Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Dave Moorer: The Crossroads of Development and Security

Dave Moorer

Dave Moorer works the Bonn Center booth at UN Day.

December 10, 2009

Dave Moorer interned at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) in Germany last semester. The Center is a non-profit organization providing research, training, and consultancy services for peacebuilding and development issues worldwide.

Dave collaborated to design a new program addressing sexual violence in war and post-conflict environments. This program seeks to identify the various motivations and typologies of sexual violence in order to shape future public policy.

Dave’s research expanded his understanding of issues of sexual violence, wartime rape, and child soliders: “For me, I am gaining a greater empathy for women and children - and men as well - in these situations. It is appalling, in my opinion, that for the amount of time these crimes have been occurring, these subjects tend to be drastically under-researched, dismissed, or misunderstood.”

The internship experience has helped Dave polish his research and analysis skills, which will hopefully open doors to future professional opportunities after graduation.

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