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Participants in Project Ploughshares' 2004-2005 Young Professionals International Program.

This year Ploughshares placed 10 young people as interns with peace and security organizations at home and abroad, as part of Foreign Affairs Canada's Young Professionals International program, funded by the Government of Canada. These young professionals are now working with their host organizations.

David Forest from Montreal, Quebec is with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament (UNREC) in Lome, Togo. David has completed his MA in International Development at Laval University where he researched the Liberian civil war and third-party interventions in West African conflicts. At UNREC he will be reviewing the status of the implementation of the Mine Ban Convention by African States.

Christopher Fitzpatrick is with the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), Bonn, Germany. From Beaconsfield, Quebec, he recently completed an MSc in international economics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, Spain. While at BICC, he will be working on economic security issues, including the effects of external economic actors in conflicts and the impact of arms embargoes.

Marijana Cuvalo from Mississauga, Ontario is at the Life and Peace Institute (LPI) in Uppsala, Sweden. Marijana completed her MA in Conflict Transformation at the European University Center for Peace Studies in Austria where she focused on the non-violent transformation of conflicts. She will be working on peace projects in LPI's Conflict Transformation and Research Programmes.

The Africa Peace Forum (APFO) in Nairobi, Kenya is hosting two YPI participants this year. Aisha Ahmad is from Toronto, Ontario where she completed her MA in International Relations at the University of Toronto. Her study focused on the interpersonal and grassroots aspects of conflict resolution and she will be dealing with small arms issues in the region. Joining Aisha at APFO is Richard Damianopoulos from Aurora, Ontario. Richard's MA in Political Science at the University of British Columbia focused on the role of civil society in Rwandan post-conflict reconstruction. He will also be working on small arms issues, including the implementation of the Nairobi Declaration on Small Arms and Light Weapons.

Julia Novitskaia is from Montreal, Quebec and is now at the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland. Julia completed her MA at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University where her focus was on conflict resolution and peacebuilding. At the WCC, she will work mainly on human security concerns, including arms control and disarmament, and regional issues relating to ongoing or new conflicts.

Matthew O'Rourke, from Brampton, Ontario, is at Project Ploughshares. Matthew completed his MA in Political Science at the University of Waterloo with a thesis that compared the campaign against small arms proliferation with the campaign to ban anti-personnel landmines. A major part of his work at Ploughshares will involve researching and documenting areas of armed conflict worldwide.

Robert Sancton is from Saint John, New Brunswick and is now with Pax Christi International, in Brussels, Belgium. Robert completed his MA in Peace Studies at Bradford University, UK, where one major area of study was the effect of the Sri Lankan diaspora on the conflict within that country. He will assist in peace advocacy efforts and work on developing strategies for strengthening networking and partnerships among Pax Christi sections, associated groups, affiliated organizations, and partners.

The Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress in San Jose, Costa Rica is hosting Megan Price from Edmonton, Alberta. Megan received her MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University where she was in the conflict analysis and conflict resolution stream and examined several Latin American areas. Her main duties will be to provide research, analysis and administrative support for the campaign to establish an Arms Trade Treaty.

Diana Sarosi is from Kitchener, Ontario and has completed an MA in International Security and Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, UK, where she studied nonviolent conflict resolution, gender and peacebuilding, and the involvement of civil society in conflict prevention. She is now with Nonviolence International Southeast Asia, in Bangkok, Thailand as a research assistant in their Arms Reduction Program.
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