Xanthe Ackerman: "Bounded Ideals: Education after War in Acholiland, Northern Uganda"
Dr. Xanthe Ackerman is an advocate for domestic and international action to promote social equity and access to quality education. She is the Founding Chair of Advancing Girls' Education in Africa, an organization that provides life changing opportunities for girls in Malawi through education and mentoring. Dr. Ackerman has worked with international and US organizations including: CARE Malawi, the United Nations in Sudan, Save the Children, The World Bank, and the DC Public Education Fund. Dr. Ackerman conducted doctoral research at The Fletcher School on the role of education in post-conflict Acholiland, during which time she was selected to be a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace.
Anthony Wanis-St John: "The Link between Exclusive Peace Processes and Inclusive Peacebuilding”
Dr. Anthony Wanis-St. John is Assistant Professor in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at American University’s School of International Service. Before joining AU, he was a Research Associate at the Center on International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, and was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. He is an expert on international peace negotiations, including the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations from 1993 to the present, as well as other peace process negotiations. He earned his Ph.D. (2001) and M.A. (1996) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts' Dispute Resolution Program, Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies , Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Notre Dame University (Beirut, Lebanon) and Seton Hall University's Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He is completing a book with Syracuse University Press entitled: Back Channel Negotiations: Secrecy in Middle East Peacemaking.
Darren Kew: “Resonating Upward? Gauging the Broader Impacts of Civil Society Peacebuilding”
Darren Kew (Ph.D. Tufts University) is Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He studies the relationship between conflict resolution methods – particularly interfaith and inter-ethnic peacebuilding – and democratic development in Africa. Much of his work focuses on the role of civil society groups in this development. He has also been a consultant on democracy and peace initiatives to the United Nations, USAID, the US State Department, and to a number of NGOs, including the Carter Center. He monitored the last four Nigerian elections and the 2007 elections in Sierra Leone. Professor Kew is author of numerous works on Nigerian politics and conflict resolution, including the forthcoming book Democracy, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society in Nigeria (Syracuse UP, 2012), and his articles have appeared in International Negotiation, the Journal of Democracy, and Current History, among others.