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Submissions from 2017

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Gëm Sa Bopp: a Case Study of Peace Corps Senegal Girls’ Camps, Tesia A. Eisenberg

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Freedom and Unity: Examining the Individualized, Community-based Process of Restorative Justice in Vermont and What it Can Teach Other States, Through a Trainer's Lens, Megan Grove

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The Power of Prayer, Victoria Dawn Thompson

Submissions from 2016

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Removing Internal and External Barriers: A Comprehensive Approach to Women's Empowerment in Post-Conflict Settings, Amber J. Bordolo

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Multi Identity Conflict: A Case Study of Sudanese Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Jordan, William C. Clifton Jr.

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How Do Connection and Hopeful Action Support Resilient Community?, Catherine Gormley

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Building Hope: An Experiential, Interfaith and Peacebuilding Leadership Curriculum Design for American, Israeli and Palestinian Teenagers, Jack M. Karn

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Confidence Through Consultation: Lessons from Northern Ireland's DPP/PCSP Model, Kyle F. Kennedy

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Backpacking Brothers: An Experiential, Adventure Education Program to Transform Rape Culture and Prevent Sexual Violence, Matthew Lynn

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Queering Colombia's Peace Process: A case study of LGBTI inclusion, Nicole Maier

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Mandate in Conflict: UNRWA’s Role within Identity, the West Bank, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Chris Mattera

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The Role of Liberian Community Organizations in the Integration of Liberian Immigrants: A Case Study of Immigrants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Solomon M. Muin

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Leadership and Corruption in Governance: A Case Study of Liberia, Theresa Okpokwu

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Across Systems: Preventing, Countering, and Defusing Violent Extremism—a Discussion of Strategy, Policy, Practice, and Theory, Keenan powers

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The 2015 al-Shabaab's attack in Garissa, Kenya. An immersion into the structural, socio-political and psychological roots of violence, Mathilde Simon

Submissions from 2015

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Decentralization in Violent Conflict Zones: Views from the Periphery, Emmi Bevensee

Alternate Approach: Community Based Mental Health Services and Implications for Peacebuilding in Myanmar, Christopher Bridges

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Social Identity-Based Threats to Human Security: Gender Practice in Sustainable Development and Conflict Transformation, Emma W. Buck

Voluntary Refugee Registration and Gender Development in the West Bank: the Polarization of Modern and Traditional Values, Charla M. Burnett

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE JÓVENES EN ACCIÓN PROGRAM, Kirstin French

Structuring a Comparative Assessment: Lessons on Advocacy Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Daniel G. Landeros

Challenges in Implementing Restorative Justice Practices in the United States, Erin Roaza

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The Hidden Epidemic: Mental Health Epidemiology in Post-Conflict Populations and Implications for Conflict Transformation Practices, Jennifer Sato

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Unlocking a Narrative: Stories of Islam and Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, Jeremy Sinensky

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The Role of Media in Nepal’s Peacebuilding Process, Dipak Raj Tiwari

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Rebuilding Houses, Rebuilding Ukraine: Peacebuilding through Youth Service-Learning, Katherine Tremont

Submissions from 2014

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On the Link between Conflict, Underdevelopment and the Pursuit of Basic Needs Satisfaction: A Survey of Haitian Construction Workers in the Dominican Republic, Joseph W. Alliance

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Teaching the Moral Imagination: How Global Education Aids in Peacebuilding, Charlee Bianchini

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Authentic Dialogue: Where Intimacy, Vulnerability, and Conflict Transformation Intersect, Lauren Elio

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Youth Empowerment & Conflict Transformation through Sports: The Challenge of Evaluating the Success of Youth & Sports Programs around the World, AnnMarie Fitzhenry

Youth Speak Out: Facilitating Youth-Led Action Research Projects in DC, Libby R. Hill

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Analysis of the Efficacy of Criminal Court Mediation as a Tool of Restorative Justice, Teresa Hoerres

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Building Bridges, and Reducing Anger: Liberal-Conservative Dialogue in the United States, Jeremy M. Moses

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The Perceptions of Race and Identity in Birmingham: Does 50 Years Forward Equal Progress?, Lisa Murray

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Youth Violence Prevention Programming in Medellín, Colombia: Five recommendations, Timothy Pracher

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The Importance of Community Resilience: Developing the American Red Cross International Services Department in the New Hampshire Region, Sarah Romac

