Lester B Pearson Institute on Security and Development

From the dust of Afghanistan to the deserts of Mali to the coastal communities of the Gulf of Aden, scholars and practitioners alike are confronted with the challenges of understanding the necessary but complex interplay between security and development, in theory and in practice.

The Lester B. Pearson Institute on Security and Development is a week-long (12-16 August 2013) intensive learning curriculum aimed at graduate students, emerging scholars and mid-level practitioners of security and development (non-profit, public sector [including the security sector] and private sector). This academic and professional development experience will combine:

  • lecture-based learning from faculty
  • dialogues with world-renowned practitioners and subject matter experts
  • participatory learning amongst multi-disciplinary peers

This “Summer Institute” is a unique opportunity to,

  • Learn about theoretical approaches to the security-development nexus
  • Develop an understanding of current and recent cases that highlight linkages between security and development (Mali, Haïti, Afghanistan, etc.)
  • Test assumption and solidify learning from past field and work experience, or education
  • Build relationships with faculty, subject matter experts and peers from different sectors

Curriculum includes: theories on the security and development nexus, whole-of-system approaches, energy, resources and conflict, piracy and marine security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, children and armed conflict, etc.

Featuring Dalhousie University and guest Faculty, including:

  • Dr. David Black, Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Development Studies, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Jean-Christophe Boucher, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. John Cameron, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of International Development Studies, Dalhousie University
  • Jeremy King, Chief of the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Humanitarian Leadership Strengthening Unit
  • Dr. Robert Muggah, Igarapé Institute, Principal, SecDev Group, and Professor, International Relations Institute, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Mark Sloan, Research Fellow, Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University; Module Lead, Operational Responses, Dalhousie Marine Piracy Project
  • Ilona Szabó de Carvalho, Executive Director of the Igarapé Institute and Coordinator of the Global Commission on Drug Policy
  • Dr. Susan Thomson, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Colgate  University
  • Dr. Necla Tschirgi, Professor of Practice, Human Security and Peacebuilding, San Diego University
  • Dr. David Wheeler, President and Vice Chancellor, Cape Breton University
  • Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative
  • Hugh Williamson, Adjunct Professor, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University; Project Manager, Dalhousie Marine Piracy Project

To learn more, visit the Institute’s homepage at: http://www.dal.ca/dept/cfps/summer-institute.html  Seeking an academic credit? Your participation in the Summer Institute may be combined (through completion of additional required readings and research assignments) with an academic credit.

We look forward to seeing you in Halifax, from the 12-16 of August!

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