Rotary Center Review - Duke

Vol. 13 Fall 2010
Rotary Center Review
The Newsletter of the Duke-UNC Rotary Center
for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution
Welcome to Class IX !
A cohort of 9 new World Peace Fellows was officially welcomed on August 16, 2010 during the annual orientation session. Divided into sessions covering academic components, the center handbook, and the Rotary Foundation, the orientation gives incoming fellows the opportunity to meet
each other as well as other current and graduated fellows, ask questions, and become familiar with
the way the joint Duke-UNC program works. Following the day-long information session, a social reception with Fellows and their host counselors allowed everyone to get further acquainted in an informal setting.
As every year, the incoming fellows receive support from local Rotarian host counselors to meet the
challenges of settling in to new housing, becoming acquainted with the local culture, and preparing
for life as a graduate student.
Welcome Class IX
Class IX Fellows
Class IX Fellows
News and Events
News and Events
Meet our Faculty
Summer Internships
Summer Internships cont.
Save the date for the 8th
Annual Spring Conference
Duke-UNC Class 2010—2012 (not in the picture: Priscilla Vaz) - Photo by Leslie Anderson
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Introducing Class IX
Eduardo DaCosta, Brazil, Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Eduardo Costa is an economist, scholar and social/environmental activist in the Brazilian Amazon. As an economist for the Pará
State Chamber of Commerce, he has pioneered the mobilization of local corporations on issues related to corporate social and
environmental responsibility. He has assisted local business leaders with the design and implementation of socially and environmentally responsible corporate projects and advocated for the development of sustainable small businesses in the Brazilian Amazon. As a professor in the Program of International Relations at UNAMA-Amazônia University, his academic interests focus on
conflict prevention, human rights and the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon. Eduardo believes that only economically viable, socially just and environmentally sustainable development policies can ensure that the needs of the local populations are met, that the Brazilian Amazon has the opportunity to develop its economy, and that the rainforest persists as an ecologically functioning ecosystem that plays a vital role in regulating the global climate. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Program, Eduardo wishes to seek employment with a private consulting firm, international NGO or multilateral
organization that works towards the promotion of sustainable development policies in the Amazon and around the world.
Georgia Harley, Australia, Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Georgia Harley is an international lawyer from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She specialises in international criminal, humanitarian, human rights and security law and has represented the Australian Government in various international negotiations. Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, Georgia served in the Office of International Law at the
Australian Attorney-General's Department, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and on various rule of law projects in the Asia Pacific region. Georgia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of
Queensland and will shortly complete her a Masters of Laws (International Law) at the Australian National University. Georgia
speaks English, French, Khmer and Pijin. As a Rotary World Peace Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Georgia's research interests include the role of law in promoting peace, security and development.
Misaki Kimura, Japan, Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Misaki began her professional career as a peace-builder in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH), where she worked for the Japanese Government’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Program (GGHSP). As a Program Coordinator for GGHSP,
she was engaged in planning, managing and monitoring projects for support of local community development which were implemented by NGOs or local authorities. After finishing the assignment in BH, Misaki proceeded to work for GGHSP in Croatia to
gain further field experience. In Croatia, she has worked on such humanitarian projects as demining activities and a program for
young people with different ethnic background. Misaki's area of focus is donor cooperation in peace-building assistance. Upon
completion of the Rotary Peace Fellow Program, Misaki hopes to work as a peace-building professional and to facilitate coordination and cooperation among donors for effective and efficient implementation of peacebuilding in conflict or post-conflict areas.
Roselyn Vusia, Uganda, Masters in International Development Policy, Duke University
Roselyn received a law degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She has most recently worked as the Program
Coordinator with the Action Group for Health Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) Uganda, a non-governmental organization advocating for the health rights of all Ugandans. For the past two years, Roselyn has organized advocacy campaigns
around health issues in Uganda, including transparency and accountability in the health sector, monitoring health rights violations, conducting research and producing reports for advocacy purposes. Prior to her advocacy work at AGHA, she worked as a
Legal Assistant at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the AFRC Appeal Case for the Brima Defense team where she was
engaged in legal research and analysis. Roselyn also interned with the Uganda Human Rights Commission. Roselyn’s main
interest is in international Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, specifically International Criminal Law and the Right to
Health. She hopes to continue her work in conflict zones to address sexual and reproductive health issues and/or criminal justice issues.
