Veteran humanitarian crises peacekeepers discuss roles at Kennesaw State forum

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Veteran humanitarian crises peacekeepers discuss roles at Kennesaw State forum

Panelists share experiences from Liberia, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 24, 2013) — A panel of peacekeepers with boots-on-the-ground experience in humanitarian hot spots around the globe will discuss their experiences and perspectives Oct. 29 at the first of a series of Kennesaw State University forums on peacekeeping and peace building during times of crises.


The “Peacekeeping in Humanitarian Emergencies” panel discussion will present diplomatic, military and civilian personnel who have worked first hand to maintain peace, safety and security following natural disasters and acts of war.  It is organized by Kennesaw State’s Master of Science in Conflict Management Program and funded through a grant from the United States Institute of Peace. 


  • Deputy Consul General Thomas W├╝lfing, German Consulate General Atlanta
  • Col. Bruce Wood, U.S. Army (Ret.), who led peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia
  • Pranay Rana, a lieutenant  in the Nepalese Army and a United Nations peacekeeper in Haiti
  • Wim Laven, former assistant coordinator of conflict sensitive reconstruction, Sarvodaya, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Maj. Bryan Hutcheson, U.S. Air Force, chief of aeromedical evacuation standards and evaluations, 94th Airlift Wing, who trained military healthcare workers on trauma care in Iraq and Afghanistan


Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m.


Social Sciences (Building #22), Room 1021 on the Kennesaw State University campus, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.