The RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Peace and Conflict Summer Program gives students the tools to analyze the history, politics and economics of contemporary, violent conflict. Participants will increase their global understanding of conflict dynamics, establish new networks of friends, and have fun in a safe, multicultural environment. The program focuses on the background to the Balkan conflicts of the late 20th century, on the dynamics of ending armed conflict and on continuing challenges to conflict transformation and development.
Courses are taught by former diplomats, journalists, and academic specialists with hands-on experience in the crises of the Balkans and elsewhere.
Participants come from all over the world with a common interest in studying war and peace in a newly born country that has not yet fully recovered from its own violent conflict.
The classroom experience is enhanced by regional travel, a practical workshop testing skills developed in courses, and day trips that highlight the Balkan’s cultural diversity.
Participants can choose from one of two regional study tours (scenic and historic areas in the near-by Balkans): Albania, Montenegro, Croatia (Dubrovnik), Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, where they will have the opportunity to meet with policy makers and activists.
Major topics include:
- Refugees, Migrants and Humanitarian Crises
- Humanitarian Intervention and State Building
- Human Rights, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
- Reporting and Documenting Change
- The Balkans and southeast Europe