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The Institute has awarded nearly half a million dollars in small grants to support research and application of information and communication technologies in international conflict resolution. A listing of some of the funded ICT grant projects is included below.

Further information about the Institute's Grant Program and the Institute's searchable grant database (for information on other funded projects) are all available online.


FUND FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK,
New York, NY
(Project Director: Richard Zorza)

A project to develop an interactive Internet-based multilingual resource for the dissemination of statistics and other information about complaints of human rights violations in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. (USIP-071-98S) $38,000

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
Washington, DC
(Project Directors: Michael Hudson and Jon Anderson)

A project to explore how the Internet can advance democratization and help diminish conflict in the Middle East based on an examination of the social characteristics and network experiences of early adopters and advocates of the Internet in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria. (SG-34-99) $40,000

INSTITUTE OF WORLD AFFAIRS
Washington, DC
(Project Director: Hrach Gregorian)

A training and technical assistance program for Greek and Turkish Cypriots to advance inter-communal understanding and cooperation via Internet communications. (SG-98-98) $40,000

LINEN HALL LIBRARY
Belfast, Northern Ireland
(Project Director: John Gray)

A project to create a multi-media CD-ROM database of politically related street posters and narrative information on the conflict in Northern Ireland, along with an illustrated book providing similar information. The electronic and print versions of the posters and narrative will be created for educational and research uses. (USIP-024-97S) $38,000

MEDIA PEACE CENTRE
Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa
(Project Director: Hannes Siebert)

A pilot project to use video and supplementary media to help manage conflict in communities near Johannesburg, South Africa. The project uses video dialogue techniques and a locally developed newspaper to promote negotiation, joint problem-solving, and peacebuilding in urban neighborhoods once riven with political violence. (USIP-117-96F) $40,000

NANSEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND REMOTE SENSING CENTER
Bergen-Solheimsviken, Norway
(Project Director: Einar Bjorgo)

A project to develop and evaluate products and procedures for enhancing the utility of high-resolution satellite images in humanitarian relief operations around the world.
(SG-34-98) $50,000

NONVIOLENCE INTERNATIONAL
Washington, DC
(Project Directors: Warren Strobel & Tiffany Danitz)

A project to assess the use of the Internet as a means for organizing nonviolent civic resistance to human rights abuses and authoritarian rule in Burma. The research will investigate the extent of use of the Internet by civic activists within the country and abroad in organizing opposition to the regime, as well as the potential impact of these activities on efforts to democratize. (USIP-695) $10,743

SEGUIRDAD ESTRATEGICA REGIONAL EN EL 2000
Buenos Aires, Argentina
(Project Director: Luis Eduardo Tibiletti)

A project to develop an on-line data base on security and defense issues in the Southern Cone and to create a discussion/analysis forum to enhance communication among officials, scholars and other researchers in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. (SG-29-98) $35,000

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
La Jolla, CA
(Project Director: Stephan Haggard)

A project to develop and implement internet technologies to enhance regional collaboration among policy practitioners and scholars from the United States, Russia, China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea who are participating in the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue. (USIP-086-97S) $37,000

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
Cincinnati, OH
(Project Director: Howard B. Tolley)

A project to train college and university professors in how to use information-age technology in teaching international conflict resolution online, including how to conduct online text and video conferences with classes at other universities, how to create and use interactive online cases, and how to evaluate student learning using these new technologies. (USIP-084-99S) $35,000

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
College Park, MD
(Project Directors: Georgia Sorenson & Mary Boergers)

A project to train young leaders from Northern Ireland's political parties to develop conflict resolution and negotiation skills. The project will use new computer technologies as an aide in developing these skills as part of overall leadership training. (USIP-072-96F) $41,800

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
Villanova, PA
(Project Directors: John Gotanda & April Major)

A project to create computer connectivity to facilitate communication among the individuals engaged in the creation of a truth commission in Bosnia (SG-79-98) $25,000

WILTON PARK
West Sussex, United Kingdom
(Project Director: Chris Langdon)

Support for an international conference on the advances in and implications of new communication technologies for the resolution of international conflicts. (SG-112-98) $32,000

YORK UNIVERSITY
Toronto, Canada
(Project Director: Michael Dartnell)

A cross-national study to examine how organizations and political movements use on-line technologies as an information provision tool in campaigns against governments. (USIP-064-98F) $30,118


For More Information

To learn more about the work of the Virtual Diplomacy Initiative, please contact Virtual Diplomacy director Sheryl Brown.

 


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