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The Civilian Response Corps: Using conflict prevention expertise to inform decision makers ...

Maria J. Stephan, PhD, an interagency planner with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, will give a presentation titled "The Civilian Response Corps: using conflict prevention expertise to inform decision makers in potential crisis zones" as part of the Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution Fall 2011 Colloquium Series. The Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization leads the development of U.S. government civilian capacity to promote conflict prevention and stabilization in countries on the brink of, in, or emerging from crisis.

Stephan received her PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she specialized in intrastate conflict, human rights, and international security studies. From 2005-2009, she was with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), a nonpartisan NGO that develops and studies the use of civilian-based, nonviolent strategies to advance human rights and democratic development. Stephan directed the center's research program and led seminars and workshops on strategic nonviolent action with activists, educators, and policymakers.

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