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Caux Scholars Program

A multi-disciplinary approach to conflict transformation,
transitional justice, and principled leadership.

Language: English
Program Fees: US $3800 (covers tuition, meals, lodging)
Location: Initiatives of Change conference center in Caux, Switzerland
Dates: June 26 - July 24, 2015
Participation: Limited to 20 students 
Application deadline: February 27, 2015

Special 2015 guest lecturer

Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer is an Associate Professor at the American University’s School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution in Washington, DC. Dr. Abu-Nimer is an expert on conflict resolution and dialogue for peace. He has conducted research on conflict resolution and dialogue for peace among Palestinians and Jews in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; application of conflict resolution models in Muslim communities; interreligious conflict resolution training; interfaith dialogue, and evaluation of conflict resolution programs.

Just Governance for Human Security - July 3-8

As part of their academic course the CSP class of 2015 will particpate in the the Just Governance for Human Security conference, one in the series of Caux summer conferences.

Program overview

Since its inception in 1991 the Caux Scholars Program (CSP) has graduated 438 students from more than 100 countries. The program has an active alumni network active in all areas of life - academics, politics, international organizations, grassroots initiatives.

The Caux Scholars Program teaches students to analyze conflicts, to understand the factors that create and sustain conflicts, and provide practical understanding of approaches to resolving conflicts - conflict prevention, negotiation and transitional justice.

Twenty students from around the world are selected for this four-week course held in Caux, Switzerland, during the Initiatives of Change global summer conferences. The program includes approximately 40 hours of academic classes, seven hours per week of “Service for Leadership” practical work, a field trip to Geneva and participation in the Caux conferences.

Frequently practitioners see conflict resolution, development and humanitarian relief as distinct areas of practice. In reality, these fields are intrinsically intermingled. Embracing a conflict transformation lens can make humanitarian and development projects more sustainable. CSP trains practitioners of mainstream conflict transformation and transitional justice perspectives to improve their work, regardless of their programmatic specialty.

While CSP is not affiliated with a university and does not offer credit, it is often possible for participants to secure credit through their own institution, in consultation with their professor and pursuant to their requirements. CSP is willing to assist in this.

To get an better idea of the Caux Scholar experience view this short video made by Tim Hall (CSP 2013)

Peacebuilding UnpackedPeacebuilding Unpacked

Meet the class of 2014
Special alumni opportunity August 8-13, 2014

The 2014 Caux Scholars Reunion (August 8-9) is linked to the International Peacebuilder's Forum (August 10-13) in Caux. Both will provide a wonderful opportunity for CSP Alumni to revisit the power of transformation on a personal basis and hear many stories about how transformational peacebuilding processes are being attempted globally. Barry Hart, former CSP academic director writes:

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Amaha Selassie (CSP 2012) who is presently working on his PhD in Sociology, has been involved in community action protesting the shooting of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York and Ohio, #BlackLivesMatter. Amaha was recently awarded the Freedom and Justice award from SCLC. He calls on lovers of peace to go deeper.

Khalil El Masry (CSP 2010) from Egypt is an IT consultant and peace activist. In 2011 he returned to Caux as the CSP Assistant. He writes about an opportunity for CSP alumni to gain momentum as a network and make an impact, "it is crucial to bring together all those who are in favor of values of freedom, justice, and peace, and those who are willing to build bridges of trust and understanding across divides."

When it comes to the field of interfaith/interreligious dialogue and peacebuilding, Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer needs no introduction. We asked Asifa Koul (CSP 2010) who is working on her PhD in International Relations at American University under the direction Dr. Abu-Nimer, CSP faculty member, to find out more about his recent dialogue work in Vienna.

The Caux Scholars Program offers a multi-disciplinary approach to conflict transformation, transitional justice, and principled leadership.


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