Models for Peace and Conflict Transformation
Wendy Kroeker and Michael “Mike” Frank A. Alar
September 16 to December 2, 2021 | Thursday
8:00 AM – 10:45 AM, Philippine Time [GMT+8]
Prerequisite: Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice or Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Fundamentals of Peacebuilding or an equivalent course or experience.
This course examines integrative models of social change, which hold together peace, development, justice, and identity issues. Using such models requires the multifaceted tasks of critical analysis of structural violence and direct violence, nurturing justice through human development, the proactive building of dynamic peace cultures, and responding to crises in ways that build on local cultural and faith traditions and that witness to a sustainable and peaceable future.
Participants are expected to dedicate additional hours to complete individual assignments and readings outside of the live sessions.
Wendy Kroeker is the Director of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding and an Assistant Professor in the Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies Department of Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Canada. Wendy has over 20 years of experience as a community mediator, conflict transformation trainer, peace program manager, and program manager for international development projects. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Palestine, and the Philippines are some of the locations in which she has worked over the past two decades with indigenous groups, NGO staff, community and religious leaders, and various educators.
Wendy holds a Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the Resolution Skills Centre in Winnipeg as well as a MA in Theology with a focus on Contemporary Theology and Peace Studies. After significant years of practice within the conflict transformation field, she entered the Peace Studies PhD program at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and completed it in June 2018. Her research focused on the space of local actors in building a culture of peace in Mindanao. Wendy has taught at MPI since 2003.
Michael “Mike” Frank A. Alar is an Independent Consultant on Conflict Transformation, Dialogue and Peace Processes and currently consults for the World Bank Philippines' support to the Mindanao Peace Process as part of its Fragility, Conflict and Violence team. For more than 20 years, Mike has worked, studied, and volunteered in the peace field in countries that have included Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. In the Philippines, he has been a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund on Youth, Peace, and Security and has worked at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Philippines Office as Project Manager where he provided capacity building and technical support to Mindanao Peace Process stakeholders. Mike also worked for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process of the Philippine Government where he designed and facilitated trainings on peace and conflict for civil society organizations, local governments, the security sector, and the Bangsamoro Development Agency. He holds a MA in International Peace Studies from Japan, an Advanced Specialist Degree in Peace and Development Studies from Spain, a diploma in Islamic Studies and Interfaith Relations from India, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Philippines.