Mission

The International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI) empowers the next generation of peacemakers. Founded on the core belief that education can mitigate violent conflict, IPSI facilitates the transfer of knowledge and skills to a global audience from the world’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates. The Institute develops comprehensive training programs, advances scholarly research, and promotes efforts to raise public awareness of peace and security issues.

IPSI is a division of Creative Learning.

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Board of Advisors

Pamela Aall is a senior advisor for conflict prevention and management at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to this, she was founding Provost of the Institute’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. Her research interests include mediation, non-official organizations, civil–military relations, education and training, and the role of education in exacerbating conflict or promoting reconciliation. She is past president and current board member of Women in International Security, an organization dedicated to promoting women’s professional advancement in the foreign affairs and security fields. She has also worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation, and the International Council for Educational Development. In 2014, she has been named the Sharkey Scholar at Seton Hall University. Aall has co-authored and co-edited a number of books and articles, including the Guide to IGOs, NGOs and the Military in Peace and Relief Operations (2000).With Chester A. Crocker and Fen Osler Hampson, she has written and edited a series of books on international conflict management including Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (2007); Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases (2004); Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011), and Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (forthcoming 2014). They are also series editors for the Routledge Studies in Security and Conflict Management.
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has devoted himself to African development and conflict management throughout his career. A Mauritanian diplomat, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah became a senior UN official in 1985. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali appointed him as the Special Representative in Burundi during the first part of the Burundi Civil War. He has also worked as the Executive Secretary of the Global Coalition for Africa, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for West Africa, and Special Envoy to Sudan. Additionally, Ahmedou currently works with the Global Coalition for Africa and the World Future Council, the International Centre for Ethics, Justice and Public Life (Brandeis University), ICRC, serves on the Board of Directors for Search for Common Ground, is a co-founder and member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International, and is on the African Press Organization’s Advisory Board.
Betty Bigombe is currently Senior Director for Fragility, Conflict, and Violence at the World Bank. She was appointed to the position in June 2014. From 2011-2014, she was the State Minister for Water Resources in the Ugandan Cabinet. She has been involved in peace negotiations to end the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency since the early nineties. She was the chief mediator between the LRA and the government of Uganda during an effort to end 20 years of conflict. In 1988 she was selected as Minister of State for Pacification of north and northeastern Uganda and tasked with seeking a peaceful means to end the war. Following the failure of numerous military interventions, Bigombe initiated contact with rebel leader Joseph Kony in May 1992. This initiative gave birth to the “Bigombe talks.” In 1994 she was named “Uganda’s Woman of the Year” for her efforts to end the violence. She also provided technical support to the Carter Center to foster peace between the governments of Uganda and Sudan. Bigombe left government service in 1996 and obtained a master’s degree in public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She was also a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute for International Development in Public Policy.
David M. Crane was appointed Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone by then-Secretary General, Kofi Annan, on April 19, 2002 and served until July 15, 2005. Crane’s mandate was to prosecute those who bear the greatest responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other violations of international human rights committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Prior to this appointment, Crane served for 30 years in the United States Federal Government and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the United States in 1997. During his decades of service for the United States government Crane has held the positions of Director of the Office of Intelligence Review, assistant general counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Waldemar A. Solf Professor of International Law at the United States Army Judge Advocate Generals School. In the summer of 2006, Mr. Crane was appointed a distinguished professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law where he teaches international criminal law, international law, and national security as well as the law of armed conflict.
Dr. Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and serves on the board of its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Dr. Crocker’s lectures and writes on international politics, U.S. foreign policy, conflict management and security issues, and African affairs. He has appeared on numerous television shows, as a dinner or keynote speaker at conferences in the U.S., Europe and Africa, and as a witness in Congressional hearings. His book, High Noon in Southern Africa: Making Peace in a Rough Neighborhood, was published by Norton in 1993. He is the co-author of Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases (2004) and co-editor with Fen O. Hampson and Pamela Aall of: Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011), Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (2007), Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict (2005), Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict (2001), Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World (1999) and Managing Global Chaos: Sources of and Responses to International Conflict (1996).
