Professor brings peacekeeping expertise to Nigeria
Friday, March 16, 2012
From William & Mary – www.wm.edu/news
by Erin Zagursky | March 15,
A William & Mary professor known
for his work on peacekeeping recently brought his expertise to Nigeria.
Harvey Langholtz, a professor of psychology at the
College, traveled to the Federal Republic of Nigeria over spring break to
present a paper at a conference on peacekeeping.
The event, which took place in Jaji,
Kaduna State, fostered discussions on "ways to end the sectarian violence,
terrorism, and lawlessness that has plagued the region,” said Langholtz. On
Jan. 20, almost 200 people were killed in bombings of churches in the nearby
city of Kano, for which the group Boko Haram claimed responsibility. Earlier
this week, 13 more were killed in Jos by a suicide bomber. During the time
Langholtz was there, one Italian and one citizen of the U.K. were taken hostage
and killed before British commandos could rescue them.
Langholtz presented a paper titled
"The Psychology of Peacekeeping” at the conference, which was organized by
Nigeria’s Society for Peace Studies and Practice. The Governor of the State of
Kaduna, Patrick I. Yakowa, was among the conference’s attendees.
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