Past Field Projects

Class of 2017

Fieldwork Organization

Location

The Abraham Fund

Jerusalem, Israel

African Union Peace and Security Division

Washington, D.C.

Alliance for Peacebuilding

Washington, D.C.

Arab America

Washington, D.C.

Black Lives Matter

Cambridge, Mass.

The Carter Center

Atlanta, Ga.

Center to Support Immigrant Organizing

Boston, Mass.

Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Mindanao, Philippines

Churches for Middle East Peace

Washington, D.C.

CitizenFirst

Washington, D.C.

Cultural Heritage & Peace

Boston, Mass.

Euphrates Institute

Redding, Calif.

GraceCares

Brattleboro, Vt.

Kids4Peace

Jerusalem, Israel

Kingian Nonviolence Training Program

Watertown, Mass.

Linguistic Association of Pakistan

Waltham, Mass.

Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration

Boston, Mass.

Minority Rights Organization

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

National Conflict Resolution Center

San Diego, Calif.

New York Human Rights Commission

New York, N.Y.

Peace Direct

Washington, D.C.

Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies & The Voice of the Amazigh Woman

Rabat, Morocco

United States Institute of Peace

Washington, D.C.

Western Jihadism Project

Waltham, Mass.

Class of 2016

Fieldwork Organization

Location

Americares

Stamford, Conn.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Atlanta, Ga.

Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans

Astoria, N.Y.

Center for Youth and Communities

Waltham, Mass.

Community Day Center

Waltham, Mass.

Conflict Dynamics International

Cambridge, Mass.

Cultural Survival

Cambridge, Mass.

Education Pioneers: US2020

San Francisco, Calif.

Friends Peace House

Kigali, Rwanda

Grassroots International

Boston, Mass.

Jewish Vocational Services

Boston, Mass.

Open Learning Exchange Center

Cambridge, Mass.

Peace-labs

Beirut, Lebanon

Shooting Touch

Norwood, Mass.

Tri-Community and Youth Agency

Huntington, N.Y.

United Nations

Khartoum, Sudan

Washington Youth Garden

Washington, D.C.

Class of 2015

  • Anneliese Abney interned with the German Agency for Migration and Refugees and studied challenges and opportunities present in the German method of migrant and refugee integration.
  • Richard Andam developed a framework strategy for people to people intervention to mitigate the violent conflict in Northern Nigeria.
  • Sasha Anderson completed an internship with Impact Flow in Portland, Oregon.  She focused on the role of business in peacebuilding.
  • Lisette Anzoategui traveled to Honduras to analyze the dynamics of conflict, masculine identity and resilience for the youth soccer fanatics of the Barras Bravas.
  • Marta Baran interned with UNICEF in Geneva, Switzerland, and studied Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a possible peacebuilding strategy, especially with regards to children’s rights and business principles in fragile settings and emerging markets.
  • Yousef Bashir explored the preconditions that are necessary for a just and lasting resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
  • Aline Brachet interned with the Bridgeway Group in Cambridge, Mass.  She studied Transformative Scenario Planning and explored its implications for conflict work. 
  • Zimmeta Doilicho interned with the Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Program in Boston, Mass.
  • Camilo Esquivia-Zapata worked with EcoLogic and traveled to Chiapas, Mexico to complete a conflict analysis in conjunction with their efforts to develop inclusive, sustainable biodiversity conservation in the area.
  • David “Zeke” Falcon interned at the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C. He worked with their Rule of Law team and explored methods of conflict-sensitive monitoring and evaluation.
  • Jaesook Lee traveled to South Korea to study and explore solutions to the food crisis in North Korea.
  • Anita Mamanero interned with the National Unit and Reconciliation Commission in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Hanadi Mehdi and Iman Abdul-Mussawir interned with Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, and traveled to Lebanon to learn about the role of storytelling in building resilience.
  • Khalid Momand traveled to his home country of Afghanistan to study and compare the use of Jirga and Western Restorative Justice Practices.
  • Alaa Murad analyzed the influence of the West on Islamic gender roles and sexuality in transition.
  • Justin Nash worked for the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition in Boston, Mass. He studied black, Latino and LGBTQ communities in the U.S.
  • Ihsan Rahman studied gender mainstreaming through education in the Swat Valley, Afghanistan.
  • Mba Saidybah returned to her home country of Gambia to work with Action Aid. She focused her studies on the intersection between land governance, conflict and women’s rights.
  • Dan Saryee worked with the Institute for Research and Democratic Development in his home country of Liberia.
  • Meredith Shull worked for Banamex in Mexico City and explored tools for integrating conflict sensitivity into corporate donor development initiatives.
  • Peter Ter studied the ongoing conflict between the Turkish Government and the PKK.
  • Roj Zalla traveled to China to research how economic policies are being used as tactics in the Xinjiang Conflict.

