Pamela Aall 

Pamela Aall is a senior advisor for conflict prevention and management at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to this, she was founding Provost of the Institute’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. Her research interests include mediation, non-official organizations, civil–military relations, education and training, and the role of education in exacerbating conflict or promoting reconciliation. She is past president and current board member of Women in International Security, an organization dedicated to promoting women’s professional advancement in the foreign affairs and security fields. She has also worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation, and the International Council for Educational Development. In 2014, she has been named the Sharkey Scholar at Seton Hall University. Aall has co-authored and co-edited a number of books and articles, including the Guide to IGOs, NGOs and the Military in Peace and Relief Operations (2000).With Chester A. Crocker and Fen Osler Hampson, she has written and edited a series of books on international conflict management including Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (2007); Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases (2004); Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011), and Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (forthcoming 2014). They are also series editors for the Routledge Studies in Security and Conflict Management.


Professor Abbas’ current work focuses on ethnicity, conflict, identity and religion. Currently teaching at Fatih University in Istanbul, he is interested in the role of ethnicity in the ‘performance of Islam’ among Muslim minorities and in the ways in which Islam is the political ‘third space’ between secularism and conservatism. His is currently finalising a research monograph on contemporary ethnic and political issues in Turkey. He is also completing a co-edited book project on non-violent political Muslims. It is a global review of positive approaches to political, social, cultural and economic participation of Muslims in society that counter the dominant negative paradigms of ‘Islamism’. Professor Abbas has won several awards, sole authored two books, and edited and co-edited eight volumes. See further details here –

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah 

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has devoted himself to African development and conflict management throughout his career. A Mauritanian diplomat, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah became a senior UN official in 1985. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali appointed him as the Special Representative in Burundi during the first part of the Burundi Civil War. He has also worked as the Executive Secretary of the Global Coalition for Africa, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for West Africa, and Special Envoy to Sudan. Additionally, Ahmedou currently works with the Global Coalition for Africa and the World Future Council, the International Centre for Ethics, Justice and Public Life (Brandeis University), ICRC, serves on the Board of Directors for Search for Common Ground, is a co-founder and member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International, and is on the African Press Organization’s Advisory Board.


Hibba Abugideiri is an Associate Professor of History at Villanova University. She accepted this position in 2005, after serving as the Assistant Professor of History, Honors and International Affairs at The George Washington University since 2001. She received her doctorate from Georgetown University’s Department of History. Her research focuses on gender from diverse perspectives. She recently published a book entitled Gender in the Making of Modern Medicine in Colonial Egypt, but has also published extensively on women in Islam. This includes an article in The Daughters of Abraham, Islamic Thought in the Twentieth Century, and The Muslim World.


Kathleen Bailey is an Adjunct Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at Boston College in Massachusetts. Her research interests lie in the area of ethnic and regional politics with a focus on the former Soviet space, especially Uzbekistan and Central Asia. She is the author of the forthcoming Clan and Politics in Uzbekistan. Professor Bailey teaches courses on Moslem regions, including Central Eurasia, the Middle Civilization and the Balkans. She is the Associate Director of the Islamic Civilization and Societies Program at Boston College, which offers an undergraduate Major and Minor in the field. Her current research focuses on leadership and regional elites in Central Asia.

Betty Bigombe

Betty Bigombe is currently Senior Director for Fragility, Conflict, and Violence at the World Bank. She was appointed to the position in June 2014. From 2011-2014, she was the State Minister for Water Resources in the Ugandan Cabinet. She has been involved in peace negotiations to end the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency since the early nineties. She was the chief mediator between the LRA and the government of Uganda during an effort to end 20 years of conflict. In 1988 she was selected as Minister of State for Pacification of north and northeastern Uganda and tasked with seeking a peaceful means to end the war. Following the failure of numerous military interventions, Bigombe initiated contact with rebel leader Joseph Kony in May 1992. This initiative gave birth to the “Bigombe talks.” In 1994 she was named “Uganda’s Woman of the Year” for her efforts to end the violence. She also provided technical support to the Carter Center to foster peace between the governments of Uganda and Sudan. Bigombe left government service in 1996 and obtained a master’s degree in public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She was also a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute for International Development in Public Policy.


