RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)’s unique Summer Program in Peace and Conflict Studies will run from June 21-July 23, 2021. It provides an experience students will never forget.
The program opens with a one-week study tour to Albania, Montenegro, Croatia (Dubrovnik), Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia, where students meet officials and activists, and visit historic and recreational areas in the beautiful Balkans.
Upon return to Prishtina, students work in Kosovo’s ‘living laboratory’ of history in the heart of the Balkans to explore the origin and resolution of armed conflict, reconstruction and institution building at the end of wars.
Courses are taught by senior civilian and military officials, NGO activists and academics with hands-on experience in the Balkans, Middle East and elsewhere.
Students meet Kosovo Government senior officials and activists, as well as senior officials from diplomatic and international missions. They visit historically significant sites in Kosovo, take part in informal late-afternoon seminars on current issues, and participate in workshop/simulations of peace keeping operations.
The RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Peace and Conflict Summer Program gives students the tools to analyze the history, politics and economics of contemporary, violent conflict. Participants will increase their understanding of conflict dynamics, establish new networks of friends, and have fun in a safe, multicultural environment. The program focuses on the background to Balkan and other conflicts of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, on the dynamics of ending armed conflict and on continuing challenges to conflict transformation and development.
Courses are taught by taught by senior civilian and military officials, NGO activists and academics with hands-on experience in the Balkans, Middle East and elsewhere
Participants come from all over the world with a common interest in studying war and peace in a newly born country that has not yet fully recovered from its own violent conflict.
The classroom experience is enhanced by regional travel, a practical workshop testing skills developed in courses, and day trips that highlight the Balkan’s cultural diversity.
The program opens with a one-week study tour to Albania, Montenegro, Croatia (Dubrovnik), Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia. Participants meet officials and activists, and visit historic and recreational areas in the beautiful Balkans.
Major topics include:
Refugees, Migrants and Humanitarian Crises
Humanitarian Intervention and State Building
Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism
Reporting and Documenting Change
The Balkans and southeast Europe
Ethics, International Law and Human Rights in conflict zones
Culture and technology in conflict zones
Economics of conflict, reconstruction and development
Identity, belonging and conflict
The program gives students practical training and experience with:
Political reporting, policy analysis and planning
Managing peace-keeping operations
Ethical dimensions of decision making in peace operation
Negotiating outcomes and employing international humanitarian law
Role-playing based on real-world examples
Internships and service learning opportunities with the Kosovo government, international missions, and NGOs.
The first portion of this course will discuss the conflicts and international peace-keeping efforts that arose as a result of the disintegration of Socialist Yugoslavia and the USSR. Taught by a former US diplomat who participated in many of these events it will focus on the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Ukraine, Chechnya, and Nagorno-Karabakh. It will then turn to subsequent efforts to build sustainable institutions in Kosovo and other governments in the Balkans. It will consider the role of domestic and international actors, such as NATO, the US Government, the UN, OSCE and others. Students will have an opportunity to participate in role-playing exercises during the course.
The goal of this course is to prepare students who may pursue work in the field of stabilization, reconstruction and for the complexities of the transition from war to peace where the political, security, rule of law and economic elements are complex and interdependent. Each week of the course will tackle these cross cutting themes through the lens of Kosovo from 1999 – 2008. Using examples drawn from their work in KFOR, UNMIK, CivPol, local civil society and local business the instructors and speakers will focus on practical skills, strategies and frameworks that can be applied to other conflicts and other missions. The course will be team taught by a group of three experts, and will be augmented by outside speakers drawn from the Kosovo community and other outside experts with experience working in Kosovo.
This course explores the theoretical meaning, both domestically and internationally, and the institutional and political aspects of human rights. Issues covered include the definition of human rights; the relationship between civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights; the meaning and impact of humanitarian and international human rights law; the impact of cultural relativism in the definition and assessment of the promotion and protection of human rights; the significance of different religious perspectives; the question of the legitimacy of humanitarian interventions and the effects of globalization on human rights perceptions and practices.