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Introducing Class IX
JuneHo Chung, South Korea, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
June-ho’s diversity of experience and interests spans the globe. June-ho worked at Sogang University as a business education team manager and
Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers as a junior international taxation consultant. June-ho also was a commissioned military officer
serving in the army with a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. June-ho has lived in the United States, South Korea, Switzerland,
and Afghanistan and traveled to many countries such as Japan, China, Australia, and France. During his undergraduate years, June
-ho’s main focus was international business and accounting. June-ho’s current interest is in effective, efficient, and sustainable
economic development. He wants to study ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness in economic and industrial development,
and how to formulate sustainable economic development planning for post-conflict regions and countries in transition such as
North Korea. Moreover, as a Korean June-ho is interested in the past 60 years of Korean economic development history and how it
could be applied to other developing counties or post-conflict countries. He also hopes to research economic development policies
for the Koreas and in due course support the unification process and would like to study what type of tasks, efforts, and environment can lead to efficient outcome of poverty alleviation programs.
Keren Dalyot, Israel, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Keren has been working in civil society organizations since she finished her MA in human rights. Keren is passionate about
Conflict in the public-private provision of drinking water in Jakarta
women's rights and has worked with the Israeli Women's Network, an NGO committed to promoting women's rights in the
employment market. Over the years Keren has also volunteered in several women's NGOs: The Israeli coalition against TrafPresenter: Dyah Kartikawening
ficking in Women, a local organization for immigrant women from the Caucasus region, and most recently an organization
devoted to women's health issues (Women and their Bodies). Keren is studying in the School of Education, "Culture, Curricu
lum and Change" program since she believes in the power of education to create social change in societies.
Ali Reza Eshraghi, Iran, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Reza Eshraghiahas
been working
the editor
of the Institute
War & Peace
Reporting and editor-in-chief
of Mianeh webTowards
of for
in Greece
site, considered as one of the most respected sources for information and analyses on Iran (its stories are frequently syndicated and
republished in media outlets worldwide).
he was
visiting scholar atMacedonia
UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism and then the
Institute of International Studies. He was also a research fellow at the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program at UC Berkeley. He studied Political Science and Islamic
studies in Tehran. During his 13-year career in journalism, he has worked as the sen
ior editor ior some of Tehran's most well-known newspapers, all of which have eventually been banned or shut down by the government. Eshraghi has been placed on the list of famous Iranian Op-Ed piece writers. He has received the Golden Pen Award at
Iran's NationalSocial
Press Festival
and has served as a member
the jury
of the
Festival formigration
several years.
Priscilla Ferreira Vaz, Brazil, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Priscilla Vaz is a social scientist, a popular educator Presenter:
and an activist for
gender/race Mundada,
equity and socialIndia
justice. As a social scientist, Priscilla has been doing research on the interfaces of globalization, ethnicity and community development. She is espe
cially interested in doing research and grassroots work
with networks of black women to investigate and to experience their
mobilization to implementing solidarity economics initiatives to fight poverty and to promote human rights. She is one of the
founders of Sauti Yetu Gorée, a network of activist women from Africa and African Diaspora that promotes joint-ventures to
to among
a residency
program for political
and cultural exchange
activist women.
Since 2003, shein
been doing
grassroots works at the PsicoUsp Educational Project, a not- for- profit, self-organized and collectivelly-led organization, aimed at
mentoring low-income
and black students
in their
challenge to
overcome socioeconomic and racial barriers to access public
higher education. Upon completion of the Rotary World Peace Program, Priscilla plans to work with collectives, NGO’s or international institutions, to help in the implementation of collective processes of building sustainable, locally-rooted, globally-connected, and ecologically sound
initiatives of solidarity economics. To pursue a diplomatic career in the Brazilian Government is also another plan for a future career.
Ryan Rowe, Canada, School of Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and building
two Koreas
Ryan's interest cooperation
in international development
emerged afterconfidence
spending time travelling,
and studying
in South America.
