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    Lila Abu-Lughord, Ph.D.

    Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science

    My work, strongly ethnographic and mostly based in Egypt, has focused on three broad issues: the relationship between cultural forms and power; the politics of knowledge and representation; and the dynamics of gender and the question of women’s rights in the Middle East . My first book, Veiled Sentiments, was about the politics of sentiment and cultural expression in a Bedouin community in Egypt that made an argumen [ ... ]

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    Séverine Autesserre, Ph.D.

    Professor of Political Science

    Séverine Autesserre is a Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies, at Barnard College, Columbia University. She works on civil wars, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, and humanitarian aid. She joined the faculty of Barnard College in July 2007. Prior to coming to Barnard, she was a postdoctoral associate and lecturer at Yale University where she conducted research on [ ... ]

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    Elazar Barkan, Ph.D.

    Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Dr. Barkan is Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Director of SIPA's Human Rights Concentration, and Director of Columbia's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He is also founding Director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation (IHJR) in The Hague. Professor Barkan served on ISHR’s board of directors before becoming ISHR’s co-director in 2007 and direc [ ... ]

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    Scott Barrett, Ph.D.

    Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics

    Scott Barrett is the Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at SIPA and the Earth Institute. He was previously a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where he also directed the International Policy program. Before that, he was on the faculty of the London Business School. He has also been a visiting scholar at Yale. Barrett's r [ ... ]

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    Jo Becker, M.A.

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Jo Becker is the advocacy director for Human Rights Watch's children's rights division, where she is responsible for the organization's global advocacy strategies on issues including child labor, children and armed conflict, juvenile justice, and violence against children. She is the founding chairperson of the international Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, which campaigned successfully for an international t [ ... ]

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    Richard K. Betts, Ph.D.

    Leo A. Shifrin & Arnold Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies

    Richard  K.  Betts  is the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies in the political science department, Director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Director of the International Security Policy program in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  He was Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations for fou [ ... ]

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    Christopher Blattman, Ph.D., MPA/ID

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Chris Blattman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches on the political economy of development, African politics, applied statistics, and the causes of war and violence. He has also been faculty at Yale University and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master’s in Public Administration and In [ ... ]

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    Philip C. Bobbitt, J.D., Ph.D

    Director, Center for National Security Law

    One of the nation's leading constitutional theorists, Professor Bobbitt's interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy. Bobbitt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the Club of Madrid. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on Internation [ ... ]

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    Neil G. Boothby, Ed.D.

    Allan Rosenfield Professor of Forced Migration and Health of Population and Family Health

    Dr. Neil Boothby is an internationally recognized expert and advocate for children affected by war and displacement. As a senior representative of UNICEF, UNHCR and Save the Children, he has worked for more than 20 years with children in crises in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. As director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health at the Mailman School, his research focuses on the psychosocial conseq [ ... ]

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    Rainer Braun, M.A.

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Rainer Braun co-teaches the course "Human Rights and Development Policy" at SIPA. His research interests are the political economy of human rights, labor rights, and corporate social accountability. Rainer works as a research analyst for GovernanceMetrics International (GMI), a ratings agency that compares the governance practices of publicly traded companies. He also serves as an adjunct professor at LIU's Uni [ ... ]

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    Alexandra Carter, J.D.

    Clinical Professor of Law

    Alexandra Carter is the director of the Edson Queiroz Foundation Mediation Program and director of Clinical Programs at Columbia Law School. Carter won the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for clinical advocacy while a student at Columbia Law School and has become a strong advocate of mediation as a valuable tool for many kinds of legal challenges. Through the New York Peace Institute, a nonprofit that specializes in mediati [ ... ]

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    Sarah H. Cleveland, J.D.

    Louis Henkin Professor in Human and Constitutional Rights

    Professor Sarah Cleveland is a noted expert in international law and the constitutional law of U.S. foreign relations, with particular interests in the status of international law in U.S. domestic law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, and the constitutional law of U.S. foreign relations. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of Stat [ ... ]

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    Mary M. Cleveland, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Mary M. (Polly) Cleveland is an economist and long-time activist for social justice. She is the Executive Director of the Association for Georgist Studies (AGS), named for the great nineteenth-century American economist and reformer, Henry George. George attributed the persistence of poverty in the midst of economic growth to concentrated ownership of land and other natural resources. He advocated taxing the "rent&qu [ ... ]

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    Jean Louise Cohen, Ph.D.

    Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Contemporary Civilization in the Core Curriculum

    Jean Cohen (Ph.D., The New School for Social Research, 1979) is the Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Political Thought. She specializes in contemporary political and legal theory, continental political thought, contemporary civilization, critical theory, and international political theory. She works on civil society, sovereignty, human rights, gender, and the law. She is the author of numerous books and articles [ ... ]

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    Matthew Connelly, Ph.D.

