Ukrainian Visitors Learn Conflict Resolution Emphasis at ICAR

Posted: October 28, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Ten students from the Ukraine’s National Taurida Vernadsky University (NTVU) and professor Carina Korostelina attended a belated summer institute at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), Oct. 17-27. The collaborative project, part of a three-year partnership between ICAR and NTVU, is funded by the U.S. Department of State Newly Independent States College and University Partnership Program.

NTVU, a highly respected and visible institution in Crimea, plays an important role in identifying and disseminating models of conflict resolution appropriate for the Ukraine. Recently transformed into a national university, NTVU has a new mandate to become a center for conflict resolution, educational reform, and citizen education in democratic values.

“As the Ukraine makes its transition to democracy, it is grappling with the complexities of managing cultural and ethnic differences,” says Sara Cobb, ICAR director. “ICAR’s collaboration with NTVU creates a scholar-practitioner network that can support the Ukraine’s transition. The students who are visiting ICAR and attending seminars provide a basis of expertise within the Ukraine for addressing conflicts as they arise. Additionally, the experience that these students bring to us enriches the ICAR community, as they provide their perspectives on the conflicts and problems that arise in Eastern Europe during this time of transition.”

The collaborative project has three goals: to focus a new emphasis in conflict resolution across NTVU’s curriculum by developing new courses and modifying existing ones; to establish a student-led University Dispute Resolution Center that provides both conflict resolution services and training to the university community; and to create a Crimean Institute of Peace within the university for outreach consulting and training for government executives, nongovernmental organizations, and business leaders, educators, and community leaders.

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