Anthony Wanis-St. John, 2001

Anthony Wanis-St.John, PhD, The Fletcher School

Anthony Wanis-St. John is an Associate Professor at American University’s School of International Service and Director of the MA program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. His  research and teaching focus on negotiations and peacebuilding in zones of conflict. His practical experience includes more than a decade of work in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

With the United States Institute of Peace, he has advised Darfur rebel military commanders on unity negotiations, conducted electoral violence prevention work in post-earthquake Haiti, conducted pre-deployment negotiation trainings for US Military Observer Groups and trained Ugandan military deploying to Mogadishu as part of AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia).

Anthony has also worked with the World Bank and USAID on judicial modernization and rule of law in Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Venezuela and El Salvador.

As a senior consultant to Accordence, LLC, he mediated labor contracts and disputes within the education sector in the US, and provided consulting on procurement and business development negotiations to clients such as American Express, Amgen, Hewlett Packard, Eli Lilly, Nextel/NII Holdings, CNN and numerous others.

"Whether helping countries rebuild rule of law systems after civil war, training peacekeepers, soldiers and humanitarians in negotiation skills, or building civil society capacity to resolve conflict, Fletcher gave me a worldview that helped me see how we got the international system we have, and how to envision and implement ways to make it more responsive to humanity."

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PhD Dissertation

Fields of Study

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • International Security Studies
  • International Law, Organizations and Civil Wars

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • Choice Journal, Outstanding Academic Title, January 2012, for book Back Channel Negotiation
  • Back Channel Negotiation acquired by the Norwegian Nobel Institute Library, March 2011
  • Successful Grants & Fellowships:
  • Fulbright Senior Scholars, Curricular Innovation, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2009)
  • Palestinian-American Research Center Fellowship 2005
  • Harvard University, Program on Negotiation Doctoral Research Fellowship (1999-2000)
  • National Security Education Program/Boren Fellowship for Arabic Language Study (1998-1999)
  • William H. Donner Foundation, International Security Program Research at Fletcher/Tufts (1995)

Education before Fletcher

  • B.S. Human Services, 1987, St. John's University, School of Education and Human Services (magna cum laude)

Experience before Fletcher

  • Visiting Professor, Bordeaux Ecole de Management (2005 to present)
  • Co-Mentor, Doctoral Program, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia (2002 to present)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Create and co-teach International Mediation and International Negotiation courses (Summer 2006 and 2012)
  • Professorial Lecturer, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (Summer 2006)
  • Visiting Professor, Notre Dame University, Beirut, Lebanon (2005-2006)
  • Research Associate, Center for International Conflict Resolution, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (2004 to 2006)
  • Assistant Professor, John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University(2002 to 2004)
  • Adjunct Professor, Dispute Resolution Program, University of Massachusetts, Boston (1999 and 2006)
  • Doctoral Research Fellow, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School (1999 to 2000)
  • Teaching Assistant, Harvard Business School (Spring 1999, Spring 2000 semesters)
  • Adjunct Professor, Fletcher School, Tufts University, Armenian Foreign Ministry certificate program (Spring 1999)
  • Teaching Assistant, Harvard Law School (Winter Session 1998 and Winter Session 1999)
  • Adjunct Professor, College of Professional and Continuing Education, Clark University (1997-2000)


  • Fluency in French and Spanish, beginning Arabic