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Modern Peace Building

Learn about Modern Peacebuilding


  • The history of the formation of the Former USSR.

  • How the USSR developed through the years.

  • What were the causes of the USSR’s collapse.

  • How different countries formed and why they are so different from each other.

  • Current events that are shaping the future of Post-Soviet countries and the rest of the world.

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David Kirshbaum


David's professional training is as a psychotherapist for the severely and chronically mentally ill and the elderly. He also studied yoga with the SYDA Foundation with the hopes of combining yoga with psychological treatment. He received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and practiced for 8 years in both California and Georgia.

A longtime activist, David has previously been involved with environmental issues, mainly the organizing of watershed alliances in the area of Atlanta, Georgia. In 2005, he joined Nonviolence International (NI) in Washington, DC, where he was focused on Palestine and international law, and internship recruitment for the office.  In 2014, David was asked to open a NI office at the UN in New York City to help with the issues of disarmament and peace.  Now he is the Director of the Nonviolence International Peace Research  Program in Tuscon, Arizona, 

This Class covers Modern Peacebuilding and Nonviolence by discussing the peace theory of Professor Johan Galtung that provides a substantial response to these questions.  The Class then seeks to describe the United Nation’s attempt to implement his ideas in the field.  Building on these ideas by covering their relationship to related topics such as nonviolence, the UN program for a Culture of Peace, UN programs for development, individual psychology and new developments in the science of measuring peace.

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This course is prepared by Nonviolence International New York, a global innovative organization with an emphasis on advocacy, education, and communication. It conducts and produces important research on a growing number of issues, including peace, disarmament, and American politics, as well as operates an extensive internship program within the United Nations. 

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