Conflict Security and Development Series- Peace building in Iraq: What Roles Can Universities Play?

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NYU Wagner Office of Special Events
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Thomas Hill, associate research scholar, Center for International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University Among the most well-respected and stable institutions in Iraq, universities allow representatives of different communities to interact and peacefully contest the country’s future. The recent establishment of a master’s program in peace and conflict studies at one Iraqi public university, and the development of a center dedicated to peace and security studies at a private university suggest a growing acceptance of responsibility for a role in peacebuilding by Iraq’s academics. Drawing on experiences teaching in Iraq, this discussion focuses on both the possibilities for, and the limitation of, university-led peacebuilding efforts in Iraq and elsewhere.