Chic Dambach is currently a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.  A former chief of staff for a prominent Member of Congress, he has held several CEO positions at national nonprofits, including the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the National Peace Corps Association, Operation Respect, Museum Trustee Association, and the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies. Early in his career, he was the executive director of a community action agency and later led two different local arts councils.  He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia from 1967 through 1969.  As a consultant, he has advised the executive staffs and governing boards of prominent national and local nonprofits and published books on the subject of effective governance.  His international contributions, in addition to his Peace Corps service, include peace mediation initiatives in Eritrea, Ethiopia and the Congo, and service on the boards of global organizations, including the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (publishers of the Global Peace Index).  He’s a national kayak champion and former official at the Olympic Games. His memoir, Exhaust the Limits: the Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder, has been widely praised.
Dr. Francis Deng is a politician and diplomat from South Sudan who served as the newly independent country’s first ambassador to the UN. He also became the UN’s first Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons. With his extensive human rights background, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as the Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide (as UN Under-Secretary General). He has also authored and edited 40 books in the fields of law, conflict resolution, internal displacement, human rights, anthropology, folklore, history and politics and has also written two novels on the theme of the crisis of national identity in the Sudan.
Jan Eliasson is a Swedish diplomat who has been the UN Deputy Secretary-General since July 1, 2012. He also served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Swedish Social Democratic Party. He has been the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations since July 2012, the second in command after Ban Ki-moon. Eliasson, is a former Swedish foreign minister and was ambassador to the United States twice, among other foreign postings. He was also president of the UN General Assembly and a key UN mediator and humanitarian relief director before rejoining the UN. He has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles and is a frequent lecturer on foreign policy and diplomacy. Since 1988 he has been a visiting lecturer on mediation, conflict resolution and UN reform at Uppsala University.
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA is Chancellor and Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Australian National University, the Co-chair of the International Advisory Board of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and Convenor of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. Gareth Evans was one of Australia’s longest serving Foreign Ministers, best known internationally for his roles in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia, bring to a conclusion the international Chemical Weapons Convention, founding the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and initiating the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. He has written or edited eleven books, most recently The Responsibility to Protect (Brookings Institution Press, 2008), Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play (ANU, 2012), and Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (MUP, 2014). He has also published over 100 chapters in books and journal articles (and many more newspaper and magazine articles) on foreign relations, politics, human rights, and legal reform. He was appointed in 2013 the Cambridge University Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy, and in 2014 was a visiting Professor at the Central European University in Budapest.
George Foote represents telecommunications, technology and defense companies in the United States and abroad. He has represented established companies, joint ventures, start-up businesses, and trade associations in the telecommunications industry. His practice includes formation of business entities, representation of clients in acquisitions, financing transactions and negotiation of contracts. His regulatory practice includes representation of telecommunications, defense and other clients before international, federal and state regulators. Mr. Foote also serves as general counsel to public charities and other non-profit organizations ranging from small family foundations to large, publicly supported national charities. He frequently writes and lectures in the U.S. and abroad on telecommunications and homeland security topics.
Melanie Cohen Greenberg is President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.  Before joining the AfP, she was the President and Founder of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, a foundation making grants in the areas of peacebuilding and nuclear nonproliferation. From 2003 to 2004, she was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peacebuilding. From 2000 to 2002, Melanie was director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She previously served as associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and deputy director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation. In her work on international conflict resolution, Melanie has helped design and facilitate public peace processes in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Caucasus. She has taught advanced courses in international conflict resolution, multi-party conflict resolution, and negotiation at Stanford Law School and Georgetown University Law Center and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Elliott School of George Washington University. She was lead editor and chapter author of the volume Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
A senior faculty member at the CIDCM and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Government and Politics, Gurr is internationally-recognized for his theoretical, comparative, and historical studies of societal conflict. Gurr has held a number of positions advising policymakers, first as a staff member of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence established by President Johnson in 1968, and most recently a 1994-2000 appointment as Senior Consultant to the State Failure Task Force, a White House-sponsored empirical study of the precursors of internal wars and regime breakdowns since 1955. Gurr has written the award-winning books Why Men Rebel (Princeton, 1970), and, with historian Hugh Davis Graham, Violence In America (U.S. Government Printing Office, Bantam Books, and Praeger, 1969; Sage Publications, 1979). He taught at Princeton and Northwestern Universities (where he was department chair) and the University of Colorado before joining the Maryland faculty in 1989. He was awarded a Distinguished University Professorship by the University of Maryland in 1995.
