S-CAR – GMU Winter Intensive Course in Morocco

November 22, 2013
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The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution
November 22, 2013

Morocco: Conflict Resolution in Domestic and Regional Contexts
Dec. 29, 2013-Jan. 8, 2014

Application deadline: December 6th, 2013

This intensive course takes internationals, Israelis, and Palestinians on immersion study tours to Morocco. It provides participants with an in-depth, hands-on exposure to Morocco’s social, political, cultural, religious, and geographical mosaic, as well as the opportunity to explore key questions related to Morocco, to the MENA region, and to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Morocco constitutes an “anomaly” in the regional context for a number of reasons. In addition, its relative marginality in the Arab-Israeli conflict may be the secret to the key role it may potentially have in the conflict’s settlement. Our upcoming trip explores not only the rich and fascinating treasures Morocco has to offer, but also the dynamics of Jewish-Arab/Muslim relations in Israel and in the region, the relationship between “Arabness” and “Jewishness,” and the potential for a different kind of regional relations based on positive historical precedents.

The course includes meetings with academics/students, policy makers, activists, religious leaders, and community members in Morocco, all while traveling through diverse landscapes, and visiting different cities and villages, organizations, and historical and cultural sites. One of the program’s great advantages is that it involves experiencing Morocco and learning about domestic and regional issue with a diverse group of people, including multiple parties to the Arab-Israeli conflict and members of different identity groups in Morocco.

Director: The course is directed and co-taught by Dr. Adina Friedman and Einat Levi.

Estimated Cost: $4150; includes 3 GMU credits, teaching/facilitation by professional team, breakfasts & dinners, hotels/rooms (double occupancy), air-conditioned/heated bus, lectures by and meetings with local resource people, entrance into sites, and other program activities. It does not include airfare.

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