Archive for Conflict Resolution

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

DC, Project Officer, World Movement for Democracy


Project Officer, World Movement for Democracy
Posted: May 24, 2011

Position Summary:

The Project Officer, World Movement for Democracy, is responsible for: overseeing the electronic communications of the World Movement Secretariat at NED, including maintaining the World Movement Web site, updating participant databases, identifying and implementing new ICT applications, and updating social networking pages; developing and implementing invitation and registration processes for biennial global assemblies; facilitating regional networking in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia and assisting in the implementation of the Defending Civil Society project as relevant to that region.


Electronic Information and Communications

  • Ensure accurate and timely updates to various pages of the World Movement Web site, including home page, resources page, and project pages; initiate and develop new Web site pages; edit, transcribe and upload “DemocracyVoices” videos; and post biennial assembly and other event and research reports.
  • Write and edit summaries of relevant items for timely dissemination and posting in monthly e-newsletter and alerts; update and maintain World Movement Facebook page, Twitter account, and other online social network pages; and identify and implement new electronic applications for more efficient and engaging communications strategies.
  • Develop and maintain internal and online participant databases.

Overseas Biennial Assemblies

  • Take lead responsibility for invitation and registration processes for biennial assemblies, each of which is organized in a different global region; work with travel agency and/or other vendors to develop and implement online registration site and oversee onsite participant registration process at each assembly.
  • Engage with other Secretariat and NED staff on determining topics, organizers, presenters, and other personnel for plenary sessions, panel discussions, and workshops, and take lead on assembly activities relevant to Central-Eastern Europe/Eurasia (as noted below).

Regional Networking — Central-Eastern Europe/Eurasia

  • Maintain communications with participants in the Central-Eastern Europe/Eurasia region and help facilitate networking.
  • Provide suggestions to participants for activities, communication strategies, funding sources, and other aspects of networking in the region.
  • Assist with implementation of Defending Civil Society project as it relates to the region by organizing regional and national workshops and disseminating and posting project-related materials.
  • Work with participants from the region to develop and organize relevant workshops at the World Movement’s biennial assemblies abroad.


  • BA degree in international affairs or related area of study required (MA preferred).
  • Three to five years experience required in Web site development, electronic communications, social networks, and other aspects of using ICTs.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining databases required.
  • Experience organizing events and activities overseas and/or other work experience abroad highly desirable.
  • Substantial knowledge of political developments, particularly regarding democratization, both globally and in Central-Eastern Europe/Eurasia in particular, is required; knowledge of civil society sectors engaged in advancing democracy (media, education, human rights, youth engagement, women’s political participation, elections, political parties, etc.) is highly desirable.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.
  • Proficiency required in HTML scripting, spreadsheet and database programs, social networking sites, email listserv software, and other information and communications technologies required.
  • Proficiency required in reading, writing, and speaking Russian; knowledge of other language(s) highly desirable.

To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, and contact information for three references.  Please send to jobs (at) , with your name and Project Officer, WMD – Job #1113 in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information about the World Movement for Democracy, visit; for more information about NED, visit  No phone calls please.

(Taken from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network Forum)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Whats Happening In Conflict Resolution 06.28.11

From the Peace and Collaborative Development Network:

Defying The Rules of Conflict Resolution (Israel & Palestine)

Re-Entry Mediation

This Week in Conflict Blog (June 18-24)

From the Association for Conflict Resolution:

Call For Submissions Conflict Resolution Quarterly

Dialogue Articles

Environmental Policy Submissions

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Reza Aslan to Join MIIS Executive Ed Faculty

Reza Aslan, famed scholar and founder of Aslan Media will be joining the MIIS Executive Education Faculty  to offer a course in the program’s July session this summer.

Aslan is a contributing editor at the Daily Beast. Aslan’s first book is the International Bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into thirteen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War and editor of the anthology from Norton titled Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Aslan has been featured in dozens of popular TV programs including the Daily Show and the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

Learn more about MIIS’s new and innovative Executive Education Program and courses offered this summer.

Friday, January 28th, 2011

GSIPM Announces Spring 2011 Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium on Nation Building

What: This semester our Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium series at MIIS focuses on the topic of nation building.  The Colloquium is a series of lectures from leading experts on a given topic.  What have we learned from nation building experiences undertaken in both post-conflict and peaceful contexts?  What works, what does not work, and why?  The colloquium is organized around a series of lectures by leading experts specializing in one or more dimensions and cases of nation building.  

Who: The colloquium is also a unique opportunity for students from different fields because it intends to help students understand  how key international policy issues – including capacity development, humanitarian relief, rule of law, democratization, post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, private sector development, and state building – are related and connected. 

