FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Friday, June 10, 2011

United States Institute of Peace Online Courses

United States Institute of Peace Online Courses
Has anyone completed any of USIP’s online courses?  I am going to try one soon and will give feedback on it here.  Following are the subjects for which they offer online courses:
Certificate Course in Conflict Analysis - Academics and professionals in the field of conflict management face extraordinary challenges in dealing with the various phases of conflict, whether it is rebuilding in the aftermath, stopping conflict in progress, or preventing conflict before it begins.

Certificate Course in Negotiation and Conflict Management - Whether in far-reaching international diplomacy or the immediate response to a local crisis, developing successful alternatives to violent conflict requires firm command of the practice of negotiation. This course provides a thorough conceptual framework to help practitioners structure their efforts in negotiation.

Certificate Course in Interfaith Conflict Resolution - Religion is frequently cited as a cause of violent conflict, yet dialogue between faith communities often reveals that religion is not a primary source of tension. Moreover, faith-based approaches to peacemaking can be invaluable in promoting understanding and reconciliation.

Introductory Course on the OSCE - This course was originally developed by the Institute to provide training for U.S. candidates for positions with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and its Rapid Expert Assistance and Cooperation Teams (REACT) in particular.

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