    Professor of History

    Matthew Connelly, professor, works on the history of eugenics, migration, and birth control. His most recent book, Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population, has just been published by Harvard University Press. His research articles have appeared in such journals as Population and Development Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Ameri [ ... ]

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    Alexander Cooley, PhD

    Professor, Department of Political Science, Barnard College

    Alexander Cooley is the Tow Professor for Distinguished Scholars and Practitioners in Political Science and the Chair of the Political Science Department at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York. Professor Cooley’s research examines how external actors have influenced the  political development and sovereignty of the former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus. His latest [ ... ]

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    Danielle Coon,

    Associate Director

    Danielle Coon joined the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution as the Associate Director in September 2015. Danielle previously worked with a non-profit social service agency in New York City managing apartment buildings for low-income senior citizens and focused on housing issues in Ecuador with Habitat for Humanity through advocacy, education programs and by leading volunteer groups [ ... ]

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    André Corrêa d'Almeida,

    Adjust Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

      André Corrêa d’Almeida, PhD, is a political economist and a designer of learning environments with several management and academic leading roles at Columbia University in the fields of international education programs, institutional design and sustainable development. As a trust-builder he strives to develop new collaborative approaches to address issues of coordinated action around [ ... ]

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    Daniel Corstrange, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Daniel Corstange (Ph.D., Michigan, 2008) is currently at work on a book project that examines the institutional incentives that privilege coordination on ethnic political coalitions over "policy" coalitions, and the patronage dynamics that result from reliance on ethnic coalitions.  Professor Corstange's interests in quantitative methods focus on response bias and eliciting truthful answers to sensitiv [ ... ]

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    Lori Fisler Damrosch, J.D.

    Henry L. Moses Prof. of Law and Intl. Organization

    Professor Damrosch joined the Columbia faculty in 1984. From 1984 to 1989 she was an associate professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. Her principal areas of interest are public international law and the U.S. law of foreign relations. She is named the Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization. Her publications include International Law: Cases and Materials, 4th edition with Pugh [ ... ]

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    Glenn Denning, Ph.D.

    Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs

    Glenn Denning joined Columbia University's Earth Institute in 2004 as Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director of the Tropical Agriculture and Environment Program. He helped establish the MDG Centre, East and Southern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, and served as its director for five years. With more than 25 years of experience in international agricultural research and development, Denning provided leadership to the MDG [ ... ]

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    John Dinges, M.A.

    Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism

    Dinges is in charge of the school’s radio curriculum, which he revamped to emphasize public radio journalism. He received a BA from Loras College and an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. Dinges began his career as a reporter and copy editor for The Des Moines Register & Tribune. He was a freelance correspondent in Latin America for many years, during the period of military governments and ci [ ... ]

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    Tanya L. Domi, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Tanya L. Domi is the Senior Public Affairs Officer for International Affairs, Economics and Politics at Columbia University's Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to joining Columbia's public affairs staff in 2006, she worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, gender issues, sex trafficking, human rights [ ... ]

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    Michael Doyle, Ph.D.

    Director, Columbia Global Policy Initiative

    Michael Doyle specializes in international relations theory, international security, and international organizations. Doyle previously served as assistant secretary-general and special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2001 to 2003. His responsibilities included strategic planning (Millennium Development Goals), outreach to the international corporate sector (the Global Compact), and [ ... ]

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    Kristina Eberbach,

    Director, Education - ISHR

    Kristina Eberbach is the director of ISHR's human rights education programs, which include the Human Rights Studies M.A. program, an undergraduate human rights major and concentration, and a human rights summer certificate. She developed and teaches an introductory human rights summer workshop and has lectured on topics including transitional justice, human rights education, international humanitarian law, and women [ ... ]

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    V. Page Fortna, PhD

    Professor, Department of Political Science

    V. Page Fortna is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.  Her research focuses on peacekeeping, war termination, and the durability of peace in interstate and civil wars.  Fortna teaches classes on international politics, war termination, cooperation and security, and research methods.  She is [ ... ]

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    Michael Gaouette,

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Michael Gaouette has 20 years of United Nations and international NGO experience. He has served the UN in New York, Geneva, West Africa and the Middle East in a variety of roles, including as the leader of the team that established a peacekeeping operation in Darfur, Sudan. He was also the Director of Emergency Operations at a major British NGO, where he led humanitarian responses to crises around the world, including in [ ... ]

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    Leymah Gbowee,

    Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice

    2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate. She is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, founder of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, and co-founder and former executive director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia coordinator of Women in P [ ... ]

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    Todd Gitlin,

    Professor and Ph.D. Program Chair

    Todd Gitlin is professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph. D. program in Communications at Columbia University. He holds degrees in three different subjects: mathematics (B.A., Harvard), political science (M.A., Michigan), and sociology (Ph.D., Berkeley). Along the way, he became a political activist in the New Left of the 1960s, contributed to the so-called underground press, and began to write books. Gi [ ... ]

