New Publications Posted (Oct 2010)

October 15, 2010 by  

Visit the Publications page to download/access free publications written by ACT founders.

New Publication: Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict (Aug 2010)

August 24, 2010 by  

USIP Special Report by Nike Carstarphen, Craig Zelizer, Robert Harris, and David J. Smith (August 2010)

This report, requested by the United States Institute of Peace as part of its response to the focus on education and training provided for in the legislation that created it, examines the match between graduate academic programs in international peace and conflict, and the needs of organizations and agencies that hire individuals for conflict focused work in the field.

This report is available for free pdf download from USIP.

Nike Carstarphen and ACT Recognized by Alliance of Concerned Men (Nov 2009)

November 18, 2009 by  

On November 10, 2009, Nike Carstarphen, Co-founder of ACT, was recognized by the Alliance of Concerned Men (ACM) for her “contribution to the development of an innovative roadmap for peace: Training Guide for Preserving Life and Intervening in Crises in our Communities.” The training guide describes the violence intervention and gang mediation model  used by the ACM in several highly successful gang mediations in the Washington, DC area.

Nike, along with Carole Frampton (formerly of Search for Common Ground) and Maria Jessop (formerly at American University; currently at USIP) interviewed founding members Tyrone Parker and Arthur “Rico” Rush about their guiding principles and process and reviewed the dozens of news accounts of their successful mediations in order to identify and document the ACM’s gang mediation process. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has praised the work of the ACM and believes their model can be replicated in other communities across the U.S. with similar problems.

The training guide was presented to the public at the ACM’s first annual conference on November 10, 2009, held at the Congressional Auditorium at the US Capitol Visitor’s Center. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton served as Honorary Co-Chair of the event.

To order the manual, please click here.

Cyprus: Overcoming Conflict (April 13, 2009)

April 6, 2009 by  

Cyprus: Overcoming Conflict
SAIS Student Research Trip
Panel Presentation and Discussion

with comments by

His Excellency Ronald L. Schlicher (invited)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus (2005-2008)
Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator of Counterterrorism
U.S. Department of State

Monday April 13, 2009
12:30 pm
Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW

In January 2009, seventeen SAIS students spent one week in Cyprus interviewing leaders and members of international organizations about the “Cyprus Problem.”  Students will discuss their findings and present their report

Sponsored by the SAIS Conflict Management Program
With Assistance from:
the Alliance for Conflict Transformation, the Alliance for Peacebuilding,
the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Project on Leadership
and Building State Capacity, and Search for Common Ground

This event is open to the public.  Please RSVP to
A reception will follow

Welcome to the new ACT website!

February 23, 2009 by  

Welcome to our new website! We hope you enjoy the new look… new information will be added soon!

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