Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict. USIP Special Report 246, 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.

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The Irish Peace Process Cultural & Training Program: A U.S. Contribution to the Irish Peace Process, 1998-2008. By Kevin Avruch, Nike Carstarphen and Laurel Collins. October 2008.

The Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program, more commonly known as the Walsh Visa Program (WVP), was a groundbreaking initiative introduced by Rep. James T. Walsh (R-NY) and signed into law in October 1998, shortly after the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday agreement. The goal of the Program was to foster cross-cultural understanding and provide training opportunities for young unemployed workers from economically disadvantaged areas of Northern Ireland and the six designated border counties of the Republic of Ireland (ROI). The concept was based on the premise that unemployed young people from all sides of the sectarian divide could benefit from the experience of peaceful coexistence through living and working in a multicultural society. With this experience, the participants could return home better able to contribute to their economy and the overall Peace Process.

The Alliance for Conflict Transformation developed a cross-cultural and conflict resolution curriculum for the WVP, trained many of the participants in the early years, and later helped monitor and evaluate the program with George Mason University (GMU). This report details the program’s history, challenges and successes.

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Skills, Networks & Knowledge: Developing a Career in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. By Craig Zelizer and Linda Johnston. 2005.

This report is the first to survey employers regarding career opportunities within international peace and conflict resolution. It will be of interest to employers, to students and professionals pursuing a career in this field, and to academic and professional organizations that seek to prepare them.

The research was supported by a grant for the Alliance for Peacebuilding (formerly Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution).

Click here to download free report, or call ACT (703-879-7039) to order a hard copy of the publication ($12, plus $2 s/h).

Making the “Other” Human: The Role of Personal Stories to Bridge Deep Differences. By Nike Carstarphen. 2004.

This book chapter is based on Dr. Carstarphen’s dissertation, “Shift Happens: Tranformations During Small Group Dialogues in Protracted Social Conflict” (2003). It was presented at the International Communication and Diplomacy conference in Malta, 2004.

You can access the article free at google.books.