Ethics Center Staff Take Part in Conflict Studies Conference

November 3, 2008

On Friday, October 31, Ethics Center staff members John Moore (Program Manager at Coexistence International) and Ted Johnson (Assistant Professor of Conflict and Coexistence in the Slifka Program) participated in the 7th Biennial "Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas" conference sponsored by the Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Moore presented on the topic of the tension between the Somali preference to use traditional dispute resolution processes in the Dadaab refugee camps located in northwest Kenya and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (which manages the camp) human rights concerns regarding this practice.

Johnson served as the chair of Moore's panel, "Refugees and Minority Populations," which included three additional presentations by three international relations and conflict-resolution graduate scholars from American University, George Mason University, and University of Denver. The titles of these presentations included: "Loss and Politics: Seeking a Solution to Vietnamese Central Highlander Discontent,""Revitalizing Our Dances: Land & Dignity in Paraguay," and "The Role of Refugees in Separatist Conflict." 

The conference is organized by graduate students of the Dispute Resolution Program at UMass and featured presentations exclusively by graduate students from a range of fields and from universities from more than 15 countries.

For more on the conference, see www.disres.umb.edu/conference2008.php, or contact John Moore or Professor Ted Johnson.