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[ Mission Statement ] 
The Peace Studies Program at Florida Atlantic University is committed to the extensive investigation and understanding of the causes of peace from a multidisciplinary perspective. The Program invites the active participation of students at all academic levels as well as the broader community.

[ Announcements
Hsu Lecture
"Understanding the Potential of Chinese Non-Governmental Organizations,"   

Lecture by Jennifer YJ Hsu, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Thursday, February 12, 5 pm, College of Business Bldg. (BU 120). The broad appeal of studying non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to understand state and social transformation is evident: They are at once beacons of democracy and alternative social service providers. This lecture will examine the potential of Chinese NGOs in contributing to state and social transformation across four NGO sectors: environment, HIV/AIDS, migrants and general social service delivery.  View flyer.   For more information, e-mail  rshaykhu@fau.edu.


Eric J. Hanne

Chastain Johnston Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern and Peace Studies Organizes Lecture Series

The lecture series will invite leading scholars in the fields of Middle Eastern and/or Peace Studies to FAU to discuss their current research. Dr. Eric J. Hanne received his BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois (1989), his MA in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1992), and his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1998).  Specializing in the sociopolitical history of the medieval Muslim world, Dr. Hanne conducts research and has published on such varied topics as the late Abbasid caliphate, medieval Islamic administration, the role of elite women in medieval Islamic power politics, and most recently role of ritual in medieval Islamic courts.  He is currently pursuing research on the manifestation of power and authority in the eleventh- and twelfth-century political arena and how it relates to the dynamic nature of sectarian and ethnic relations in the central Islamic lands.  The focus of his current monograph project is the Mazyadid dynasty of Shi’ite Arab amīrs and their interaction with the various polities of the period (e.g., Saljuqs, Abbasids, Fatimids, and Uqaylids).  He teaches a variety of courses on Islamic history and culture covering topics from the medieval to the modern era (e.g., Crusades, Islamic intellectual history, Ottomans, modern Middle East, and Modern Iran)

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Peace Day

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. ( Learn More... )

"On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."
– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon











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