The course deals with the economic and social development in post-conflict societies with a special focus on the Balkans. It will focus on the problems and challenges typically faced in developing and post-conflict countries, by exploring the specific issues associated with economic development at the end of wars, historical causes of development gap between developed and underdeveloped countries, and the theories and the policies aimed at accelerating the rate of growth in LDCs. It also addresses the role of international organizations in the economic development of LDCs and post-conflict societies. It will survey the extensive literature and experience on modeling economic growth through relevant case studies from developing and post-conflict countries.
The destruction and survival of societies often hinges upon the ideas and the social, cultural constructions of identity and belonging. When ideas fail to incorporate people, essentialist categories of identity, historical memory, and accounts of extreme violence become interrelated, potent sources of destruction. Slavery and exclusive ownership of resources leave people starving or living in perilously polluted environments. Globalizing cultural economies threaten local systems and self-representation. Group identities may be sites of crises within nation-states and global political, economic, and cultural processes. In this course, we will take critical, anthropological approaches to studies of ethnocide, genocide, and post-conflict justice. Students will use critical, anthropological approaches to assess ethnocides and genocides from the 19th century forced assimilation and slaughter of Native Americans and Amazonian Indians to more recent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and the Sudan, to understand the impact of globalization on techniques and technologies of genocides, the legal, moral/personal responsibility for genocides, media representations of genocides, and the effects of cultural, historical memory and social, global inequities upon future genocides. Students will use anthropological perspectives on genocide to assess post-conflict concepts of justice, reconstruction and reconciliation and local-global debates about their cultural resonance and effectiveness.
The RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Peace and Conflict Summer Program offers the opportunity for participants to complete a short, intensive internship either during or at the end of the program. These innovative internships with an international development project, an agency of the Kosovo government or an international mission will give the participants some valuable experience in a field related to the summer program. Interested candidates for internships should address questions to the summer program staff.
Note: Cancellation of courses will depend on the number of registered students.
Summer Program Regional Tour
A study tour at the start of the program enables participants to visit important historical and cultural sites in the region and to meet officials and activists in the region. Our tour goes from Albania, Montenegro, Croatia (Dubrovnik), Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia.
Day One – Sunday, June 23 (Kruja)
Leave from the Hotel Luxor near the RITK Campus at 6:00 am
Arrive in Krujë at 10:30 (Albania). (Approximately 4.5 hours’ drive from Prishtina)
Visit the Krujë castle and the Skenderbeg national museum.
Souvenir shopping and or lunch 12:00 -1:30 pm
Day One – Continued (Ulcinj)
Departure to Ulcinj, Montenegro 1:30 pm (bus parking – ask your coordinator)
Check into Hotel in 5:30 pm
Hotel-Porto Otrant Ulcijn, Montenegro (room/three beds)
Address: B.B Velika Plaza R17 85360 Ulcijn
Phone: +382 (0) 30 455 303 (3 min. from the beach)
Day Two –Monday, June 24 (Dubrovnik)
Departure to Dubrovnik 6:00 am – Take away breakfast
Drive to Dubrovnik (Approximately 6 -7 hours) 12:30 pm
Gruz Parking lot – take local bus to old town
(ask coordinator for the Dubrovnik Day Card)
Visit the RIT Dubrovnik Campus 12:30 – 1:30 pm (close to Pile gate)
Dr. Prof. Vanda Bazdan, “Dubrovnik in Historical Context”
Old town free time 1:30 – 6:30 pm
Meeting point: Gruz bus parking lot at 7:00 pm
Depart to Mostar 7:15 pm
Arrival in Mostar 10:30 pm
Hotel Medium (room/three beds)
Address: 25, Maršala Tita, Mostar 88000, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Phone: +387 36 571 368
Day Three – Tuesday, June 25 (Mostar & Sarajevo)
Breakfast in Mostar 7:30 – 8:30
Briefing by William Ozkaptan, Head of OSCE office in Mostar – 9:30 am
Visit the KOSKI MEHMED PASA MOSQUE, Carsija (traditional market)
Lunch at Restaurant Sadervan 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Departure from Hotel 2:00 pm
Arrival in Sarajevo (check in hotel) 3:30 pm
Saraj Hotel, Sarajevo(room/three beds)
Address: NEVJESTINA 5,71000 SARAJEVO,BOSNIA, +387 33 233 500
Begin Tour of city from Hotel 5:00 pm
Sarajevo Sightseeing tour and dinner 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Note: walking tour – walking distance from hotel to the center: 15 minutes
Day Four – Wednesday, June 26 (Sarajevo)
Breakfast in hotel 8:00 AM (Sarajevo)