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Presentation and Analysis of a Mechanism of Conflict Prevention: The SANANKOUYA (Joking Kinships) in West Africa, Abdoulaye Sall

Sustained Dialogue: Stage Five Action on University Campuses, Nissa Shamsi

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In Search of Women’s Full Inclusion: A Case Study of the Institute for Inclusive Security’s advocacy for women’s inclusion in Sudan and South Sudan’s Cooperation Agreements, Anna Tonelli

Submissions from 2013

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Samar Basi – “We Go There Together” The Local Peace Committees and Their Effect on Building Peace in Nepal, Jessica Faye Babcock

Case Studies from the Ground Up: Transforming Conflict through Accompaniment, Engagement, and Empowerment, Courtney L. Renken

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Second Lines, Story Circles, and Freedom Songs: A Call and Response, Ann-Meredith Wootton

Submissions from 2012

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Creating Effective Programming for Iraqi Adult Mentors in World Learning’s Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Programs, Kira L. Brady

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The Conflict Transformation Team of the Henry Martyn Institute and their Pursuit of Transformation, Robert Danzi

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Suicide Rates Among Young, Married Women in Nepal, Kirra L. Hughes

Dialogue Between Israelis and Palestinians: Obsolete Approach or Still Viable Technique in the Middle East Conflict Transformation Toolkit?, Laurie Millman

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Identity, Entitlement and Violence: A Cross Analysis of Intimate Partner Domestic Violent with the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, Troy D. Montes

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Korean-American Divided Families: catalyst for changing the course of the USA policy on North Korea, Jungyoung Park

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West Coast Antiwar Nonprofit Collaboration, Rosalind Sipe

Submissions from 2011

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An Analysis of Women’s Participation In Peace Negotiations; 1992 - 2010, Tuohy Ahern

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Mind the Conflict: Mindfulness and the (Israeli-Jewish) Conflict Mindset. Dis-Covering Psychological Barriers to Peace, Shiri Barr

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Girls Club: The Gender Imbalance of Youth Programs, a Case Study, Shayne Bell

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Funding the Fundamentals: A Peace First Teacher’s Recommendations for Increased Quality Sixth Grade Curriculum to Effectively Engage and Educate an Increasing Quantity of Students., Pamela Gonzales

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Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program: Toward a Critical Framework of Community Peacebuilding; Individual and Community Transformation Through Service and Discourse, Benjamin Valentine Leiker

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Forgotten Foods: The Impact Of Western Development On Eating Habits Among Women In Dehradun, India, Stephanie L. Leite

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A Case Study On Conflict Over Fresh Water Resources In A Development Context: Water’s Role In Interreligious Violence In Jos, Nigeria, Ericka E. Reagor

Submissions from 2010

Can Polio Promote Peace?: How the Eradication of Polio in the Internally Displaced People of Colombia Can Promote Positive Social Change, Rebecca Altneu

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Investigation And Analysis Of Non-Traditional Nato Roles In Kosovo: Building Bridges Between Military & Humanitarian Actors, John D. Etchemendy

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How ready are Armenians to forgive Turkey?, Marina Hajinyan

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Appropriateness of Mediation for Conflict Between Intimate Partners with a History of Domestic Violence, Jessica Hillard

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The Effectiveness of UNSCR 1325: A Case Study Analysis, Jaime L. Horn

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Repairing Torn Threads: A Case Study of Community Reconciliation in Brattleboro, VT, Kim Massey

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Transforming Conflict Affecting The People Of Manipur, North East India, Leitanthem Umakanta Meitei

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The Re-Victimization Of Women: How The Globalization Of Mediation Has Impacted The Victims Of Domestic Violence In Nicaragua, Jessica Rodriguez-Montegna

The Re-Victimization of Women: How the Globalization of Mediation Has Impacted the Victims of Domestic Violence in Nicaragua, Jessica S. Rodriguez-Montegna

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Identity In Crisis: Palestinian Israelis' Struggle For Social Justice Concerning Land and Water, Melissa Shettleroe

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“We can see that peace is coming” A Case Study of the Kids4Peace Peace-building Initiative in Jerusalem, Rebecca Naomi Sullum

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With Hope In Our Hearts And Our Neighbors By Our Sides: How The Transition Movement Is Helping The People Of Putney, Vt, Face The Approach Of Peak Oil, Climate Change And Economic Instability As An Opportunity For A Better Future, Margaret Tarmy