Anouar Boukhars

Dr. Anouar Boukhars, Assistant Professor of International Relations, is an expert in Arab democratization, U.S. policy in the Middle East and international security. Boukhars was co-project leader of Carnegie’s Mauritania Working Group, in which scholars and policymakers gathered in four roundtables between January and June 2012 to discuss critical issues faced by the country and the response of the international community. Boukhars is a former fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, where he published “Political Violence in North Africa: The Perils of Incomplete Liberalization” and “Fighting the Growth of Terrorist Networks on the Maghreb.” His other publications have appeared in a large number of journals and leading newspapers, including Journal of Conflict Studies, International Political Science Review,European Security, Terrorism Monitor, and Columbia International Affairs Online.

David Crane

David M. Crane was appointed Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone by then-Secretary General, Kofi Annan, on April 19, 2002 and served until July 15, 2005. Crane’s mandate was to prosecute those who bear the greatest responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other violations of international human rights committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Prior to this appointment, Crane served for 30 years in the United States Federal Government and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the United States in 1997. During his decades of service for the United States government Crane has held the positions of Director of the Office of Intelligence Review, assistant general counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Waldemar A. Solf Professor of International Law at the United States Army Judge Advocate Generals School. In the summer of 2006, Mr. Crane was appointed a distinguished professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law where he teaches international criminal law, international law, and national security as well as the law of armed conflict.

Chester Crocker   

Dr. Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and serves on the board of its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Dr. Crocker’s lectures and writes on international politics, U.S. foreign policy, conflict management and security issues, and African affairs. He has appeared on numerous television shows, as a dinner or keynote speaker at conferences in the U.S., Europe and Africa, and as a witness in Congressional hearings. His book, High Noon in Southern Africa: Making Peace in a Rough Neighborhood, was published by Norton in 1993. He is the co-author of Taming Intractable Conflicts: Mediation in the Hardest Cases (2004) and co-editor with Fen O. Hampson and Pamela Aall of: Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011), Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (2007), Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict (2005), Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict (2001), Herding Cats: Multiparty Mediation in a Complex World (1999) and Managing Global Chaos: Sources of and Responses to International Conflict (1996).

Chic Dambach 

Chic Dambach is currently a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.  A former chief of staff for a prominent Member of Congress, he has held several CEO positions at national nonprofits, including the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the National Peace Corps Association, Operation Respect, Museum Trustee Association, and the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies. Early in his career, he was the executive director of a community action agency and later led two different local arts councils.  He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia from 1967 through 1969.  As a consultant, he has advised the executive staffs and governing boards of prominent national and local nonprofits and published books on the subject of effective governance.  His international contributions, in addition to his Peace Corps service, include peace mediation initiatives in Eritrea, Ethiopia and the Congo, and service on the boards of global organizations, including the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (publishers of the Global Peace Index).  He’s a national kayak champion and former official at the Olympic Games. His memoir, Exhaust the Limits: the Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder, has been widely praised.

Francis Deng 

Dr. Francis Deng is a politician and diplomat from South Sudan who served as the newly independent country’s first ambassador to the UN. He also became the UN’s first Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons. With his extensive human rights background, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as the Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide (as UN Under-Secretary General). He has also authored and edited 40 books in the fields of law, conflict resolution, internal displacement, human rights, anthropology, folklore, history and politics and has also written two novels on the theme of the crisis of national identity in the Sudan.

GGARY_DIOISIOary Ador Dionisio

Prof. Gary G. Ador Dionisio is Asst. Professor and Chairperson of the Consular and Diplomatic Affairs Program at the De La Salle – College of St Benilde, Philippines. He is currently a Doctor of Public Administration (candidate) at the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG). He finished his Masters of Arts in Political Science at the De La Salle University – Manila (DLSU – Manila). Prof. Ador Dionisio presented and moderated on various papers with themes on Governance, Civil Society Participation and International Political Economy to national and international conferences in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Senegal and South Korea. He was also faculty advisor to De La Salle – College of St. Benilde delegations to Model United Nations in Far West, San Francisco, USA, Model United Nations in Xian, China and Model United Nations in Washington, D.C.