Office of the High Representative 11:00 am
Lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm (TBA)
Meeting with officials & civil society TBA (ask student coordinator) 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Historical museum 4:00 pm – Address: Zmaja of Bosne 5
Note: walking tour – walking distance from hotel to the center: 15 minutes
Louis D. Sell worked as a Foreign Service Officer for 28 years with the U.S. Department of State, including eight years each in Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union or Russia. He served as US representative to the Joint Consultative Group in Vienna, Director of the Office of Russian and Eurasian Analysis, Chief of the office of US-Soviet Bilateral Political Relations, and as Executive Secretary of the US delegation to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks. From 1995 – 1996 he served as political adviser to Carl Bildt, the first High Representative for Bosnian Peace Implementation. In that capacity he attended the Dayton Peace Conference and participated in the first year of implementation of the Dayton accords. In 2000 he served as Kosovo Director of the International Crisis Group. Serving as Executive Director of the American University in Kosovo Foundation (AUKF) from 2003 to 2007, Louis Sell helped establish the American University in Kosovo.
He has a B. A. from Franklin and Marshall College (1969) and an M. A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Mr. Sell’s political biography of Slobodan Milosevic, Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia, was published by Duke University Press in 2002. His book, “From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR,” is due to be published by Duke Press in the fall of 2016. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and an associate at the Harvard Davis Center for Russia and Eurasia. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine at Farmington and lives with his family in a 200-year-old farm in Whitefield,Maine.
Michael Hess joined MPRI as Vice President for Development and Stability Operations in August 2009 after serving as Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Hess was in that position from June 2005 until January 2009.
Prior to his appointment to USAID, he worked as a Senior Risk Reviewer and Vice President at Citibank, responsible for monitoring and evaluating 15 areas of risk for corporate finance units at Citigroup Inc. in New York.
Hess has over 30 years of active and reserve service in the United States Military. He received his commission from the United States Military Academy in 1971, and has served in humanitarian operations in Turkey, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. Hess served in both command and staff assignments in the U.S. and Germany and taught European History at the United States Military Academy.
In April 2003, Colonel (Ret.) Hess was recalled to active duty to serve as the humanitarian coordinator in the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Coalition Provisional Authority, assisting in the establishment of the 2,000-person multinational organization responsible for establishing a representative government for Iraq as well as for rebuilding Iraqi infrastructure.
Hess has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree in European History from Columbia University in New York, a master’s in business administration and international finance from New York University in New York, and is a graduate of the National Strategic Studies Program at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Jock Covey served as Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General at the United Nations Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK) 1999 to 2001 and as Deputy High Representative in Sarajevo from the creation of the Office of the High Representative in 1995.
He was Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Bechtel Corporation until 2010, where he was responsible for external affairs and issue management, security, and sustainability services, and closely supported Bechtel’s work in Iraq.
He also served twice as Special Assistant to the President at the National Security Council — first in the Reagan administration for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs and again in the Clinton administration for implementation of the Dayton Peace accords. As a commissioned Foreign Service Officer, he served as Chief of the U.S. Mission in Berlin, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo, and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. He negotiated the military portions of the Israel-Egypt-US Treaty implementing the Camp David Accords, was a member of the Habib cease-fire team in Beirut following the 1982 Israeli invasion, and served in Jerusalem and Pretoria.
He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the US National Defense University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also served in the US Army, taught high school in Uganda, and co-authored Quest for Viable Peace: International Intervention and Strategies for Conflict Transformation.
