Poly sci professor earns international peacekeeping certification
Terry M. Mays of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice has completed the highest level of formal certification offered in the field of United Nations Peace Support Operations.
The training program, managed by the Peace Operations Training Institute, is offered through a consortium that also includes the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and several peacekeeping training centers.
The training is a demanding 24-month program that only a few people complete each year. Eleven people, all non-Americans, graduated in 2008. Mays is one of four and the only American to complete the program so far in 2009. The program includes an in-residence peace support operations course at an international center, 12 distance courses, and an original thesis.
As part of his training, Mays completed the course “Humanitarian Challenge: Emergency Response in Peace Operations” taught at the Pearson Peacekeeping Center in Canada. The distance courses he selected center on the topics of emergency humanitarian response, the protection and management of refugee populations, and the principles of multinational observer missions. His thesis examined African-mandated peacekeeping in Somalia and is titled “The African Union’s Mission in Somalia: Why did it successfully deploy following the failure of the IGAD Peace Support Mission?”
An associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, Mays said working on his certification has helped him in the classroom where he teaches multinational peacekeeping and international organizations. Support from The Citadel Foundation allowed Mays to complete his certification.
“The program was useful for The Citadel’s interaction with other organizations in peace support operations community,” Mays said. “And I think it will help place our students in international internships and training exercises in the field of peace support operations where they can continue to develop their leadership skills.”