Posted by: azizabusarah | April 19, 2010

Citizen Diplomacy Seminar in Jerusalem

Professional Development Seminar in Citizen Diplomacy with Marc Gopin and Aziz Abu Sarah in Jerusalem This seminar will be a combination of theory exploration, training, and concrete practice in the field. Based on Dr. Gopin’s most recent theories in To Make the Earth Whole: The Art of Citizen Diplomacy, the course will create space to interact with the students to understand and measure in a new way the dynamics of their own potential impact on war and peace. It explores:

1. The theory and practice of positive incremental change and citizen diplomacy

2. A central case study from the Middle East

3. The philosophical and spiritual ethics, East and West, of decision making in conflict interventions. Along with the study of theory, role plays and simulations, the course will involve direct engagement with Israeli and Palestinian nonprofit and for profit change makers, both secular and religious.

There will be on the ground engagement in both Israel and Palestine, both inside the classroom and on tour. Dr. Gopin will be joined by the CRDC’s Director of Middle East Projects Aziz Abu Sarah. Mr. Abu Sarah will co-lead many of the trainings and manage the tour component of the course. Mr. Abu Sarah brings over 10 years experience in Palestinian-Israeli peacebuilding and Middle East tourism. Most notably he was the Palestinian Chairman of the Parent’s Circle – Families Forum, a joint organization of 500 Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families who work for reconciliation within and between their societies. He also worked with organizations such as All For Peace Radio and Al-Tariq: The Palestinian Institute for Democracy and Development (which he co-founded). The seminar will be based most days in Jerusalem, with CLASS TIME, TRAINING, AND EXCURSIONS planned on alternate days.

Considering the sensitive nature of the practice component of this work, students will be asked to submit a CV as well as a statement of their qualifications and goals in order to apply for this seminar. Includes: * Approximately 25 hours of class time * Meetings with several Palestinian and Israeli peacebuilding organizations, officials, relgious leaders and business people o Organization include: Parents Circle – Bereaved Families Forum * Hotel * 2 meals per day * Transportation * Tour guide * Visits to Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jerusalem and Hebron * Can be taken for credit through George Mason University in Arlington, VA** Price: * $2780.00 (airfare not included) Dates: * May 27 – June 4th 2010 Location: * Jerusalem Course Description: * Syllabus: * REGISTER TODAY – LIMITED SPACE * Contact: Scott Cooper or Becca Grimm at ‘’ or 1-703-993-4473 (USA) **3 credits graduate or undregraduate – price $3180.00 instead of $2780.00

Subsidies available for local Israelis and Palestinians.


  1. Hi Aziz
    I have been following your blogs since you appeared in an article in the JPost last year. I work as Missions Director for HonestReporting (, a non-political organisation working against media bias in Israel.
    I was disappointed to see you live in the States as I wanted very much to invite you to speak on our next Mission (which oddly enough is May 26-June 1st). I understand that the chances now of getting you to speak are very minimal as you will be with your own group, but if you believe that you will have any spare time, please let me know and I would be happy to try changing our itinerary.
    I wish you much success in all your endeavors, and hope that we will be able to meet in the future.

    • Suzanne,
      It will be my pleasure to come and speak to your group. lets work out the schedule!

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