Dr. Macchiarella is Professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida. Dan entered the world of academe 17 years ago. Assignments and responsibilities over the past 17 years include teaching, research, curricula development, academic program creation, faculty senate service and administrative leadership. He served as the Aeronautical Science chair. Dan’s responsibilities included degree programs for professional pilots and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) science. As an administrator, Dan had oversight responsibility for the university’s dual enrollment high school STEM program. The dual enrollment program included 2900 students at 72 locations studying aviation and aerospace. His research portfolio includes serving as Principal Investigator (PI), Chief Pilot, and Operational Test Pilot. Dan’s research expertise focuses upon the adaptation of computer-based technologies to enhance flight training and flight operations for traditional aircraft and UAS. Several of his research activities highlight this specialization. He served as PI for the university’s Flight Training Device Effectiveness Study. This research heavily applied fixed-based flight simulation to train FAA certified pilots. The study constituted the largest transfer or training study completed in academe. The results of the study enabled a deep integration of simulation into pilot training. An invention resulting from the research was SAFTE – VAT (Synthetic Automated Flight Training Environment)-(Virtual Air Traffic). SAFTE-VAT was used to conduct FAA research–Synthetic Speech and Visual Data Communications for Flight Deck Use–to examine the use of synthetic speech on a NextGen enabled flight deck. Researchers focused on how a synthetic speech system could reduce pilot need to focus attention heads down while in flight. The benefits included reducing workload and enhancing situational awareness. Dan has numerous publications ranging from book chapters and journals to government reports. Print and electronic media have used interviews with Dan on multiple occasions for stories addressing professional pilot education and UAS operations. Dan serves as a standing member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Modeling and Simulation Technical Committee. Over the past thirty-three years his flight experience includes the US, Europe and Asia.
Edona Malokuis a social psychologist studying how people identify with social groups and how group membership shapes their worldview and intergroup relations. As a survivor of the war herself (Kosovo War 1998-1999), Edona is dedicated to help bridge group differences and promote reconciliation in divided societies. Her work has been recognized multiple times. In 2017, she received the Open Society Scholar Award for contextual significance (Open Society International, United Kingdom). She has been profiled as a rising international scholar by the Society for Psychological Studies of Social Issues (SPSSI, a division of American Psychological Association) in Forward’s 2014 Issue. Recently, she was endorsed by the former President of Kosovo - her Excellency Atifete Jahjaga (2011-2016) - to lead an education initiative in Kosovo that uses the transformative power of education to connect ethnically-divided schools and shape more positive intergroup relations in the country.
Edona is the Associate Director of the Peace and Conflict Summer Program. At RIT Kosovo she also teaches courses on post-conflict issues and psychology. She has previously taught at University of Prishtina (Department of Psychology) for a decade. Her PhD research (Leiden University) focused on using the social identity perspective to explore strategies that can help shape Kosovo’s intergroup processes move from conflict to peacebuilding. She also received her MSc (Cum Laude) degree from Leiden University (2008) where she graduated with honours. She completed her BA at University of Prishtina (2004) as part of the first generation of psychology graduates in the country. Outside academia Edona has extensive experience as a consultant/trainer for a number of international organizations, including: International Organization for Migration (IOM), Council of Europe, J-Coders Academy (STEM Certified), Kosovar Center for Advancement of Children (ANGELS), and LEAP Center. She is also an author at Prishtina Insight, where she writes articles for broader non-academic audiences.
As a scholar, Edona has led or co-led international projects funded by various scientific bodies such as the British Academy of Science, United Kingdom Research and Innovation fund, Global Challenges Research Fund, Regional Research Promotion Programme for the Western Balkans, Open Society International and the Swedish Foundation for international Cooperation in Research and Higher Education. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and co-edited a book on shaping social identities in the Western Balkans after the violent conflicts of the 1990s (https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319620206).
Currently, she serves as an elected member of Kosovo’s Association of Psychologists (APKO) and contributes to a couple of large-scale research projects that seek to foster more equal and just societies.
Len Hawley served on the policy team of the National 9/11 Commission. He was responsible for investigating U.S. counterterrorism policy in State, Defense, Justice, OMB, and the FBI from 1998 through the attacks of September 11, 2001.
He was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Clinton Administration where he directed U.S. engagement and political-military preparations for multilateral interventions to regional crises including Kosovo, East Timor, Lebanon, Congo, Sierra Leone, Eritrea-Ethiopia, and Afghanistan.
