Moving from War to Peace: Unraveling Success in International Peace Processes


Date:               April 13, 2017

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

The lecture is open to the public.

Summary: International peace efforts from Syria to Yemen to Afghanistan show us that moving actors from war to peace is exceedingly difficult. The recent Colombia peace agreement, for example, represents five decades of effort and is still incomplete. International peace builder Dr. Jacqueline Wilson has contributed to, prepared people for, and studied international peace processes.  She will share insights about the structure of these processes, about the challenges and opportunities of getting the right people in the room, and about strategies and techniques to help achieve inclusive, sustainable agreements.

Bio: Dr. Jacqueline Wilson has 30 years of international experience in peacebuilding, the military, and government. She worked for the U.S. Institute for Peace for over a decade and has designed and implemented over a hundred capacity-building workshops, dialogues and assessments in over 25 countries including Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Kosovo, and Colombia. She contributed to Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement and helped prepare stakeholders for the Darfur Abuja and Doha negotiations. She has published about local peace processes for USIP. She works on electoral violence prevention and has observed elections in Kenya and Suda. A retired US Air Force reserve Lt. Col., she served as Reserve Attaché to Egypt, a Middle East Foreign Area Officer, and counter-terrorism analyst.