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For the past six months,
Marian Hale has traveled to Turkey, Lebanon,
Syria, Jordan, Israel, Egypt,
and Iraq as part of the
University of Haifa’s Peace
and Conflict Management
Marian Hale
Program.
The 24-year-old University of Colorado
graduate joined the program last October
because she saw an opportunity to address
“the suffering and hatred that the children” of
Middle Eastern conflicts experience.
“Whether it is the pain of a family member
in prison, is friend killed in a suicide attack, or
hatred toward the people who caused it, these
experiences destroy children’s innocence,”
said Hale, who paid $15,000 for the year-long,
master’s level program that brings students to

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Israel to study peacebuilding efforts through
field trips, a 120-hour practicum at a local NGO,
and lectures by activists, politicians, diplomats,
academics, and former military officials. “It
becomes easy to understand why a young
man or woman would want to join the army or
even become a suicide bomber when it seems
there’s no other way to fight for justice.”
Now in its second year, the program has
hosted students from Ukraine, Ghana, Tanzania,
the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico,
Israel, China, and Canada. Students study
Hebrew and Arabic, write three papers and live
in dormitories on the Haifa university campus.
Built on Mount Carmel, Haifa’s ethnic and religious diversity provide “the perfect backdrop
for students from around the globe to come
together to learn about conflict and peacemaking,” according to the program’s literature.

people can learn about one another and realize that
we’re all just people, and often our commonalities are
greater than our differences.”
Back home, Sobek worked with Gore and school administrators to bring a similar abroad program to Ohio
State University. “This program fueled my interest in
the Middle East and my desire to learn more about the
region’s history, language, culture, and politics,” Sobek
says. “My efforts paid off and Ohio State became a jointsponsor for the program. I had friends who participated
in the program the next year and loved it.”
Last March, Sobek traveled to Tunisia to participate in the 2012 USA-Tunisia Youth Debates
program, where she represented the United States in
academic debates with Tunisian high school and university students. She returned to the region in March
2013 to participate in a Harvard-sponsored education
abroad program in Morocco.
The most difficult part of Sobek’s London-Amman
experience, she says, was security. Sobek was preparing to travel to Jordan in the summer of 2011, only
months after the “Arab Spring”—a revolutionary
wave of demonstrations, protests, and wars in the
Arab world—had swept across the region, creating
extreme political instability in many countries. Before
going to London for the program, she had planned to
travel to Tunisia that summer to teach English, but the
program was canceled because of the regional unrest.
As for the London-Amman program, it remained
in limbo as the program’s administrators monitored

“Peacebuilding is a long, challenging process of trust-building,” said Hale, who holds a
bachelor’s in international affairs and humanities, and who will remain in Haifa through this
August. “In a protracted conflict, it is easy to
believe that the conflict is insolvable. Someone
who was once a neighbor can become the
‘other’ who, because of her ethnicity, seems
violent, illogical, or cruel. This can only be
overcome by encouraging interaction between
different groups and working for small victories
when the large ones seem too far-fetched.”
Ultimately, Hale hopes to move to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in conflict
resolution.
“I want to work face-to-face with the
people who live in this stressful and sometimes scary situation and to build tools for a
peaceful future,” Hale said.

the political situation in Jordan so they could be certain students would be safe traveling there.
“Fortunately, the program was not canceled,”
Sobek says. “However, keeping security constantly
in mind, the other students and I were forbidden to
attend political demonstrations. I know this was for
our own safety, but as an adventurous academic, I
would have loved to get inside the crowds to better
gauge and understand the Jordanian perspective on
current events.”
Another obstacle Sobek encountered upon her
return home was the very prejudice that Gore’s London-Amman program seeks to challenge.
“I literally had people ask me why I would study
about the Middle East, let alone travel there,” Sobek
says. “They’d say, ‘Muslims hate Christians and they
all want to blow us up.’ Whenever I received such a
response, I would ask if they had ever met a Muslim, and they always said ‘no.’ I would tell them about
my trips to Jordan and Tunisia and how the people
I met there were so kind and hospitable, or how the
food was delicious and the sites were beautiful. I don’t
know if I changed their ideas, but I at least challenged
their preconceived notions about people of different religions and nationalities. Not everyone will be
able to travel the world, but I believe those who can
should, and they should share their experiences with
everyone they meet. This type of peacebuilding may
occur on a personal level, but I believe when amplified, it can make a world of difference.”

COURTESY OF MARIAN HALE

A Tour to Learn About
Conflict Management in the Middle East



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From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Voices: Kofi Annan
Peace Pathways
Shared Solutions
San Francisco State Shines in Long-Term Study Abroad
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
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