SPP Offers Course on Afghanistan Rehabilitation

Posted: May 10, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Paige Risser

The School of Public Policy’s Program on Peacekeeping Policy is offering a two-week training course for humanitarian workers preparing for the rehabilitation effort in

Afghanistan. Scheduled for May 28 through June 7, the course will feature experts in the fields of humanitarian aid, conflict resolution, peacekeeping, military operations, and Islamic and Afghani cultures.

“This course is unique in that it is designed to prepare civilians to go and work in

Afghanistan,” says David Davis, director of the peacekeeping program. “We are targeting civilian representatives of nongovernmental organizations, federal agencies, and the United Nations, and focusing on the critical skills needed for civilians who want to live and work in Afghanistan.”

The International Training Programme for Conflict Management at the Scuola Superiore

Sant Anna in Pisa, Italy, offered a similar training program in March, and had 250 applications for 35 slots. The Italian school is co-hosting this course with George Mason.

Ambassador Francesc Vendrell, special advisor on Afghanistan to the president of the European Union, is the keynote speaker. Amr Abdalla, research and evaluation director at George Mason’s

Center for the Advancement of Public Health and an expert on Islamic-focused conflict analysis and resolution, is the course director. The curriculum has been shaped to include interaction and experience sharing among both participants and instructors and will offer opportunities for interactive learning and hands-on involvement with experts in the field.

The deadline to register is May 15. For more information or to register, visit the course web site.

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