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:



PAMELA AALL (Chairwoman) Senior Advisor for Conflict Prevention and Management, USIP

CAMERON M. CHISHOLMPresident, 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

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 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, specifically in the areas of negotiation, human rights and conflict resolution.  She has also designed and facilitated a variety of multilateral simulations based on conflicts in Syria, Turkey, and elsewhere.  Before moving to Washington in 2009, Kate worked and studied in Germany and Turkey for over six years; she speaks German and Turkish. 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

Kevin Melton, Senior Advisor, Resilience & CVE 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

Taylor Rockoff, Graduate Fellow, International Programs Taylor holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Colorado University and is in her second year of graduate studies, working on earning her M.A. in International Development with a concentration in education and peace-building from American University’s School for International Service. Taylor has several years of experience working with refugee populations from Central America, India, Iraq, Burma, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. She has focused on providing support during the early transition period from fleeing violence to establishing livelihoods in a country of asylum, especially in respect to educational services and youth programming. She is currently researching civilian peacemaking efforts between Israel and Palestine and is consulting with Save the Children on a project addressing urban poverty and education. Taylor’s professional and academic interests include intercultural education, peace and conflict studies, and human rights. Email: trockoff [at] ipsinstitute.org 

Kateira Aryaeinejad, International Programs Intern, Middle East and North Africa  Kateira is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service.  She received an Honors B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Studies with a certificate in International Relations from the University of Utah before spending a year teaching abroad in Spain.  Her academic interests are focused on the Middle East and North Africa, and include international intervention and influence, internal conflict, and post-conflict peacebuilding.  Email: karyaeinejad [at] ipsinstitute.org 

Eric Bravo, International Programs Intern, Americas  Eric is a first year graduate student at American University School of Public Affairs pursuing his Masters in Justice, Law, and Crime with a concentration in Terrorism and Security Policy. He received his B.A. with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and minors in Spanish and Anthropology, from Indiana University- Bloomington. During his undergraduate studies he was fortunate enough to have studied abroad in Greece and Australia, as well as completing a summer internship with and NGO in Argentina. His academic and professional interests include causes of political violence and terrorism, ethnic driven conflict, and international threat assessment.  Email: ebravo [at] ipsinstitute.org 

Sara Cook, International Programs Intern, South Asia  Sara is a second year graduate student in Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program. She received a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University before serving as Congressional Liaison at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. Her academic interests include regional security in Asia and the Pacific, conflict resolution, gender issues and human rights.  Email: scook [at] ipsinstitute.org 

Jessica Obi, International Programs Intern, Africa  Jessica Obi is currently a graduate student enrolled in the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs at American University. She received her B.A. from Transylvania University, during which she studied abroad in South Africa. Her academic interests include peace-building and development.  Email: jobi [at] ipsinstitute.org 

Cate Partain, International Programs Intern, Europe and Central Asia  Cate is a graduate student at Georgetown University pursuing a Master’s degree in Security Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California specializing in foreign policy analysis and European politics, and minored in Human Rights. As an undergraduate student, Cate studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland and served as a Parliamentary Intern in the Scottish Parliament. Academically and professionally, Cate’s interests include foreign policy formulation, peace processes, post-conflict transitions, transnational crime and human security issues.  Email: cpartain [at] ipsinstitute.org 

Peter Valente, International Programs Intern, East Asia & Pacific  Peter is pursuing a Master of Arts degree at American University’s Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs program.  A Washington, DC native, he earned his B.A. in music from Earlham College before spending two years teaching in the Asia-Pacific region.  The son of a Foreign Service Officer, Peter has had a lifelong interest in diplomacy and intercultural interactions.  Email: pvalente [at] ipsinstitute.org