Class of 2014

  • Inbal Ben Ezer traveled to Liberia and interned with Search for Common Ground. She assisted with the planning and implementation of two projects there.
  • El Mehdi Boudra interned in New York at the Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Program, and studied the role of the U.N. and civil society in genocide prevention in Morocco.
  • Hannah Brown returned to her home country of Nigeria and partnered with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to study the impact of amnesty in the Niger Delta.
  • Lori Dunn traveled to Ukraine to research the intersection of language, identity and governance.
  • Ashraf Haddad spent time in Jordan studying the use and effects of social media in the MENA region.
  • Ali Gokpinar worked as a research assistant at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., in its Center for Turkish Studies. 
  • Rebecca Herrington interned at Conflict Dynamics International in Boston and explored how to leverage interests in process and substantive governance options development.
  • Prince Kayigire studied socio-economic transformation as a state-building framework, focusing his research on Post-Genocide Rwanda.
  • Kristin Lauria spent time in both the U.S. and Turkey studying the effectiveness of Turkish Mediation in the Middle East.
  • Anita Mamanero completed a research project on the Conflict Sensitivity Approach.
  • Amir Mahdavi worked with the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University to study the characteristics of participants in the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
  • Ana Miller interned with Amnesty International and studied how advocacy organizations impact the needs of refugees and internally displaced persons.
  • Delphine Mucyo explored the role of women in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes in Rwanda.
  • John Galjeicho Orre completed a gender analysis of the peacebuilding initiatives of pastoralists in Mandera County in Kenya.
  • Stephaney Patrick traveled to Rwanda and studied the use of identity elimination in Rwanda to achieve national unification.  
  • Karina Sheerin interned at Brave for Veterans, an organization that helps reintegrate returning veterans.
  • Bojan Veselic interned with Conflict Dynamics International and studied the effects of decentralization and conflict in South Sudan.
  • Yangjian Yangjian worked with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in Tibet to explore how China’s economic relations with the DPRK impact peace on the Korean Peninsula.  
  • Oumar Yelemou explored the impact of climate change on the conflict in North Mali, specifically in Timbuktu.

