Course Addresses Afghan Relief Efforts

Posted: February 3, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

“Preparing for the Rehabilitation Effort in Afghanistan” is the subject of a two-week course offered by the Peace Operations Policy Program (POPP), part of the School of Public Policy (SPP). The course, which begins today and runs until Feb. 14 at the Arlington Campus, is being offered in response to overwhelming demand to last year’s programs at George Mason and the Scuola Supertiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

A host of experts in humanitarian aid, conflict resolution, peacekeeping, military operations, Islamic and Afghani cultures, and international development will address issues related to relief work in Afghanistan. Topics include conflict analysis, the recent history of Afghanistan, human rights, postwar rehabilitation, the roles of judiciary and police, models for conflict resolution in the Muslim-Afghani communities, and consideration of health and preventive medicine issues.

“We have to understand that the Afghan people have suffered so much under the Taliban regime and because of 20 years of war,” says Amr Abdalla, course director and a professor in SPP. “Our success in liberating the Afghan people does not end the job. Our work will continue by helping them through all aspects of rehabilitation and reconstruction.”

Collaborators for the course include the Embassy of Afghanistan, the Institute for Global Policy Research at the University of Virginia, the International Foundation for Election Systems, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research Programme of Correspondence Instruction.

For more information, visit POPP’s web site.

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