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Jared Leiderman

2006-2007

blogs by Jared Leiderman

Jordan then home! May-June, 2007

April 29, 2007: Petra I just came back from two days in Petra. Just spectacular. Obviously, the “Rose City” was beautiful, a city created by destruction, carving into the steep cliffs and discarding material.  Warned by friends that it would be crowded during the day, I entered the park at opening time, walking through the

Jordan-April, 2007

April 10, 2007: Arrival in Amman Blinking, I arrived in Amman. Another adventure though I feel I have accumulated years of them in the past ten months. Indeed, the bags under my eyes would agree. My brother had passed through Amman some years ago, recollecting, “Amman is really white and hilly, right?”  You bet. Like

Uganda-April 2007

April 3, 2007: “A Lone Jew in Kampala” or “Has It Really Been Over Three Hundred Days?” Until recently, I had only a small sense of time passing outside of my experience.  I knew my friends and family were going through their own lives, of course, with finals, vacations, job offers, and the rest, but

Uganda-March 2007

March 1, 2007: Days in the IDP camps Accompanying the USAID representatives to internally displaced persons (IDP) camps was a difficult, amazing experience over the last few days.  We moved from Lira to Kitgum, stopping along the way first at Padjule camp.  Padjule is a large camp but one that was planned; this means the

Uganda-February 7-27, 2007

February 7, 2007: NUPF Executive Committee Meeting Today was the meeting of the Northern Uganda Peace Forum (NUPF) Executive Committee, the group of representatives from the five ethnic sub-regional Peace Forums: West Nile (red), Acholi (green), Lango (blue), Teso (pink), and Karamoja (yellow). The purpose of the meeting was to review formal documents and to

Uganda January 22-February 6, 2007

January 22, 2007: Meetings in Gulu I was fortunate to attend meetings throughout the day with a graduate student connected to USAID who is exploring peace-building approaches in northern Uganda as a case study for a larger peace-building toolkit.  For her, it was an interesting opportunity to extract theory from practice; for me, it was

Uganda-January 7-21, 2007

January 7, 2007: Kampala After landing at the Entebbe airport, we disembarked from the plane onto the tarmac and I was struck immediately by the smell.  It smelled like camp, the deep musky flavor of trees, humidity, and warmth, even at four in the morning.  The silhouetted lines of vast trees were visible against the

Traveling-Welcome to 2007!

December 30, 2006 I am finding it interesting to travel through the region, finding myself comfortable in these spaces. Suddenly, I feel as though I know Morocco, how it works, what makes it tick, especially in comparison to my friends and family who have not – and may never – visit these locations.  At the

Traveling-December 2006

­­­December 9, 2006: Hiking Cinque Terre The Cinque Terre are five small villages along the coast of north-western Italy, built into the cliffs and hills that lead to the ocean.  There is a train that accesses each of the towns as well as a hiking trail that weaves in, up, and around the hillsides.  So,

Final Days at The Hague

November 15, 2006: Cold Weather Finally Hits The north-European weather has finally hit. It has gotten cold and windy with rain almost every day.  The skies are constantly grey but not flat, not a single slate gray as clouds in the Midwestern U.S. often are. Here, fortunately, the clouds have a dynamic depth that gives

The Hague-Late October-November 2006

October 19, 2006 I went over to my friend’s place for a nice dinner party with a bunch of other internationals working in The Hague.  It was a really great time to relax, eat delicious food, and get a chance to hear many more viewpoints.  Eventually, I was talking to a few people about how

The Hague-late September & October 2006

September 26, 2006 I sat in on a pre-trial hearing for the first ICC trial, that of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  He’s been indicted on child conscription charges, a “weak” charge in terms of the span of war crimes he could have been charged with, but they need to

The Hague-September, 2006

September 3, 2006 The Hague, Netherlands I am one-quarter through my Fellowship experience and it is hard to believe that it has only been 90 days.  I’m in The Hague, starting work at the International Criminal Court tomorrow, and it feels like my home in California is so far away.  Not in terms of miles

New York & Ireland-Late August 2006

August 27, 2006 New York City – JFK Airport Finally made it through security and already I’m totally full of glee.  We’re talking big, giddy smile all over my face, laughing audibly and quickly looking around to make sure nobody saw or heard.  Just being in an international terminal with the Aer Lingus staff speaking

Boston August-2006

August 17, 2006 Have to make this quick: got a call this afternoon from Patrick, who is in The Hague. Knowing this, I was surprised. Our conversation went something like this: Patrick: “So, I’m sitting here in The Hague at a café overlooking a beautiful canal. And I’m with the Chief Prosecutor [of the International

Boston to The Hague July-August 2006

July 12, 2006 I had my second coaching session with David today. As usual, we spoke about process (through a lens of looking at grad schools).  The process we discussed involved what he called a “Time-based Interest Analysis.”  A complicated name which basically describes a process whereby I predict myself, at the end of a

Jordan, and the end of my Fellowship: May-June 2007

April 29, 2007: Petra I just came back from two days in Petra. Just spectacular. Obviously, the “Rose City” was beautiful, a city created by destruction, carving into the steep cliffs and discarding material.  Warned by friends that it would be crowded during the day, I entered the park at opening time, walking through the

Jordan-April 2007

April 10, 2007: Arrival in Amman Blinking, I arrived in Amman. Another adventure though I feel I have accumulated years of them in the past ten months. Indeed, the bags under my eyes would agree. My brother had passed through Amman some years ago, recollecting, “Amman is really white and hilly, right?”  You bet. Like

Gulu-January 2006

January 22, 2007: Meetings in Gulu I was fortunate to attend meetings throughout the day with a graduate student connected to USAID who is exploring peace-building approaches in northern Uganda as a case study for a larger peace-building toolkit.  For her, it was an interesting opportunity to extract theory from practice; for me, it was

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