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Episode 54 - Lili Cole and Diego Benitez

Our guests on today's episode are Diego Benitez, a Program Officer at USIP's Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, and Lili Cole, an expert on reconciliation process and practice. We will be discussing a USIP project called IMPACT Colombia, which combines support for reconciliation projects in Colombia with USIP's own brand of monitoring and evaluation.


Episode 53 - Kerry Ann Carter Persen

Our guest on today's episode is Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Fellow, Kerry Ann Carter Persen, a Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, and a Global Religion Doctoral Dissertation Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. Together, we talk about the obstacles to countering violent extremism and the impact of transnational extremism on political behavior in the Islamic World.


Episode 52 - Zinaida Besirevic

Our guest on today's episode is USIP Research Fellow, Zinaida Besirevic, a Ph.D. candidate in human development and cognition at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation compares children and adults in their reasoning about violations of Human Rights and infringements on human dignity. Together we discuss if moral reasoning changes with development, and whether and why we become more likely to tolerate harm.


Episode 51 - Meshack Simati

Our guest on today's episode is USIP Peace Scholar, Meshack Simati, a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Georgia State University. His dissertation is titled, “The False Promise of the Judiciary in Reducing Election Violence among African Countries.” Together we explore the history of election violence in Kenya and other countries around the world. What is election violence? How does it impact the voting process and the outcome? What are the implication for the future? How do we prevent...


Episode 50 - Alison Evans

In this podcast, INPROL Director Lelia Mooney and Senior Program Assistant Chelsea Dreher speak with Alison Evans, who walks listeners through the steps of making a new or revised law take shape in everyday life. Alison is Legislation Practice Lead for Senscia, a Brussels-based consulting firm. She’s worked as a legislative drafter for both the Isle of Man and Australia, and has experience with policy development in the latter jurisdiction. Most recently Alison has been assisting the...


Episode 49 - Kristin Simion Part 2

In this podcast, INPROL Director Lelia Mooney and Senior Program Assistant Chelsea Dreher get expert insights on overcoming obstacles to rule of law research and sharing your research to maximize its impact. Their guest is Kristina Simion, INPROL’s Research Facilitator and a desk officer for the Folke Bernadotte Academy’s rule of law program. She is currently working towards her PhD at the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance. In this podcast, Kristina...


Episode 48 - Kristina Simion Part 1

In this podcast, INPROL Director Lelia Mooney and Senior Program Assistant Chelsea Dreher walk through quantitative and qualitative research processes with their colleague, Kristina Simion. Kristina is INPROL’s Research Facilitator, and a desk officer for the Folke Bernadotte Academy’s rule of law program. She is also working towards her PhD at the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance. In 2016, Kristina leveraged her skills from working as a rule of law...


Episode 47 - Derek Caelin

In this podcast INPROL Director Lelia Mooney and Senior Program Assistant Chelsea Dreher discuss data collection technologies with Derek Caelin, Senior Specialist for Peace Tech Lab. Derek works on the Lab’s PeaceTech Exchange program, an initiative to connect peacebuilders in conflict zones to media, technology, and data for them help them achieve their objectives. Working with local partners, Derek and the PeaceTech Exchange team have put on workshops in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan,...


Episode 46 - Colette Rausch

In this episode we speak with Colette Rausch, Associate Vice President for Global Practice and Innovation at the United States Institute of Peace. For over twenty years, Colette has used her legal expertise to advance human rights and the rule of law in conflict-affected communities. From Libya to Peru, Burma to Afghanistan and many other countries around the world, she has been at the forefront of addressing the most serious of crimes, crimes that keep countries embroiled in violence....


Episode 45 - Andrew Garling

On April 22nd, the world celebrates Earth Day and on today’s show we explore the story of how the first Earth Day in 1970 was created, marking the birth of the modern environmental movement. Whose idea was Earth Day? What was the vision? What kind of organizing power went into making it happen? And how has Earth Day and environmentalism, more broadly, been tied to peacebuilding and nonviolence? Joining me in the studio for today’s show is Dr. Andrew Garling. Andrew is a recently retired...


