over the summer. Following the field research, fellows will work with the Center to finalize reports and document their stories.
CCS Director Pushpa Iyer and 6 MIIS students are currently in Los Angeles for “The Praxis of Conflict Transformation” field course. The course seeks to help participants link the theory of peacebuilding with practice through field research. LA is the perfect location for this course because it is a city of contrasts: it is home to Hollywood and a celebrity culture, but also overwhelming poverty, homelessness and violence. Participants will be meeting with NGOs, government officials, and civil society members to learn about how they work on these deep-rooted conflicts in the context of racial tensions, extreme wealth, and other structural imbalances. Outcomes of the trip will be shared in presentations and various publications.
You can keep up with the participants’ research and experiences in LA by reading their blog. Bios of the course participants can be found here. For more information about the course, please visit our website.
SPP provides an opportunity for participants to learn from the experiences and approaches of scholars and practitioners who work on some of the most difficult challenges our world faces today, including: resolving conflict, ending all forms of violence, providing social justice, and creating more secure and developed societies by transforming the conditions and relationships of conflict. SPP therefore welcomes all those interested in exploring the above-mentioned topics through a process of self-reflection, gathering of theoretical and conceptual data and its application to real world problems. Students and practitioners in the field of conflict, peace, development and security studies are eligible to apply.
Please visit our website for more information on SPP, including an outline of the sessions, important dates, application information, cost, scholarship opportunities, and more. You can apply online here.
On Tuesday, November 18 the Center for Conflict Studies and the William Tell Coleman Library at MIIS will host a discussion on race, the death penalty, and the U.S. criminal justice system through a reading and discussion of “I Am Troy Davis” by Jen Marlowe. Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia in September 2011, despite international protests. This discussion is a part of the Troy Davis Community Book Club events, which are being organized all around the country. For more information on the book club, please click here.
The discussion will be held at the DLC Design Space at 6pm. This event is open to the public, but all attendees must register.
The new issue of Reflections, the Center for Conflict Studies’ quarterly magazine, is now available. In keeping with the Center’s recent research projects and upcoming conference, this issue focuses on water conflicts. Articles include a commentary on water conflicts with California examples by Ann Clarke, a discussion of the ways in which water can be a catalyst for cooperation by Robert C. Brears, and an analysis of the importance of the environment, nature, and resources in human identity by Michael Vincent McGinnis. Please click here to read the new issue.
CCS is proud to announce that Carmel Mayor Jason Kestrel Burnett will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Water Conference. His keynote address will be titled “Water Management: Finding Consensus in Complex Problems.” The address will be delivered at the opening of the conference on November 6.
Jason Burnett was re-elected as the Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA in April 2014. He served as Mayor since 2012 and as a City Councilmember from 2010-2012. He is Managing Partner of Clean Fund, a company that works to structure and secure financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Jason serves on multiple Monterey County Boards, including as President of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority Board of Directors. Previously Jason was the Associate Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and prior to the EPA he worked for Evolution Markets, a brokerage and consulting firm. He has testified before and been interviewed by Senate and Congressional committees and continues to engage federal and state policy leaders on a myriad of issues. He has been quoted in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Jason is a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and chairs its finance committee. He is on the Board of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Jason holds a Master of Arts in Earth Systems and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University and lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA with his wife, Melissa Burnett, and their son Sebastian Burnett.