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Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace: Oman and Zanzibar
June 22, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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 seven to ten days 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. After they return from the trip, students engage in follow-up projects and presentations to share their experiences with their peers and with the wider Georgetown community.”
Information specifically about the Oman and Zanzibar ZCZP trip :
Fourteen Georgetown undergraduate students studied the history, politics, and aftermath of the violence that accompanied the expulsion of Arabs during the 1964 revolution in Zanzibar.
The group focused on tackling the lack of information on the ethnic conflict in Zanzibar, looking specifically at why the ethnic cleanising that took place was not labeled was not labeled a genocide. Students also research issues concerning Zanzibari-Omani repatriation and reintergration into Oman society.