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    Stuart Gottlieb, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Stuart Gottlieb is an adjunct professor of International Affairs and Public Policy at SIPA, where he teaches courses on American foreign policy, counterterrorism, and international security. He also serves as the faculty adviser for SIPA’s summer degree program in International Relations, and is an affiliate with the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. In addition, he teaches courses for New York University [ ... ]

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    Richard Gowan,

    Adjunct Associate Professor

    Richard Gowan is the Research Director at the New York University Center on International Cooperation. He is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is the overall editor of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations, the leading source of data and analysis on military and civilian crisis management missions, which he helped launch in 2006. He has also written on the European Un [ ... ]

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    Stephanie V. Grepo,

    Director, Capacity Building - ISHR

    Stephanie V. Grepo leads the ISHR Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP), an annual training program for human rights activists from around the world. From 2000 to 2007, Ms. Grepo was seconded by the U.S. Department of State to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the world’s largest regional security organization. She organized elections and developed multi-ethnic experiential education p [ ... ]

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    Jesse Hardman,

    Part-time Lecturer of International and Public Affairs

    Jesse Hardman is a reporter, media developer, and journalism professor. He’s the creator and manager of the Listening Post, a community media engagement project based in New Orleans that uses cell phones and community based strategies to get and share information and news. Hardman also covers coastal issues and climate change for New Orleans Public Radio. He’s a contributor to NPR, Al Jazeera America, Le [ ... ]

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    Donna Hicks, Ph.D.

    Instructor

    Dr. Donna Hicks is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University where she chairs the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict. Her work is devoted to advancing the understanding of international and interethnic conflicts, and developing interactive processes that can be effective in managing or resolving such conflicts. Donna has 20 years of experience as a facilitator du [ ... ]

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    Tom Hill,

    Lecturer

    Tom Hill is an adjunct faculty member of SIPA and is a lecturer in the International Conflict Resolution specialization. His primary research interests are in the history of the international mediation of civil wars and the strategic theory of peacemaking. He is the director of a track II mediation program, in partnership with the Peace and Reconciliation Section of the Royal Norwegian Foreign Ministry and the Conflict, [ ... ]

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    John Hirsch, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    John L. Hirsch joined the International Peace Academy in July 1998 following the completion of a 32-year career in the United States Foreign Service. After three and a half years as Vice President he became Senior Fellow on January 1, 2002. He has been responsible for IPA's program on "The United Nations and International Terrorism" in 2002-2003, and served as Acting Director of the Africa Program in 1999 and ag [ ... ]

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    Macartan Humphreys, Ph.D.

    Professor of Political Science

    Macartan Humphreys (Ph.D., Harvard, 2003) works on the political economy of development and formal political theory. Ongoing research focuses on civil wars, post-conflict development, ethnic politics, natural resource management, political authority and leadership, and democratic development. He uses a variety of methods including survey work, lab experimentation, field experimentation, econometric analysis, game theoreti [ ... ]

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    Robert Jervis, Ph.D.

    Adlai E. Stevenson Professor and Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Robert Jervis is the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University. He is a coeditor of the Security Studies Series published by Cornell University Press, serves on the board of nine scholarly journals, and has authored over 100 publications. Dr. Jervis is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also served a [ ... ]

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    Unni Krishnan Karunakara, Dr.PH.

    Assistant Clinical Professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

    Dr. Unni Krishnan Karunakara was appointed International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in June 2010. His first engagement in MSF was in 1995, when he was tasked with setting up a tuberculosis control programme in Jijiga, Ethiopia. He went on to become Medical Coordinator for MSF's activities in Azerbaijan, providing basic health care services to forced migrants from Nagorno-Karabakh, in Brazil [ ... ]

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    Kimuli Kunihira Kasara, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Kimuli Kasara received her Ph.D. from Stanford in 2006. Her dissertation focused on ethnic politics in Africa and on African political economy. Her current work concerns colonialism in East Africa, communal violence and political parties.      [ ... ]

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    Nikolas Katsimpras,

    Lecturer

    Nikolas Katsimpras is a Senior Fellow of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, lecturer at Columbia University's Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program, and assistant adjunct professor at the Dispute Resolution program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  He also designed the Conflict Resolution Lab of the graduate program in Development Practice at Columbia University's School of International and Publ [ ... ]

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    Rashid Khalidi, D.Phil.

    Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies History & MESAAS

    Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford in 1974. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. Kh [ ... ]

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    Jacqueline M Klopp, Ph.D.

    Associate Research Scholar

    Jacqueline Klopp is an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University. Previously, she taught for many years at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University where she remains affiliated. Her research focuses at the intersection of sustainable land use, democratization, violence, displacement and corruption. Klopp is the author of articles for Afr [ ... ]

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    Ariella Lang, Ph.D.

