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.

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



PAMELA AALL Senior Advisor for Conflict Prevention and Management, USIP

CAMERON M. CHISHOLM President, International Peace & Security Institute

DAVID CRANE Founding Chief Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone

CHESTER CROCKER Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa

CHIC 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 Analyst, Institute for State Effectiveness

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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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 M. 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.  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 

Kate 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

Emmanuella Bonga, International Programs Intern, Africa Emmanuella is a first year graduate student in Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution Master’s program, with a focus on the influence of language, culture, rhetoric and law on effective peacekeeping and conflict resolution. She graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A in Sociology, and a concentration in Rhetoric and Public Address. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, her regional interests include sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the Korean Peninsula. Emmanuella speaks French, Lingala and English fluently, and is conversational in Korean.

Matthew Brainovich, International Programs Intern, Europe and Central Asia Matthew is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian, and Eastern European studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  He received his B.A. with a double-major in International Relations and Russian Studies at Grand Valley State University in Michigan and is an alumnus of the Boren Scholarship as part of the National Security Education Program.  Through this he was able to study Russian for a year in Novosibirsk, Russia, where he also served as a volunteer intern at the local EducationUSA office.  His academic interests are centered around Eurasian political and economic issues with a focus on democratization and multi-lateral relations within the region.

Colleen Corcoran, International Programs Intern, Middle East and North Africa Colleen is a graduate student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College before spending a year abroad teaching English and then several years working in international education. Her academic and professional interests include intercultural education, security issues, and economic and human development.

Heaven Fekadu, International Programs Intern, Americas Heaven is a graduate student at the American University School of International Service pursuing her Master’s in Comparative and Regional Studies. She grew up in Minnesota and attended the University of St. Thomas where she received her undergraduate degree in International Studies and Justice & Peace Studies. Heaven’s regional focus is Sub-Saharan Africa, and her academic interests include African economies, geopolitical relationships in East Africa, state-building, and development.

Alexa Lipke, International Programs Intern, South Asia Alexa is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida in Political Science, with a certificate in International Relations and minors in Art History and Italian Studies. Her current academic majors are European Studies and Security Studies with an emphasis on the transatlantic relationship.

Carolyn Posner, International Programs Intern, East Asia & Pacific Carolyn is an M.A. candidate in International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She previously received a B.A. in History from Wellesley College, and worked as a Coordinator of International Affairs through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. Carolyn’s academic interests include regional conflict in East Asia and energy security.