Unique to The Pearson Institute, these faculty- and staff-led programs focus on critical issues of global conflict. Harnessing the vast international network of The Pearson Institute, students engage with government officials, NGOs, community leaders, locals, and more, in order to gain a holistic perspective of conflict in the region. Traveling with a specialist for each region provides an academic underpinning to each program. International Conflict Seminars are open to students looking for an intensive international experience and seeking to gain a realistic understanding of conflicts from the perspective of those who have experienced them, and those who have been active participants in the negotiation, peace, and reconciliation processes.
- International Conflict Seminars
- Northern Ireland
- Israel & The West Bank
International Conflict Seminars
In August 2018, students traveled to Northern Ireland for 5 days to join the Global Conflict | The Human Impact conference, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the pivotal Good Friday Agreement. In addition to attending the conference, students met with local partners to learn the history of The Troubles and visit important sites in Belfast, Derry, and more.
In December 2018, 18 students visited Jordan for one week, meeting with locals, academics, and political figures to understand the dominant issues of conflict in the region. Visits included Zaatari and other refugee camps, the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, Petra, the Dead Sea, and more.
Israel & The West Bank
Over spring break 2019, Harris Public Policy students traveled to Israel and the West Bank to learn about the socio-political dynamics of conflict in this tumultuous region. Students met NGOs, scholars, politicians, activists, and more in order to gain a 360 degree view of the complexities of this protracted conflict.