    Director, Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) Program

    Ariella Lang joined the Institute for the Study of Human Rights in May 2011. As director of the AHDA program, she oversees research and curricular development of activities relating to historical dialogue at the Institute. Historical dialogue is an emerging field of study that seeks to explore and address conflicting narratives about the past as part of the work of reconciliation and democracy promotion. To this end, Dr. [ ... ]

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    Roy S. Lee, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of Law

    As the Executive Secretary to the International Criminal Court Conference, Dr. Lee is responsible for the organization and management of the Conference and its subsidiary bodies. In addition, he is currently Director of the Codification Division in the Office of Legal Affairs and also acts as Secretary of the International Law Commission and of the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the General Assembly and of three other law-mak [ ... ]

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    Marc Levy,

    Deputy Director, CIESIN

    Marc Levy is deputy director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a research and data center of the Earth Institute of Columbia University that utilizes scientific data and advanced information technology to advance understanding of how humans affect and manage the environment, and in turn, how environmental variability and change affect society. He also serves as an adjunct professo [ ... ]

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    Elisabeth A. Lindenmayer,

    Adjunct Senior Research Scholar in International and Public Affairs

    Elisabeth Lindenmayer directs the United Nations Studies Program at SIPA, teaches courses on the UN Security Council and peacekeeping/peacebuilding in Africa. She also serves as a senior advisor to SIPA's Center for International Conflict Resolution. Lindenmayer is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Security Council Report. She also serves as a board member of the Kofi Annan Foundation and on the advisory board of [ ... ]

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    Austin Long, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Austin Long is an Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. His research interests include low-intensity conflict, intelligence, military operations, nuclear forces, military innovation, and the political economy of national security. Long previously worked as an Associate Political Scientist at [ ... ]

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    Mahmood Mamdani, Ph.D.

    Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology

    Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prior [ ... ]

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    Francesco Mancini,

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Francesco Mancini is Non-resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI), where he was previously Senior Director of Research. His work focuses on geostrategic analysis,  multilateral diplomacy, global governance, armed conflicts and the means to prevent and solve them. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, where he teaches negotiatio [ ... ]

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    Kimberly Marten, Ph.D.

    Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science

    Kimberly Marten is a professor (and the former department chair) in the political science department at Barnard College, Columbia University. She specializes in international relations and international security. She serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Development and Fund-Raising Committee of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and is also a faculty member of Columbia's Saltzman Institute of War [ ... ]

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    J. Paul Martin, Ph.D., Ph.L.

    Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies

    Professor Martin's professional experience has been built around his 29 years as executive director of Columbia's Center for the Study of Human Rights, of which he was a co-founder, along with Law and University Professor Louis Henkin. Prior to being executive director, and later simultaneously, he was director of the Earl Hall Center at Columbia University; lecturer in the School of International and Public Affairs; and [ ... ]

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    Gerald R. Martone,

    Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Gerald Martone is Director of Humanitarian Affairs at the International Rescue Committee's headquarters in New York, where he is involved in advocacy initiatives that influence policy and public support for people affected by political oppression, disasters, and violent conflict. Martone was previously Director of Emergency Response with the International Rescue Committee. In this capacity, he oversaw emergency assessmen [ ... ]

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    Shayoni Mitra, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Theatre

    Received her B.A. (2001) and M.A. (2003) in English from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and her M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2009) in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She was the receipent of the Deena Burton Dissertation Research Award (May 2009), and a recipient of the Paulette Godard Summer Fellowship (2006). She recently published “Book Review: Sudipto Chatter [ ... ]

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    Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

    I study modern state formation in conflict and post-conflict settings. In particular, I have spent the last several years studying the role of warlords in the state building project in post-2001 Afghanistan. I am fascinated by the challenges weak political centers face as they attempt to grow their authority in the face of formidable competitors. Unlikely alliances sometimes form that turn strongmen into governors operati [ ... ]

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    Naira Musallam, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Faculty of Psychology and Education

    Dr. Naira Musallam heads Research and Development for North and Latin America at YSC, Ltd , a business psychology firm, where she supports the expanding Americas business in the areas of innovation, research and analysis with clients in various sectors including finance, energy, insurance, pharmaceutical, luxury goods, media and technology, and other services. Naira has worked in the research and development space fo [ ... ]

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    Andrew James Nathan, Ph.D.

    Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science

    Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of political participation and political culture, and human rights. He is engaged in longterm research and writing on Chinese foreign policy and on sources of political legitimacy in Asia, the latter research based on data from the [ ... ]

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    Anne Nelson,

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Nelson specializes in the area of international media development and has worked extensively as an analyst, evaluator, and practitioner in the field. She has taught at Columbia University since 1995, integrating student online publications on their research. Nelson is a graduate of Yale University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship for work on media and Na [ ... ]

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    Stephanie Neuman, PhD

    Senior Research Scholar

    Stephanie Neuman is the Director of the Comparative Defense Studies Program and a Senior Research Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct  Professor  in  the School of International and Public Affairs. Neuman specializes in third world security issues. Her research interests include war and conflict in the third world, defense [ ... ]

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    Eric Olson, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Eric Olson is a former U.S. Navy SEAL who rose to become a four-star admiral and commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He retired in 2011 after almost four decades of active service. A Naval Academy graduate, Olson received his MA from the Naval Postgraduate School, where he studied political and military affairs with an emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. His overseas service included assignments in Israe [ ... ]

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    Ted Perlmutter, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Faculty

    Ted Perlmutter is a technology consultant and information systems architect. He is responsible for Web site coordination and database development, and has been involved in creation of the Religious Peacemaking Database project. Perlmutter’s research interests focus on how Internet technology can promote knowledge networks among political and social activists. Presently a visiting fellow at the Center for Europ [ ... ]

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    David L. Phillips,

    Director, Peace-building and Rights Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR)

    David L. Phillips is currently Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as a senior adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and as a foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State. He has held positions as a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies, [ ... ]

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    Richard Pious, Ph.D.

