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. 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

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

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

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

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



Andrew Albertson, Senior Advisor, Governance  Andrew brings over a decade of experience leading initiatives to support political development and prevent violence and conflict. Formerly at USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives and later Creative Associates International, Mr. Albertson has field experience spanning Central America, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. From 2007-2010, he was the founding Executive Director of the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), which examines how genuine democracies can develop in the Middle East and how the U.S. can best support that process. Mr. Albertson is a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, where he co-chairs the Development and Democracy expert group and leads an initiative to identify new U.S. policy approaches to fragile states. He serves on multiple non-profit boards and advises a range of international development organizations on strategic planning and organizational development. Originally from Cincinnati, he received a B.A. from Taylor University and an MSFS degree from Georgetown University, where he was the Huffington Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He speaks fluent Spanish and embarrassingly few words of Arabic.

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 

Tatti Currey, Program Assistant, The Hague Symposium Tatti holds a B.A in history with a focus on political history, a J.D with a concentration in International Humanitarian Law & Human Rights, and is currently a MA/Ph.D. cohort at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, at George Mason University.  She has extensive internship and graduate experience from NGOs/IGOs such as the Carter Center, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and UNICEF.  Her interest areas include building frameworks for peacebuilding specific to conflict zones infiltrated by terrorism and nationalism, with curtailed attention to marginalized groups in conflict zones, specifically in the North Caucasus, Russia.  Prior to joining IPSI as The Hague Fellow, she was working in Vietnam as a graduate legal aid with the local office.  She has studied abroad in Russia; she speaks Russian.  Email: tcurrey [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 simulation and curriculum design, training and facilitation, specifically in the areas of negotiation, human rights and conflict resolution.  She is an adjunct professor at American University.  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

Georgia Garney, Program Assistant, Bologna Symposium  Georgia is currently a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University with a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. She holds a B.A. in Global Studies with a European concentration and a minor in Psychology from the College of William & Mary. Her current areas of interest include identity formation among victimized populations, refugee education, and peace education. Email: ggarney [at] ipsinstitute.org 

Seth Kaplan, Senior Advisor, Fragility & Assessments 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 Quarterly, Orbis, Harvard International Review, Middle East Policy, Journal of Democracy, Wall 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.

Robert D. Lamb, Senior Advisor, Fragility & Conflict Robert is a nonresident senior fellow of the International Security Program at CSIS and a visiting research professor at the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, where he is researching hybrid governance in fragile and conflict environments and the effectiveness of donor activities. A former Defense Department strategist, Dr. Lamb studies development, governance, and conflict with an emphasis on complex crises, informal processes, and hybrid political and economic systems. His research has included the effectiveness of civilian assistance, private-sector development, and stabilization programs in complex environments; gang governance, violence, and legitimacy in the stateless slums of Medellín, Colombia; and subnational governance and stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He earned a Ph.D. in policy studies from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in a program combining security, economics, and ethics.

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

Juan Ascencio, International Programs Intern, Middle East/North Africa  Juan has experience as a young professional in several Mexican government departments. He was a member of the International Cooperation team in the Office of the Attorney General, contributing to the implementation of anti-corruption policies established by the UN, the OECD, the OAS, and the G20. As an officer in the Mexico-United States political desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he worked on different initiatives to deepen the bilateral partnership on issues such as human rights, energy, migration, and education. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he concentrates on Security and Conflict Management. He speaks Spanish, English, and French, and has basic competence in Russian. Email: jascencio [at] ipsinstitute.org

Stephanie Billingham, International Programs Intern, Americas Stephanie is a second year Master of Arts candidate at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), specializing in Conflict Management with a minor in Latin American Studies. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria. Her research interests include the intersection of conflict and organized crime, and post-conflict reconstruction.  Email: sbillingham [at] ipsinstitute.org

Caleb Bowers, International Programs Intern, Sub-Saharan Africa  Caleb is an International Peace & Conflict Resolution M.A. candidate at American University focusing on escalations in conflict, particularly concerning negotiations and terrorism, through a (Neo)Behavioural IR lens. He received his B.A. in International Relations & Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University. Besides coffee, Caleb most loves understanding how individual’s perceptions influence their decision-making. He is on the Society for Peace & Conflict Resolution’s Board, is the VP of Strategic Programming for the American University Negotiation Project, and serves on the School of International Service Graduate Studies Committee. Email: cbowers [at] ipsinstitute.org

Martha A. Galicia-Osorio, International Programs Intern, Americas  Martha is a second year Master of Science candidate at George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She received her law degree from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo in Mexico, where she also obtained a Master in Social Sciences degree having as a research topic of the mediation process in the Centro de Justicia Alternativa de Pachuca. Her academic interests include community building through resilience enhancement and democratization. Email: mgalicia [at] ipsinstitute.org

Mike Gallagher, CVE Intern Mike is pursuing a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service. He received his B.A. in Political Science with a minor in English Literature from Fordham University in 2014. After graduation Mike worked in refugee resettlement. His current academic areas of interest are post conflict peace building and democratization. Email: mgallagher [at] ipsinstitute.org

Darah Phillip, International Programs Intern, East Asia Pacific  Darah is a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Arts in International Affairs with a focus on East Asia at George Washington University. She received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wellesley College, and has worked with the Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership in New York City, and at Morningside College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her interests include regional cooperation and diplomacy in East Asia and social justice. Email: dphillip [at] ipsinstitute.org

Will Spencer, International Programs Intern, South Asia Will is a first-year graduate student in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. He received his B.A. in International Affairs with a minor in Spanish from the University of Georgia in 2012. Before coming to Washington, Will taught English for two years in Zaragoza, Spain. His current academic areas of interest are human security and conflict prevention and resolution. Email: wspencer [at] ipsinstitute.org

Colin Treverton, CVE Intern Colin is currently a graduate student pursuing his Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Syracuse University. Colin’s current research interests include conflict resolution and the role of international organizations and diplomacy in Africa. Email: ctreverton [at] ipsinstitute.org