He worked at the White House on the National Security Council staff as Director for Multilateral Affairs where he coordinated U.S. political-military planning for multilateral complex contingencies. He was also responsible for U.S. government efforts to strengthen the capacity of the United Nations to respond to crises. Prior to serving at the White House, he acted as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Len worked as a congressional staffer in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. He served in the US Army for twenty-five years where he deployed with ground combat units overseas in Vietnam and Germany, and he was a research fellow at the Naval War College and also at the National Defense University.
Before he died, Len advised US officials at the National Security Council, State Department, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on contemporary policy issues and interagency pol-mil planning. And he served as a senior mentor for executive leadership courses sponsored by the State Department and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Countries that can enter Kosovo without visa: Visa Free
Special Categories Exempted from Visa Requirements
The exemption from the visa requirement applies also to the following categories:
Citizens of the countries which are required to obtain a visa for Kosovo but hold a biometric valid residence permit issued by one of the Schengen member states or a valid multi-entry Schengen Visa are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Visa to enter, transit, or stay in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo for up to 15 days.
Citizens of: EU and Schengen Zone Member States; Holy See; Principality of Andorra; Principality of Monaco; Republic of San Marino, Republic of Albania, Montenegro, and Republic of Serbia are allowed to enter, transit, and stay in Kosovo for up to 90 days for a six-months period with a valid biometric identification card.
Holders of diplomatic and service passports issued by Russian Federation States, People’s Republic of China, Egypt, Indonesia and Ukraine shall be allowed to enter transit or stay up to 15 days in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo.
Holders of valid travel documents issued by Special Administrative Regions of People’s Republic of China: Hong Kong and Macao are exempted from the obligation to obtain a visa.
Holders of travel documents issued by Taiwan shall be exempted from the obligation to obtain a visa provided that they preliminarily notify the Diplomatic or Consular Mission of the Republic of Kosovo.
Holders of Travel documents issued by EU Member States, Schengen zone States, United States of America, Canada, Australia and Japan based on the 1951 Convention on Refugee Status or the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons, as well as holders of valid travel documents for foreigners, may enter, pass through the territory and stay in the Republic of Kosovo up to 15 days without a visa.
Holders of Laissez-Passer, regardless of their nationality, issued by United Nations Organizations, NATO, OSCE, Council of Europe and European Union, are also exempt from the visa requirement.
All participants are strongly advised to ensure the adequate medical insurance. Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.
Note: All medical expenses in Kosovo or outside Kosovo will need to be paid by the student.
There are several taxi operators in Kosovo, fares are cheap and official taxis are marked and metered. It’s preferable to book your taxi in advance by calling. Taxi Roberti, London, Beki, Urban, City, Golden, Blue are all reliable operators. In general, it is advisable to use taxis from a reputable company if possible.
Renting a car in Kosovo is also possible, with a choice of several internationally-recognized rental companies as well as local operators.
Bus travel is the preferred means of public transportation as it is frequent, clean and cheap. Routes cover most of the country with major attractions mostly within an hour or two from the capital. Pristina is the country’s hub for bus travel and also offers service to international destinations in other Balkan countries such as Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Greece and others.
Within Prishtina, several bus lines cover all the districts, although the downtown can easily be explored on foot.
Phone card refill: Students can refill their IPKO card at the local IPKO offices in Pristina. For those coming out of countries with locked phones, please unlock before arrival to Kosovo – or inexpensive phones can be found in Prishtina.
Transport to/from the airport: The ride from the airport to RIT-K campus is 20 minutes and costs € 15 ($17). More information will be provided closer to date.
Note: The additional costs are to be covered by the applicant.
Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending. While most of the meals are covered in the package fee, weekend meals and personal transportation costs differ depending on student preferences. Meals in Kosovo are very reasonably priced from a range of €2 – €5 ($3 – $6) a dish. Public transportation €0.40 cent ($0.50) and taxis from €1.50 – €5 ($2 – $6) in the surroundings of Pristina. Please contact our Program Coordinator for more information about pricing in Kosovo at email@example.com.
Please note that evening and weekend events organized by students will be at student own expense.