Aside from working in the academe, Prof. Ador Dionisio also has engagements to various non-government organizations and local government units in the Philippines in different capacities. This year (2014), he was elected as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Institute and Politics Governance (IPG), Board Secretary of Active Citizenship Foundation (ACF) since 2010, Consultant of National Union of Workers in Hotel Restaurant and Allied Industries – Philippine Plaza Chapter (NUWHRAIN – PPC) from 2009 up to present. He also served as Consultant for Special Projects under the Office of City Administrator, City Government of Pasay from 2007 – 2010. And since 2010, he works as Legislative Consultant under the Office of City Council, City Government of Pasay.

Jan Eliasson 

Jan Eliasson is a Swedish diplomat who has been the UN Deputy Secretary-General since July 1, 2012. He also served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Swedish Social Democratic Party. He has been the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations since July 2012, the second in command after Ban Ki-moon. Eliasson, is a former Swedish foreign minister and was ambassador to the United States twice, among other foreign postings. He was also president of the UN General Assembly and a key UN mediator and humanitarian relief director before rejoining the UN. He has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles and is a frequent lecturer on foreign policy and diplomacy. Since 1988 he has been a visiting lecturer on mediation, conflict resolution and UN reform at Uppsala University.

Gareth Evans 

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA is Chancellor and Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Australian National University, the Co-chair of the International Advisory Board of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and Convenor of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. Gareth Evans was one of Australia’s longest serving Foreign Ministers, best known internationally for his roles in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia, bring to a conclusion the international Chemical Weapons Convention, founding the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and initiating the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. He has written or edited eleven books, most recently The Responsibility to Protect(Brookings Institution Press, 2008), Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play (ANU, 2012), and Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (MUP, 2014). He has also published over 100 chapters in books and journal articles (and many more newspaper and magazine articles) on foreign relations, politics, human rights, and legal reform. He was appointed in 2013 the Cambridge University Humanitas Visiting Professor in Statecraft and Diplomacy, and in 2014 was a visiting Professor at the Central European University in Budapest.

George Foote 

George Foote represents telecommunications, technology and defense companies in the United States and abroad. He has represented established companies, joint ventures, start-up businesses, and trade associations in the telecommunications industry. His practice includes formation of business entities, representation of clients in acquisitions, financing transactions and negotiation of contracts. His regulatory practice includes representation of telecommunications, defense and other clients before international, federal and state regulators. Mr. Foote also serves as general counsel to public charities and other non-profit organizations ranging from small family foundations to large, publicly supported national charities. He frequently writes and lectures in the U.S. and abroad on telecommunications and homeland security topics.

Melanie Greenberg 

Melanie Cohen Greenberg is President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.  Before joining the AfP, she was the President and Founder of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, a foundation making grants in the areas of peacebuilding and nuclear nonproliferation. From 2003 to 2004, she was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peacebuilding. From 2000 to 2002, Melanie was director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She previously served as associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and deputy director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation. In her work on international conflict resolution, Melanie has helped design and facilitate public peace processes in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Caucasus. She has taught advanced courses in international conflict resolution, multi-party conflict resolution, and negotiation at Stanford Law School and Georgetown University Law Center and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Elliott School of George Washington University. She was lead editor and chapter author of the volume Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).

JoAnn_GrossJo-Ann Gross 

Jo-Ann Gross (Ph.D, New York University, 1982) is Professor of Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian History at The College of New Jersey. She serves as Vice-President of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) and is the Director of the Central Eurasian Research Fund (CERF), which she founded in 2005 to support the publications of scholars in Central Asia. Her past professional activities include her position as Executive Secretary for the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) from 1987-90, member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Central Asia Studies from 1995-2005, and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Iranian Studies from 1996-2000. She has been a member of the School of Historical Studies of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, 1995-96 and was elected as an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan in 2012. She has published widely on aspects of Sufism, shrine culture, and oral narratives in Central Asia and is the co-author (with Asom Urunbaev) of The Letters of Khwaja ‘Ubayd Allah Ahrar and his Associates (Brill, 2002) and the editor of Muslims in Central Asia: Expressions of Identity and Change (Duke University Press, 1992). In 2012 she guest-edited a volume of the Journal of Persianate Studies entitled, “The Pamir: Shrine Traditions, Human Ecology and Identity” and is currently completing two books: Muslim Shrines and Spiritual Culture in the Perso-Islamic World, under contract with IB Taurus, International Library of Iranian Studies, and a co-edited volume (with Devin DeWeese) entitled, Sufism and Islam in Central Asia. She has led Maymester Study-Tours to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and helped organize the AUA summer service program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Dr. Ted Robert Gurr 

A senior faculty member at the CIDCM and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Government and Politics, Gurr is internationally-recognized for his theoretical, comparative, and historical studies of societal conflict. Gurr has held a number of positions advising policymakers, first as a staff member of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence established by President Johnson in 1968, and most recently a 1994-2000 appointment as Senior Consultant to the State Failure Task Force, a White House-sponsored empirical study of the precursors of internal wars and regime breakdowns since 1955. Gurr has written the award-winning books Why Men Rebel (Princeton, 1970), and, with historian Hugh Davis Graham, Violence In America (U.S. Government Printing Office, Bantam Books, and Praeger, 1969; Sage Publications, 1979). He taught at Princeton and Northwestern Universities (where he was department chair) and the University of Colorado before joining the Maryland faculty in 1989. He was awarded a Distinguished University Professorship by the University of Maryland in 1995.


Dr. Naima Hachad is Assistant Professor in the Department of World Languages ad Cultures at American University in Washington DC. Hachad’s research interests include questions of language, diasporic identities, and representations of the body in Francophone literature and visual arts of the Maghreb and the Caribbean; Postcolonial theory.

Dr. Philip Terrence Hopmann 

Prior to assuming the position of Director of the Conflict Management Program at SAIS in July 2008, Professor Hopmann was Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he served as chair of the Political Science Department, and Research Director of the Program on Global Security of the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, director of the Center for Foreign Policy Development, and director of the International Relations Program. Hopmann received his B.A. in 1964 from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1969 from Stanford University. Professor Hopmann’s primary research and teaching interests concern international negotiation and conflict resolution, and his major book entitled “The Negotiation Process and the Resolution of International Conflicts” was published by the University of South Carolina Press in 1996.  He is also the author of numerous theoretical articles on the negotiation and conflict resolution process, especially on the application of behavioral science concepts to the study and analysis of international diplomacy.  He is co-author with Daniel Druckman of “Behavioral Aspects of Negotiations on Mutual Security,” in Philip E. Tetlock et al. (eds.), Behavior, Society and Nuclear War, Vol. 1 (Oxford University Press, 1991).


Dr. Mark Justad is Director for the Center for Principled Problem Solving and  Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Guilford College in North Carolina. 




Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University in May 2000.

He founded the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware and was its first Director from 2007-2010.Dr. Khan is a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He was a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Institution [2003-2008] and a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University [2006-2007]. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists.

He is the author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (Amana, 2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (Praeger, 2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (Lexington Books, 2006) and Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (University of Utah Press, 2007).

Dr. Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN International, FOX and VOA TV, Bridges TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 countries. He has lectured in North America, East Asia, Middle East and Europe . Dr. Khan is from Hyderabad in India. He is married to Reshma and has a son Rumi, and a daughter Ruhi. His articles on Islam and American Muslims can be read at and his commentaries on global politics can be read at

Amb. Jacques Paul Klein 

Amb. Jacques Paul Klein is a retired United States diplomat, who served as head of three United Nations peacekeeping missions. Klein is a lecturer, writer and international consultant on foreign affairs, as well as an adjunct professor at the International University of Dubrovnik. During the 2005–2006 academic year, Mr. Klein held the position of Visiting Lecturer in International Affairs and Schultz Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. He was responsible for the development and presentation of undergraduate and graduate courses that examine the history of conflict management and resolution. Topics included humanitarian crisis management, United Nations peacekeeping operations and American foreign policy objectives, the role of United Nations peacekeeping in the post-cold war era, the role of the Security Council in United Nations decision making processes, the changing face of peacekeeping and peace enforcement, and the role and interest of the United States in United Nations reform. Mr. Klein is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Association of Diplomatic and Counselor Officers Retired” the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, as well as the COSMOS Club, the Army and Navy Club of Washington, D.C. and the Princeton Club of New York City.


