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JUNE 19 – JULY 17, 2010

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In cooperation with Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the International Symposium in Bologna will bring together the globe’s brightest young minds from top graduate institutions, 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 skills necessary to bring peace and security to your community and to the world. In addition, you may apply to earn graduate-level course credit from SAIS, one of the world’s top graduate schools for international affairs.

The curriculum of the Bologna Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation is designed and managed by IPSI in coordination with co-Academic Coordinators Dr. P. Terrence Hopmann, Director of the SAIS Conflict Management Program, and Dr. William Zartman, prolific conflict resolution theoretician. The course work includes modules on conflict prevention, conflict management and resolution (including intensive mediation and negotiation training), post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction, several multilateral simulations, and social entrepreneurship. The course is scheduled as below:


Sampling of Confirmed Speakers/Trainers:

AHMEDOU OOULD-ABDALLAH Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General for Somalia

BETTY BIGOMBE Chief Mediator between the LRA and the Government of Uganda

MAYRA BUVINIC Sector Director, Gender and Development Group, The World Bank

GARETH EVANS Former Foreign Minister of Australia; President Emeritus, International Crisis Group; Co-Chair, International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

DAVID FRANCIS Director, Africa Center for Peace & Conflict Studies, University of Bradford

DR. PHILIP TERRENCE HOPMANN (Co-Academic Coordinator) Director, Conflict Management Department, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

AMB. JACQUES PAUL KLEIN Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia; Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Bosnia and Herzegovina

NORBERT KUNZ Social Entrepreneurship Expert; Founder and Executive Director, IQ Consult

JEFFREY MAPENDERE Sudan Country Director, The Carter Center International Observation Program

JOHN MARKS President, Search for Common Ground

SUSAN COLLIN MARKS Senior Vice President, Search for Common Ground

LUIS MORENO-OCAMPO Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

JOYCE NEU Former Team Leader, UN Standby Team of Mediation Experts


JOHN PRENDERGAST Co-founder, The Enough Project

VALERIE ROSOUX Research Fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) and Professor of International Negotiation at UCL

DAN SMITH Secretary General, International Alert

ALVARO DE SOTO Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central American Peace Process; Former Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for Cyprus

WILLIAM STUEBNER Former Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY); Former Chief of Staff and Senior Deputy for Human Rights of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

MARK YOUNG Author, Rational Games; Harvard Program on Negotiation Trainer

DR. I. WILLIAM ZARTMAN (Co-Academic Coordinator) Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

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Academics: The Bologna Symposium’s unique curriculum will bridge the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge by employing practitioners at the forefront of the peace and security field to teach about theory from the perspective of personal experience. For example, you may learn mediation techniques from the Director of the UN’s mediation unit, truth and reconciliation processes from the head of the Rwandan Gachacha Courts, grassroots peacebuilding from the founder of a microfinance institution, and peacekeeping operations from a NATO official. During a morning session, a top academic will lead you through a workshop on the fundamentals of drafting a peace resolution. In the afternoon, you will then interact with the practitioners who have been instrumental in getting adversaries to sign on the dotted line. You will graduate from the Bologna Symposium with a firm understanding of the three phases of conflict management (conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation), as well as the practical skills to confidently address violent conflict at all stages.  Learn more about a typical day at the Bologna Symposium by clicking here >>

Mediation & Negotiation: Training in the art of mediation and negotiation is not only useful when at the negotiating table, it has the capability to transform the way people think about the world and how they approach communication in all their interactions. Upon completion of an IPSI Symposium, you will be equipped with the tools to break down complex conflicts into their individual pieces and then confront each piece separately. You will understand how to differentiate between interests and needs and find common ground where none appeared to previously exist.

Social Entrepreneurship: Social entrepreneurship models provide innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps. At the Bologna Symposium, you will undergo instruction on social entrepreneurship theory and techniques from some of the world’s current leading social entrepreneurs.

