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2022 Summer Institute

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   The 2022 AIDL Diplomacy and Leadership Institute is dedicated to   


                                        Dr. Houda Abadi

        the Founder and Executive Director of Transformative Peace 

whose tireless work for peace has been and continues to be an inspiration.

                                  This workshop is also dedicated to the

                              Young People of the World

                             whose goodness and optimism give us hope.


                                              ​With special thanks to           

                 Dr. Charity Butcher 

              Professor and Interim Director of the 

                Kennesaw State University School of Conflict Management

        for her tireless help with the US National Security Council Simulation.

           Many thanks to our distinquished speakers:

                                                                      Leadership and Citizenship

                  Civil Discourse:  Rules for Engagement

                  Ms. Natasha Derricks / AP Teacher at Dekalb School of the Arts


                  MLK, Jr.’s Philosophy of Non-violence

                  Ranger John Jenkins / MLK, Jr. National Historic Site

                   Servant Leadership

                   Dr.  Edward Queen / Director, Ethics and Servant Leadership, Emory University Center for Ethics


                   Introduction to Ethics

                   Dr. Jonathan Crane / Associate Professor of Medicine & Religion, Emory University Center for Ethics


                    Importance of a Free Media

                    Dr. Kaiser Lough / Professor in UGA College of Journalism and Mass Communication


                    International Studies

                    Dean Matthew Auer / UGA School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

                    Political Engagement (Panel Discussion)

                    Ms. Jerica Richardson / Cobb County District Commissioner

                    Ms. Aliye Korucu / Executive Assistant with Cobb County Government


                                                                         Diplomacy & Peacebuilding


                      Diplomatic Protocol

                      Ms. Coryn Marsik / International Relations Manager,  Georgia Dept. of Economic Development


                      Atlanta's Diplomacy

                      Ms. Paulina Guzman / Deputy Director of Diplomacy and External Affairs,  Mayor’s Office of

                             International Affairs & Trade


                      US Foreign Service

                      Mr. Andrew Paul /  Foreign Service Officer,  US Department of State in Washington D.C.


                      International Diplomacy

                      Mr. Chris Smith / Honorary Consul for Denmark


                      Peacebuilding in Jerusalem

                      Ms. Hannah Hochkeppel / Co-Director of American Programs of Seeds of Peace/Kids4Peace

                      Introduction to International Relations

                      Ms. Coryn Marsik /  International Relations Manager,  Georgia Dept. of Economic Development        

                                                                               World Issues

                      US National Security Council & South Sudan Humanitarian Crisis

                      Dr. Charity Butcher /  Professor, Political Science and International Affairs,  

                            Kennesaw State University

                      UN Mission in South Sudan

                      Ms. Maureen Nealon /  USAID in Washington D.C. - Former Assoc. Humanitarian Affairs Officer,

                             UNMISS, Juba, South Sudan


                       Migration: Causes & Solutions  

                       Mr. James Watson /   Retired USAID Mission Director in Honduras  


                       Violence Prevention in Honduras

                       Ms. Gabriella Leva /  Former USAID Official in Honduras      

                                                                                   Youth Activism

                       Making a Difference

                       Ms. Dania Ibrahim / PhD Candidate at UC San Diego and Founder of Georgia Tech's Picnic for Peace

                               2018 AIDL Youth Peacebuilder Award Recipient


                                                                                       Special Guest


                       Program Debriefing

                       Mr. Trevor Williams / Managing Editor for Global Atlanta

                                                                    Featured Keynote Speaker


                         Peace Through Unity

                         Dr. Houda Abadi  /  Founder and Executive Director of Transformative Peace;  2018 AIDL 

                                Peacebuilder Award Recipient




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