Prior to assuming the position of Director of the Conflict Management Program at SAIS in July 2008, Professor Hopmann was Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he served as chair of the Political Science Department, and Research Director of the Program on Global Security of the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, director of the Center for Foreign Policy Development, and director of the International Relations Program. Hopmann received his B.A. in 1964 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1969 from Stanford University. Professor Hopmann’s primary research and teaching interests concern international negotiation and conflict resolution, and his major book entitled “The Negotiation Process and the Resolution of International Conflicts” was published by the University of South Carolina Press in 1996.  He is also the author of numerous theoretical articles on the negotiation and conflict resolution process, especially on the application of behavioral science concepts to the study and analysis of international diplomacy.  He is co-author with Daniel Druckman of “Behavioral Aspects of Negotiations on Mutual Security,” in Philip E. Tetlock et al. (eds.), Behavior, Society and Nuclear War, Vol. 1 (Oxford University Press, 1991).
Amb. Jacques Paul Klein is a retired United States diplomat, who served as head of three United Nations peacekeeping missions. Klein is a lecturer, writer and international consultant on foreign affairs, as well as an adjunct professor at the International University of Dubrovnik. During the 2005–2006 academic year, Mr. Klein held the position of Visiting Lecturer in International Affairs and Schultz Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He was responsible for the development and presentation of undergraduate and graduate courses that examine the history of conflict management and resolution. Topics included humanitarian crisis management, United Nations peacekeeping operations and American foreign policy objectives, the role of United Nations peacekeeping in the post-cold war era, the role of the Security Council in United Nations decision making processes, the changing face of peacekeeping and peace enforcement, and the role and interest of the United States in United Nations reform. Mr. Klein is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Association of Diplomatic and Counselor Officers Retired” the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, as well as the COSMOS Club, the Army and Navy Club of Washington, D.C. and the Princeton Club of New York City.
After a 16-year career with the World Bank Peter Kyle recently retired from his position as Lead Counsel but continues as an International Legal Consultant with the Bank and is based in Washington, DC. He hails from New Zealand and was educated at Victoria University of Wellington gaining a BA (Economics) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors). After qualifying as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1972, he clerked for the Chief Justice of New Zealand. He was then awarded a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship to complete a Master of Laws degree at the University of Virginia in 1974. Upon returning to New Zealand, Peter was made a partner in the leading New Zealand commercial law firm of Watts and Patterson. In 1979, he took leave from his firm to serve as a Senior Counsel with the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines until 1985. In 1992, he accepted an offer of a senior position within the Legal Department of the World Bank. He was the Senior Vice President of OBNZ. He also became actively involved in the international activities of Outward Bound and in 1988 was instrumental in drafting the legal documentation which led to the establishment of the Outward Bound International Advisory Board – the predecessor of Outward Bound International (OBI). In 1993 he was appointed to that Board and became Vice President of the organization the following year. In 1997 he was appointed as the inaugural Chairman of OBI, a position he held until 2002 when he was appointed Chairman Emeritus.
Widely known for his pioneering work in conflict transformation, Lederach is involved in conciliation work in Colombia, the Philippines, and Nepal, plus countries in East and West Africa. He has helped design and conduct training programs in 25 countries across five continents. In August 2013, Lederach was appointed director of the Peace Accords Matrix, the Kroc Institute’s unique source of comparable data on all comprehensive peace agreements that have been signed since 1989. Lederach is the author of 22 books, including When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation, (University of Queensland Press, 2010), The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace (Oxford University Press, 2005), The Journey Toward Reconciliation(Herald Press, 1999), Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (USIP, 1997), and Preparing for Peace: Confliction Transformation Across Cultures (Syracuse University Press, 1995). Lederach holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado (1988).
