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 Institute

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 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 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

Rukmani Bhatia, Graduate Fellow Program Assistant, The Hague Symposium Rukmani received her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service & her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College. Her academic and professional interests are human rights and security issues, particularly focusing on post-conflict transitions and the role of women in conflict and peace. Her masters coursework addressed the role of international justice within post-conflict nations in the Western Balkans. Her regional areas of interest are Southeastern Europe, South Asia, the European Union, and Central Asia.​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

India Adams, International Programs Intern, Africa India is a graduate student at American University pursuing her Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She grew up in Massachusetts and attended Boston University where she got her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Political Science. India’s regional focus is Central Africa, where she spent a summer studying in 2009, and her academic interests include peacebuilding, genocide studies, and conflict prevention. India also works part-time at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jessica Atlas, International Programs Intern, Middle East and North Africa, Jessica is a graduate student at American University’s School of Service pursuing her Masters Degree in United States Foreign Policy. She received her B.A. in History and Government from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Her academic interests are concentrated on Turkish politics, specifically its geopolitical relationships with neighboring countries.

Christy De Long, International Programs Intern, South Asia Christy is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service at American University. She received her B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in International Studies, which later influenced her decision to join the Peace Corps. She served in Ukraine where she taught English and health and conducted after school programs. Her current academic focus is the European Union as a geo-political actor.

Ellen Galdava, International Programs Intern, Europe and Central Asia Ellen is a current MS student at School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. She was born and grew-up in Tbilisi, Georgia. Ellen graduated from American University in Bulgaria with dual degree in Political Science and International Relations and Business Administration. Her past work experiences were in Foreign Ministry of Georgia, Chancellor of Prime Minister of Georgia and Parliament of Georgia. Her academic and professional interest is in conflict resolution, international negotiation, identity, narrative and human rights. Ellen’s past research dealt with conflicts in Georgia and the Caucasus,;she has also done research in usage of social media in conflict resolution. Ellen speaks Russian and Georgian fluently.

Rebecca Hession, International Programs Intern, Americas Rebecca is currently seeking her Masters of Arts from Georgetown University in Latin American Studies. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in English and a minor in Spanish, and it was her undergraduate research on women’s issues in Latin America that motivated her to continue her education. Her academic concentrations are human rights and cultural studies, with focus on feminicide and human rights violations within armed conflicts.

Alex Rued, International Programs Intern, East Asia & Pacific Alex is pursuing a Master’s degree in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. In 2012, Alex completed a B.A. in Government with a minor in Chinese from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Her academic research has focused on Chinese Special Economic Zones as a development strategy for African economies and the evolution of women’s rights in China.