Peace and Sports

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks
13 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017

Professor Gal Harmat
Professor Gal Peleg Laniado

The course will challenge and examine the role that sports play in conflict resolution, as part of the methodology of Peace Education at large. Sport has played a constructive role in bringing two conflicting sides together. The course will confront with the questions:  What is Sport for development (and conflict resolution as a branch of this field)? What can Sport contribute to Peacebuilding? How sport can play a constructive role in conflict prevention and conflict transformation? What examples in the world should we carefully look at and learn from and is Sport alone is enough? Finally, the students will have the chance to set their own “recipe for success” through building a toolkit for using sport as a tool for conflict transformation or analyzing an international conflict zone and how sport plays (or played) a role in breaking those barriers.




Gal Harmat

Dr. Gal Harmat holds a PhD in Gender Analysis of Peace Education and Dialogue encounters from Nitra University (Slovakia) and a M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She was a professor in conflict transformation, peace education and gender and Co-Director of the Social Justice and Peace Education Teachers Training Program, Kibbutzim Teachers College in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been teaching in the World Peace Academy (University of Basel), the European Peace University (Austria), and the Arts and Social Change College in Israel. As a Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist, she has extensive experience in training, conflict analysis, dialogue facilitation, capacity building, peace education, research, gender empowerment and gender mainstreaming since 1998 in various countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and West and South East Asia. Her consultancies include intergovernmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN Women, UNDP, and the Council of Europe), various international and regional NGOs (e.g. Non Violent Peace Force, Friends of the Earth Middle East; Peres Centre for Peace) and corporate donors (e.g. United Bank of Switzerland; Optimus Foundation).



Gal Peleg Laniado

Gal Peleg Laniado, J Street, Deputy Regional Director. Gal has joined J Street with over a decade of nonprofit expertise from his extensive work in conflict resolution, leadership development, and community outreach and empowerment in both Israel and the United States. Most recently, Gal served simultaneously as the Central Shaliach of Hashomer Hatzair Youth Movement in North America, as well as the Israel Representative for the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation in the United States. Hashomer Hatzair is a progressive Zionist youth movement that specializes in youth-led experiential Jewish Education, and Givat Haviva is the authority on and birthplace of Shared Society in Israel. Previously in Israel, Gal held the position of International Development Manager for Mifalot, an Israeli nonprofit that aims to create social change through educational projects targeting young people through Soccer. Gal was also the Director of the Sports Department at the Peres Center for Peace in Israel, which promotes regional and national peacebuilding efforts. Gal holds an MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from the Tel Aviv University, and a BA with honors in Communications and International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also a graduate of the Columbia Business School’s Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals. Born on Kibbutz Sdot-Yam, Israel Gal now lives in New York City with his husband Moshe.


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