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Submissions from 2019

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Rebuilding Resilience of Rural Community Dwellers in Liberia Post-War: Case Study of Nimba County in Liberia, Richard D. Agbaje

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Evangelicalism and Peace and Conflict Studies: A Wheaton College Case Study, Sophia Bouwsma

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Puzzling together: Avenues for applying motivational interviewing to the transformation of intractable, intergroup conflict (U.S. context)., Brian Chevalier

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Rwanda community ownership of conflict transformation mechanisms after the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, Betty Dusenge

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Decoupling Trauma and Criminal Behavior Through Restorative Reentry Programs and Their COSAs, Florence S. Mahoney

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Organization-Based Disability Access: A YMCA Childcare Center Case Study, Katherine Mowrer

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Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and the Drive for Social Justice: A Historical Analysis of Identity Based Conflicts in the First Republic of Liberia, Daniel Parkins

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Critical Embodied Praxis for Social Justice and Peace Educators: a story of personal transformation through analysis of my Jewish and settler identities, Cara Michelle Silverberg

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TOWARDS PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM: Challenging Extremist Recruitment Narratives Through Youth-To-Youth Oral Storytelling In Iraq, Fadia Thabet

Submissions from 2018

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Facilitating Community Participation with Palestine Refugees: An Exploratory Study of UNRWA, Tiffany Rene Baccus

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The Violence in Baton Rouge, Christopher Bailey

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Expanding Access to Finance in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp: From Conceptualization to Implementation, Justin D. Bibee

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US Advocacy for Azerbaijani Press Freedom and Democracy, Danny Burns

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Engaging America: Unearthing the middle way in the conflict between liberals and conservatives, Noah Cadet

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Violence Exposure in Human Rights Defenders' Work, Marko Carrasco Lundgren

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SIT Graduate Institute: Moving SIT Towards a Model of Inclusive Excellence in Diversity, Steffen Glenn Gillom

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Building Community in Refugee Youth Mentoring Programs at Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees, Shaina Holm

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Fake News, Political Narrative, & Social Media: A Structuration Approach, Adam M. Housh

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Legacies of War: How the Commercialization of Plastics in the United States Contribute to Cycles of Violence, Karis Johnston

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The Next Recruits: 16–18-year-olds and the United States' War on Terror, Mary E. Moyer

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Service Delivery and Security for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Kenneth B. Mukonyezi

Comparing Community Restorative Justice in Bellows Falls, Vermont & Gacaca Processes in Rwanda, Dora Urujeni

Submissions from 2017

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Constitutional Reform: Decolonization in the Comoros Islads, Nicholas A. Daou

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

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Reiki and Healing Touch: Implications for Trauma Healing, Cynthia Ford

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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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Illegal Wildlife Hunting and Trade in Southern Belize: An Assessment of Impacts and Drivers, Blakely Rice

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An Analysis of the Affirmative Action Program for Ethnic Minority Students at Hexi University in Zhangye, Gansu, China, Caitlin Shea

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The Power of Prayer, Victoria Dawn Thompson

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A Way of Reflecting on Identity: The Five Stories of the Conflicting Relationships in Nepal, Tomoki Yamanaka

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

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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