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The Criticality and Potential of Local Human Rights Educators in Rakhine State, by Benjamin Steiner

by |November 12th, 2018

Written September 2018 by Benjamin Steiner, AC4 Graduate Student Fellow, upon returning from fieldwork in Myanmar.  To many in Rakhine State, Myanmar, “Rohingya” is a pseudonym — a social construction — applied to Bengali illegal immigrants living in a state that rightfully belongs to its namesake Rakhine ethnicity. As evidence, they cite the imposing ruins… read more

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Job Opening: MD-ICCCR is looking for a P/T Education Program Coordinator

by |November 12th, 2018

The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College is seeking to hire a qualified candidate with a strong interest in growing the center’s innovative Conflict Intelligence program at Columbia University as a part-time position. This position will coordinate all of the MD-ICCCR educational offerings, including the Graduate Certificate program,… read more

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AC4 Co-Executive Director Peter Coleman Interviewed for the Chicago Tribune

by |November 9th, 2018

Divided America, Difficult Conversations: If you’re ready have them, here’s how — by Cindy Dampier in the Chicago Times Here’s snippet from the Chicago Times: So, should you try to break down the wall that divides you and your parents or your neighbor and start a conversation about immigration or abortion rights? There’s no easy… read more

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Transforming Communities with Youth: Progress at the Social Lab Castilla

by |November 5th, 2018

Just like plants depend on their entire environment that surrounds them in order to flourish and thrive so too does sustainable peace. Both need an environment that suits their needs, and yes, their aspirations. Plants need water, sunlight, carbon dioxide, space, etc. And, in turn, water needs oxygen and hydrogen, space needs time, and so… read more

How Can We Teach Those Who’ve Been Ostracized? – Reflection from Niwa Dwitama, AC4 Fellow 2018

by |October 23rd, 2018

While the rule of law and rehabilitation programs for people convicted to terrorism-related charges are important elements of Counter-Terrorism policy, the life of their family members, such as wives and children, are also affected by societal perception and labeling due to their affiliation to terrorism. “Most of these children had dropped out of school because… read more

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Conflict Prevention with NGO Belun in Timor-Leste – Reflections from Anna Larsson, AC4 Fellow

by |October 15th, 2018

Anna Larsson is in the Master of International Affairs Program, specializing in both International Conflict Resolution and Gender & Public Policy, at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. With the AC4 Fellowship award, she was a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) intern at the conflict prevention NGO Belun in Dili, Timor-Leste. Can the Fear of Doing… read more

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Bringing Findings Back by Summer Lindsey, AC4 Graduate Student Fellow

by |October 12th, 2018

People prefer to punish rape and stealing more severely, but wife-beating less severely in the wake of armed conflict. This is what I found from implementing a series of 80 focus groups with a local research organization two years ago in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This summer, in 2018, I returned to work with… read more

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Centralizing Universality in Human Rights Education for Rakhine State, Myanmar, by Benjamin Steiner

by |October 10th, 2018

When I traveled to Rakhine State, Myanmar as a Human Rights education (HRE) curriculum consultant with the support of AC4, I packed light. My two duffle bags contained several drafts of my HRE curriculum packaged neatly in Columbia University binders, some nifty visual aids and teacher training tools, less changes of clothes than I realistically… read more

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Lessons from the Field, by Irina Soboleva, AC4 Fellow

by |October 10th, 2018

Irina Soboleva is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics and Cognitive Psychology. She combines field experiments and ethnography to enhance community engagement in polarized societies. Behind the Scenes: Three Lessons from the Field This summer, I have been running a field experiment on civil participation in Eastern Ukraine. In what comes below, I focus on… read more

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Peace Talks Radio: Finding Peace, Sustaining Peace – featuring AC4 Co-Executive Director, Peter T. Coleman

by |October 9th, 2018

From the Peace Talks Radio Website: How do we find peace and how do we make peace last? It’s easy to become cynical and lose hope when faced with conflicts that seem intractable and have lasted for so long. But there are people working on solutions, even reaching across divides that seemed insurmountable in the past. On this edition… read more