University of Malta/George Mason University :: MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security

by Rich Rubenstein on March 5, 2011 · 0 comments

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International Masters Programmes – University of Malta :: MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security.


Greetings from Malta!  I’m spending the first two weeks of March here teaching a course on Conflict and Religion as part of the new dual degree MA program in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security (yes, CRAMS)!  It’s hard work, but great fun.  The students, who hail from countries throughout the region, as well as from the U.S., Canada, and China, spend 13 months studying full-time (4 days per week), but end up with two master’s degrees, one from Malta and another from George Mason.  Click on the address above for details.

Located in the Med 60 miles south of Sicily and 150 miles north of Tunisia, Malta is a fascinating country — home to 400,000 people and 350 churches — which has been occupied by every major Mediterranean power from the Phoenicians to the Brits.  Its sister island, Gozo, is quiet, green, and just as interesting.  I got hooked on the place, with its friendly, volatile, articulate and dignified people, when I first came here for a sabbatical term in 1994 — have been back six times since.  Now an independent member of the E.U., it’s a great venue for the study and practice conflict resolution.

Of course, folks here have been focusing intently on the Arab revolutions, esp. the movement now sweeping Libya.  Malta has already processed 13,000 refugees through its airport and seaport and is preparing to handle more.  Most Maltese I’ve spoken to are generally hostile to Gaddafi but hoping that a civil war bloodbath and outside military intervention can be avoided.  Me, too.

As people here say (pretty much everyone speaks English, but Maltese is largely based on Arabic), Sahha u Sliem!  Health and Peace!


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