DALLAS, Pa. - Misericordia University students enrolled in the government, law and national security program recently learned about terrorism and social and political conflict in their course on global politics from two guest lecturers.
Abdoul Karim Ouattara, an adviser to the president for the Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ivory Coast, and the Rev. Jean-Claude Atusameso, executive director, Jatukik Providence Foundation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, focused their discussions on the need to provide opportunities, employment and a future for young people in the countries of western Africa in order to steer them away from terrorist organizations.
The reconciliation commission was established to restore unity in Ivory Coast after a period of unrest in the country. The foundation, with offices in Washington, D.C., is working to find investors for entrepreneurs in Africa.
Misericordia University students in the government, law and national security program recently learned about terrorism from Ivory Coast leaders. Participating in the special lectures, seated from left, are Misericordia students Ann Kaufman, of Williamsport; Marina Painter, of Dallas, Pa.; and Sean Weg, of Parsippany, N.J.; second row, Christopher A. Stevens, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of History and Government; Kristen Hansen, of South River, N.J.; Mari King, Ed.D, university vice president, academic affairs; Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., university president; Abdoul Karim Ouattara, an adviser to the president for the Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission; the Rev. Jean-Claude Atusameso, executive director, Jatukik Providence Foundation; and Marguerite Roy, visiting professor.
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