Class of 2013

  • Zainal Abidin worked with the National Democratic Institute to ask whether democracy can eliminate fundamentalism in Indonesia.
  • Irfan Amali worked with CSFilm and measured the effectiveness of one of CSFIlm’s projects, which attempts to build a better understanding of American people on Afghanistan issues through documentary movies.
  • Apam Atia explored the factors associated with conflict over land ownership between Fulani herders and indigenous farmers in farming communities in Gushegu district in Northern Ghana, and the prospects for greater coexistence among them.
  • Justin Burke worked with Farm Aid to look at the problem of how young U.S. farmers lack capacity to sustain their family farm. How do we bridge the gap between veteran and young? To what extent does discrimination exist among farmers? Justin proposes the need of veteran farmers to share their stories with future generations of farmers.
  • Aileen Charleston explored issues relating to parenting in Guatemala in her field project, entitled “Fatherhood in a Mayan Highland Community -- Does the lack of fatherhood have an impact on the conflict in Guatemala?”
  • Jennifer Cook studied the concept of Transitional Justice in a comparison study on Christianity and Islam. 
  • Sharon Edea conducted a community analysis of the conflicts in Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan, and a subsequent study focusing on land sharing conflicts and their possible resolution.
  • Joel Elliot explored the connections and disconnections between Egypt's rural poor and the Revolution in Tahrir Square. Independent field research included interviews with Nubians, Bedouin, Egyptian Muslims and Coptic Christians outside of Cairo and in Cairo.
  • Ameer Elnager researched a gender-sensitive perspective on police reform from UN Women programs in Liberia and Timor-Leste.
  • Kathryn Fenneman explored the following questions: How prevalent is the phenomenon called ‘crab antics’ in Sierra Leone? How do crab antics affect development projects? What are the implications for post-conflict development?
  • Stephanie Finigan explored the social impact of private sector development in Central America. In particular, she researched what kind of social impact (if any) EDP support has on local communities in Mexico.
  • Germain Indjassa explored the use of ADR in Natural Resource Management Conflicts in Equateur Province (DRC). In her research, she asked which ADR techniques are currently being used and how they might be used more effectively.
  • Tareq Jawabri studied how education can be used to assist the peace process in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
  • Kat Johnston explored the use of political violence and direct democracy in southern Mexico.
  • Geoffrey Kundu analyzed reintegration efforts of ex-combatants in Maluku and possibilities for reducing the chance of a reoccurrence of violence.
  • Langton Mahechani explored the issue of substantive citizenry in Zimbabwe and how to shape a more inclusive, participatory Zimbabwe to reduce conflict and put in place a conflict prevention framework.
  • Emmanuel Ntaganira studied how police work with local communities and to what extent they use negotiation and mediation tools in Rwanda.
  • Saoussane Rifai studied corporate social responsibility and its role in conflict transformation in the Moroccan context.
  • Kalisa Samuel worked with Search for Common Ground to explore women’s empowerment through the use of Media as Tool of social change in Tanzania: an exploration of strategies and planning for monitoring and evaluation of gender equality programs through Media.
  • Lindsay Smith looked at the use of language (French/English) in Cameroon and strategies for bringing the French- and English-speaking  populations together to alleviate tensions between the disparate ethnic and linguistic groups in that country.
  • Aloysisus Toe explored “The Impact of Neoliberal Economic Policies on Peacebuilding in Liberia.”
  • Indalecio Vallejos worked on a monitoring and evaluation project with Partners of the Americas to gauge how well the program supports the development of youth leaders and community leaders.
  • Travis Warrington explored indigenous conflict management cultural norms of the Peul ethnic group in Senegal.

Class of 2012

  • Mustapha Abdulai looked at land tenure and management systems in Ofankor, a peri-urban area in Accra, Ghana.
  • Zuhra Abhar returned to her native Afghanistan where she researched land conflict issues faced by returned refugees and internally displaced persons.
  • Rachel Bernacki interned in Thailand where she examined incorporating a rights-based approach to development as a means of addressing the inherent need for active participation on the part of all involved; especially on the necessary inclusion of the refugee population in program design and evaluation. 
  • Calton Cadeado looked at the roles that ethnicity and ethno-political violence have played in Mozambique.
  • Ellen Cosgrove looked into programs that use sports to engage youth in Northern Uganda. Her objective was to consider whether interventions such as these can contribute to positive social change in this post-conflict region.
  • Kristine Crassweller undertook her field research in Jamaica with Dispute Resolution Foundation. Her research centered on the effects of migration on school-based violence.
  • Monica Curca looked at strategic communications and transmedia storytelling and the significant potential they have in creating a participatory culture of peace in a given conflict. She hopes her report begins the process of placing strategic communications in an integral role in peacebuilding interventions.
  • Luzmila Freese carried out her field project in Paraguay and looked at the causes that have created and perpetuated unequal land distribution and conflicts that remain a prevalent problem in the country.
  • Stacyann Gabbidon’s field research, through her internship with Public Conversations Project, focused on information communication technologies and conflict transformation. Her report analyzes the feasibility of Facilitated Online Dialogue.
  • Elyse Gacukuzi conducted her research in Burundi where she examined aid effectiveness and the Do No Harm principle.
  • Abubakar Garba conducted a field research study on the role of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in resolving the civil wars and political stalemate in Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Feya Hillel and Amandine Weinrob focused on limitation and potential of leadership in Israel and Palestine through the project Inclusive Leadership. They headed interviews among Israeli and Palestinian civic and political leaders regarding their involvement and input on the current conflict.
  • Christopher Jensen conducted an evaluation of a solar energy project in a small community in the Northeast border called Vilage, Haiti, to assess the application of conflict-sensitive approaches, if visible or non-visible conflicts existed, and whether the effects and outcomes of this particular solar energy project were mitigating, creating or exacerbating conflict.
  • Sameer Karki returned to his native Nepal where he researched the role of youth in conflict and post-conflict periods. He attempted to assess the current youth and peacebuilding programs in Nepal and identify various challenges in the field.
  • Daniel Legacki assessed in his field research the extent of divisiveness in Somaliland society unearthed by the national elections, and then program peacebuilding initiatives to nullify the existing rifts by fostering a unified Somaliland Identity.  
  • Seraphine Mukankubito examined the barriers to gender equality among Burundian refugees in Tanzania through the lens of the matrix of domination theory.
  • Judith Juliet Njoka researched the role of forest resources in peacebuilding in the Mt. Elgon Region of Kenya.
  • Beth Peres researched the role that stories and narratives play in various conflict situations. She focused on Palestinian-Americans and Israeli-Jewish Americans in order to research selective memory, when memory enters our psyche, and the effect of Diaspora narratives.
  • Jason Pollens completed a three-month internship with Local Capacities for Peace in Kenya. The focus of his research was on conflict factors and conflict sensitivity issues in the regions of Nyanza, Nairobi, the North Rift and South Rift.
  • Shagufta Shah assessed reproductive health services in New York City for immigrant women who have experienced conflict in their past. The research looked at health care needs, barriers to services, and sought to gain the perspective of Muslim immigrant woman.
  • Frederick Tumuhairwe undertook his research in Uganda where he assessed the effects of climate change on food security and conflict in the Karamoja Region.
  • William Twayigize looked at the role of renewable energy or “photovoltaic energy” to promote and enhance communal coexistence among indigenous living in rural remote areas of East Africa.
  • Shoshana Zeldner examined the role of the role of visual arts-based peacebuilding and social transformation initiatives in post-apartheid South Africa. She evaluated in initiatives by two local organizations, Artist Proof Studio and Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
  • Josh Zuckerman interned with Friends of the Earth Middle East and focused his research on capacity building for environmental peacebuilding and sustainable development.

