Every academic year the Project on Justice in Times of Transition and the Institute for Global Leadership host a seminar or larger research initiative at Tufts University designed to examine an aspect of post conflict transformation using expertise and mentorship of one or more former world leaders and experienced conflict transformation practitioners.
Past classes include:
- The Role of Leadership in Conflict Transformation, explored the impact of leadership in transitional societies through distinguished guest lectures which included senior leaders from some of the most intractable conflicts, such as President José Ramos Horta of East Timor, Ambassador Arturo Cruz of Nicaragua, Naomi Chazan former Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, and Ambassador Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the United States State Department.
- (To listen to the podcasts from this class please click here )
- US Experiences in Talking with the Enemy, During the 2009/2010 academic year PJTT/IGL featured a course taught by Ambassador William Luers (retired Career Foreign Service Officer with rank of Ambassador and former President of the United Nations Association) This course considered the decision-making process surrounding the efforts of past US administrations to engage with their adversaries. The class opened with an examination of the US effort to open relations in 1933 with the USSR and went on to consider the influence of the Munich Pact in 1938, efforts to open relations with China, Vietnam and Cuba and the current US problems in dealing with Iran and North Korea.
The Project on Justice in Times of Transition and the IGL plan to co-host a lecture series around a particular theme, such as negotiating with non-state actors, which brings leaders and decision-makers who were integral to facilitating change and development in a war torn societies. Past speakers have included distinguished guests such as Ashraf Ghani, former Finance Minister and Presidential Candidate in Afghanistan and Ram Manikkalingam, the former advisor on the peace process to President Kumaratunga of Sri Lanka. Lectures are podcast online and shared with policy-makers working in the peace building and human rights field world wide.
In January 2011, PJTT hosted Belle Abaya for a lecture at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Ms. Abaya was former Presidential Adviser on the Philippine Peace Process tasked with resuming peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF). She lectured on the challenges of conflict resolution and managing a peace process in a highly politicized and corrupt setting.