Jeffrey Mapendere is the Executive Director for the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN), an ADR organization that offers dispute resolution programming through local organizations in a number of conflict zones, including Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Colombia, Haiti, Lebanon, Macedonia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Crimea. Mr. Mapendere is a conflict analyst with extensive expertise in security analysis. He is highly experienced in engaging rebel groups and other non-state actors for dialogue and mediation. Mr. Mapendere has conducted high-level political analysis, and worked on various projects in Africa and the Caribbean. He was a Senior Program Associate in the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center, is a former rebel fighter in Zimbabwe and has worked on numerous conflict resolution projects throughout Africa for the Carter Center.
John Marks was until 2014 the President of Search for Common Ground, a peacebuilding NGO he founded in 1982 that now has 600 staff with offices in 36 countries. He also founded Common Ground Productions and is still a Senior Advisor to both organizations. With his wife, Susan Collin Marks, he is a Skoll Awardee in Social Entrepreneurship, and, additionally, he is an Ashoka Senior Fellow. A best-selling, award-winning author, he was a US Foreign Service Officer, Executive Assistant to the late US Senator Clifford Case (R-NJ), a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School.
Susan Collin Marks is an internationally renowned peacemaker and peacebuilder. For nearly three decades, she has worked in some of the most conflictual places on the planet, including mediating in the heart of her native South Africa’s transition from apartheid, facilitating ongoing dialogue in the Middle East, and establishing peacebuilding programs in Africa. She coaches high level political, institutional and civil society leaders worldwide, encouraging them to find common humanity with opponents. In September 2014, she stepped aside after 20 years as senior vice president. She now lives with her husband John Marks in Amsterdam. Honours include a Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute for Peace, the Institute for Noetic Science’s Creative Altruism award, a Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, President Jimmy Carter’s Waging Peace Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from the UN University of Peace. She holds a vision of a world of peace and dignity for all. She believes that our common humanity binds us together more than our differences divide us.
Dr. Joyce Neu is the founder of Facilitating Peace. She has been engaged in conflict assessment, mediation, dialogue processes, facilitation, evaluation, and advising at the official and/or unofficial level for 20+ years in sub-Saharan Africa, the Baltics, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Cyprus, and Sri Lanka. Neu was the first Team Leader for the United Nations’ Standby Team of Mediation Experts and founding Executive Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. At USD, she co-created the Women PeaceMakers Program as well as the Masters Program in Peace & Justice Studies in which she taught. As Senior Associate Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center, she advised former President Jimmy Carter on conflicts in more than two dozen countries. Neu has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Southern California and has published on conflict resolution, negotiations, sociolinguistics, and international war crimes tribunals. She has taught at the University of Southern California, Penn State University, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland), Emory University, and the University of San Diego. She was a senior Fulbright scholar in Poland and a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.
John Prendergast is Co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. During the Clinton administration, John was involved in a number of peace processes in Africa while he was director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and special advisor at the Department of State. John has also worked for members of Congress, the United Nations, humanitarian aid agencies, human rights organizations, and think tanks, as well as having been a youth counselor and basketball coach. He has authored eight books on Africa, including Not on Our Watch, a New York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year that he co-authored with actor Don Cheadle.  John travels regularly to Africa’s war zones on fact-finding missions, peace-making initiatives, and awareness-raising trips. He is a visiting professor at the University of San Diego, Eckerd College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the American University in Cairo.
Dr. Valerie Rosoux is a senior research fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) and lecturer at the University of Louvain (Belgium) where she teaches International Negotiation and Conflict Transformation. She was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP, Washington) in 2010-2011. She previously taught international relations at the Instituts d’Études Politiques (IEP) of Lille and Grenoble, France. Her research interests focus on the uses of memory in international relations, especially in the Franco-German, Franco-Algerian and Rwandan cases. Some of her publications include: Reconciliation as a peace-building process: scope and limits, in J. Bercovitch, V. Kremenyuk and W. Zartman (ed.), Handbook of Conflict Resolution; “The Figure of the righteous individual in Rwanda”, International Social Science Journal, n° 189; Human rights and the ‘work of memory’ in international relations, International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 3, n° 2.