Class of 2011

  • Pamela Akun undertook her field project with UNDP New York where she worked as the Gender and Conflict Prevention and Recovery (CPR) intern, and explored the challenge of gender and reparations during post-conflict reconstruction.
  • Fayaz Dar's field research documents the experience of Kashmiri Youth (ages 15-24) of their civic and political rights and duties, how they want to transform their society, and what they think are critical needs for their civic participation in social transformation due to the 63-year old political conflict.
  • Abdallah Ddumba examined religious roles in reshaping and changing diverse religious and cultural, social and economic groups within communities. He focused on various religious congregations in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • Denil Ertug conducted independent field research on the Island of Cyprus to understand the role of education in shaping national collective memory, understanding the dimensions of a conflict, and the development of future major players in peacekeeping processes.
  • Mark Abass Gbla assessed the conflict of the Republic of Kosovo during the 1990s. The report focuses on the role of the international community in the mediation process and the challenges in establishing peaceful coexistence.
  • Jerome Kanyog's field research looked at the policing service in Ghana. The study examined key issues of police training relevant to the successful implementation of police reforms.
  • Seth Karamage analyzed the approaches and mechanisms being employed by the African Union in the process of trying to end the 19-year-old civil war of Somalia, and looked for possible alternatives to the attempts of the past.  
  • Chantal Kiami's field research focused on a post-conflict neighborhood in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, and the residents of a divided community where religious intolerance, unemployment, violence, delinquency, poverty, etc., rule the daily lives of its inhabitants, especially youth (post-war generation). 
  • Orlee Rabin undertook field research at CORALINA in San Andres, Colombia, and worked to develop a conflict analysis and a conflict resolution program for the organization. The research looked at conflicts related to environmental degradation and increasing tensions between communities and institutions over scarce resources in the region. 
  • Adam Rosenberg's field report focused on the new effort to establish peaceful coexistence between international logging companies and rural Liberian communities who have been engaged in conflict for many years.
  • Elisa Trotta-Gamus undertook her field project in Brazil, analyzing some of the main characteristics of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to understand their history of violence and confrontation. She also looked at the development of a new cadre of 'pacifying' police, whose objective was to improve coexistence between the inhabitants of the favelas and the police, Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora (The Pacifier Police Unit), UPP.

