In the Field
Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative
IPJ Daylight Series: Facing Security Differences in Nepal
On June 3, Dee Aker, IPJ Interim Executive Director, Maj. Jason Ruedi, Assistant Professor of Naval Science at USD, and Chris Groth, IPJ Graduate Intern, reported on the IPJ’s continuing work in Nepal with political, civil society and security leaders. Aker, Ruedi, and Groth were part of an IPJ team that recently traveled to Nepal to conduct workshops on democratization, army integration and community oriented policing in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
IPJ Field Mission - Kathmandu and Pokhara
Dee Aker, interim executive director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, led a field mission with a team of facilitators - practitioners and academics - to Nepal to conduct an on-the-ground assessment of army integration challenges and provide two participatory seminars, bringing security sector actors together with political and civil society leaders in focused negotiation training on security issues. Joining Dr. Aker were Maj. Jason Ruedi, assistant professor of naval science at USD; Chris Groth, IPJ graduate intern (USD '06, M.A. in International Relations); Shobha Shrestha, program officer for peace and governance at SAP-Nepal (USD '08, M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies); Laura Taylor, former IPJ Nepal Project senior program officer now working on her doctorate in Peace Studies and Psychology at the University of Notre Dame (USD '05, M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies); and two senior members of CMPartners, a public firm working globally in facilitating and supporting multiparty negotiations in private sectors and in various significant conflict environments, Senior Consultant Gardner Heaton and Founder and Managing Partner Eric Henry.