Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace
The Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace (ZCZP) program at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar enables students to study conflict management and resolution in their real-life application across the globe. Since 2007, the award-winning program has been taking students to zones of ethnic, political, religious and social conflict, with the goal of better understanding both the causes of the conflict and the difficult process of reconciliation. In 2018, the program was converted to a 3-credit course, including a travel component.
Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace trips occur during the summer holiday and are comprised of 10 - 15 Georgetown students as well as faculty and staff members. The trips last one to two weeks and involve meetings with politicians, journalists, community organizers, and other change-makers in the destination zone, as well as visits to points of historical interest.
In order to prepare for this rigorous period of meetings, tours, and discussions, participants attend weekly non-credit classes in the months leading up to the trip, for a total of 20 - 25 in-class hours. These classes are taught by faculty members who are experts in the specific field of study. Classes are designed to familiarize students with the history of the conflict in question, as well as provide background information about the country they will visit.
ZCZP is open to all first, second and third year students. Students selected for the program are required to be in good academic standing and go through a competitive application process that includes personal reflections and academic essays. Students engage in follow-up projects and presentations to share their experiences with their peers and with the wider Georgetown community.
This year's program
In the Spring 2019, the Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace class will be taught by Professor Sonia Alonso Sáenz de Oger and students will learn about the history of the Basque country.
Students learned about the history and culture of Muslims in China with Professor Max Oidtmann. The group started in Beijing, and traveled to other cities by plane and train to get a better understanding of life for Chinese Muslims.
15 students studied the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki, led by Professor Kai-Henrik Barth.
Oman and Tanzania - Summer 2016
14 students studied the history, politics, and aftermath of the violence that accompanied the expulsion of Arabs during the 1964 revolution in Zanzibar, led by Professor Rogaia Abu Sharaf.
The group focused on tackling the lack of information on the ethnic conflict in Zanzibar, and looked at how genocide is constructed and labeled in the international community. Additional topics of study were the concepts of ethnic cleansing,reintegration and repatriation.
United States - Spring 2015
11 students traced the culture, history and politics of Muslims in the US. The group focused on the historical path of migration of Muslim immigrants, their cultural productions and the political challenges they have faced in the US in the 20th and 21st centuries, led by Professors Karine Walther and Abdullah Al-Arian.
South Africa - Summer 2014
14 students looked at the use of sports, arts, and culture in ongoing reconciliation in the 20 years after the 1994 end of apartheid.
Northern Ireland - Spring 2014
16 students looked at the use of sports in reconciliation efforts since the signing of the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement.
Germany and Poland - Summer 2013
15 students traveled to Germany and Poland to learn about the Holocaust, its subsequent memorialization and efforts in regards to reconciliation and justice.
Rwanda - Spring 2013
13 students learned about the 1994 genocide, and the subsequent memorialization, reconciliation, and justice efforts in Rwandan society after the event.
Timor-Leste - Summer 2012
15 students explored truth and reconciliation efforts in the aftermath of the Indonesian occupation from 1975 to 1999, the transitional administration by the United Nations and the East Timorese independence in 2002.
Cambodia - Spring 2012
16 students studied reconciliation and memorialization efforts in the aftermath of the 1975-1979 genocide, with a focus on international law and the ongoing Khmer Rouge trials.
South Africa - Summer 2011
14 students looked at the use of arts and culture in ongoing reconciliation efforts in the years after the 1994 decree to end apartheid.
Northern Ireland - Spring 2011
Students looked at the use of arts and culture in ongoing reconciliation efforts after the signing of the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement.
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Spring 2010
Students studied educational, governmental, and economic realities in the 15 years following the Srebrenica genocide.
Cyprus - Spring 2010
13 students learned about the conflict on the divided Mediterranean island between the internationally recognized state of Cyprus and the unofficial Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Germany and Poland - Summer 2009
Students traveled to Germany and Poland to learn about the Holocaust, its subsequent memorialization, and efforts at facilitating unity and justice.
Rwanda - Spring 2009
Students learned more about the 1994 genocide, attempts at collective remembrance, and the reconciliation and justice efforts in Rwandan society.
Palestine and Israel - Summer 2008
12 students traveled to Palestine and Israel for the first program trip under the new Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace name. The group learned about the diversity of the respective areas, as well as the social and political realities and motivations of the many sides involved in this contentious conflict.
Jordan - Summer 2007
Labeled as the first ZCZP experience, the focus of this trip was on micro-finance and small business enterprises. 11 students spent two days with the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD), sought to better understand the situation of Palestinian and Iraqi refugees, and finished by working on a build with Habitat for Humanity.