Sport and Peace Building Researched in Conflict Resolution Program
September 21, 2011 – Three graduate students and a post-doctoral fellow are benefitting from collaboration between the university’s master’s program in conflict resolution and Generations For Peace, an organization dedicated to sport and peace building.
Last year, Meeghan Zahorsky (G ’12), Amanda Munroe (G ‘12), Sarah Moran (G ‘12) and post-doctoral student Sarah Hillyer received grants from Generations For Peace to research best practices in sport and peace building.
Housed in the government department, Georgetown’s two-year multidisciplinary Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution seeks to equip researchers, policymakers and practitioners with the knowledge and tools to advance more peaceful international relations.
Last year the program began collaborating with Generations For Peace (GFP), an international nongovernmental organization based in Amman, Jordan, that advocates peace through sports.
Blazing New Paths
Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan, founder and chairman of Generations For Peace, came to Georgetown Wednesday to sign an additional grant agreement for the awards through the end of 2014.
“The Generations For Peace/Conflict Resolution Program collaboration is blazing new paths in the sport and peace building domain,” said Fathali Moghaddam, a Georgetown psychology professor who directs the program. “This collaboration will make a real difference on the ground."
The organization provided four scholarships for post-doctoral and master’s degree students in the program interested in the intersection of sport and peace building:
- King Abdullah II of Jordan Generations For Peace Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
- Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Generations For Peace Scholarship for Graduate Studies
- Two Generations For Peace summer field research awards to M.A. candidates.
Scholarship, Fellowship Winners
Zahorsky, winner of the Al Nahyan award, is using her scholarship to conduct research on evaluation and monitoring in sports and peace building programs. She integrated sport and peace building into her fall classes and produced a paper on using sports to aid in the reintegration of child soldiers in Northern Uganda.
Hillyer, who received the Abdullah II fellowship, is the Generations For Peace post-doctoral fellow in the conflict resolution program. She taught Georgetown’s first Sport and Peace Building class and is exploring ties among sport, peace building and technology through a pilot project called the Virtual Youth Sports Exchange (VYSE).
The 2011 Summer Field Research Grant recipients are Munroe and Moran.
Moran evaluated youth programs in South Africa and Kenya using sport for a larger social purpose, including conflict resolution. She looked at these programs’ peace building practices and explored their potential for greater integration of peace building and conflict resolution initiatives.
Munroe is focusing her studies in peace education and intercultural integration processes, particularly involving youth. She is exploring the integration of sport and peace building through education in Europe, including Germany and France.
“Through this research it is my hope that we can fill the gap in sports and peace building literature, as well as support the work of organizations like GFP who are carrying out programs worldwide,” Zahorsky says.