Episode 44 - Gandhi-King

In this episode of the Peace Frequency we take you to Memphis, TN and the annual Gandhi-King Conference. This year's theme was "Know Justice, Know Peace" and this episode is dedicated to that theme and the individuals who attend this conference. This recording featured seven individuals talking about their own identities, their own experiences with justice and peace and their understanding of love as the foundation of nonviolence.


Episode 43 - Gizem Kilinç

In this episode we speak with Gizem Kilinç who is a leading coordinator for the United Network of Young Peacebuilders – a global network strengthening sustainable youth-driven peacebuilding working with 80 organizations across 45 countries. Gizem is in charge on UNOY’s advocacy work and ensuring they work gender sensitively into their work.


Episode 42 - Nadeem Ghazi

In this episode we speak with Nadeem Ghazi, the Founder and Director of the World Learning Grammar School & Institute, which provides support to schools throughout Pakistan that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace. There are currently over 100 member schools engaged in this effort where students, teachers and community members work together to ensure that everyone feels safe, respected and valued. Nadeem has extensive peace education experience having...


Episode 41- Aaron Shneyer

In this episode of the Peace Frequency we speak with Aaron Shneyer, the Founder & Executive Director of Heartbeat – an organization that unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build critical understanding, develop creative nonviolent tools for social change, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them. Heartbeat staff members are trained musicians and dialogue facilitators, entrusted to create and hold a space for participants to build critical consciousness of...


Episode 40 - Marc Sommers

In this episode of the Peace Frequency we continue our series focused on the #YouthPeaceEquality 60 Days of Engagement. Our guest is Marc Sommers, who is an internationally recognized youth, conflict, development, gender, and education expert, an experienced evaluator, and an award-winning author. He has conducted research, assessments and evaluations, and provided technical advice, in 21 war-affected countries (15 in Africa) since 1990. His most recent book is entitled, The Outcast...


Episode 39 - Illana Lancaster

As part of USIP's 60 days of engagement around the intersections between youth, gender and peace, in this episode of the Peace Frequency we speak with Dr. Illana Lancaster about creating inclusive classrooms. Illana holds a master’s degree in secondary education and a PhD in international education policy. Her 2008 dissertation explored the role of race, class, and gender in school-related violence in secondary schools in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a senior program officer in the...


Episode 38 - Gbenga Oni

Youth peacebuilder, Gbenga Oni of Nigeria, is a Generation Change and YALI Fellow who implements peacebuilding programs in Northern Nigeria in partnership with Justice, Development and Peace Caritas Advocates. JDPCA envisions a community where justice and promotion of human dignity are held sacred and all citizens are able to realize their full potential in a just, safe and free environment. On the show, Gbenga will discuss the challenges associated with reaching gender equality in Nigeria...


Episode 37 - Vweta Chadwick

Kicking off 60 days of engagement around youth, gender and peace, this episode of the Peace Frequency speaks with Vweta Chadwick - a human rights champion with over 10 years’ experience working to advance the rights of women and girls. She is the programs director of Project ASHA, an NGO advancing the rights of women and girls in underserved communities across Africa. She, equally, doubles as the secretary of Carrington Youth Fellowship Alumni Network. The 60 days of engagement -...


Episode 36 - Saba Ismail

In this episode we speak with Saba Ismail, who co-founded with her sister, Aware Girls – a young women-led organisation working for the empowerment of young women and gender equality in Pakistan. Her bravery and activism was acknowledged by Foreign Policy Magazine, which awarded her as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013. She is also on the Steering Committee of UNOY and represents Asia in the World Youth Movement for Democracy. She has done research on the “Role of Young women in...


Episode 35 - Kerri Kennedy

In this show we speak with Kerri Kennedy, Associate General Secretary for International Programs at the American Friends Service Committee. Kerri has 18 years of experience managing international development and emergency response programs in areas of conflict and post conflict environments with a focus on inclusive governance systems, civic education and advocacy campaigns, gender, and rights-based policy development.