The Peace & Dialogue Leadership Initiative
The Peace & Dialogue Leadership Initiative (PDLI)
seeks to bridge the civil-military divide through offering top civilian & military students a unique opportunity to participate in a nuanced conversation about the US role in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Israeli-Palestinian relations, society, and culture. The centerpiece of the initiative is an annual ~10-day trip to Israel & the Palestinian territories.
• Develop a community on campus and beyond interested in engaging with
political and social complexity, conflict mediation, and peacebuilding.
• Give students the tools to develop a nuanced understanding of peacebuilding—particularly within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict--by connecting high-level strategic dialogue with realities on the ground.
• Foster civil-military relationships, understanding, and dialogue.
• Prompt students to reflect on what good leadership looks like on both an institutional and a personal level, and to empower them to practice such leadership in their own lives.
• Provide an incisive look into Israeli and Palestinian society, culture, and politics.
• Inspire students to think deeply about the United States' relationship with Israel, its role in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship, and, more broadly, its role in the region.