    Professor of Political Science

    Richard M. Pious, professor of political science and Adolph S. and Effie Ochs Chair in History and American Studies, taught at Columbia College from 1968 through 1972, and joined the Barnard faculty in 1973. He also taught at York University, Toronto. Professor Pious's teaching includes courses on American politics, constitutional and public law, and political decision making. Professor Pious has written widely on A [ ... ]

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    Lawrence G. Potter, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Lawrence G. Potter teaching interests include the history of Iran, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf, and U.S. policy toward the Middle East. Potter has taught at Columbia University since 1996 and has served as adjunct associate professor of International Affairs since 2002. He has also served as deputy director of the SIPA'sGulf/2000 Project since 1994. Potter has edited The Persian Gulf in History (2009), and co-edited [ ... ]

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    Tonya Putnam, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

    Tonya Putnam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.  Putnam investigates issues at the intersection of international relations and international law.  Her primary research interests involve extraterritoriality, transnational regulatory disputes, and exploring how international legal pr [ ... ]

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    Jenik Radon, J.D.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Jenik Radon is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), leading capstone projects and teaching a course on energy, human rights and corporate responsibility.  He has been awarded for his teaching at SIPA and at Monterrey Tech in Mexico.  He has lectured in over 40 countries.  He was selected as a Fulbright Specialist (2012) at the Law School of Makerer [ ... ]

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    Leslie F. Roberts, Ph.D.

    Associate Clinical Professor of Population and Family Health

    Les Roberts did a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years. In 1994, he worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during their civil war. Les was Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee from Dec. 2000 until April of 2003. Les had led over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring [ ... ]

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    Jeong-Ho Roh,

    Director, Center for Korean Legal Studies

    Jeong-Ho Roh is a recognized expert on North and South Korean legal relations. Specializing in the development of constitutionalism and democracy in both the South and North Korean legal systems, as well as U.S. and East Asian international transactions, Roh served as Legal Advisor to the Korean Ministry of National Unification on the KEDO North Korean Light-water Reactor Project and he is a member of the Korean Min [ ... ]

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    Shahar Sadeh,

    Adjunct Instructor

    Ms. Shahar Sadeh is an adjunct instructor with the Columbia University Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, where she teaches a course entitled Environment and Sustainability in Israel – Between the Local and the Regional. Shahar is also a current PhD candidate at the Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University. Her field of Research is "Environmental Peacemaking in the Middle East" [ ... ]

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    Dirk Salomons, Ph.D.

    Senior Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

    Dirk Salomons is the director of the Program for Humanitarian Affairs at the School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University, where he also heads the International Organizations specialization. In his research as well as in teaching, Salomons focuses on the interaction between policy and management in humanitarian operations; he has a particular interest in the transition from relief to recovery in count [ ... ]

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    Elliott D. Sclar, Ph.D.

    Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

    Elliott Sclar is the Director of CSUD and Professor of Urban Planning and International Affairs at Columbia University. He holds senior appointments in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the School of International and Public Affairs and is an active participant in the work of the Earth Institute at Columbia University (EI). Sclar is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Resea [ ... ]

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    Gary Sick, Ph.D.

    Senior Research Scholar, Middle East Institute

    Gary Sick is a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. He served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Sick is a captain (ret.) in the U.S. Navy, with service in the Pe [ ... ]

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    Mitchell Silber, M.A.

    Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

    Mitch is the Executive Managing Director for Intelligence and Analytic Solutions at K2 Intelligence in New York, where he leads K2’s Data Analytics practice. Before joining K2, Mitch served as Director of Intelligence Analysis at the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division.  There, he supervised the Department’s entire portfolio of ongoing terrorism-related investigations and ma [ ... ]

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    Dahlia Simangan,

    AC4 Visiting Scholar

    Dahlia is a visiting PhD student at AC4 from the Australian National University. Her dissertation is examining how United Nations transitional administrations in Cambodia, Kosovo, and East Timor incorporated local perspectives into their post-conflict rebuilding strategies. She focuses on four crucial areas according to the rebuilding component of the 2001 Responsibility to Protect (R2P) document: security, justice [ ... ]

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    Graeme Simpson, J.D.