Class of 2010

  • Susan Ayero's field project explored the willingness of governments (case study of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) to adopt and implement the ten commitments recommended by Club of Madrid (CdM) members to promote a "shared society."
  • Joachim Ayitey's field project focused on the success of Ghana's democracy since 1992. Since Ghana is one of the few African countries perceived to be performing well in good governance and democracy, Joachim wanted to investigate what accounted for this success.
  • Elizabeth Ayot's field project investigated how a coexistence lens can be employed to augment teaching of graduate peace and conflict studies programs at the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS) at Gulu University, Uganda. The key question that the paper addresses is how new coexistence and conflict management options can be generated to improve the existing programs.
  • Jaime Costigan interned with the Abraham Fund Initiatives outside Jerusalem and in her report examines the potential of inter-municipal cooperation between divided or polarized communities to be used as a tool to foster shared societies characterized by equality and inclusion.
  • Mubarik Ali Dogar studied the role of interfaith organizations in coexistence and conflict resolution and promoting peace and pluralism in rapidly growing, religiously diverse America in particular, and the world in general.
  • Mustafa Dualeh conducted independent research on potential solutions to reducing water resources-based intercommunal conflicts by looking at some of the NGOs implementing water projects in water-scarce Somaliland and what a "conflict-sensitive" approach would entail in the implementation of water projects.
  • Diler Erdengiz's field project, "Interrupting Conversations: Dilemmas of Dialogue Work and Their Prescriptions," explored the unique challenges that small dialogue organizations face and how to best deal with such challenges, based on work with the International Center for Conciliation and Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Sergine Gakwaya's field project "The role of cultural differences in the integration of immigrants: A case study in Portland, Maine" focused on newly-arrived immigrants from Africa living in Portland, Maine. She worked with Living With Peace (LWP) as well as other local organizations operating in immigrants' integration based in Portland and analyzed how cultural differences of Mainers are contributing or hindering the integration of newly-arrived African immigrants living there.
  • Wendy Jason's field project, entitled "As Long as it Comes from the Heart: Imagining Coexistence and Nonviolence in a County Jail and Beyond," was a narrative account of her experiences working as a facilitator with an organization that implements nonviolence and peace education programming to implement a system based on principles of nonviolence and restorative justice within one pod of a county jail.
  • Tashi Dhundup Lama undertook his field research in India, Nepal and the United States to examine the political confusion of the Tibetan youths in exile. Since the change of the Tibetan Government in Exile's political stand from seeking independence to autonomy, it is believed to have left the youths confused and disarrayed. The research attempts to understand its repercussions on the psyche of the Tibetan youths as to their political struggle and the change it brought to their political ideologies.
  • Emmanuel Ling'aa's field research examined the challenges to democracy in Kenya and its impact on diversity.
  • Batjargal Lkhagva's field project focused on the 2008 post-parliament election conflict in Mongolia while working with the Mongolian political party, MTUP.
  • John Lochap's field report examined the underlying causes of resource-based conflicts among the Karimojong pastoral communities of Northeastern Uganda and the neighboring districts surrounding Karamoja region. The report was premised on the prevalent conflicts arising from the resource scarcity and agro-climatic data that shed light on the relationship between resource scarcity and conflict, particularly on the link between conflict, poverty, and livelihoods and their profound impact on the people living in the area and neighboring districts surrounding the Karamoja region.
  • Roman Macaiba conducted a study on the Catholic Church's programs on peacebuilding and its impact on conflict transformation in the Province of Kalinga, Philippines.
  • Christian Mani's research explored the causes of instability and proffers strategies of preventive diplomacy for political coexistence and sustainable development in the Southern Sudan.
  • Madris Njoka's paper focused on the significant roles women play as combatants; victims, when rape is used as a weapon of war and gender based violence; and beneficiaries in the disarmament, rehabilitation and reconstruction in conflict and post-conflict situations. In exploring the roles, she will illuminate gender mainstreaming, advocate for women rights in post-conflict situations and speak to women's participation in the peacebuilding activities, addressing masculinity as threatened in conflict situations.
  • Kalu Obuka conducted an evaluation of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute (JIPI), an independent research organization in Tokyo currently working to have the Government of Japan adopt and implement policies for increased immigration and coexistence.
  • Paul Ogalo's field report focused on the impact of land development on land conflict in Mindanao, south of the Philippines, and discusses several policies and land developments highlighting how such developments have contributed to the land conflict. His research concentrated on movement approach to development speared by Gawad Kalinga (GK), an NGO in the Philippines, analyzing how this approach and initiative can restore justice and resolve the conflict on land in Mindanao.
  • Nery Joubert Rivera conducted research on the application of the concept of masculinities in development, some of the tools used to determine its impact on projects, and the possibility of using the "Do No Harm" framework for the monitoring and evaluation of the gender component in projects.
  • Alzad Sattar's research project examined the past and on-going peacebuilding work of the interfaith organizations in Mindanao, Philippines, their contributions to coexistence, and the possible role they play in the on-going peace process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
  • Jean Marie Sekamana's research focused on the examination and evaluation of the socio-economic reintegration of the 1994 Rwandan genocide survivors, from 1994 to 2009, as a challenge for the Rwandan reconciliation process.
  • Safia Bent Trabelsi undertook her field research with the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University. Her field report reflects on ways of successful democratic transition in Tunisia while integrating all political actors. This integration focuses specially on the Islamic movement, their public support and their tendency for democratization.