Upon completion of his MBA, he decided to move to the United Arab Emirates and join the Macquarie Group's Middle East inPresenter:
frastructure business
in orderYu,
to gain
insight into
the private financing of infrastructure projects. During his time in the Gulf region, he worked on the establishment of a US$630 million infrastructure investment fund, led the firm’s corporate social footprint
in the region, and developed expertise in investor relations, fundraising, infrastructure investment analysis, financial reporting and
corporate governance. Seeking an outlet for his humanitarian side, Ryan launched a grassroots volunteer organisation through
which over 2,200 hours of volunteer service was delivered in a single year. He also holds a board position with the Kenya-based
Tabasamu Education Fund, where his focus is on strategic marketing and fundraising initiatives to help meet the tuition funding
needs of students from low-income families. Ryan is now undertaking a Master of Public Health as part of the Rotary World
Peace Program to round out his understanding of development issues. His main area of interest is in community-based approaches to public health
through behavioural change and infrastructure development, particularly in the water and sanitation sector. Among his objectives is the creation of
a social investment fund to provide funding for such projects in areas such as slums, rural villages, or post-conflict zones.
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Rotary Peace Center Events and News
Noam Chomsky:
Worldrenowned linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky spent a day
at UNC on September 30, interacting with students in several meetings and lectures. During one
event, Rotary Fellows were invited
to ask a question at a Q&A session
with students. In the evening, Fellows were invited to attend a small
lecture and private reception with
Born: 7 December 1928
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 Best Known As: Creator of the theory of generative grammar,
Noam Chomsky is a leading linguistic
scientist and a longtime professor at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His 1957 book Syntactic
Structures outlined his theories of
transformational generative grammar
and made him a prominent and controversial figure in the field. Chomsky is
also known as a political activist suspicious of big media, big business and
big government. His books include
Manufacturing Consent (1988) and
Propaganda and the Public Mind
(2001). He is sometimes compared
with another scholarly activist, Bertrand Russell.
Second Global Seminar with
John Conroy:
On November 5, the Duke-UNC
Rotary Center organized a seminar
linking Rotary Fellows in North
Carolina with the Rotary Centers at
Berkeley and Universidad del Salvador (Argentina) as well as staff
from The Rotary Foundation using
video-conference technology. This
year’s speaker was journalist John
Conroy, author of Unspeakable Acts,
Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture.
Based on his investigative reporting
of police activities in Chicago and
interviews with US, Israeli and UK
veterans, Conroy came to the disturbing observation that almost everyone can become a torturer, or at
least an indifferent witness to torture. His talk to Rotary Fellows on
the subject of “bystanders” was
powerful and sobering, leading to an
excellent Q&A session where each
center had the opportunity to pose
questions to the speaker.
On Nov.6, Conroy was the featured
guest at UNC’s third annual Visualizing Human Rig hts A nti Conference, where he was interviewed by Dick Gordon, host of
American Public Media’s “The
Ropes Challenge Course
First- and second-year Rotary fellows joined forces at our first annual Ropes
Challenge Course at UNC’s Outdoor Education Center on September 18.
For some, this was the first time they had met each other. Through a variety of exercises and obstacle
courses, we had a wonderful
day and enjoyed the opportunity to get to know each
other better.
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Rotary Peace Center Events and News
Biannual Site Visit:
The Duke-UNC Rotary Center
Board members and Rotary Peace
Fellows welcomed the two-day
visit of Rotary International Director-elect Allan Jagger and Rotary
Centers Specialist Barbara Wiczek.
Allan and Barbara were here for
the evaluation of our program and
had a chance to meet with senior
university officials at both Duke
and UNC, attend two core courses,
and meet extensively with Fellows
during their visit.
