Bologna Symposium 2014


We are professionalizing peacebuilding, and together we’ll change the world.

At the Bologna Symposium, you will learn real tangible professional peacebuilding skills directly from the world’s most effective conflict management practitioners.

Location:  Bologna, Italy
Program Dates:  June  27 – July 25, 2015 (4 weeks)

SAIS LogoIn cooperation with The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the 2015 Bologna Symposium will bring together the globe’s brightest minds from top academic institutions, NGOs, international organizations, grassroots peace movements, and the armed services. Over a four-week period, you will undergo intensive training by the field’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates in the practical skills necessary to foster peace and security in your community and the world.

As a participant, you receive an IPSI Post-Graduate Certificate in “International Conflict Management” upon successful completion of the course.  If you choose to undertake additional rigorous assignments you will earn an IPSI Post-Graduate Certificate in “International Conflict Management with Distinction.”  In addition, you may decide to apply to earn graduate-level MA course credit from SAIS, one of the world’s premier graduate schools for international affairs.

2015 Keynote Speaker: The Honourable Roméo Dallaire
Roméo Dallaire is a retired lieutenant-general, Senator, and celebrated humanitarian. In 1993, LGen Dallaire was appointed Force Commander for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), where he witnessed the country descend into chaos and genocide, leading to the deaths of more than 800,000 Rwandans. He is President of the Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire Foundation; founder of The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, an organization aimed at eradicating the use of child soldiers; an outspoken advocate for human rights, particularly war-affected children, and women; a respected champion of genocide prevention initiatives, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, and nuclear non-proliferation, as well as a best-selling author. He will candidly discuss his point of view on these pressing global issues. As a participant at the Bologna Symposium you will have direct access to LGen Dallaire, as well as 24 additional world class leaders that will act as faculty over the four-week intensive skills training program. To learn more about LGen Dallaire’s illustrious career, please visit his website.

Featured Session: Syria Simulation with Pamela Aall
Pamela Aall HeadshotYou will cap off your Bologna Symposium experience with a two-day immersive, interactive simulation in which you will put into practice the skills learned throughout the Symposium.  This year’s simulation will challenge you to creatively address the conflict in Syria.  IPSI Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and international peacebuilding expert Pamela Aall will join Symposium participants for the simulation in an advisory role, providing individualized and group feedback and guidance.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Special $2,500 Scholarship: Innovators for Peace [Due May 1]: Through generous contributions from our distinguished alumni currently building peace and security globally, IPSI is honored to offer for the first time two Innovators for Peace Scholarships worth $2,500 each (our largest scholarships available for 2015).  Are you eligible? 


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