William Stuebner has worked as a Special Advisor for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International War Crimes Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as the Executive Director of the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and as a consultant for the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has contributed to the field investigations in Bosnia which led to indictments for war criminals in the Balkans conflict, and assisted in the negotiation of the Dayton Agreement-mandated prisoner release. His career extends into both the military and non-governmental organization fields, giving him a unique understanding of both and how they can best function in tandem.
Dr. Ruth Wedgwood is a member of the World Bank International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. She has served on the U.S. Secretary of State’s advisory committees on private and public international law as well as on the CIA historical review panel. She has also been a U.S. delegate to the U.N. Human Rights Committee (Geneva and New York, 2003–11), a member of U.S. delegations to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Wehrkunde security conference a member of the Pentagon Defense Policy Advisory Board (2003–09), and was involved with the Hart-Rudman Commission on National Security in the 21st Century. In 2002, Wedgwood was elected to serve as the U.S. member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Freedom House a nonpartisan NGO that promotes human rights and democracy world-wide. She was the first female law clerk to renowned federal judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and also served as law clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dr. I. William Zartman is the Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution and former Director of the Conflict Management Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Zartman is the former director of the SAIS African Studies Program; a former faculty member at the University of South Carolina and New York University; served as Olin Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Halevy Professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and visiting professor at the American University in Paris; has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State; president of the Tangier American Legation Museum Society; past president of the Middle East Studies Association and [founder] and past president of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies; fluent in French; Ph.D., international relations, Yale University.
Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Associate Director of the MA in Conflict Resolution within the Department of Government at Georgetown University. His areas of expertise include working with youth from violent conflict regions, civil society development and capacity building in transitional societies, program evaluation and design, conflict sensitivity and conflict mainstreaming, the connection between trauma and conflict, the role of the private sector in peacebuilding, and arts and peacebuilding.
He was one of the co-founders and a senior partner in the Alliance for Conflict Transformation, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to building peace through innovative research and practice. He has worked for/or served as a consultant with many leading development and peacebuilding organizations including the United States Institute of Peace, Rotary International, and USAID.
He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the African Peace and Conflict Journal, Journal of Conflictology and the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development and is the founder of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network an online network connecting 35,000 professionals in the fields of peacebuilding and development. He also serves on the boards/advisory boards of several organizations including: Alliance for Peacebuliding, Masterpeace, TechChange, International Peace and Security Institute, and Move This Word.

Staff

Caleb holds an M.A. in International Peace & Conflict Resolution from American University focusing on crisis negotiations, particularly negotiating with terrorists during barricade-hostage situations. He received his B.A. in International Relations & Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied the formation of group identity within terrorist networks. Email: calebb [at] creativelearning.org
Cameron has extensive experience in program management for international participants and a career focused on global peace and security issues.  Before founding IPSI, he worked with the World Bank, CEWARN, the U.S. Department of State, and The Carter Center.  He has a B.A. from Emory University and a M.A. from the University of Bradford.  Cameron is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Elliott School and is a Rotary World Peace Fellow Alumnus.  In 2012, he was named as one of the top 99 most influential foreign policy leaders in the world under the age of 33.   Email: cchisholm [at] ipsinstitute.org 
Colonel (ret.) Christopher Holshek is an international peace & and security consultant and a senior civil-military advisor at Narrative Strategies, the International Peace & Security Institute, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, as well as a U.S. Global Leadership Coalition “Veteran for Smart Power” and a Director in the Civil Affairs Association, including its annual cycle of symposia and roundtables around the creation and publication (as co-editor) of annual Civil Affairs Issue Papers on subjects of future force development. A rare American with UN field mission service in civilian and military capacities, he is a member of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs International Advisory Group for the new Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Standards due out in 2017, and co-wrote and revised the Peace Operations Training Institute’s course on civil-military coordination in peace operations. He also served a Senior Military Advisor to the Civil Society and Security Sector Engagement for Human Security training and education project.
A Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Seth has spent over 10 years working on fragile states. Mr. Kaplan is the author of two books on the subject, Betrayed: Promoting Inclusive Development in Fragile States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Fixing Fragile States: A New Paradigm for Development (Praeger Security International, 2008), and runs the website http://www.fragilestates.org/. He has published widely in newspapers and journals such as the Washington QuarterlyOrbisHarvard International ReviewMiddle East PolicyJournal of DemocracyWall Street Journal, and New York Times. Mr. Kaplan has 20 years on-the-ground experience managing projects in developing countries; visited over sixty countries, and done research in countries as disparate as Somalia, Yemen, Bolivia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Brazil, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Syria; and lived overseas 15 years, including in China (7 years), Japan (4 years), Nigeria, Turkey, and Israel.
Natalie is an Ethics, Peace & Global Affairs M.A. candidate at American University’s School of International Service, with concentrations in Human Rights, Social Justice, and Conflict Resolution. She received her B.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Boston University in 2015. Natalie loves traveling, exploring new places, and experiencing different cultures, and she is particularly interested in learning how indigenous practices can be incorporated into conflict resolution and positive peacebuilding. Email: nataliel@creativelearning.com.
Andrés has experience working for organizations addressing international disarmament, disability rights, and peacebuilding issues. As a therapist, he has provided psycho-social rehabilitation services for hundreds of landmine survivors and other violence victims in Colombia. Andrés worked in victim assistance for internally displaced persons and facilitated conflict resolution workshops for ex-combatants. He is a certified psychologist and holds a Postgraduate Degree (Specialization) in Conflict Resolution from Javeriana University as well as a Master of Arts in Gender and Peacebuilding from the United Nations mandated University for Peace. Andrés was a 2011 Atlas Corps Fellow. Email: amartinez [at] ipsinstitute.org
Kevin is an international development specialist, foreign policy analyst, and entrepreneur with more than ten years of experience in post-conflict and international human security matters throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. His experience stems from managing and coordinating a variety of donor-funded foreign aid projects focused on wider conflict sensitive development including countering violence and extremism, post-conflict economic development, local governance capacity building, and governance and social cohesion. Over the last few years, he has also helped train and lead civilian and military teams and provided policy guidance and strategic and operational analysis to enhance civil-military planning efforts with bilateral and multilateral organizations, donors and embassies. Kevin previously served as a member of IPSI’s Board of Directors and is a Truman National Security Fellow and Rotary Peace Fellow. He holds a Master degree from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor degree from James Madison University. He grew up in Fairfax Country VA and speaks fluent French. Email: kmelton [at] ipsinstitute.org
Aimé is an International Development M.A. candidate at American University focusing on community development. She is particularly interested in capacity building and expanding access to resources. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Franklin and Marshall College where she minored in religious studies, and took courses on culture, human rights, and relief and aid. She also worked in higher education for three years, creating and coordinating projects around college access, transition and success.
Nastasia holds an M.A. in Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution in International Relations from the University of Louvain, in Belgium. Her specialties are Post-Conflict Transformation, Transitional Justice and Politics of Memory, which she has recently applied to the Latin American region. Her B.A. was in Entrepreneurship and Political Science. She worked for the Group for Research and Information in Peace & Security Issues in Brussels, where she focused on Arms Proliferation in Equatorial Africa.  Email: nastasias@creativelearning.org
Rabia is a Global Governance, Politics and Security M.A. candidate at American University, concentrating in Global Governance. She received a B.S. in Politics and also in Criminology, Law and Society from Saint Vincent College. She first gained interest in international relations in creating interfaith programs and facilities during her time in college, which developed into a passion for diplomacy. Rabia also serves as the Treasurer of the Graduate Student Council at American University and the Research Assistant for the Pakistani Women Entrepreneurship Program.
Maria Paula has experience conducting research in conflict dynamics and peace processes. Recently, she worked in the analysis of proposals made by civil society for the peace process between the Colombian National Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Additionally, she has done research on reconciliation processes among victims and ex-combatants in Colombia. Maria Paula is a political scientist from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and received her master’s degree in political science with honors from Universidad de los Andes.  She has done internships with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (Bogota, Colombia) and the Organization of American Sates, Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (Washington DC, United States of America).

Email: paulau [at] creativelearning.org

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