Student-Trainer Network: By connecting you to other students and to leading experts, IPSI provides an active and on-going forum for our alumni. Through social networking, IPSI facilitates a platform to brainstorm innovative solutions to some of the world’s leading security threats and development challenges. Relying on the power of dialogue, networking, and collaboration inherent in our programming, IPSI catalyzes constructive discussions regarding peacemaking, peacebuilding, and human security. Through the diverse skills and regional expertise of its vast network, IPSI strives to be at the forefront of thought leadership in Peace & Security.

Peace & Security Labs: A select number of innovative student projects sparked by the IPSI International Symposium in Bologna will be supported by IPSI. These projects are used to test new and pioneering approaches to peacebuilding. In the future, IPSI will utilize the lessons learned from the Labs to drive the evolution of our training curriculum.

SAIS Academic Credit: Participants selected for matriculation may apply to receive one (1) graduate level course credit (4 units) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) if they satisfy SAIS requirements for admission into its non-degree summer programs; failure to be admitted to the credit program does not prevent students from participating in all other aspects of the seminar.  The co-Academic Coordinators for course credit are Dr. P. Terrence Hopmann and Dr. William Zartman. Please indicate on your application whether you are electing to take the Bologna Symposium for academic credit, as SAIS will require additional application materials.  Those students pursuing the academic route will face an additional rigorous, albeit ultimately rewarding, curriculum including graded written assignments.  Learn more about how to earn academic credit by clicking here >>

Program Details: The Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation will take place from June 20 – July 16, 2010.  You will arrive on June 19 and depart July 17. Classes will be held at the SAIS Bologna Center, with accommodations nearby at the Aemelia Golden Tulip Hotel. Your tuition includes all educational materials, shared double room, meals (breakfast and lunch Mon-Fri), and special events. Your classes will be held from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday, with the exception of Wednesday, which will be from 9:00am-noon. There are no mandatory programs on Wednesday afternoon, although you are encouraged to use the time to work on group projects or use the library facilities. IPSI will also arrange optional evening programs for the screening of documentaries and/or student presentations. Tuition does not include travel to or from Bologna.

Over the 4-week program, you will have the opportunity to experience one to two small group dinners with some of the world’s leading practitioners speaking at the Symposium. At these meals, you will personally interact and swap stories with the people you have read about in text books and seen on the news.

Your weekends are free for the exploration of Bologna’s cobblestone streets and Italy’s treasures. In addition, IPSI will arrange optional group trips to vineyards, museums, cathedrals, and other attractions to learn about Italian culture, food, wine, architecture, and history.

Event Space: Home to the oldest university in Europe, the city of Bologna has a long tradition of education, cultural heritage, and political vitality that make it an attractive location for IPSI’s inaugural Symposium, as well as SAIS’ European branch. Now in its sixth decade of operation, the SAIS Bologna Center—the leading American graduate school for international affairs in Europe—offers a unique educational environment that distinguishes it from typical exchange or multi-institution programs. The Bologna Center is adjacent to the University of Bologna in the heart of the historical university district and holds the largest English language library in international affairs on mainland Europe. As an IPSI student, you will have exclusive access to all SAIS Bologna facilities including the library, computer lounges, wi-fi network, common areas, and classrooms.

Accommodations in Bologna: At the Bologna Symposium, you will reside in the four-star Aemelia Golden Tulip Hotel, only a short walk from the SAIS Bologna Center and the famous two towers in the city center. The Golden Tulip’s rooms, many of which offer superb views of Bologna’s roofs and hills, offer high-speed Internet, satellite TV, film on demand, air conditioning with individual control, minibar, hairdryer, and a safe wide enough to contain a laptop. Two wide terraces will enable you and other IPSI guests to relax in the open air in front of the beautiful skyline of the towered city. The hotel also has a gym for students that like to exercise. Bikes and golf bags are available to you free of charge upon request.

