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Ohio University to host workshop on resolving conflict

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 14, 2004) -- Scholars, educators and activists will gather to search for strategies for resolving conflict in Columbia, Indonesia and Sudan at a workshop titled "Beyond Violence: Transforming Intractable Conflict" at Ohio University's Grover Center September 17-18.

Sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace and Ohio University's Center for International Studies, the workshop will engage participants in drawing lessons from the three focus countries that may be applied to other sites of political violence worldwide. Organizers hope the workshop will help build an understanding of why conflicts in these settings have been unresolved and identify strategies for resolving them.

Invited speakers will address historical and practical issues involved in transforming conflict into peace in Colombia, Indonesia and Sudan. Breakout sessions following each plenary session will be dedicated to issues such as the role of media in framing conflict, military and paramilitary involvement in conflict, and international and regional dimensions of the conflict.

United States Institute of Peace staff members will lead a closing session to highlight broad lessons learned and to propose these lessons might be applied in other conflict situations around the world. The sessions of this workshop will provide an opportunity for cross-regional comparison and interdisciplinary dialogue concerning national political change in a tense world.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit the Center for International Studies Web page at www.ohiou.edu/internationalstudies/events.htm or contact Karla Schneider, assistant director of Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University, at (740) 593-1841 or schneidk@ohio.edu.

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Media Contacts: Assistant Director of Southeast Asian Studies Karla Schneider, (740) 593-1841 or schneidk@ohio.edu

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