After a 16-year career with the World Bank Peter Kyle recently retired from his position as Lead Counsel but continues as an International Legal Consultant with the Bank and is based in Washington, DC. He hails from New Zealand and was educated at Victoria University of Wellington gaining a BA (Economics) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors). After qualifying as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1972, he clerked for the Chief Justice of New Zealand. He was then awarded a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship to complete a Master of Laws degree at the University of Virginia in 1974. Upon returning to New Zealand, Peter was made a partner in the leading New Zealand commercial law firm of Watts and Patterson. In 1979, he took leave from his firm to serve as a Senior Counsel with the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines until 1985. In 1992, he accepted an offer of a senior position within the Legal Department of the World Bank. He was the Senior Vice President of OBNZ. He also became actively involved in the international activities of Outward Bound and in 1988 was instrumental in drafting the legal documentation which led to the establishment of the Outward Bound International Advisory Board – the predecessor of Outward Bound International (OBI). In 1993 he was appointed to that Board and became Vice President of the organization the following year. In 1997 he was appointed as the inaugural Chairman of OBI, a position he held until 2002 when he was appointed Chairman Emeritus.


Rob Krueger is Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  He is also an Associate Professor of Geography in the Institute’s Social Science and Policy Studies Department, where he founded and Directs’s the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program.   Krueger has over ten years experience, and taken over 100 students abroad, with engaging students in intensive, project based, experiences in communities around the world.   He has led experiences in Morocco, Thailand, Namibia, South Africa, and many others.  Rob is also very interested pedagogies around enhancing these experiences.

Dr. John Paul Lederach 

Widely known for his pioneering work in conflict transformation, Lederach is involved in conciliation work in Colombia, the Philippines, and Nepal, plus countries in East and West Africa. He has helped design and conduct training programs in 25 countries across five continents. In August 2013, Lederach was appointed director of the Peace Accords Matrix, the Kroc Institute’s unique source of comparable data on all comprehensive peace agreements that have been signed since 1989. Lederach is the author of 22 books, including When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation, (University of Queensland Press, 2010), The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace (Oxford University Press, 2005), The Journey Toward Reconciliation(Herald Press, 1999), Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (USIP, 1997), and Preparing for Peace: Confliction Transformation Across Cultures (Syracuse University Press, 1995). Lederach holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado (1988).


Mbaye Bashir Lo is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, where he coordinates the Arabic program. He has served for six years as faculty director for DukeEngage Egypt, a student civic engagement program in Cairo. He is also the Director of Duke-In –the Arab World academic program.  Dr. Lo’s research interests include the sociology of Islam, Arabic language and literature in Africa, and theories of civil society. His books include Muslims in America: race, politics and community building, civil society-based governance in Africa: theories and practices, and Understanding Muslim Discourse: language, tradition and the message of Bin Laden.

Jeffrey Mapendere 

Jeffrey Mapendere is the Executive Director for the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN), an ADR organization that offers dispute resolution programming through local organizations in a number of conflict zones, including Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Colombia, Haiti, Lebanon, Macedonia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Crimea. Mr. Mapendere is a conflict analyst with extensive expertise in security analysis. He is highly experienced in engaging rebel groups and other non-state actors for dialogue and mediation. Mr. Mapendere has conducted high-level political analysis, and worked on various projects in Africa and the Caribbean. He was a Senior Program Associate in the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center, is a former rebel fighter in Zimbabwe and has worked on numerous conflict resolution projects throughout Africa for the Carter Center.


John Marks was until 2014 the President of Search for Common Ground, a peacebuilding NGO he founded in 1982 that now has 600 staff with offices in 36 countries. He also founded Common Ground Productions and is still a Senior Advisor to both organizations. With his wife, Susan Collin Marks, he is a Skoll Awardee in Social Entrepreneurship, and, additionally, he is an Ashoka Senior Fellow. A best-selling, award-winning author, he was a US Foreign Service Officer, Executive Assistant to the late US Senator Clifford Case (R-NJ), a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School.


