CONTEMPORARY AFGHANISTAN: THE DYNAMICS OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION The International Diplomacy Working Group in conjunction with the Lifelong Learning Institute, a part of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University, will present a panel discussion on the realities, prospects, and possibilities in contemporary Afghanistan. This presentation will be held on Wednesday February 16, 2011 from 12:30-2:00pm at the Lifelong Learning Institute located in University Park Plaza North 3424 South University Drive Davie, Florida 33328-2022 Telephone: (954) 262-8471.
PANELISTS INCLUDE: Dustin Berna, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, is an Assistant Professor in the department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. His major fields of study are Middle Eastern politics and international relations. He has collected and coded every Islamic fundamentalist group that is or has been in operation in the Islamic world since 1970. He will discuss terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanistan. Athea Antoine M.S., is a Florida Supreme Court County Mediator and Conflict Coach of Peaceant Consulting, LLC and also is currently a doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department. She is a passionate advocate of violence prevention and spreading peace through tolerance and forgiveness. The topic of this panel discussion is the religious and political landscape of Afghanistan and the role of the tribal leaders. Eshanda James, M.S., is a marriage and family therapist intern, training consultant, certified mediator, author, and adjunct fellow. Her expert focus is in the areas of interpersonal relations, culture and family issues, educational development, organizational development, and leadership. Presently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. This discussion will focus specifically on the “Shia Family Law” signed March 2009 by Afghan’s President, Hamid Karzai. The “Shia Family Law” condones spousal rape, adolescent marriage, and purdah. Moderator: T.Y. Okosun: DCAR, Nova Southeastern University International Diplomacy Working Group: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Lifelong Learning Institute: Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences