A 3D Approach to Foreign Policy

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All past CPRF meetings are listed below, but not all have notes available. In those cases where notes are listed the speakers have given their permission for the public presentation of their comments. In some cases, notes are not listed due to the wishes of the speakers for their comments to be off the record. Where available, meeting notes may be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).

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2013

December 3rd
Shifting U.S. Foreign Policy from a ‘Victory Orientation’ to a ‘Solution Orientation'

Speakers:
Johan Galtung, mathematician, sociologist, political scientist and founder of the discipline of peace studies

P. Terrence Hopmann, Ph.D., is Professor of International Relations and Director of the SAIS Conflict Management Program

Ronald J. Fisher, Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution in the School of International Service at American University, Washington, DC. 


November 12th
Screening of Under The Same Sun

Speakers:
Jeremy Gilley, Founder Peace One Day

Ghaith Al-Omari, Executive Director at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP). 

Steven Krubiner, Chief of Staff of J Street

John Marks, President, Search for Common Ground


October 8th
Integrated Peacebuilding, Part 2: The Relationship Between International Development and Building Sustainable Peace

Speakers:
Donald Steinberg, President & CEO of World Learning

Sandra Djuvara Melone, Executive Vice President of Search for Common Ground


September 10th
Integrated Peacebuilding: Innovative Approaches to Transforming Conflict

Speakers:
Craig Zelizer, Associate Director of the MA in Conflict Resolution within the Department of Government at Georgetown University. 

Mike Jobbins, Senior Program Manager for Africa at Search for Common Ground

Tobie Whitman, Independent Consultant


July 9th
Opting Out of War: Strategies to Prevent Violent Conflict

Speakers:
Marshall Wallace, Director of the Do No Harm Program at CDA

Kristin Doughty, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Rochester

Moderator: 

Sandra Djuvara Melone, Executive Vice President of Search for Common Ground


June 11th
Visualizing Peace:Graphic Art & Social Change

Speakers:
Andrew Aydin: co-author with Congressman John Lewis of March, a graphic novel trilogy depicting Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights in America

Nate Powell: Illustrator of March and creator of the acclaimed graphic novel Any Empire, a vivid examination of war and violence, and their trickle-down effects on Middle America

Mike Jobbins, Senior Program Manager for Africa at Search for Common Ground

Moderator: 

Jeanné Isler, Director of USA Programs, Search for Common Ground


May 14th
Conflict Assessment: Comparing Research Methods and Conceptual Frameworks

Speakers:
Dayna Brown, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects

Neil Levine, Director, Conflict Management and Mitigation Unit, USAID

Bruce Hemmer and Paul Turner, Bureau of Conflict & Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State

Lisa Schirch, Alliance for Peacebuilding 3P Program on Human Security


April 23rd
Building Bridges: Citizen - Security Sector Engagement to Mitigate Conflict

Panel 1 - Engaging Government and Citizens - U.S. Government Initiatives

Speakers:
Eric Beinhart, Associate Director, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), Department of Justice Senior Criminal Justice Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development
Enrique Roig, Coordinator, Central America Regional Security Initiative, Latin America and Caribbean Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development
George Kent, Director for the Office of Europe and Asia programming in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL/EA), U.S. Department of State
Andrew Michels, Senior Security Sector and Rule Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development

Moderator:
Jose Garzon, Deputy Director, Office of Conflict Management and Migration (CMM), U.S. Agency for International Development

 

Panel 2 - Civil Society Organizations Security Sector Engagement

Speakers:
Nadwa Dawsari-Johnson, Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa, Partners for Democratic Change
Lisa Schirch, Director, 3P Human Security
Teresa Crawford, Director, Partners for Democratic Change

Moderator:
Robert Perito, Director of the Center of Innovation for Security Sector Governance, U. S. Institute of Peace

 


April 2nd
United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation: Washington Presentation

Speakers:
Ambassador Levent Bilman, Director of the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD) in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) at the United Nations
Ambassador Dr. Francis Deng, Former Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide
Charles T. Call, Ph.D., Senior Adviser, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State
Peter Wallensteen, Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor of Peace Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
I. William Zartman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, John Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Moderator:
P. Terrence Hopmann, Ph.D., Professor of International Relations; Director of the Conflict Management Program, Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

 


February 12th
Gender, Masculinity and Conflict Dynamics: Review of Current Practice

Speakers:
Ambassador Steven E. Steiner, Visiting Expert, United States Institute of Peace and former Department of State’s Office of Global Women‘s Issues
Maria Correia, Social Development Sector Manager, South Asia Region, the World Bank
Joseph Vess, Senior Program Officer, Promundo
Moderator:
Kathleen Kuehnast, Director, Center for Gender and Peacebuilding, United States Institute of Peace
Summary (PDF)

 

2012

November 13th
Comedy & Conflict
Speakers:
Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim Chaplain, Georgetown University
Elahe Izadi, Comedian and Political Journalist
Craig Zelizer, Associate Director, Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution Program, Georgetown University
Moderator:
Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana, Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgetown University's MA Program in Conflict Resolution
Summary (PDF)

 


October 16th
Religion, Culture, and Interpretations of Democracy: Implications for Peacebuilding
Speakers:
Mohammed Abu-Nimer,
Professor, School of International Service, American University
Marc Gopin, Director, The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution and professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason
James Patton, Executive Vice President, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy
Moderator:
Juliette Schmidt, Director, Partners in Humanity, Search for Common Ground
Summary (PDF)


October 9th
The Global Power of Talk: Lessons of Diplomacy and Negotiation
Speakers:
Chester A. Crocker,
James R. Schlesinger Professor, Strategic Studies, Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service
Fen Osler Hampson, Distinguished Fellow and Director of Global Security, Centre for International Governance Innovation
David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times
I. William Zartman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, John Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Moderator:
Paul B. Stares, Director, Council on Foreign Relations Center for Preventive Action
Summary (PDF)


September
The Middle East and Arab Spring: Prospects for Sustainable Peace
Speakers:
Azizah al-Hibri, Professor Emerita of Law, University of Richmond.  Founder and President, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Layers for Human Rights
Dr. Muqtedar Khan, Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware
Laith Kubba, Senior Director, Middle East and North Africa, The National Endowment for Democracy
Dr. Peter Mandaville, Director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Government, George Mason University
Moderator:
Joseph V. Montville, Director of the Program on Healing Historical Memory, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Summary (PDF)


July
Democracy & Conflict Series I: Elections in Post-Conflict Africa: A Look at Process and Impact
Speakers:
Laura Grace, Program Manager on the Election and Political Processes team, National Democratic Institute
Steve McDonald, Consulting director of the Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Tess McEnery, Democracy Specialist, Elections and Political Transitions Team USAID
Gregory Simpkins, Professional Staff Member for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights
Moderator:
Frances Fortune, Director, Africa Program, Search For Common Ground
Summary (PDF)

 


June
Culturally-Based Approaches to Peacebuilding in Pakistan
Speakers:
Ali Gohar, Just Peace Initiatives Inc.
Samar Minallah, Documentary filmmaker and human rights activist
Shahid Nadeem, Co-founder and  co-driector  of Ajoka  Theater 
Leena El-Ali, Director, Muslim-Western Relations and Middle East & North Africa Programs
Summary (PDF)

 


May
Human Security in Practice
Speakers:
Ambassador Yukio Takasu, Special Adviser on human security to the United Nations Secretary-General
Mary Kaldor, Director, Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics
Sean McFate, Assistant Professor, Department of International Security Studies at the National Defense University
William Tsuma, Program Manager, Preventive Action and Human Security at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
Moderator:
Lisa Schirch, Director, 3P Human Security
Summary (PDF)

 

April
Supporting Local Leaders Working for Peace and Democracy in a Conflicted World: The Living Legacy of Raymond Shonholtz and Howard Wolpe

Speakers:
Andrea Bartoli, Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution George Mason University
Neil Levine, Director, Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, USAID
Steve McDonald, Consulting director of the Africa Program and Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Julia Roig, President, Partners for Democratic Change
Summary (PDF)
For an audio or video podcast of this forum, click here.

March
Somalia: Creating Space for Fresh Approaches to Peacebuilding

Speakers:
Michele Cesari, Resident Representative for the Life & Peace Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
Shamsia W. Ramadhan, Programmes and Communications Advisor, Life & Peace Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
Laura Weis, Ph.D. candidate at the Kroc Institute/Notre Dame, contributing author to Somalia: Creating Space for Fresh Approaches to Peacebuilding
Moderator:
David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Summary (PDF)

 


February
Extractives, Equity and Conflict
Speakers:
Rees Warne, Senior Technical Advisor for Resource Governance at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Peter Rosenblum, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professor in Human Rights at Columbia Law School
Isabel Munilla, Director of Publish What You Pay United States
Moderator:
Raymond Gilpin, Director United States Institute of Peace’s Center for Sustainable Economies
Summary (PDF)

2011

December
Healing the Wounds of History: North-South, Black-White
Speakers:
Edward L. Ayers, President, University of Richmond
David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition, Yale University
Frank Smith, Ph.D., Director, African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, Washington, D.C.
Donald W. Shriver, President-Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary, New York
Special Guest Speaker:
Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, United States Representative for the District of Columbia

Moderator:
Joseph Montville, Director, Program on Healing Historical Memory, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

November
Arts and Conflict
Speakers:
Cynthia Cohen, Director, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University
Lena Slachmuijlder, Chief Programming Officer, Search for Common Ground
Moderator:
Sheldon Himelfarb, Director, Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding / Director, Center of Innovation: Science, Technology and Peacebuilding, United States Institute of Peace
Summary (PDF)

October
Youth and Masculinities
Speakers:
Maria Correia, South Asia Social Development Sector Manager, World Bank
Lena Slachmuijlder, Chief Programming Officer, Search for Common Ground
Marc Sommers, Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center
Moderator:
Julia Roig, President, Partners for Democratic Change

September
Governance in the Republic of the Sudan: Regional Conflicts after Southern Secession
Speakers:
Rebecca Hamilton, Special Correspondent on Sudan, The Washington Post, Fellow, The New America Foundation
Jonathan Temin, Sudan Program Director, United States Institute of Peace
Moderator:
Steve Utterwulghe, Vice President of Development, Search for Common Ground

July
Speakers:
Mona Dave, Asia Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy
Patti Petesch, International Development Consultant and Researcher
Moderator:
Nick Oatley, Director of Institutional Learning, Search for Common Ground
Summary (PDF)

June
Human Security and Stabilization in Afghanistan and Beyond: New Research
Speakers:
Christian Dennys, Researcher, UK Defense Academy and Cranfield University
Peter Walker, Director of the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Moderator and Respondant:
Col John Agoglia, Vice President for Government Services, IDS International
Summary (PDF)

May
From Revolution to Democracy:  Lessons for Political Transitions in the
Middle East and North Africa

Speakers:
Endy Bayuni, Visiting Fellow, East-West Center
Michele Dunne, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Peter Gastrow, Senior Fellow and Director of Programs, International Peace Institute
Moderator:
Leena El-Ali, Director, Muslim-Western Relations and Middle East & North Africa Programs,
Search for Common Ground
Summary (PDF)

April
One Step Forward Two Steps Back: Governance and Democracy in West Africa
Speakers:
Ambrose James, Sierra Leone Country Director, Search for Common Ground
Oge Okoye Onubogu, West Africa Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy
Moderator:
Ambassador William Milam, Senior Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center
Summary (PDF)

March
Civil Society-Military Relations and Human Security
Speakers:
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Rosa Brooks United States Department of Defense
Lisa Schirch, Director 3D Security Eastern Mennonite University
Col. Mark Mykleby Special Strategic Assistant to Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
Fulco van Deventer, Policy and Political Advisor Cordaid
Summary (PDF)



Reasonable Expectations: Civil Society as Peacemaker Findings from a Multi-Country Study
Speaker:
Thania Paffenholz, Lecturer and Senior Researcher, Peace, Conflict and Development, Graduate School of International and Developmental Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Discussant:
Lisa Schirch, Director 3D Security Eastern Mennonite University
Moderator:
Michael Lund, Senior Specialist, Conflict and peacebuilding Management Systems International, Inc.
Working Paper (PDF)

February
Building Peace Across Borders: Conflict does not stop at borders. Why should peace?
Speakers: Professor I. William Zartman
Professor Emeritus, SAIS John Hopkins Sophie Haspeslagh, Policy Analyst, Conciliation Resources
Gary Milante, Research Economist, The World Bank Kennedy Tumutegyereize, East and Central Africa Program Director
Summary (PDF)

2010

December
Drugs and Conflict: The Impact of US Policy
Speakers:
Vanda Felbab-Brown, Fellow, Foreign Policy, 21st Century Defense Initiative, Brookings Institution
Sidney Weintraub, William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
Patrick Ward, Acting Deputy Director for Supply Reduction, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Moderator:
Peter Woodrow, Project Co-Director, Reflecting Peace Practice, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
Summary (PDF)
This forum was held under Chatham House Rule and therefore was not recorded.

November
Business Operations in Conflict Zones?
Speakers:
Dost Bardouille-Crema, Project Director, Corporate Engagement Project, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
Melissa Powell, Head, Strategy and Partnerships, UN Global Compact Office, United Nations
Jeffery Davidson, Principal Adviser, International Institutions and Communities, Rio Tinto
Moderator:
Virginia Haufler, Associate Professor, University of Maryland
Summary (PDF)

October
Conflict Sensitivity and Aid: Can Funding Fuel Conflict?
Speakers:
Neil Levine, Director of the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, USAID
Paul Miller, Foreign Aid Advisor, Catholic Relief Services
Marshall Wallace, Project Director, Do No Harm, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
Moderator:
P. Terrance Hopman, Conflict Management Program Director, Johns Hopkins SAIS

September
Evaluating Peacebuilding and Promoting Learning
First Panel:
Speakers:
Tom Bamat, Senior Technical Advisor, Justice and Peacebuilding, Catholic Relief Services
Andy Blum, Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace 
Sharon Morris, Director, Conflict Management Group, Mercy Corps 
Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, Besa: Catalysing Strategic Change
Tjip Walker, Warning and Analysis Team, Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, USAID
Second Panel:
Speakers
:
Carolyne Ashton, Senior Research Associate, Search for Common Ground
Tom Bamat, Senior Technical Advisor, Justice and Peacebuilding, Catholic Relief Services
Clara Hagens, Regional Technical Advisor, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Catholic Relief Services
Jerome Helfft, Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Search for Common Ground
Susan Allen Nan, Assistant Professor, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Moderator: Nick Oatley, Director, Institutional Learning, Search for Common Ground
Summary (PDF)

July
The Cost of Conflict and the Economics of Peace
Speakers:
Gary Milante, Research Economist, World Bank
Raymond Gilpin, Associate Vice President, Sustainable Economies Centers of Innovation, US Institute of Peace
Moderator: Zoë Cooprider, US Project Manager, Institute for Economics & Peace
Summary (PDF)

June
Improving Governance to Build Peace: Getting to the Nexus of Corruption and Conflict
Speakers:
Alix Boucher, Research Analyst, Stimson Center
Stephen Ndegwa, Senior Public Sector Governance Specialist, The World Bank
Moderator: Steve McDonald, Consulting Director, Project on Leadership and Building State capacity, Woodrow Wilson Center
Summary (PDF)

May
The International Criminal Court: Taking Stock of Peace and Justice
Speakers:
Juan Mendez, Advisor to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
Ruth Wedgwood, Professor and Director of the International Law and Organizations Program, SAIS
Janet McElligott, President of McElligott Associates
Moderator: John Marks, President and Founder, Search for Common Ground
Summary (PDF)

 

April
Confrontation and Cooperation: How Can We Work Around Partisan Gridlock?
Speakers:
Bob Barr, 2008 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate, Former Member of Congress
Thomas Mann, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
Clete Kiley, President, Faith and Politics Institute
Summary (PDF)

 

 

March
Conflict in Our Own Backyard: Prospects for Racial Reconciliation
Speakers: Rob Corcoran, National Director, Initiatives of Change
David Campt, Independent Consultant on Race
Jana Carter, Project Director, Search USA
Moderator: Marvin Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution
Summary (PDF)

 

 

February
Advancing Peace and Mitigating Conflict: Proposed Language for the Foreign Assistance Act
Speakers: Lisa Schirch, Director, 3D Security Initiative
Dane Smith, Former Ambassador and Adjunct Professor, AU School of International Service
Paul Stares, Direcor of the Center for Preventive Studies
Moderator: Chic Dambach, President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding
Summary (PDF)

January (no forum)


2009

December
Development and Peacebuilding: Reforming the Foreign Assistance Act
Speakers: Diana Ohlbaum, Senior Professional Staff Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Bridget Moix, Legislative Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation
Susan Reichle, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID’s Nureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
Moderator: Sandra Melone, Vice President, Search for Common Ground
Summary (PDF)

November
Topic: Investing in Peace: Public-Private Partnership for the Mission-Driven
Speakers: Lisa Coll, Judith Gillespie, Cate Johnson, Dušan Ondrušek
Moderator: Raymond Shonholtz, J.D.
Summary (PDF)

 

 

October
Topic: Investing in Peace: Taking Conflict Resolution and Development to Scale
Speakers: Harriet Fulbright, Mark Schneider, Avi Meyerstein
Moderator: Nancy Bearg
Summary (PDF)

 

September
Topic: The 3Ds in Action: A System-Wide Approach to 21st Century Security
Speakers: Louise Diamond, Ph. D., Lisa Schirch, Cynthia Irmer
Moderator: Susan Collin Marks
Audio | Summary (PDF)

July
Topic: Crisis and Opportunity: A 3D Approach to Humanitarian Aid in Pakistan
Speakers: Azhar Hussain, Mukhtar Khan, Amb. Riaz Mohammad Khan, Rebecca Winthrop
Moderator: Leena El-Ali
Summary (PDF)

*Due to technological difficulties, we are unable to provide video coverage from the July forum. We apologize for any inconvenience.

June
Topic: The Use of Soap Opera to Prevent Violence
Speakers: John Marks, Deborah Jones
Transcript (PDF)

May
Topic: Engaging Cuba: A New Way Forward
Speakers: Jake Colvin, Peter Kornbluth, Daniel Erikson, Wayne Smith
Moderator: Patrick Doherty
Video | Transcript (PDF) | Summary (PDF)

April
Topic:Toward a New Security Framework: Civil-Military Relations and Interagency Coordination
Speakers: Lt. Col. Shannon Beebe, Reuben Brigety, Barak A. Salmoni
Moderator: Lisa Schirch
Video | Transcript (PDF) | Summary (PDF)

March
Topic: A New Direction for USAID: At Home and Abroad
Speakers: Raymond Shonholtz, Gordon Adams
Moderator: Rick Barton
Video | Notes (PDF) | Press release (PDF)

February
Topic: Reshaping the Foreign Bureaucracy
Speakers: Wendy Chamberlin, Samuel Lewis, Richard Moose, Karen DeYoung
Moderator: Susan Collin Marks
Video | Notes (PDF)

January
Topic:
Toward a Post-Partisan Foreign Policy: What Is Possible in the Current Media Climate?
Speakers: David Corn, Steven Clemons
Moderator: Elizabeth Becker
Video | Notes (PDF)

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2008

December
Topic:
Toward a Bipartisan Foreign Policy: What Can Religious Leaders Contribute?
Speakers: Marc Gopin, Richard Land, Ahmed Younis
Moderator: Joseph Montville
Notes (PDF)

November
Topic:
Towards a Bi-Partisan Foreign Policy
Speakers:
Sen. Chuck Hagel, Jim Hoagland
Moderator:
John Marks
Notes(PDF) |Audio

October
Topic:
Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World
Speakers:
Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, David Fairman, Rob Fersh, Sally Quinn
Moderator:
Daniel Brumberg
Notes (PDF)

September
Topic: Isolation vs. Engagement - Part Three: Obama, McCain and American Foreign Policy
Speakers: Hon. Steve Bartlett, Amb. Martin S. Indyk
Moderator: John Marks
Notes (PDF) |Audio (MP3)

July
Topic: Isolation vs. Engagement - Part Two: When Diplomats Do Their Job
Speakers: Tom Dine, Daniel Levy and Barbara Slavin
Moderator: John Marks
Notes (PDF) | Audio (MP3)

June
Topic: Isolation vs. Engagement - Part One: The Changing Role of the Military
Speakers: David F. Davis, Brig. Gen. Khawar Hanif, Martin Hanratty
Moderator: Charles Hauss
Notes (PDF) | Audio (MP3)

May
Topic: Olympic Diplomacy
Speakers: Harry Harding and Richard Solomon
Moderator: Chic Dambach
Notes (PDF) | Audio (MP3)

April
Topic: U.S.-Iran Inter-religious Dialogue
Speakers: John Bryson Chane and Ahmed Irvani
Moderator: William Green Miller
Notes (PDF)

March
Topic: Catalyzing an upward spiral in Western relations with the Global Muslim Community
Speakers: Dalia Mogahed, Emmanuel Kattan and William M. Belding
Moderator: Leena El-Ali (SFCG)
Notes (PDF)

February
Topic: Advocacy on Behalf of Peacebuilding During Political Campaigns (and beyond)
Speakers: Jasmeet Sidhu, Lynn Kunkle and David Devlin-Foltz
Moderator: Yonce Shelton (SFCG)
Notes (PDF) | Audio recording (MP3)

