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Peace Research Institutions and Projects


International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU)

The International Boundaries Research Unit works to secure the peaceful resolution of international boundaries on land and at sea. It is the only research centre of its kind in the world. Since its foundation in 1989, it has built up an international reputation as a source of information and expertise on all questions concerning boundaries and territories.

The IBRU's quarterly Boundary & Security Bulletin began publication in 1991 and is a unique resource: it provides information on, amongst other things, conflicts over land-based and maritime boundaries, dispute settlement in boundary conflicts, peacekeeping measures in border areas, refugee movements, and ethno-territorial conflicts.

The IBRU also publishes Boundary & Territory Briefings and Maritime Briefings. Past titles of these include: `Cross-border Crime in the Former Soviet Union', `The Land Boundaries of Indochina', `Technical Aspects of Maritime Boundary Delimitation', and `The Spratly Islands Dispute: Who's on First?'. International conferences are regularly held by the IBRU, and Conference Proceedings from these are published. For more detailed information about these activities and about IBRU workshops, please contact the address below. (For information on the IBRU's latest publications, see box.)

Contact: International Boundaries Research Unit, Suite 3P, Mountjoy Research Centre, University of Durham, Durham DH1 3UR, UK, Tel.: +44-191-374-7701, Fax: +44-191-374-7702, e-mail: ibru@durham.ac.uk, http://www-ibru.dur.ac.uk

Disarmament Forum

Disarmament Forum is the new quarterly journal published by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). It takes the place of the earlier UNIDIR Newsletter. Each issue of Disarmament Forum will have a theme related to security and disarmament. A `Special Comment' will be followed by between five and eight articles on the main theme of the issue concerned. Shorter articles on other themes will be included in an `Open Forum'. The journal will also provide information links, details of UNIDIR activities, and news of publications in this area.

The first issue of Disarmament Forum, on the theme `The New Security Debate', has already been published and focuses on possible developments in disarmament and security in the coming decade.

Contact: UNIDIR, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland, Tel.: +41-22-9171582, Fax: +41-22-9170176, e-mail: dforum@unog.ch, http://www.unog.ch/UNIDIR

Beaver College: Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution

Beaver College in Glenside, Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, offers a graduate degree programme in international peace and conflict resolution leading to the award of Master of Arts. During the two-year course, students have the opportunity to concentrate on a particular area of peace research, to establish diverse international contacts, and to gain practical experience.

The curriculum includes a number of Foundation Courses on the following themes: peace studies and conflict resolution; international/European institutions and human rights; environmental organizations; policy and development; international law; peace-studies research; international economics; ethics of economics; ethics of economic development; conflict resolution in deeply divided societies. Students are required to concentrate on a single field. The choice here includes: peace concepts and conflict transformation; peace development and security in the international system; democracy and human rights in different societies; peace education and cultures of peace; European and global integration and societal fragmentation. As well as completing a ten- to twelve-week practical in an international organization, students spend their second year abroad--at the European Peace University (EPU) in Stadtschlaining, Austria, or a similar institution. In these sessions, and through practical experience gained in internships arranged by Beaver College, students pursue their chosen speciality. Contact between students and the programme director is maintained throughout the period abroad. At the end of the course, students meet up at the Beaver College Campus to exchange experiences.

Applications are welcome from university graduates of all disciplines, especially those who have demonstrated scholastic excellence and a commitment to international affairs. It is recommended that applicants have some knowledge of economics, quantitative methods, and statistics, and also a good grounding in a social science such as history, politics, sociology, anthropology, or psychology. Interdisciplinary courses in peace studies may be substituted for one or more of these disciplines.

Applications, together with the registration fee of $US50, must be submitted by 1 April of the relevant year. The course begins in the following autumn. The annual cost of the course is approximately $US15,500. Scholarship awards are based on financial need.

Contact: Beaver College, Office of Enrollment Management, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038-3295, USA, Tel.: + 1-888-232-8373, e-mail: admiss@beaver.edu, http://www.beaver.edu


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