Sandole to Continue Peace Research with Fulbright Visiting Professorship

Posted: May 22, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Dennis J.D. Sandole, professor of conflict resolution and international relations at George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), has been awarded a Fulbright Visiting Professorship in Vienna, Austria, for the spring 2004 semester. He also plans to continue a long-term research project that was the focus of his 1997 Fulbright award.

Sandole will be the visiting professor of international relations at the Diplomatic Academy. His project, “Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Vienna: In the Shadow of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Balkans, and Global Terrorism,” involves teaching three courses from March 1 to June 30, 2004, that lead to the diplomatic academy diploma and master of advanced international studies degree. Two of the courses will be amended versions of his ICAR graduate courses, War, Violence, and Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding. The third will be a specially created Laboratory/Simulation Workshop in Problem-Solving in Complex Conflicts.

Sandole’s visiting professorship gives him access to postgraduate students from around the world interested in developing careers in international affairs. “One of my objectives will be to introduce these students to conflict resolution as an applied-theory field, as taught and practiced at George Mason University’s ICAR,” he says.

Another objective will be to involve negotiators from OSCE, Europe’s premier peace and security organization, as guest speakers in his classes. He also plans to take his students to weekly sessions of the Permanent Council, OSCE’s decision-making body that addresses various aspects of peace and security in post-Cold War Europe and the post-Sept. 11 world. “I would also continue to work on my OSCE project as a basis for preventing future Yugoslav-type conflicts, with implications for the global war on terror,” Sandole says.

The Diplomatic Academy is a world-renowned graduate level institution awarding the diploma and master of advanced international studies degrees to students from around the world interested in pursuing careers in diplomacy and other aspects of global affairs.

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