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2007

December
Topic: Peacemaking in the midst of turbulence: the South Asian challenge
Speakers: Farhana Ali, Douglas Johnston, Alan Kronstadt
Moderator: William Zartman, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Notes (PDF)

November
Topic: Importance of early warning signs in conflict prevention; lessons from Zimbabwe
Speakers: Ozong Agborsangaya-Fiteu, Krista Hendry, Mark Schneider
Moderator: Charles F. Dambach
Notes (PDF)| Audio recording (MP3)

October
Topic: Achieving peaceful elections; lessons learned from Sierra Leone and Nigeria
Speakers: Christopher Fomunyoh, National Democratic Institute (NDI); Christian Hennemeyer, International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES)
Moderator: Randolph Carter, Search for Common Ground (SFCG)
Notes (PDF) |Audio recording (MP3)

September
Topic: Reflective Practice and Institutional Learning in Organizations: Are we learning from ourselves and how?
Speakers: Carole Frampton, Paul Miller, Wallace Warfield, Peter Woodrow
Moderator: Melanie Greenberg

July
Topic: Peacebuiling in a Post-Conflict Situation: The Case of Nepal
Speakers: Homraj Acharya, Colette Rausch, Rajendra Mulmi
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June
Topic: The Global Peace Index: Its Value and Implications and the Next Steps
Speakers: Ola Storberg, Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Michael S. Lund, Ambassador John McDonald, Charles F. Dambach
Listen to audio recording

May
Topic: Preventing Mass Atrocities: Building a Long-Term Global Constituency
Speakers: Mark Hanis, Anita Sharma , Dr. Andrea Bartoli

April (special session)
The CPRF held a special session this month with Dr. Sari Nusseibeh and Dr. Marc Gopin. Susan Collin Marks, Vice-President of Search for Common Ground, facilitated the session. The panelists discussed the challenges and opportunities for peace in the Middle East.

April
Topic: Reintegration and Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers: Working to heal the Children of War
Speakers: Betty Bigombe, Patrick White, Michael Wessells
pdf

March:
Topic: Tools for preventing and transforming conflict: Media projects and communication strategies
Speakers: Deborah Jones, Adam Kaplan, Ivan Sigal
pdf

February
Topic: Sunni – Shi’a Reconciliation
Speakers: Imam Abolfazl B. Nahidian, Mohammad Faghfoory, Dr. Jamal Barzinji
pdf

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2006

December
Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility in Crisis Zones
Speakers: Tam Nguyen, Bennett Freeman, Heather P. Kulp, Deirdre LaPin, Barbara Addy
pdf

November
Topic: Democratically Elected Leaders Not Perpetuating Democracy
Speakers: Paula Schriefer, Dr. Andrei Piontkovsky, Patrick Merloe, Dr. Richard Rubenstein
pdf

October
Topic: Sudan: Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect
Speakers: Jason Small, David L. Phillips

September
Topic: Madrasas and “The Global War on Terror”
Speakers: Douglas Johnston, Azhar Hussain, Ahmed Younis
pdf

July
Topic: Enduring Conflict In Colombia and the Swell of the Internally Displaced
Speakers: Andrea Lari, Kristele Younes
pdf

June
Topic: Political Conflict/Unrest in Ethiopia and Eritrea
Speakers: Mark Schneider, Samuel Tesfaye, Terrance Lyons, Asgede Hagos
pdf

May
Topic: Progress towards Peace in Aceh, but what about Papua?
Speakers: Blair A. King, Brian McFeeters, Father Neles Tebay, Mr. Arko Hananto Budiadi
pdf

April
Topic: Elections in Colombia and the Challenges that they Present to the Peace Process
Speakers: Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson, Phillip McLean
pdf

March
Topic: How is the UN Promoting Human Rights and What is the Role of the US?
Speakers: Lee Feinstein, Michael Posner, Ted Piccone
pdf

February
Topic: Track Two Diplomacy and Iran
Speakers: Ambassador (ret.) William Green, Professor Robert A. Destro, Dr. Ahmad Iravani, Professor Marshall J. Breger
pdf

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2005

December
Topic: Using Polls as a Strategic Intervention in Conflict Resolution
Speakers: Colin Irwin, Steven Kull
pdf

November
Topic: Self-Determination and the Sahara
Speakers: Dr. William Zartman, Walt Landry
pdf