Class of 2009

  • Asnia Asim studied the change in Pakistani men's and women's perceptions/prejudices regarding themselves, others, their country and their religion after coming to the United States.
  • Sarah Bawaya's field research focused on the Northern Province of Rwanda, where she studied the effect of training secondary school head teachers to fight against genocide ideology and divisions in schools in Rwanda.
  • Madhumita Datta studied the conflict between agriculture and industrialization in Nandigram and Singur, India, where violence has occurred between the local communities and the government over the siting of a chemical hub and an automobile plant.
  • Zafar Habib undertook his Field project with the Center for International Cooperation. He studied and traced the power relationships of communities and their leaders in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the Federally Administered tribal Areas (FATA) adjoining Afghanistan's Eastern provinces.
  • Titus Lotee investigated 12 NGOs operating in six different countries in West Africa, and a variety of community members who were perceived as the beneficiaries of the NGOs studied, so as to ascertain how well the NGOs practiced coexistence within their own organizations.
  • Godfrey Mwijage undertook a case study of Gitarama, Rwanda, investigating the community services program as a tool for promoting reconciliation and positive coexistence among the local population.
  • Sunil Kumar Pokhrel undertook his field project in Nepal, where he studied the work needed to ensure a coexistence approach to the sharing of natural resources in post-conflict Nepal.
  • Ethan Schechter undertook his fieldwork with the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), which is a joint Israeli and Palestinian NGO based in Jerusalem. His report investigated the potential for IPCRI's Track II diplomacy to build more effective and productive relationships between Palestinian/Israeli meeting participants.
  • Endah Setyowati's field research focused on members of the first generation of Indonesian Chinese who came to the United States, specifically to Southern California from 1970-2000, and their efforts at integrating into their host society.
  • Torsten Sewing investigated the possibility of introducing conflict sensitivity into the private and the public sector's co-operation projects of the German Development Corporation in developing countries, by aligning the private partners' need for managing risks with the public partners' need for crisis prevention.
  • Isha Wright studied the idea of integrating traditional Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms into Contemporary Conflict Resolution, using as a case study the Sierra Leone Market Women's Association (SLMWA), Sierra Leone.

