Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-07-25

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law will host an international delegation of visitors in the U.S. to gain perspectives on conflict resolution and peace studies Tuesday, July 26.  Representatives from Armenia, Israel, Nigeria, Philippines and Tunisia will attend the program in the Cumberland Community Mediation Center.

            The representatives are visiting the U.S. for three weeks under auspices of the U.S. State Department International Visitor Program.  They are studying how the U.S. uses preventive diplomacy and conflict resolution in both domestic and international spheres.

            The visitors include Sergey Minasyan, head of the political studies department, Caucasus Institute, Armenia; Yiftah Ron, coordinator, Project on Narratives and Identity, Smart Center for Communication., Hebrew University, Israel; Joseph Kariboro, executive director, Niger Delta Research Center, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Elvino Baldeviso Balicao, Jr., municipal mayor, Municipality of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Philippines; and Ihsane Jarraya, career office director, South Mediterranean University, Tunisia.

            The group is accompanied by Robert Hajek, an English language officer.

            Cassandra W. Adams is director of the Cumberland Community Mediation Center and Public Interest Project.



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