October
Topic: The Role of Civil-Military Relations
Speakers: Colonel John Agoglia, Nicole Ball
pdf

September
Topic: New Iraqi Constitution
Speakers: Paul Williams, Vanessa Jimenez, William "Spence" Spencer
pdf

July
Topic: Changes in Syria
Speakers: Moshe Ma'oz, Rabbi Marc Gopin, Murhaf Jouejati
pdf

June
Topic: The Shape of the Future, produced by Search for Common Ground
Speakers: Susan Collin Marks, John Bell
pdf

May
Topic: The Role of Ceasefires in Conflict Resolution
Speakers: J. Stephen Morrison, William Zartman
pdf

April
Topic: Conflict Prevention
Speakers: Melanie Greenberg, Elisabeth Kvitashvili
pdf

March
Topic: Media in Conflict
Speakers: Elizabeth Becker, Susan Collin Marks, Karen DeYoung
pdf

February
Topic: Track II diplomacy in the Turkish-Armenian Conflict
Speakers: David L. Phillips
pdf

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2004

December
Topic: Approaches to the Second Bush Administration
Speakers: Lorne Craner, Ken Wollack
pdf

November
Topic: The Role Women in Peacebuilding
Speakers: Pamela Aall, Hattiee Babbitt, Cindy Courville
pdf

September
Topic: Can the United Nations Help Prevent Violent Conflict?
Speakers: Johanna Mendelson Forman, Chetan Kumar, Victoria K. Holt
pdf

July
Topic: Democracy Promotion and U.S. Foreign Policy
Speakers: Marina S. Ottaway, Patrick Merloe
pdf

June
Topic: Inclusion in Peace Processes: Who Should Have a Seat at the Table?
Speakers: William A. Stuebner, Ambassador (ret.) Paul J. Hare
pdf

April
Topic: NGO Operations and U.S. Anti-Terrorism Statutes
Speakers: Roger G. Weiner
pdf

March
Topic: Transitioning from Conflict to Peace: India/Pakistan compared with Morocco/Polisario & Ethiopia/Eritrea
Speakers: Ambassador (ret.) William B. Milam, Ellen Laipson, Dr. I. William Zartman

February
Topic: Renegotiating an Effective Non-Proliferation Regime
Speakers: Jon Wolfsthal, Caroline Russell, Jonathan Dean
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2003

December
Topic: Reconciling Civil Liberties and Security
Speakers: Joseph Onek, Paul Rosenzweig, Timothy Edgar
pdf

November
Topic: Addressing Non-Traditional Threats to Security
Speakers: Carla Koppell, Sonal Shah, Stewart Patrick, Chuck Woolery
pdf

October
Topic: Bridging the “Post-Conflict Security Gap”
Speakers: Dr. Joanna Spear, Robert Perito, Dr. Joseph J. Collins
pdf

September
Topic: Removing Dictatorship: Options for the International Community
Speakers: Ambassador Mark Palmer, Nina Bang-Jensen, Thomas Hill
pdf

July
Topic: Relations Between International NGO’s and the Military in Reconstruction & Peacekeeping
Speakers: Nancy Lindborg, Major General William L. Nash, Robert Macpherson
pdf

June
Topic: Can Longer Term Development Assistance Be Used to Build Peace?
Speakers: Sharon Morris, Ian Bannon
pdf

May
Topic: Bridging the Gap Between America and the Muslim World: The Role of Muslim and Arab American Organizations
Speakers: Radwan Masmoudi, Nihad Awad, Azizah al-Hibri
pdf

April
Topic: Bridging the Gap: America and the Muslim Middle East
Speakers: Ambassador Christopher Ross, Professor Shibley Telhami, Shamil Idriss
pdf

March
Topic: Challenges of Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Iraq
Speakers: Kenneth H. Bacon, Patrick Clawson & Bathsheba Crocker
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2002

December
Topic:Democracy Promotion or “Democracy by Force”: Past Uses and Implications for the Future
Speakers: Elizabeth Clark, Dr. Marina S. Ottaway , Dr. Judith Yaphe
pdf

November:
Topic: Coming in From the Cold: Are Sudan and Libya Leaving Terrorism Behind?
Speakers: Ambassador Tim Carney & Dr. William Lewis
pdf Atlantic Council bulletin (by Dr. William Lewis)

October
Topic: Humanitarianism in Crisis: Have Relief Organizations Become Part of the Problem?
Speakers: David Reiff
pdf