Susan Collin Marks is an internationally renowned peacemaker and peacebuilder. For nearly three decades, she has worked in some of the most conflictual places on the planet, including mediating in the heart of her native South Africa’s transition from apartheid, facilitating ongoing dialogue in the Middle East, and establishing peacebuilding programs in Africa. She coaches high level political, institutional and civil society leaders worldwide, encouraging them to find common humanity with opponents. In September 2014, she stepped aside after 20 years as senior vice president. She now lives with her husband John Marks in Amsterdam. Honours include a Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute for Peace, the Institute for Noetic Science’s Creative Altruism award, a Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, President Jimmy Carter’s Waging Peace Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from the UN University of Peace. She holds a vision of a world of peace and dignity for all. She believes that our common humanity binds us together more than our differences divide us.


Younus Y. Mirza is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Allegheny College.  He defended his dissertation in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Georgetown University in 2012 and was awarded a Post Doc in Religious Studies at Millsaps College in 2012-13.  His dissertation focused on the influential medieval historian and qur’anic exegete Ibn Kathir (d. 1373) whose works have been appropriated by modern Islamic movements.  His current research focuses on the relationship between Islam and the biblical tradition and Muslims-Christian-Jewish interaction.  He teaches courses on the Qur’an, Islamic Movements, Biblical and Qur’anic Prophets, Islam in America and Islam and Other Religions.  Professor Mirza is married with two daughters.

Dr. Joyce Neu 

Dr. Joyce Neu is the founder of Facilitating Peace. She has been engaged in conflict assessment, mediation, dialogue processes, facilitation, evaluation, and advising at the official and/or unofficial level for 20+ years in sub-Saharan Africa, the Baltics, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Cyprus, and Sri Lanka. Neu was the first Team Leader for the United Nations’ Standby Team of Mediation Experts and founding Executive Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. At USD, she co-created the Women PeaceMakers Program as well as the Masters Program in Peace & Justice Studies in which she taught. As Senior Associate Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center, she advised former President Jimmy Carter on conflicts in more than two dozen countries. Neu has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Southern California and has published on conflict resolution, negotiations, sociolinguistics, and international war crimes tribunals. She has taught at the University of Southern California, Penn State University, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland), Emory University, and the University of San Diego. She was a senior Fulbright scholar in Poland and a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.

John Prendergast 

John Prendergast is Co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. During the Clinton administration, John was involved in a number of peace processes in Africa while he was director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and special advisor at the Department of State. John has also worked for members of Congress, the United Nations, humanitarian aid agencies, human rights organizations, and think tanks, as well as having been a youth counselor and basketball coach. He has authored eight books on Africa, including Not on Our Watch, a New York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year that he co-authored with actor Don Cheadle.  John travels regularly to Africa’s war zones on fact-finding missions, peace-making initiatives, and awareness-raising trips. He is a visiting professor at the University of San Diego, Eckerd College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the American University in Cairo.

JOSEPH_PRUD'HOMMEJoseph Prud’homme

Joseph Prud’homme is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Politics, and Culture at Washington College. He received his doctorate from Princeton University, where he studied in the Interdepartmental Program in Political Philosophy, with additional specialization in legal and constitutional thought. He was awarded a Fellowship at Harvard University, where he studied at the Harvard Law School and served as a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Prud’homme works in the areas of political philosophy, legal theory, intellectual history, and conceptual and historical approaches to the study of religion and political and cultural affairs. He has published numerous works in these fields, including the books Religion and Politics in America from the Colonial Period to the Civil War and Curriculum and the Culture Wars.

He regularly teaches the department’s introductory course in political theory; upper level courses in political thought; upper level courses in constitutional law and legal philosophy; and a seminar that explores fundamental questions surrounding theology and political and cultural life.

He earned two bachelors degrees with three majors (Political Science, History, and Philosophy) and one minor (Religious Studies) at Texas A&M University ,where he graduated magna cum laude and with a honors certificate. His undergraduate thesis (“Kant’s Moral Argument for the Existence of God”) was awarded the Texas A&M Thesis Prize.