    Lecturer-in-Law

    Graeme Simpson is working as an independent consultant and Senior Advisor to the Director General of Interpeace, a global peacebuilding organization headquartered in Geneva. Interpeace is working in 18 conflict and immediate post-conflict zones around the world. He has worked extensively on issues related to transitional justice, including work with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and on the transfo [ ... ]

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    Scott Smith,

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Scott Smith was a political affairs officer in the United Nations for 12 years, most of those working on Afghanistan, including as the senior political affairs officer and team leader for Afghanistan within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations between 2007 and 2009, and Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, between 2009 and 2010. He also participated in the [ ... ]

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    Jack L. Snyder, Ph.D.

    Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations

    Jack Snyder (Ph.D., Columbia, 1981) is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia. His books include Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War, co-authored with Edward D. Mansfield; From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict; Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics [ ... ]

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    Elsa Stamatopoulou, Ph.D.

    Director, Indigenous Peoples' Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights

    Elsa Stamatopoulou joined Columbia in 2011. Her arrival marked the completion of distinguished service at the United Nations (Vienna, Geneva and New York) with some 22 years dedicated to human rights. Indigenous issues were part of her portfolio since 1983 and she became the first Chief of the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2003. Last year she taught the first ever course a [ ... ]

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    Lindsay Stark, Dr.P.H.

    Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health

    Lindsay Stark is an Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health in Columbia University's Program on Forced Migration and Health. She has over a decade of experience leading applied research on protection of women and children in humanitarian settings. Dr. Stark's particular area of expertise is measuring sensitive and difficult-to-measure social phenomenon. Dr. Stark has led assessment and evaluatio [ ... ]

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    Tseliso Thipanyane, LL.B., LL.M.

    Lecturer-in-Law

    Tseliso Thipanyane, B.Sc., LL.B., and LL.M., is the former chief executive officer of the South African Human Rights Commission and is currently an independent consultant on human rights, democracy and good governance. Thipanyane is a member of the advisory board of the Children Institute of the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a member of the advisory board of the Council for the Advancement of South Africa's [ ... ]

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    Johannes Urpelainen, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Johannes Urpelainen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. His current research interests include international institution design, global governance, international regulation, democratic accountability, and domestic-international linkages. Urpelainen specializes in international cooperation and political economy; hi [ ... ]

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    John Washburn,

    Adjunct Research Scholar, International Criminal Court Program (ISHR)

    John Washburn has had an extensive career in diplomacy and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. He was a director in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations between January 1988 and April 1993. Thereafter he was a director in the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations until March 1994. He is currently Convener of the American Non-Governmental Organi [ ... ]

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    Matthew Waxman, J.D.

    Liviu Librescu Professor of Law

    Matthew Waxman is an expert in national security law and international law, including issues related to international human rights and constitutional rights; military force and conflict resolution; and terrorism.  He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Before joining [ ... ]

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    Naomi Weinberger, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Naomi Weinberger’s primary academic interests are in international security studies, with expertise in the Middle East. Her publications include Syrian Intervention in Lebanon (Oxford University Press) and many articles on global peace operations and conflict resolution. She is currently pursuing research on Palestinian security sector reform (for a book to be released by Lynne Rienner Publishers) and on the r [ ... ]

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    Teresa Whitfield,

    Adjunct Professor

    Theresa Whitfield’s primary research areas are peacemaking and mediation, specializing in issues such as engagement with armed groups and the varied roles played by international actors, including the United Nations, in conflict resolution.  In addition to her position at CICR, she is a Senior Adviser to the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, responsible for liaison with the United Nations; a [ ... ]

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    Mark Whitlock,

    Faculty Advisor

    Mark Whitlock is a faculty advisor in Columbia University's Negotiation and Conflict Resolution master's program where he teaches "Networking and Sustainability" as a component of the Capstone Thesis seminars. He is concurrently an adjunct professor in New York University’s Global Affairs Program where he teaches courses on "Statebuilding and International Policy" and "Prevention of Mas [ ... ]

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    José Pascal da Rocha, J.D., Ph.D.

    Lecturer - NECR

    José Pascal da Rocha is a faculty member and lecturer with the M.S. program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the City University of New York, teaching on leadership and management, and a lecturer with the Center for Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg, Germany, teaching courses in political science. He is also a political adviser and mediator expert. [ ... ]

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    Liz Ševčenko,

    Director, Guantánamo Public Memory Project - ISHR

    Liz Ševčenko was Founding Director of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a network of historic sites that foster public dialogue on pressing contemporary issues. Starting in 1999 as a meeting of nine sites under the auspices of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, under her leadership the Coalition grew to over 250 members in more than 40 countries; launched regional networks in Russia, Sout [ ... ]

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    Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4)

    The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) is a consortium for research, practice, and scholarship at Columbia University. We are part of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and are committed to advancing knowledge and best practices in the areas of conflict, violence, peace-building, and sustainable development from an interdisciplinary perspective. The consortium seeks to act as a coo [ ... ]

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    Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS)