Class of 2008

  • Sentongo Ashad examined, evaluated and reported on conflict intervention programs and projects undertaken by the Civil Society and Conflict Management (CSCM) Team within Mercy Corps since their merger.
  • Andrew Ian Ginsberg undertook field work under the guidance of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) in Utica, NY (USA) to obtain a greater insight into how the U.S. government (federal, state and local) works together with refugee/immigrant organizations and civic organizations to promote integration.
  • Yuliana Hilajeva investigated and analyzed present grievances and factors that contribute to interethnic tension between Kyrgyz and Uzbek ethnic groups in Southern Kyrgyzstan and developed a Strategy for Coexistence Intervention that may help address them.
  • Sophia Jackson conducted a survey of psychosocial counseling programs in Nepal, both those that are currently treating perpetrators or who plan to, and those who attend to victims exclusively, in order to ascertain attitudes toward the provision of services to perpetrators of violence.  The specific aim of her project was to provide practitioners an overview of assistance presently being provided to perpetrators elsewhere in other conflicted situations.
  • Moussokoro Kané studied donor agencies' perception of the early warning system within ECOWAS in West Africa to learn about the perceived successes, failures and lessons of the system and how the roles of the three institutions and sub-institutions involved (USAID, ECOWAS and WANEP) interplayed successfully or otherwise with each other.
  • Aejaz Karim undertook an analysis of the various reforms and policy level changes brought about by Pakistan's two military governments: the Government of General Zia Ul Haq and of General Parvez Musharaf. He looked at the impacts of those changes on Pakistani society. The work was undertaken in collaboration with the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington D.C. and the Center for Strategic Studies and Policy Development, at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad.
  • Slava Madorsky, in conjunction with Romain Rurangirwa, worked with NGOs and IGOs in studying the needs and well-being of Rwanda's orphans, many orphaned as a result of the genocide, and the adequate or otherwise responses of state and other institutions to such needs.
  • Borislava Manojlovic worked with the International Institute of Boston, and examined their programs that are designed to contribute to the cultural and socio-economic integration of refugees into their U.S. host communities. She sought to determine best practices and identify ways of improving existing programs and bridge attendant gaps in the provision of services for such refugees.
  • Madhawa Palihapitiya worked with the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution (MODR). His field research focused on Community-Based Alternative Dispute Resolution and Dialogue Processes and on designing, implementing and fundraising for a process of public collaboration with the people of Everett, Massachusetts to increase public participation in the resolution of disputes between immigrants and "locals."
  • Inga Sarsune carried out her field project within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Latvian government, within the Security Policy department. She analyzed the European Union's decision-making process concerning the EU security policies toward post-conflict areas, and worked with the EU personnel in Brussels as well as diplomatic personnel from Member States and related organizations in the field. 
  • Sarah Stanlick's research focused on four organizations - the International Committee of the Red Cross, Medécins Sans Frontières, Mercy Corps, and the World Health Organization - and addressed an apparent deficit in training for volunteering health service professionals in regions experiencing conflict, and the development of a draft curriculum for consideration by such professionals.
  • Nedaa Taweel undertook a study of Palestinian perceptions in Ramallah and Bethlehem to see how their current conception of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians limits their participation in such programs. The research looked at how an expanded concept of reconciliation - such as that undertaken in South Africa, Northern Ireland or Rwanda that includes both structural and psychocultural processes - might energize a greater Palestinian involvement in such processes.
  • Judith van Raalten studied the younger generations of Palestinian refugee women in Jordan, who were born and raised in refugee camps, villages and cities of Jordan. She investigated the engagement of these second, third and fourth generations of women in the debate on the right of return and their ideas as to solutions for their future.
  • Seung Hwan Yeo worked with the Small Arms Network in South Asia. His study looked at the possibility for reducing the intensity of the Sri Lankan Conflict through a reduction/restraints on small arms and their availability.

Class of 2007

  • Benjamin Bolger worked in collaboration with the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) undertaking research on a project proposal to use shareholder responsibility initiatives to decrease child soldiering and aid demobilized child soldier refugees.
  • Clementine Nyuk Moy Lue Clark worked with the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) in Monrovia. She undertook an analysis of their programs, and program implementation within the organization, in an effort to improving the efficacy of the work done by LCC.
  • Amanda Daly assisted the Youth Assembly to the United Nations and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation in New York to effectively develop the 3rd Annual Youth Symphony to the United Nations in August 2006.
  • Yotam Gonen worked in Tel Aviv with the Conflict Transformation and Management Center of the New Israel Fund. He designed a project aimed at people from social change organizations in Israel, building their capacity for conflict transformation and resolution, and training them in creating change in ways that will not enhance conflict.
  • Sukhrob Khalilov worked with Uzbekistani political parties and NGO's investigating the conflict-prevention challenges facing Uzbekistan in the development of democracy.
  • Jennifer Ludwig worked with the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her specific role was to develop a framework to enhance the implementation and evaluation ability of agencies within the criminal justice sector to mainstream a government Racial Equality Strategy.
  • Anya Maria Mayans worked in collaboration with the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT) in Denmark. Her research was focused upon victims who resettle in Denmark and the impact of social stigma (actual or perceived) in the Western host country on the recovery process of refugees with a history of trauma. 
  • Angela Nicoara assessed a cross-border broadcast media project run by the EastWest Institute in Gjilan, Presevo, Kumanovo, Trgoviste (GPKT) to see how media standards in post-conflict Kosovo have been affected by social, cultural and economic factors.
  • Olajide Olagunju documented the challenges faced by the Nigerian government and NGO agencies in addressing the problems of internally displaced persons (IDPs) arising from the violent Hausa-Kataf ethno-religious conflict in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, in 2000. The report includes recommendations for the better management of IDP problems in Nigeria.
  • Shelly Ross worked with the regional offices of the EastWest Institute - Center for Border Co-operation in Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia. She investigated to what extent planning, coordination and cooperation (or the lack thereof) have affected conflict transformation within the GPKT (Gjilan/Gnjilane, Presevo, Kumanovo, Trgoviste) micro-region of Kosovo/Serbia/Macedonia.
  • Amit Sa'ar focused on how NGOs in Israel can more effectively create sufficient political will to address coexistence issues between Jewish and Arab citizens within Israel.
  • Sitoramo Safolova looked at the realities and challenges of social services providers working on the prevention of domestic violence in the Russian immigrant community in the United States.