September
Topic: The Potential for a Non-violent Intifada: A New Possibility for the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
Speakers: John Marks, Susan Collin Marks, Steven Kull
pdf

June
Topic: From Conflict to Peace: The Case of Sri Lanka
Speakers: Ambassador Edward Marks, Ambassador Ernest Corea, & Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham
pdf

May
Topic: Challenges for International Justice & Reconciliation
Speakers: Ambassador David J. Scheffer
pdf

April
Topic: Stolen Elections: Consequences for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
Speakers: Patrick Merloe, John Prendergast, & Brian Joseph
pdf

March
Topic: Northern Ireland Since Good Friday: Lessons Learned, Obstacles Ahead, and Possibilities for Progress on the Rocky Path to Peace
Speakers: Professor Paul J. Arthur
pdf

February
Topic: Defining Terrorism: Is One Man’s Terrorist Really Another Man’s Freedom Fighter?
Speakers: Ambassador Phillip C. Wilcox, Jr., Larry C. Johnson
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2001

December
Topic: Jammu & Kashmir: Is there a Solution?
Speakers: Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, Michael Krepon
pdf

November
Topic: Holy War and Holy Peace: The Role of Religion in Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Conflict Resolution
Speakers: Dr. Marc Gopin, Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad

October
Topic: Responding to Terrorism: What Role for Conflict Prevention & Resolution?
Speakers: The Honorable Gareth Evans, The Honorable Lee Hamilton
pdf

September
Topic: The Middle East Conflict: Is Peace Still Possible?
Speakers: Ambassador Dennis Ross

July
Topic: Macedonia’s Violent Turbulence: Where to Now?
Speakers: Ilir Zherka, Dr. Daniel Serwers

June
Topic: Africa’s Inherited Borders: Source of Stability or Conflict
Speakers: Dr. I. William Zartman, Dr. Marina Ottaway
pdf

May
Topic: Sweden’s Role in Conflict Prevention
Speakers: Ambassador Jan Eliasson
pdf

April
Topic: Faith-Based Peacemaking: The Role of Religious Actors in Preventing and Resolving Conflict Worldwide
Speakers: Dr. David Smock, Dr. Barry Hart
pdf

March
Topic: The Pursuit of Arab-Israeli Peace: A Retrospective
Speakers: Dr. Aaron Miller

February
Topic: Conflict in Colombia: Plan Colombia & Prospects for Peace
Speakers: Dr. Rob Ricigliano, Ambassador Peter Romero

January
Topic: Resolving Conflict in Ethiopia/Eritrea
Speakers: John Prendergast

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2000

December
Topic: Common Ground in the Middle East
Speakers: Dr. Mohammed Abu Nimer, Charles Lenchner

November
Topic: Conflict Resolution: Experiences in the Ukraine
Speakers: Ambassador William Miller

October
Topic: Spirituality & Conflict Prevention
Speakers: Dr. Andrea Bartoli

September
Topic: Conflict Resolution & Negotiation in Latin America: Opportunities & Obstacles
Speakers: Ambassador Luis Lauredo

July
Topic: Building Indigenous Capacity for Change and Conflict Management Worldwide
Speakers: Raymond Shonholtz, Dusan Ondrusek, & Sofiko Shubladze
pdf

June
Topic: Missing Link in Conflict Resolution: A Practitioner’s Toolbox
Speakers: John Marks
pdf

May
Topic: Third Side Peacemaking
Speakers: Dr. William Ury

April
Topic: Why is Bureaucracy Resistant to Conflict Prevention?
Speakers: Dr. Morton Halperin

March
Topic: The Role of the Military in Peacekeeping
Speakers: Major General William Nash

February
Topic: The Process of Peacemaking in Africa: Sudan, Uganda, and Congo (Brazzaville)
Speakers: Dr. I. William Zartman (Johns Hopkins-SAIS) & Dr. Joyce Neu
pdf

January
Topic: Why is Bureaucracy Resistant to Conflict Prevention?
Speakers: Ambassador J. Brian Atwood
pdf

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1999

December
Topic: The Tension Between Human Rights & Reconciliation
Speakers: Tom Warrick & Pauline Baker

November (Inaugural meeting)
Topic: Why is Bureaucracy Resistant to Conflict Prevention?
Speakers: Richard McCall (USAID) & Dr. Harold Saunders
pdf

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