    The Institute of War and Peace Studies was founded in 1951 under the sponsorship of Dwight D. Eisenhower during his tenure as president of Columbia University. Eisenhower created the Institute to promote an understanding of the "disastrous consequences of war upon man's spiritual, intellectual, and material progress." Under its first director, William T.R. Fox, the Institute became one of the foremost research [ ... ]

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    Barnard Center for Research on Women

    Since its founding in 1971, the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) has been at the very forefront of feminist action and scholarship. BCRW promotes women’s and social justice issues in the local spheres of the Barnard College community and academic and activist networks in New York City, as well as having a voice in national and transnational feminist organizing and research. We are a well-recognized nexus [ ... ]

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    Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion (CDTR)

    The Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion (CDTR) conducts research and training on the interfaces of and tensions between religion, toleration, and democracy in the world. Located in the School of International and Public Affairs, CDTR examines the role of religion in world politics. Our overarching goals are to identify how tolerance between religious and secular actors can be better theorized, and [ ... ]

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    Center for Institutional and Social Change

    The Center engages in action-research projects with institutional, community, and student leadership involved in initiatives undertaken to advance full participation and public problem solving. Our collaborative projects and networks develop actionable knowledge, expand organizational capacities, support broader policy change, and increase collective impact. The Center helps individuals and institutions figure out what [ ... ]

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    Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR)

    The CICR contributes to the resolution of international deadly conflict through research, education and practice. The center strives to increase understanding of international conflicts through innovative, collaborative research and is committed to offering courses that disseminate knowledge about conflicts and their causes, and responds directly to the expressed needs of parties involved in ongoing conflicts, empowering [ ... ]

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    Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD)

    The mission of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) is to engage in and foster education and research for the advancement of physically and socially sustainable cities. CSUD concentrates on understanding, articulating and disseminating information about the unique and important challenges and opportunities of urban development in low- and middle-income countries, as well as in its home community of Metropol [ ... ]

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    Center for the Study of Development Strategies (CSDS)

    The Center for the Study of Development Strategies provides a forum at Columbia to support rigorous field based research on major questions in the political economy of development. Research at the center focuses on democracy and governance, peacebuilding, and aid effectiveness. The center is supported by the Earth Institute, ISERP, and the political science department at Columbia.   CSDS provides a focal point for f [ ... ]

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    Center on Global Governance

    Founded in March 2003, the center’s initiatives flow naturally from Columbia Law School’s exceptionally rich curriculum relating to global law issues. Its activities, in turn, affect that curriculum. As part of its regular curriculum, the Law School offers what is perhaps the largest number of courses and seminars of any U.S. law school, focusing on the challenges emerging from transnational movement of [ ... ]

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    Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)

    The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is a leading applied research center and forum dedicated to the study, practice and discussion of sustainable international investment. Sustainable international investment (SII) is investment that maximizes economic, social and environmental benefits and minimizes risks for all [ ... ]

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    Columbia Population Research Center

    The Columbia Population Research Center integrates demographers, sociologists, political scientists, lawyers, economists, statisticians, historians, physicians, and social and public health workers. Together, our common aim is to promote the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. We approach these populations—poor men, women, children, and families; cross-border and rural-urban migrants; racial, ethnic, a [ ... ]

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    Columbia Water Center

    Our mission is to creatively tackle the issue of global water scarcity through innovations in technology, public policy and private action. Combining the rigor of scientific research with the impact of effective policy, we aim to design reliable, sustainable models of water management and development that can be implemented on local, regional and global levels. The Columbia Water Center, in collaboration with other Earth [ ... ]

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    Committee on Global Thought

    The Committee on Global Thought explores global modernity from an innovative, interdisciplinary perspective, and is designed to reconceptualize the theories and methodologies required to confront the challenges stemming from globalization. Chaired by Nobel Laureate University Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, the Committee empirically specifies, investigates, and theo [ ... ]

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    Development Practice - Master of Public Administration

    The MPA degree in Development Practice (MPA-DP) trains aspiring practitioners to understand, develop and implement integrated approaches to sustainable development. Drawing on the extraordinary educational and research facilities of Columbia University, the MPA-DP emphasizes practical knowledge and skills in food systems, public health, education, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, business enterprise, economic [ ... ]

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    Forced Migration and Health, Program on

    Following the 1994 Rwandan genocide, leaders in the humanitarian community recognized an acute need for the training and professionalization of humanitarian aid workers to ensure more effective, informed, and consistent response to future crises. In response, the Mellon Foundation funded the establishment of Columbia University’s Program on Forced Migration and Health in 1998 to begin training the next generat [ ... ]

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    Hertog Global Strategy Initiative

    The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative is a research program that employs historical analysis to confront present and future problems in world politics. Each summer, invited experts and select undergraduates, graduate students and mid-career professionals gather at Columbia University for three months of intensive study, independent research, and collaborative writing on a critical issue in international affairs. The 2012 [ ... ]

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    Human Rights & Humanitarian Policy Concentration

