FIE Peace & Conflict Resolution Program in Dublin and Amman – Summer 2017


With Arabic Language Option

Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: 11 June – 15 July 2017
Arabic Language Option: 17 July – 13 August 2017
Dublin, Northern Ireland, and Amman

The FIE: Foundation for International Education summer Peace and Conflict program, presented in partnership with AMIDEAST begins in Dublin and then moves to Northern Ireland to fully explore the Irish peace process. The students then travel to Amman, Jordan and use the Irish peace process as a case study to examine intractable conflicts in the Middle East.  Looking beyond the Israel-Palestine conflict, the program examines larger inter-regional as well as inter-tribal conflicts. Students also have the option to add a four-week intensive Arabic language class to further enhance their experiences. Round trip Dublin – Amman flight is included in the program fee.

The faculty for this program have substantial real-world experience as negotiators in the Irish and Middle East peace processes and are internationally renowned.

  • Dr. Paul Arthur, Professor of Politics, Emeritus Director of the Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, and International Conflict Research Institute Honorary Associate at the University of Ulster is the program Director and teaches the course in Ireland.
  • A career diplomat, Dr. Omar Rifai joined the Jordanian Diplomatic Service in 1975 and served in Jordan’s missions in Cairo, Bern, New York, London, and Washington between 1976 and 1994.  He was a member of the Jordanian delegation to the Jordan-Israel peace talks in 1994 and between 1994 and 1996 he held the position of Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Director of the Special Bureau at the Foreign Ministry in Amman. Dr. Rifai then became the first Ambassador to Israel from Jordan. Dr. Rifai leads the course in Amman.

Both faculty bring theory and practice into their classrooms.  Classroom activities are enhanced through meetings with politicians, negotiators, diplomats, religious and tribal leaders.

Students also explore the history, culture, and daily life of Jordan through coordinated visits to Petra and an overnight visit to the Bedouin of Wadi Rum desert. Family homestays in Jordan offer an in-depth and welcoming experience of Jordanian hospitality.

This program repeatedly attracts strong students with a commitment to understanding conflict resolution, conflict management, international diplomacy, and the multiple conflicts in the world today.

Academic information, course descriptions, FAQ, photos, and videos of the program can be found at:

This is a truly life-changing experience for students. Ryland Arnold, a 2016 participant from the University of Arkansas, summed up his experience:

“The FIE Peace and Conflict program was a great cultural experience and an incredibly eye-opening opportunity. From the discussions with guest speakers to the insights provided by our teachers, Jordanian host families, and everyday conversations with new people, the program provided me with a new viewpoint that has fundamentally changed the way I look at International Affairs. You can attend lectures and study textbooks, but you can’t understand conflict and the ways in which it affects countries and their peoples until you listen to their thoughts, fears, and concerns. I hope anyone interested in the process of conflict resolution or the complicated dynamics of international affairs will strongly consider this program.”


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