First Speaker:  On February 9 from approximately 6-8:50pm in MG 100,  Ambassador James Dobbins,  will present on “Lessons from the US, Europe’s and UN’s nation building efforts.”  Ambassador James Dobbins is the top expert in NB in the world, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND think thank.
Here is how Kofi Annan referred to Amb. Dobbins’ expertise:

Course: This colloquium can be taken as a seminar for 2 or 4 credits depending on the amount of assignment students wish to commit to.   Details available in the syllabus.   We highly encourage students to sign up for this seminar and take advantage of this opportunity to engage leading experts on different aspects of nation building.

RSVP for Public Events: In addition, the individual talks of the speakers are open for MIIS community and public.  Please note that the seats are limited so send your RSVP to the session you are interested in to in advance.

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Team Monterey El Salvador Now Accepting Applications for J-Term 2011

Team Monterey 5, El Salvador is now accepting applications until the deadline of October 15th, 2010.

Interested in using your Spanish language skills and working directly with the community on projects of infrastructure, environment, agricultural production, and more? Then apply now for the J-term, 2011 program in El Salvador!

Application and further details can be found here  You may also contact us at for more information. Look forward to receiving your application!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

VORP/MAP Volunteer Mediator Training

Restorative Justice Partners, Inc. will be providing a training for mediators for the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program. The training will provide the necessary skills for conducting mediations between victims and juvenile offenders.

When: Evening of Friday, November 5th, and continuing all day on Saturday, November 6th.

Where: Unity Church of Monterey Bay

Cost: $40 with a one year commitment  to mediate for Restorative Justice Partners, Inc., or $100 with no volunteer comittment

For more information, contact Susan Theordore at, or 831-737-9486

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Sexual Violence Against Women During War: Confronting the Atrocity, Healing Women

The Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA presents Lisa Shannon, Founder of “Run for Congo Women” and Author of A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman.

Lisa will be presenting on Sexual Violence Against Women During War: Confronting the Atrocity, Healing Women

When: October 13, 2010, 7:00 pm

Where: Irvine Auditorium

An informal meet-the-speaker reception will follow, with Lisa signing copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

For more information, please click here

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Future Leader’s Program

The Foreign Policy Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of its Future Leaders Program, which will cultivate the next generation of foreign policy leaders in Washington, DC.  The program will identify young professionals who share FPI’s commitment to international engagement, support for America’s allies, expanding political and economic freedom, and a strong military and connect them with foreign policy experts and former senior government officials.

Applicant’s must be between the ages of 25 and 35 working in government, the military, media, and the private and non-profit sectors, should have a bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of professional experience or relevant graduate work. Applicants who are selected to participate will be expected to attend all program events, which will be scheduled in the evenings to accommodate work schedules.

Applications are due by 5pm on September 17, 2010. Please visit FPI’s website for more information and how to submit your application.

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

2010 Lisbon Young Atlanticist Summit: Call for Applications

The Young Leader’s Summit will take place November 18th-20th in Lisbon, Portugal, on the sidelines of the 2010 NATO Summit. Hosted by the Atlantic Council of the United State’s Young Atlanticist Program, the Portuguese Atlantic Commission and the Atlantic Treat Association/Youth Atlantic Treat Association, the event brings together young professionals from all NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries, as well as Mediterranean Dialogue members.

The 2010 Young Atlanticist Summit will connect emerging leaders with one another and with Alliance leaders to discuss NATO’s strategic concept and other pressing issues facing the Alliance.  Those who have met with “Young Atlanticists” at previous NATO Summits include: President Barack Obama, Czech President Vaclav Havel, Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Georgian President Mikhael Saakashvili, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and NATO Secretaries General
Lord Robertson and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.  In 2010 the organizing partners will again use their networks to arrange similar high-level meetings, where possible.

Visit the Young Atlanticist Network website to download application materials for additional information. Applications are due on September 17, 2010.

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

MIIS Student Describes African J-Term Experience: “Media and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone”

Mary Magellan (IPS ’11) joined 13 other MIIS and Middlebury students on a two-week course in Sierra Leone last January.  She and her colleagues  are posting their experiences  on the Women’s International Perspective (WIP) website as part of a biweekly series. Her article, “Media and Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone,” highlights how radio is utilized in post-war society for both empowerment and manipulation, and is now available at The WIP website.

Led by Professor Pushpa Iyer, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Conflict Resolution here at MIIS, The Challenges in Peacebuilding Practicum allowed students to study firsthand this ongoing peacebuilding effort in the war-torn West African state. Sierra Leone continues to struggle to build a stable civil society in the aftermath of a decade of brutal civil war that ended in 2002.