Peace Through Violence: Using the martial art Aikido to teach youth how to manage interpersonal conflict, Zachary Trent

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Communication and Conflict Resolution: An Introductory Workshop Series for the Residents of Morningside Shelter, W. Knowles Wentworth

Submissions from 2009

An Assessment Of The Effectiveness Of The National Reconciliation Commission: The Case Of Ghana, Peter Atta Kwami Agboso

Grow Local, Think Global: Applying Lederach’s Theory of Conflict Transformation to the Local Food Movement in Central Texas, Sthea L. Mason

Submissions from 2008

Moving Forward: A Youth Program For Cambodian-American Youth, Phoebe Connolly

Civil-Military Affairs And The African Command Center: How It Will Affect Somalia, Brehan Robert Doud

Interaction Between Track One And Track Two Actors In Georgia, Alexey N. Kumshatskiy

At The Other End Of The Global Assembly Line: Critical Literacy In The Export Processing Zones Of Ruaraka, Kenya, Abby MacPhail

Hitchhiking to ’48: Reflections on the Oral Histories of the 1948 War and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Eric Maddox

Kids Know What Peace Is: Urban Teacher Experiences with a Community Based Peace Learning Organization, Paul J. Moriarity

A Decade-Long Maoist Conflict In Nepal And A Successful Peace Process, Yogendra P. Paneru

In Search of Policy Options for Transforming Bhutanese Refugee Problem in Nepal, Deo D. Sharma

Submissions from 2007

Sport And Gender Roles: A Viewpoint From Liberian Adolescent Girls In Ghana, Lauren M. Brunner

The Power Of Pie: Food Centric Informal Social Relational Approaches For Transforming Rural Community Conflict, Janet M. Damon

Circles: An Ancient Practice Of Conversation In A Modern Day Setting How Have Peace Circles Impacted The Group Dynamics Of The Adult Community Of One Public High School In Western Massachusetts?, Kara McLaughlin

Perceptions of The Other: Creating a Community of Inclusion At a Christian Liberal Arts College, Amy E. Otis

Is Seeing Believing? An Inquiry Into How Political Reality Tourism Contributes To A Spirit Of Peacebuilding In Israel/Palestine, Rebecca Polivy

The Impact of Contact: An Impact Evaluation Of The Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (Contact) Summer Institute, Susan Michelle Van Schoonhoven

Challenges And Coping Mechanisms Of Hampshire College Students Whose Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Do Not Conform To The Dominant Norm, Erik Tančorov

Local and Global Peacebuilding: A Case Study of the Training Program Peace Leadership for Rwandan Women by Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, Maki Taniguchi

Ngo Interventions For Conflict Prevention And Resolution: The Case Of Agri-Service Ethiopia, Agerie Alehegne Tefera

Ngo Interventions For Conflict Prevention And Resolution: The Case Of Agri-Service Ethiopia, Agerie Alehegne Tefera

Submissions from 2006

Facing Christianity : evangelism or imperialism?, Clifton C. Fluker

Obeying the situation : exploring Somali refugee experiences in a Ugandan refugee settlement, Brent Elliot Freeman

What is Peacebuilding and Why Does it Matter? A case study of the Cypriot Youth Camps at the School for International Training, Diana E. Gonzalez

Cultural festivals : instrumentalizing the arts for peacebuilding and diplomacy, Sabrina Sadeghi

Submissions from 2005

resolution of land disputes : a study on appropriate approaches for indigenous communities in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, Veasna Chea

Illuminating the unseen in community peacebuilding : lessons learned from the first year of Coexistence Afghanistan, Eirene Hsin-Yuan Chen

Resisting Israeli occupation to satisfy psychological needs : a case study of four nonviolent Palestinian freedom fighters, Lasse Schmidt

The politics of maps : how the political boundaries on maps affect movements for political autonomy of independence : the perceptions of a select group of people, Morgan Stone

Submissions from 2004

How Can an Association of Congo Players Survive in the Changing Environment of the 21st Century in the Dominican Republic? A Case Study on the Brotherhood of the Congos of the Holy Spirit of Villa Mella, Michelle Leah Cheltenham

Preventing violence at Lowell Middle School : strategies towards peace, Raveena Manhas