Visits of Duke-UNC Rotary Fellow OneVoice Movement:
Class IX Rotary Fellow Keren
Alumni Bautista Logioco and Car- Dalyot (Israel) organized a visit
men Strigel, who both
of representatives from the
happened to be town in
OneVoice Movement. This orOctober, graciously ofganization is an international
fered several
grassroots movement that amhours to
plifies the voice of mainstream
have lunch
Israelis and Palestinians, emwith about a dozen curpowering them to propel their
rent Fellows to reflect on elected representatives toward a
their experiences as the
two-state solution. Representafirst cohort of the Rotary Peace Protives of OneVoice, including
gram. Carmen, who manages a capac- two young men, a Palestinian
ity-building project in the education
and an Israeli, who had grown
sector for RTI in Samoa, and Bautista, up only 10 miles from each
who is a Program Specialist for the
other, spoke compellingly of
UN Interagency Framework Team for their experiences. This movePreventive Action in New York, also ment is working to forge a conspoke about how their studies have
sensus towards conflict resoluimpacted their professional lives since tion through town hall meetings
they graduated in 2004.
and youth education programs.
We also benefited from a visit by Class VII alumna Louisa Dow in September, briefing fellows over lunch on
her work as Partnerships Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity International in Haiti. The picture below
was taken on a site visit she conducted in July 2010. .
Refugee Camp in Haiti—There are 5000 people in this camp, which is located in no-man's-land 20 minutes'
drive from the nearest shops and extra-camp services
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Meet our faculty: Andrew Reynolds
Andrew Reynolds, Associate Professor of Political Science, received his M.A. from the University of Cape Town and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. His research
and teaching focus on democratization, constitutional design and electoral politics. He has
worked for the United Nations, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the UK Department for International Development, the US State Department,
the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and
the International Foundation for Election Systems. He has also served as a consultant on
issues of electoral and constitutional design for
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Angola, Burma, Fiji, Guyana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia,
Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Northern
Ireland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Yemen, and
Zimbabwe, most recently in Kabul reporting on
election preparations in Afghanistan and in
Rangoon, Burma. He has received research
awards from the U.S. Institute of Peace, the
National Science Foundation, and the Ford
Foundation. Among his books are The Architecture of Democracy: Constitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy (Oxford,
2002), Electoral Systems and Democratization
in Southern Africa (Oxford, 1999), Election 99
South Africa: From Mandela to Mbeki (St. Martin's, 1999), and Elections and Conflict Management in Africa (USIP, 1998), co-edited with
T. Sisk. His new book is titled “Designing Democracy in a Dangerous World “ (Oxford University Press 2010). His articles have appeared in
journals including
World Politics, Democratization, Politics and
Society, Electoral Studies, The Journal of
Commonwealth and Comparative Politics,
and Political Science Quarterly. He has published opinion pieces in the Washington Post,
Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor,
and San Diego Union Tribune. His work has
been translated into French, Spanish, Arabic,
Serbo-Croat, Albanian, Burmese, and Portuguese.
Dr. Reynolds will start to teach the Rotary
Core Course “Designing Democracy” in the
Spring of 2011.
Ph.D. 1996 Political Science, University of California,
San Diego
MA (Dist.) 1992 South African Politics, University of
Cape Town, South Africa
BA (Hons) 1988 Political Science, University of East
Anglia, United Kingdom
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Fellows’ reports about their Summer Internships
Aldo Perfetto: I did my internship at the Capacity Development Group at the United Nations Development Program
(CDG/UNDP) in New York. The UNDP is the global development network of the United Nations aimed at creating local
capacities and solutions to overcome local and global development challenges. By doing an internship at the CDG/UNDP, I
had contact with the development practice on the ground, including not only old development challenges but new ones including the need to accelerate MDG progress to 2015. My role as an intern of the Aid Effectiveness cluster consisted (among
other duties) of taking stock and identifying emerging trends of the Decentralized Development Cooperation, analyzing the
various dimensions of South-South Cooperation (SSC) and identifying possible strategies in order to better align the SSC
with other efforts aimed at MDG progress. I benefitted greatly from a more objective and balanced perspective of what
working for the UNDP at the headquarters is about. I think that I will certainly devote my life to contributing to development efforts led by organizations like the UNDP.
Annabella Palacios: My recent internship experience during the summer at the Poverty and Environment Initiative for
UNEP/ UNDP Regional office in Panama widely strengthened my research skills. One of my main tasks was to build an
academic library regarding poverty-environment issues and provide case studies to support the local programs around the
region. In addition to that, I was in charge of keeping up with dissemination platforms –such as a blog, twitter, webpage– and
writing op-ed articles regarding economic and environment linkages. I also collaborated in the design of a planning tools
workshop for local officials.