    The Human Rights Concentration at SIPA enjoys the rich intellectual resources of the University devoted to the multifaceted aspects of human rights across the various schools and departments. The Institute for the Study of Human Rights, which has been a focal point for human rights activities on campus for almost 30 years, is a major partner and resource for the academic work of SIPA students. The close cooperation betwee [ ... ]

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    Human Rights Clinic

    The Human Rights Clinic exposes students to the practice of law in the international and cross-cultural context of human rights litigation and advocacy. An intensive critical seminar examines the actors, subjects, and tools of the human rights movement, as well as critiques coming from left and right. Specifically, the seminar considers the evolution of the human rights movement, how to locate litigation in human rights w [ ... ]

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    Human Rights Institute

    The Human Rights Institute serves as the focal point of international human rights education, scholarship and practice at Columbia Law School. The Institute fosters the development of a rich and comprehensive human rights curriculum and builds bridges between theory and practice, between law and other disciplines, between constitutional rights and international human rights, and between Columbia Law School and the world w [ ... ]

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    Humanitarian Affairs Program

    The harrowing realities of humanitarian crises provide a strong need for a Program on Humanitarian Affairs that offers both critical reflection and education for practical action. Given the limited success of humanitarian operations, the Program fosters dialogue on the current state of humanitarian affairs and the diverse critiques it has received. It does so by placing humanitarian affairs in the broader development and [ ... ]

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    Initiative for Policy Dialogue

    The Initiative for Policy Dialogue works to broaden dialogue and explore trade-offs in development policy by bringing the best ideas in development to policymakers facing globalization’s complex challenges and opportunities. We strive to contribute to a more equitably governed world by democratizing the production and use of knowledge. Founded in July 2000 by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, the Initiative for Polic [ ... ]

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    Institute for Religion, Culture, & Public Life (IRCPL)

    The resurgence of religion and, with it, religious and cultural intolerance and conflict are emerging as powerful forces in the new century. In order to address this unexpected and rapidly changing situation, the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life brings together scholars and students in religion, cultural anthropology, history, political science, economics, social psychology and other allied fields to sustai [ ... ]

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    Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

    The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) is Columbia University's research institute dedicated to interdisciplinary social science. ISERP pioneers research, shapes public policy, and integrates knowledge and methods across the social sciences. To bring ideas into the world, ISERP supports researchers, faculty, students, and interdisciplinary social science research through research development, [ ... ]

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    Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization

    Today, when women hold an unprecedented opportunity to influence economic development, conflict resolution, peace-building, health conditions and environmental justice across the globe, there is a clear imperative to better understand the role of women religious practitioners as significant political agents on the global stage. The Institute explores the relationship between women religious practitioners and political, ec [ ... ]

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    Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR)

    The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) is committed to its three core goals of providing excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world. ISHR’s emphases on interdisciplinarity, engagement, and globalism draw from and [ ... ]

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    Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE)

    The Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) at Columbia University cultivates public intelligence concerning socially and culturally vital ideas that can be advanced by research, education and conversation at the interdisciplinary seams that the social sciences share with the humanities, the sciences and one another. INCITE launched in October 2012 and runs the research, education, and trainin [ ... ]

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    International Conflict Resolution Specialization (ICRS)

    The specialization in International Conflict Resolution (ICR) provides students with an understanding of the root causes of international conflicts and of how conflict resolution takes place on an international level. Students receive practical, hands-on training in various methodologies of international conflict resolution.  The specialization, which builds on curriculum put in place by the Center for Internat [ ... ]

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    International Security Policy Concentration

    The International Security Policy Concentration (ISP) is designed for students interested in political violence and conflict management, defense policy, military strategy, terrorism and unconventional warfare, arms control, intelligence, peacekeeping, coercion, negotiation, and alternatives to the use of force as an instrument of policy. It provides a conceptual foundation for understanding conflict and the political [ ... ]

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    Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR)

    The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) is an innovative center committed to developing knowledge and practice to promote constructive conflict resolution, effective cooperation, and social justice. We partner with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to create tools and environments through which conflicts can be resolved constructively and just and peacef [ ... ]

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    Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR) - Master of Science

    Columbia’s master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution that can be completed on a part- or full-time basis, combines theory and applied training to prepare students to develop practical models for negotiating and resolving disputes among parties with differing objectives and desires. This graduate program is part of a rich history of conflict resolution at Columbia University. The graduate program [ ... ]

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    Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative Project

    The Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative is catalysing change in how reproductive health (RH) is addressed by all sectors involved in emergency response, from field services to advocacy, from local aid providers to global relief movements. Developed by Columbia University's Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health in the Mailman School of Public Health and Mar [ ... ]

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    United Nations Studies Program (UNSP)

    The United Nations Studies Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) promotes teaching, training, and career development in the pursuit of multilateral solutions to global dilemmas. Under the direction of Elisabeth Lindenmayer, the Program brings together scholars and practitioners to address the main priorities of the UN – security, development, human ri [ ... ]