Class of 2006

  • Tamara Ambar undertook her project with the Abraham Fund in Israel. She worked on evaluating the effectiveness of the Coexistence Network, which included over 160 nonprofit organizations in Israel working specifically on coexistence and equality issues between Arab/Palestinian Israelis and Jewish Israelis.
  • Mengistu Ayalew was part of a team doing a comparative assessment of the impact of tsunami and tsunami interventions on the intra-state relations in Sri Lanka and Indonesia (Aceh). (He was a recipient of a Mellon-MIT award for this project.)
  • Peter Bauman also worked with the team who received Mellon-MIT fellowships to conduct a comparative assessment of the impact of the tsunami and the tsunami interventions on intra-state relations in Sri Lanka and Indonesia/Aceh. He is also currently evaluating an Outward Bound prototype course designed for Palestinian and Israeli youth.
  • Michael Ehrlich worked with the Project on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard on the Abraham Project conceived by Dr. Bill Ury. Michael's primary task was to look at how the European Union could contribute to the Abraham Project by contacting members of the European Parliament. Michael was also conducting research for his field project on the role of religion in the peacebuilding process and looked at how religion can support coexistence work.
  • Phil Gamaghelyan was drawing up a strategic plan for coexistence interventions in the Caucasus in conjunction with the learning of International Alert, Seeds of Peace, Mercy Corps, Conflict Management Group and other peace-building organizations.
  • Keren Hendin worked as the program officer for African projects at the Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy. She is currently working on developing a trauma healing and training center in Zimbabwe in collaboration with Africa University. She also developed a proposal at the request of the Somali Parliament to provide Parliament members with training in conflict resolution skills.
  • Isabella Jean worked with the United Nations Bi-Communal Development Program in Cyprus on designing follow-up programs and evaluation approaches for its coexistence programs for Turkish and Greek Cypriot youth.
  • Priscilla Kankhulungo undertook her project in Malawi with the Office of the Ombudsman. She looked at the role of women in promoting political tolerance and coexistence work as a prerequisite for safeguarding their rights.
  • Gracia McGovern worked for the UN Development Programme in East Jerusalem creating a database of all ongoing UNDP/PAPP projects in the West Bank and Gaza. She also conducted research with IPCRI (Israeli Palestinian Center for Research and Information) on a dry river basin which runs from Hebron in the West Bank through Israel and back into the West Bank at Gaza. The aim of this project was assessment of the current level of pollution, the contributors and the stakeholders on both sides for possible conflict assessment and mediation in the future.
  • Chandan Nandy did his project in Bangladesh and India to address the problem of illegal immigration from Bangladesh to India and other related issues, including the coexistence conflicts that arise from such immigration. (He received a Mellon-MIT award to do this.)
  • Gazala Paul did research on how the tsunami has impacted coexistence issues in Aceh, Indonesia, and in Sri Lanka, where there have been long-running conflicts. (He received a Mellon-MIT award to do this.)
  • Inessa Shishmanyan worked with Seeds of Peace as a Co-coordinator of the Delegation Leaders (DL's) Program. She coordinated afternoon and evening sessions for the adult educators from conflict regions, such as Middle East and South East Asia. She also helped DL's to interact with their peers from across borders of dispute and guide them through the coexistence journey.