I was going to save this post to coincide with the release of the remake of “War of the Worlds” on June 29, but I decided I simply couldn’t wait.
The following definitely falls into the “We couldn’t make this up if we tried” category.
For those mediators who are no longer feeling challenged by ho-hum disputes between neighbors, business partners, or warring nations, there’s a course designed with you in mind: Exopolitics 102: Citizen Diplomacy with Extraterrestrials, available through Exopolitics.org, a web site devoted to exploring “the political implications of the extraterrestrial presence”. This 14-week program scheduled for this fall provides a special section on “Applying Principles of ‘Citizen Diplomacy’ to Extraterrestrial Affairs”, which includes a module on “Key Principles of Conflict Resolution, Mediation & Track Two or ‘Citizen’ Diplomacy”. (One can only imagine what the case studies are like.)