The Golden Tulip’s restaurant, Gurmè, serves both traditional Bolognese cooking and dishes from the best international cuisine. In the BERT in ORO, a wine bar on the first floor, you can enjoy daily Happy Hour cocktails, aperitifs and a large selection of Italian wines.

Student Selection: The IPSI Bologna Symposium strives to attract a diverse and accomplished student body from across the globe, including peace and security leaders from conflict and post-conflict countries. A balanced and effective student body will draw from a broad spectrum of regions, religions, and ethnicities. IPSI will accept up to 100 young professionals, graduate students, accomplished rising seniors, and a select few highly qualified undergraduates based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Stellar academic and/or professional achievement
  • Keen interest in Peace & Security
  • Proven record of leadership positions in community affairs
  • Experience in the armed services
  • Demonstrated ability in undertaking social entrepreneurship ventures

To be considered for matriculation, you will need to provide the following materials via our online application form:

  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Short essays (250 words or less) on
    • WHY you would like to attend the Bologna Symposium
    • WHAT you intend to do with the training received
    • WHAT does being a Peace & Security leader mean to you
  • Letter of recommendation
  • $25.00 application fee

SAIS Academic Credit: Upon selection to attend the Bologna Symposium, you may apply to enroll for graduate-level academic credit for SAIS pending Johns Hopkins’ approval.  Learn more about how to earn academic credit by clicking here >>

Deadlines and Costs: IPSI will accept applications from January 30, 2010 – May 12, 2010. Enrollment decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Item Due Date Cost
Early Decision Applications Monday, March 15th $6,500.00
Regular Applications Wednesday, May 12th $6,875.00
SAIS Academic Credit (optional) $500 FEE WAIVED $500.00

Due to the competitive process and high volume of applications, you will be asked to make a non-refundable $500 deposit within two weeks of notification of acceptance to the 2010 Bologna Symposium to reserve your spot. The entire cost of the symposium is due within six weeks of notification, or one month before arrival in Bologna (whichever falls first).

The cost seems high, why should I consider this program?  We know that the Bologna Symposium experience might seem costly, but it is important to consider two key factors before you make the decision to apply. Firstly, how much do/did you spend on your education each semester? The Bologna Symposium is often less expensive than the average cost of a single graduate credit at a top institution when you take into account room and board, books, and classroom materials, which we include in your tuition. You should consider the Bologna Symposium an extension of your academic experience, providing intensive training and practical skills development, high-level networking, unparalleled access to the world’s premier leaders, and optional SAIS graduate-level credit to complement your already significant education. Secondly, most employers now view skills above academic qualifications when they are considering candidates for jobs. The practical skills and pragmatic approaches to resolving conflict as well as the peer-networking inherent in your Symposium experience may prove just as important as your degree, especially given that most applicants for any position you seek will also have a similar university degree. The Bologna Symposium is a prudent investment in your education and career.

Limited Scholarships: IPSI will carefully select a number of participants from conflict and post-conflict countries to receive partial-to-full scholarships for the Bologna Symposium. To achieve a diverse and balanced group, IPSI will consult with embassies, universities, international organizations, NGOs, and other contacts on the ground to seek out participants that have the greatest ability to influence policy and/or impact the grassroots. IPSI will place special emphasis on recruiting participants that work for peace, understanding, and reconciliation on opposing sides of any given conflict. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply for an IPSI Scholarship by clicking here >>

ANNOUNCEMENT: Aware of the current economic realities in many developed countries, IPSI is making available up to 20 partial scholarships to applicants from developed countries who can demonstrate the financial need. The total subsidized cost of the Bologna, Italy Symposium for these 20 carefully-selected students will  be $5,500.00 (without academic credit) and $5,850 (with academic credit). If you choose to apply for a partial scholarship, please denote the amount in your online scholarship application. If you have already been accepted to the program and would like to apply for a partial scholarship, please contact us.

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