This summer, I am spending two months in the beautiful country of Peru, as part of a research project sponsored by the Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at my school, Columbia University, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Peru. Four other students and I are investigating the socio-economic impact of the conflicts surrounding extractive industries in the country.
Cases will be researched and analyzed through fieldwork in various regions, including Madre de Dios, Cusco, Moquegua, Cajamarca, Loreto, and Piura. I just arrived in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, which is located in the Amazon rainforest, on Sunday June 2nd and will be collecting data on informal mining in this region of country. .
Ruba Shweihat is a Fulbright grantee from Jordan and a Master of Public Administration candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
Stay tuned for another post from Ruba after completing her research project!
Photograph courtesy of Matilde Mader