Pablo Idahosa

May 19, 2011 Comments Off

York University

Pablo Idahosa  is a Professor in the Division of Social Science at York University, where he also directs  the African Studies Program, and teaches development Studies.    He has written on development ethics, African political thought, the politics of ethnicity, and globalization and development.  He is Author of the Populist Dimension of African Political Thought,  co-editor of  The Somali Diaspora and co-editor, with Peter Vandergeest and Pablo Bose,  of  the forthcoming Development’s Displacements. He is currently researching the relationship between ethnicity and displacement in Nigeria, and co-writing a work  on the relationship between development and modernity in Africa. Among his  ongoing research interests is the relationships between development and Cultural production in Africa, and the politics of AIDS in Africa. He is currently on the executive of the International Development Ethics Association, and among his future research projects is the History of Social Welfare in Africa.

Elisabeth King

May 13, 2011 Comments Off

Columbia University

Elisabeth King is a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University.  She works on issues at the intersection of conflict, peacebuilding, and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Using a variety of research methods, her recent projects in Rwanda and Liberia examine how presumed social goods – such as education and international development interventions – may also contribute to conflict.  Elisabeth has published articles in African Studies Review, the Journal of Genocide Studies and Prevention, and the Journal of Development Effectivness and is currently finalising her first book manuscript. She has conducted fieldwork in Croatia, India, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda and Tanzania and has worked with NGOs on the global landmine crisis.

Nathan Funk

May 13, 2011 Comments Off

Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo

Nathan Funk earned his Ph.D. in International Relations (2000) from the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC. Before commencing his doctoral studies at American University, he completed a B.A in Global Community Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in 1994. He has lived in the Middle East and South Asia, designed internet courses on peace and conflict resolution, and worked on research and training projects for the United States Institute of Peace; at present he is serving as a member of the board of directors for two Canadian NGOs, Project Ploughshares and Peacebuild: The Canadian Peacebuilding Network. He has authored or co-authored a number of writings on international conflict resolution, with a special focus on unofficial (“track two”) dialogue processes, Islamic-Western relations, identity conflict, and the role of cultural and religious factors in peacebuilding capacity development. His publications include Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and West (University Press of America, 2004) and Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009). Prior to his arrival at Conrad Grebel in 2004, he was Assistant Professor of International Relations at American University and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

David Welch

May 13, 2011 Comments Off

Balsillie School of International Affairs

David Welch is CIGI Chair of Global Security and Interim Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.  His 2005 book Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change (Princeton University Press) is the inaugural winner of the International Studies Association ISSS Book Award for the best book published in 2005 or 2006, and his 1993 book Justice and the Genesis of War (Cambridge University Press) is the winner of the 1994 Edgar S. Furniss Award for an Outstanding Contribution to National Security Studies. He is the author of Decisions, Decisions: The Art of Effective Decision-Making (Prometheus, 2001), and co-author of Vietnam if Kennedy had Lived: Virtual JFK (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2007); On the Brink: Americans and Soviets Reexamine the Cuban Missile Crisis (1st ed., Hill and Wang, 1989; 2nd ed., Noonday, 1990); and Cuba on the Brink: Castro, The Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse (Pantheon, 1993; 2nd ed., Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). He is co-editor of Intelligence and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Frank Cass, 1998), and his articles have appeared in Asian Perspective, Ethics and International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Intelligence and National Security, International Security, International Journal, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Mershon International Studies Review, The Review of International Studies, and Security Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1990.

Lowell Ewert

May 13, 2011 Comments Off

Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo

Lowell Ewert is a human rights lawyer with a J.D. from Washburn University in Kansas and an LL.M from American University in Washington D.C.   He directs the Peace and Conflict Studies Program administered by Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses on human rights, civil society, business and peace.  Ewert formerly worked for 11 years in the field of international development and has lived in Lebanon, Jordan, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Kazakstan.  The focus of his research has been on rights-based approaches to development.