DR. VALERIE ROSOUXDr. Valerie Rosoux

Dr. Valerie Rosoux is a senior research fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) and lecturer at the University of Louvain (Belgium) where she teaches International Negotiation and Conflict Transformation. She was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP, Washington) in 2010-2011. She previously taught international relations at the Instituts d’Études Politiques (IEP) of Lille and Grenoble, France. Her research interests focus on the uses of memory in international relations, especially in the Franco-German, Franco-Algerian and Rwandan cases. Some of her publications include: Reconciliation as a peace-building process: scope and limits, in J. Bercovitch, V. Kremenyuk and W. Zartman (ed.), Handbook of Conflict Resolution; “The Figure of the righteous individual in Rwanda”, International Social Science Journal, n° 189; Human rights and the ‘work of memory’ in international relations, International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 3, n° 2.

Tahir ShadTahir Shad

Tahir Shad is the Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, the former Director of International Studies, and the former Associate Dean of the College. Dr. Shad developed and implemented 40 international programs in 25 countries, including exchange programs, study abroad programs and summer programs. He established faculty exchanges in China, South Africa, France and England; and academic sessions abroad in Ecuador for environmental studies, in England for English literature, and in Tanzania for interdisciplinary studies.  Educated in the U.K., Shad received a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from the School of African and Asian Studies at University of Sussex, and earned his post-graduate certificate in education from the London Institute of Education, London University. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science at University of Pittsburgh; where a number of his top students go on to pursue graduate studies in international affairs.


Jon Stauff oversees education abroad and international student services at TCNJ and develops and administers exchange programs with the support of the TCNJ faculty.  He has served as a member-leader of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in a variety of capacities at the national and regional level and has received grants from Fulbright, the US Department of Education, IREX, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Institute of International Education.  A historian of modern Germany, Stauff holds a PhD from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and an AB from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.  He studied abroad at the Universities of Regensburg and Göttingen in Germany.

Dr. Ruth Wedgwood 

Dr. Ruth Wedgwood is a member of the World Bank International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. She has served on the U.S. Secretary of State’s advisory committees on private and public international law as well as on the CIA historical review panel. She has also been a U.S. delegate to the U.N. Human Rights Committee (Geneva and New York, 2003–11), a member of U.S. delegations to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Wehrkunde security conference a member of the Pentagon Defense Policy Advisory Board (2003–09), and was involved with the Hart-Rudman Commission on National Security in the 21st Century. In 2002, Wedgwood was elected to serve as the U.S. member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Freedom House a nonpartisan NGO that promotes human rights and democracy world-wide. She was the first female law clerk to renowned federal judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and also served as law clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.

DR. I. WILLIAM ZARTMANDr. I. William Zartman

Dr. I. William Zartman is the Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution and former Director of the Conflict Management Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Zartman is the former director of the SAIS African Studies Program; a former faculty member at the University of South Carolina and New York University; served as Olin Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Halevy Professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and visiting professor at the American University in Paris; has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State; president of the Tangier American Legation Museum Society; past president of the Middle East Studies Association and [founder] and past president of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies; fluent in French; Ph.D., international relations, Yale University. 

Dr. Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Associate Director of the MA in Conflict Resolution within the Department of Government at Georgetown University. His areas of expertise include working with youth from violent conflict regions, civil society development and capacity building in transitional societies, program evaluation and design, conflict sensitivity and conflict mainstreaming, the connection between trauma and conflict, the role of the private sector in peacebuilding, and arts and peacebuilding.

He was one of the co-founders and a senior partner in the Alliance for Conflict Transformation, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to building peace through innovative research and practice. He has worked for/or served as a consultant with many leading development and peacebuilding organizations including the United States Institute of Peace, Rotary International, and USAID.
He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the African Peace and Conflict Journal, Journal of Conflictology and the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development and is the founder of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network an online network connecting 35,000 professionals in the fields of peacebuilding and development. He also serves on the boards/advisory boards of several organizations including: Alliance for Peacebuliding, Masterpeace, TechChange, International Peace and Security Institute, and Move This Word.