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 strives through our programming to be an innovative leader in the peace and security field.

  • We coordinate meetings of great minds on key topics at Peace & Security Symposiums and in Washington, D.C. to spark innovative ideas.
  • We collaborate with the globe’s top universities, organizations, government bodies, and multilateral institutions to design cutting edge experiential education models and simulations.

Implementing Partners 2

IPSI’s President Cameron M. Chisholm tells the story of our founding:



CAMERON M. CHISHOLM President, International Peace & Security InstituteCHIC DAMBACH Former President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

GEORGE FOOTE Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; General Counsel, United States Institute of Peace

MELANIE GREENBERG President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

DR. PHILIP TERRENCE HOPMANN Director, Conflict Management Department, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

ALEX LITTLE Assistant U.S. Attorney, Nashville, TN

KEVIN MELTON Senior Engagement Manager, AECOM

WILLIAM STUEBNER Former Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY); Former Chief of Staff and Senior Deputy for Human Rights of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

DR. I. WILLIAM ZARTMAN (Chairman) Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

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PAMELA AALL Former Vice President, Domestic Programs, Education and Training Center, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)AHMEDOU OULD-ABDALLAH Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General for Somalia

BETTY BIGOMBE Chief Mediator between the LRA and the Government of Uganda

DR. FRANCIS DENG UN Undersecretary General; UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide

JAN ELIASSON UN Deputy Secretary General; Former President of the sixtieth session of the United Nations General Assembly

GARETH EVANS  Former Foreign Minister, Australia; President Emeritus, International Crisis Group 

DR. TED ROBERT GURR Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

AMB. JACQUES PAUL KLEIN Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia; Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Bosnia and Herzegovina

PETER KYLE Lead Counsel, The World Bank

DR. JOHN PAUL LEDERACH Professor of International Peacebuilding, University of Notre Dame

JEFFREY MAPENDERE Executive Director, CIIAN; Sudan Country Director, The Carter Center International Observation Program

JOHN MARKS President, Search for Common Ground

SUSAN COLLIN MARKS Senior Vice President, Search for Common Ground

DR. JOYCE NEU Founder and Senior Associate, Facilitating Peace; Former Team Leader, UN Standby Team of Mediation Experts

JOHN PRENDERGAST Founder, The Enough Project

DR. VALERIE ROSOUX Research Fellow, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research

DR. RUTH WEDGWOOD Director, International Law and Organizations Program, SAIS

DR. CRAIG ZELIZER Associate Director, Conflict Resolution Program, Georgetown University



Cameron Chisholm, President 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.  He was recently named as one of the top 99 most influential foreign policy leaders in the world under the age of 33.   Email: cchisholm [at] ipsinstitute.orgKate Elci, Program Director, International Programs Kate holds a B.A. in anthropology from Kalamazoo College and an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University’s School for International Service, where she was the Mustafa Barzani Graduate Peace Fellow.  Kate has extensive experience in curriculum design, training and facilitation, having facilitated workshops on negotiation, human rights and violent conflict.  She has also designed and facilitated a variety of simulations based on conflicts in Syria, Turkey, and elsewhere.  Before moving to Washington, Kate worked and studied in Germany and Turkey for over six years. Email: kelci [at] ipsinstitute.org

Andrés Martínez-Garcia, Program Director, International Programs 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

Rukmani Bhatia, Graduate Fellow Program Assistant, The Hague Symposium Rukmani is a current graduate student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in the German and European Studies program. She was born in India, but spent a large part of her life in Brookfield, WI. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in International Relations and French Cultural Studies. Her academic interests lie in studying the role of states and institutions within conflicts, specifically examining the creation and mobilization of group identities. Email: rbhatia [at] ipsinstitute.org

Shayna McCready, Graduate Fellow Program Assistant, Bologna Symposium Shayna is a second year graduate student of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service concentrating in youth participatory roles in peacebuildng and development. She completed a B.A. in International Relations at the American University of Rome in 2011. Her professional and academic publishing interests focus on thematic issues related to ethnography, youth based grassroots social movements, conflict narratives and identity formation, mechanisms of civic engagement, social inequalities, and structural violence. Her travel and fieldwork experiences have brought her across several countries in the MENA region, the Middle East, Africa, Southern Europe, the Balkans, Haiti, and the US. Email: smccready [at] ipsinstitute.org

Myriam Allain, International Programs Intern, Europe and Central Asia Myriam is a current exchange student at American University majoring in International Relations and the American Legal system. She was born and grew up in France where she graduated from a French Law School in May 2013. Throughout her law studies she focused mainly on Public and International Law as well as on European Institutions. Her primary vocational interest revolves around international Public Law, Criminal and Tort Law, foreign policy and international security. Email: mallain [at] ipsinstitute.org

Luchele Chisunka, International Programs Intern, Middle East and North Africa Luchele is a graduate student at George Mason University pursuing a Masters in Public Policy. She completed a year of service in the AmeriCorps program City Year Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in English with a minor in Women’s Studies. Her academic interests include education and social policy. Email: lchisunka [at] ipsinstitute.org

Zsofia Daboczy, Rotary Peace Fellow 2013-14 Zsofia holds an MA in International Relations and studies Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia as a Rotary Peace Fellow. She worked at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support in New York, at NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, VA – a four-star military command of the organisation serving as a think-tank and an engine within the alliance driving innovation and development – and at UNHCR in Budapest. Zsofia gained experience in the fields of strategic communication, capability development, multinational experiment planning, simulation development and events management. She has an enthusiasm for dance and culinary arts. Email: zdaboczy [at] ipsinstitute.org

Giorgia Nicatore, International Programs Intern, South Asia Giorgia is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. Originally from Italy and raised in Brussels, she holds a BA in War Studies and Philosophy from King’s College London. Her academic interests within the field lie particularly in peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction and gender mainstreaming, with a special focus on Afghanistan. Email: gnicatore [at] ipsinstitute.org

Brenda Tyler, International Programs Intern, Africa Brenda is a graduate student in the Peace Operations program at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Studies from Juniata College. Brenda’s interest in furthering education for women and girls can be attributed to her time spent in the Peace Corps, where she worked as a girl’s education and empowerment volunteer in Burkina Faso. Email: btyler [at] ipsinstitute.org

Nicole Watkins, International Programs Intern, East Asia is a current graduate student in the Criminology, Law, and Society program at George Mason University. She received her B.A. in Criminology with a minor in Chinese Studies from North Carolina State University. Her academic interests lie heavily in place-based crime trends, crime policy, and terrorism. Email: nwatkins [at] ipsinstitute.org