Aung Aung: My recent internship experience during last summer at the refugee resettlement program of the Interfaith Work
in Syracuse, NY deepened my understanding of Conflict and Resolution issues. I worked directly with Burmese refugees in
Syracuse who fled from Burma. I am very happy that I was able to be helpful to the Burmese community there. One of my
main goals was to empower Burmese refugees to become productive members of the community and of New York State.
Moreover, I was assigned to Burmese case workers to assist them, so I visited many government offices in Syracuse such as
the Civic Office for food-stamp and health insurance purposes. I also visited two Rotary clubs in Syracuse to meet the Rotarians. In addition, I participated in the Community Organizing Training for one month in my office. In short, this summer
internship gave me not only a working knowledge and but also social networking opportunities for my future."
Chad Shipmaker: spent the summer working at the Washington, DC office of the World Food Program (WFP) where my
role was to support the Director of WFP's Hunger Solutions division. My primary responsibility was to assist with WFP engagement in country led food security planning and Africa's CAADP process, which included participating in donor coordination meetings and analyzing submissions to the Global Agriculture Food Security Plan (GAFSP). Among my other tasks, I
prepared an analysis on the use of food reserves for Humanitarian Response, reviewed food-related US Government initiates
and assisted with preparations for a biannual WFP global leadership meeting.
Gozel Arazmedova: My internship with the NGO, the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, was a fantastic opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and understanding of what is being done to improve women’s status at
the level of NGOs working with the United Nations. I attended staff meetings and took notes. My internship gave me an
opportunity to gain access to a few conferences and sessions held at the United Nations, one of which was an ECOSOC
high level session. My two months experience with CSW helped me to better understand what I would like to do once I
graduate. I would like to focus on working for women and improvement of their rights, and preventing them from becoming victims of different types of violence.
Karina Ito
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Karina Ito: I took two internships during my summer. The first one was with the
International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) where I researched
international legislation and policies on child rights and child protection. The second
one was with UNICEF in Geneva, where I was the only intern in the Child Labor
division. I was in charge of the research of data and policies on child labor and I focused on 3 topics: child exploitation in the cotton farms in Kazakistan and Uzbekistan; child rights in football clubs; and child exploitation in the cocoa industry in
Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire. After conducting research, I had the chance to participate
in the framing of guidance and reports.
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Luisa Ryan: I interned with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York.
I worked with their Integrated Training Service, and was
tasked with writing a fundraising appeal to donors to support additional Peacekeeping training. Unfortunately, the
appeal did not eventuate, so I sought additional work with
the Civil Affairs Best Practices Section. As I had worked
as a Civil Affairs Officer in Nepal, I was very interested to
see the working of the unit at Headquarters. I also participated in a 2 week workshop in Budapest on Monitoring
and Evaluation in Media Development, which was an extension of the internship I have been undertaking with
Internews for the past year. Internews is a Media Development organization (building and supporting local media in
conflict-affected and developing countries) based in DC,
and I have been working with them to develop this workshop and other projects via a distance internship. I am
continuing to work with them this semester.
Manuela Mot: Both my internships with Washington DC
based NGOs, Partners for Democratic Change and Freedom House, opened my interest toward the non-profit
world and helped me better understand the necessity of
improving the civil society sector, as well as promoting
human rights in countries in transition. One of my main
responsibilities was providing support for the preparation
of the USAID and Department of State funded proposals
addressing a wide range of issues, from improving the living of Roma people in Eastern Europe and enhancing
youth leadership in African countries to improving human
rights in Central Asia. In addition, I monitored the political developments in Central Asia following the recent political upheaval in the region, and prepared reports and
analyses concerning post-conflict reconstruction issues.
Pálína Björk Matthíasdóttir: Interned with the United
Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
(UNISDR) at the Asia-Pacific regional office in Bangkok.
Main responsibilities included communication and
advocacy support for the One Million Safe Schools and
Hospitals campaign in addition to developing a strategy
for private sector engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction.
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