Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Bosnia & Herzegovina
In the 1990s, Bosnia was the focal point of the most tragic war that Europe and the Balkans had seen since World War II. It was also the scene of major war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and acts of genocide that transfixed Europe and the world. At the same time, nothing is what it seems in racial and ethnic wars. Bosnia was also the scene of heroic gestures across enemy lines between peacebuilding Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Countless lives were saved by individual heroes, and communities of care were established. This is a story of conflict management, peacebuilding, and reconciliation between extraordinarily heroic people. This combines with a tale of horror, and a stubborn persistence of managed ceasefire that has not led to positive change and reconciliation. In this course, students will study the tragedy of inter-ethnic and inter-religious war, the heroic efforts to do just the opposite, and the implications for global war and global peace. We will meet major figures of interreligious peacebuilding, leading organizations, and average people creatively engaged in positive change.
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 385: International Field Experience
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 695:Selected Topics
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including those who do not attend George Mason University.
Program Cost (Summer 2017): $3890.
- Tuition (3 credits)
- Hotel for all 8 nights of the course
- 2 meals per day
- In-country ground transportation
- Cultural excursions
- Entrance fees
- Course trainers’ and speakers' costs
- Round-trip airfare
- Additional Meals
- Personal Spending
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed.
Dr. Marc Gopin