Announcing the 2012 PON Summer Fellows

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About the PON Summer Fellowship Program:

PON offers fellowship grants to students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools who are doing internships or undertaking summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, non-profit or academic organizations. The Summer Fellowship Program’s emphasis is on advancing the links between scholarship and practice in negotiation and dispute resolution by supporting students interested in exploring career paths, either professional or academic, in this field. Through this program, PON hopes to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution, to forge new links between our academic community and worldwide organizations involved in the practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, and to encourage students to reach for opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them due to financial constraints.

This years fellows:

Michael Baskin
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Research Project: Field negotiation and mediation experiences of US Army leaders in Afghanistan

Mike Baskin is a PhD student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he focuses on the international negotiation and conflict resolution field as well as energy and environmental issues. As a PON Summer fellow, Mike will be researching the field negotiation and mediation experiences of US Army leaders in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012. Mike graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, NY in 2002 and holds an MA in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel. He is also a former US Army infantry officer with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sarah Detzner
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Internship: Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Africa Regional Office
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Sarah Detzner is a student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she focuses on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution as well as Security Studies. She holds a BA in Political Science from Macalester College. She has worked  for the National Democratic Institute in Lebanon and Jordan on civil society and political institution capacity building, on constituency outreach and policy for the Obama 2008 Campaign, and as a speechwriter for former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. Her primary interest is the role of the United States Defense Department in conflict prevention, mitigation, and especially security sector reform. This summer, she will be working with the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, an organization dedicated to improving the global response to armed conflict by mediating between warring parties and providing mediation support, in Nairobi, Kenya. Through this work, she aims to gain familiarity with the Center’s processes and strategies, particularly examining their potential applicability to other contexts.

Emmanuel Ntagianira
Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Internship: National Unity and Reconciliation Commission Rwanda
Location: Kigali Rwanda

Emmanuel is a student at Heller School of Social and Management Brandeis University in the program of Coexistence and Conflict Management. He obtained bachelor’s degree in Law from National University of Rwanda Butare. The main focus of his Internship and thesis is to design a program on how police sector (particularly Rwanda National police (RNP) can use negotiation and mediation skills as an alternative to dispute resolution (ADR) for sustainable peace. Prior to beginning graduate study, I was a police officer and to today. He worked as District Community policing Liaison officer of Gakenke District in Northern region and thereafter as an Instructor at Police basic training School Gishali Rwamagana District. This summer Emmanuel will work with National Unity Reconciliation Commission to understand the basic approaches for sustainable peace.

Travis J. Warrington
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Research Institution: West African Research Center
Location: The region of Casamance, Senegal

Travis is a dual Master’s candidate in Sustainable International Development & Coexistence and Conflict at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management.  His research will focus on conflict management cultural norms of the Peul/Fula ethnic group of Casamance. This research will be used as a case study and given to the Government of Senegal as an alternative approach to peacebuilding for West Africa’s longest ongoing conflict – in the region of Casamance. This research will form the basis of his Master’s Paper. Previously, Travis served as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia (2008-2010), and a graduated from Western Washington University (2007) with a BA in anthropology with a minor in religious studies.

Additional information about our fellowships can be found here.

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