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  The Peace & Dialogue Leadership Initiative  

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The Peace & Dialogue Leadership Initiative (PDLI) engages top undergraduate students at Yale University and the United States Military Academy at West Point through a unique yearlong fellowship focused on nuanced understanding of Israeli-Palestinian relations and societies, the US role in the Middle East, and civil-military relations. The centerpiece of the fellowship is an annual 10-day trip to Israel & the Palestinian territories.


Our Mission:

• 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.

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