NEWSLETTER 2018 MARCH
Spreading The Mission of Peace Talk Simulations
to Israeli/Palestinian Schools


Dear Friends,

We at the Leon Charney resolution center are expanding our initiative of spreading the mission of our annually held Peace Talk Simulations to Israeli/Palestinian schools, in order to encourage the students to participate in negotiations. Last week we hosted two Peace Talk Simulations with extremely motivated students that were dedicated to making a difference. On Monday, March 5, students from The Kiryat Ono Democratic School & The Jerusalem School from East Jerusalem met for the first Peace Talk Simulation at the Kiryat Ono Democratic School. On Tuesday, March 6, students from the Diplomatic Department of Ort Binyamina & The Jerusalem School again met for a second Peace Talk Simulation held by us at Hakafar Hayarok. The first day was dedicated to negotiations and trust-building steps. By the end of the day, all of the groups involved reached different and creative conclusive agreements. The second day of meetings will take place later this month. We hope this initiative willempower the students involved to take an active role in building the future of their communities.

We believe it’s very important for the students to participate in negotiations and understand the difficulties that come with trying to establish peace. Confidence and being a unifying force between two opposing parties while also having the capacity to listen to everyone in the room are essential traits while at the negotiation table. It’s also very important for the students to stay informed about what is going on in the current political climate so that they as the future generation can make informed and impactful decisions.

At the end of the same week, we also sponsored a Public Congress while partnering with the Mind of Peace & Goethe Institutes.

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EMIS Students Visit New York
Written by EMIS Student, Sebastian Valdieso

On February 26th, six EMIS students arrived in the US for 6 days to participate in the UNIS-UN 2018 Conference organized by the United Nations International School. The conference's theme was UNDR CRTL (Under Control) Technology, Innovation, and the Future of Work. During this week, they have been involved in several activities where they met EMIS partners such as the Charney Resolution Center that has always supported EMIS projects and initiatives, the Beracha Foundation, which is an organization that thrives for Jewish-Arab coexistence and supports the EMIS for the past years, as well as diplomatic representatives from the EU, Poland, Israel, Ecuador, and Spain. They also had informative meetings with Steve Forbes from Forbes Magazine, Richard Plepler who is the CEO of HBO, and a representative from the company WeWork. All of this was taking place while they were also participating in several student debates at the UN General Assembly. These were about the effect technology has on security & privacy, and the risks that Artificial Intelligence poses to humankind. Also, they attended lectures about technology in different fields such as politics, media and the management of Big Data as well as workshops of practical uses of technological advancements such as smart guns to decrease violence.

On the 3rd night of our visit, we were very excited to meet up with Tzili Charney, the founder of the Leon Charney Resolution Center who is a very important partner in the development of the EMIS school. We all then attended a theatrical performance by the "Blue Man Group”, a performance art company that combines many different types of music and art. They also involve a lot of participation from their audience during their shows. Afterward, we all had a nice dinner at the restaurant Balthazar in Soho and discussed the political situation  and what life is like in the US. The following day, we visited Leon Charney’s office in Times Square, Manhattan where we met with his good friend Steve Forbes. We were all very impressed with how eloquent and knowledgeable Mr. Forbes was. We decided to ask him hard questions about the economies from our home countries as well as about Economy issues like financial crises and taxation. All in all, this was a very profound and educational experience that we were excited and honored to be a part of. 

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The Leon Charney Reporters
The Leon Charney Reporters have a new episode this week. In this episode, the EMIS students Shahar Golan and Siseko Bango talk about their experience of the Charney Resolution Center Peace Talks Simulatio last month Feb 22, 2018.   

The Leon Charney Diplomacy Program at FAU Competes In the National Model United Nations Simulation

Students from the Leon Charney Diplomatic Program at Florida Atlantic University competed in the National Model United Nations simulation in New York City, from March 17 to March 23, receiving the Distinguished Delegation Award for their representation of Saudi Arabia. The students were split up into twelve committees and each committee was assigned to address three pressing global problems surrounding their country (Saudi Arabia).  
See photos below:

 1: Jeffrey Coltman-Cormier (Head Delegate) & Tzili Charney | 2: Ellie Vilakazi (Head Deligate), Raul Muniz and Gregory Lee (Org. for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), Jeffrey Coltman-Cormier (Head Deligate) | 3: Jeffrey Coltman-Cormier, Ellie Vilakazi, Maria Hasbun and Idia Enogieru (General Assembly 5th Committee) | 4: Morgan Moser (General Assembly 1st Committee), Ellie Vilakazi, Seamus Maloney (General Assembly 1st Committee) | 5: Viktor Knurov (General Assembly 3rd Committee) | 6: Talia Rodriguez and Rebecca Mayoh (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)

1: Jeffrey Coltman-Cormier (Head Delegate) & Tzili Charney | 2: Ellie Vilakazi (Head Deligate), Raul Muniz and Gregory Lee (Org. for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), Jeffrey Coltman-Cormier (Head Deligate) | 3: Jeffrey Coltman-Cormier, Ellie Vilakazi, Maria Hasbun and Idia Enogieru (General Assembly 5th Committee) | 4: Morgan Moser (General Assembly 1st Committee), Ellie Vilakazi, Seamus Maloney (General Assembly 1st Committee) | 5: Viktor Knurov (General Assembly 3rd Committee) | 6: Talia Rodriguez and Rebecca Mayoh (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)

Professor Jeffrey S. Morton, Director of the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program at Florida Atlantic University, stated: “I could not be more proud of the hard work of our students. We are all honored to be linked to Leon Charney and strive to extend his legacy through the peaceful resolution of conflict”. 

For more about the Diplomacy Program, go to: fau.edu/pjhr/diplomacy 

-The Leon Charney Resolution Center


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