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Peace and Conflict Studies in Uganda and Rwanda

  • Gulu, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda
  • Spring and/or Summer
  • Sophomores and above
  • GPA 2.5
  • Homestay
  • Instruction in English
  • No language prerequisite

On this summer program, explore the social, political, and psy­chosocial processes that precipitated genocide in Rwanda and the emergence of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. Examine the history, contemporary politics, and role of the state in the formation and mitigation of each conflict. 

The Rwandan genocide resulted in the deaths of nearly 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus in a span of 100 days. The intensity of the violence and the extent to which survivors and perpetrators live side by side today provide a unique case study on genocide causation, prevention, and mitigation. 

Examine Ugandan efforts to confront political, economic and social effects of conflict within the framework of modern and traditional cultures. The war in northern Uganda ended in 2007 with the signing of the Juba Peace Accords. However, the war intensified the north-south divide, and the country still grapples with political, economic, and social effects of the war. You will consider how global policies, multinational interests, international and national forces, and tensions between local traditions and modernity shape—or threaten—reconciliation and recovery efforts.