At the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the Balkans represents a diverse mix of cultures, languages, philosophies and religions. Since the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the Balkans remain a global epicenter for peace building, inter-religious dialogue, and the promotion and protection of human rights. Led by UO Instructor Will Johnson, students in this program will study the challenges and possibilities of human rights and post-conflict peace-building in one of the most dynamic, beautiful, and diverse regions in the world. The program includes coursework, guided research, cross-border excursions and time for independent travel.
Peace Studies is an emerging field of law and inter-disciplinary academic study. The countries of the former Yugoslavia—the Balkans--have been at the forefront of international peace-building efforts since the end of the Cold War.