Soolmaz Abooali

Soolmaz Abooali

Peace Operations, MS, George Mason University, 2010


Soolmaz Abooali is a PhD student and Graduate Research Assistant at the George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) where she studies the ways in which athletes create social change. Soolmaz serves as the Public Affairs Liaison at S-CAR’s Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict (CGC) and is a fellow at the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. She is an eight-time US National Champion and world medalist in traditional karate, as well as the highest-placing American athlete (silver) at the invitational World Cup.

Merging theory and practice, Soolmaz works with the United States Department of State in creating programs that leverage martial arts for peacebuilding and empowerment purposes; specifically with groups from Turkey, Tajikistan, Iraq, Israel, and Palestine. She has represented the American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on the Voice of America Farsi network. Among her notable accomplishments, Soolmaz spearheaded USIP’s first-ever event - “Sport and Peacebuilding” Symposium, and is the host of S-CAR’s media platform “Sport and Peace: Scholar-Athlete Initiatives”. While continuing her academic, professional, and athletic goals, Soolmaz strives to pay it forward. She is an Advisory Board member at George Mason University's Center for Sport Management, Research Affiliate for the Chair Philip Noel-Baker on Sport for Rights, Development and Peace at the University of Nice, France, and senior instructor at the Japanese Shotokan Karate Associatio

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July 23, 2015
When Raha Moharrak’s parents told her it was time for her to marry, she decided she wasn’t a toaster
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May 2015
Termed a “plague” by the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education
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May 23, 2015
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May 05, 2015
Article Excerpt: "Lead with your bellybutton, not with this," Soolmaz Aboali says, holding a clenched fist in
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March 15, 2015
The teenage high school students, dressed in white robes knotted at the waist with matching cloth belts, lined up
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March 12, 2015
Stuart High School senior Linda Vu knows what people think when they hear about the school’s traditional karate
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February 24, 2015
An innovative program at Stuart High School is demonstrating that Traditional Karate and conflict resolution are not
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May 29, 2014
The idea was to bring Jewish and Muslim teenagers together to learn basic karate self-defense moves. What could go
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April 09, 2014
The Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict (CGC) at George Mason University helps fund scholarship projects around
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November 19, 2013
Sexual Violence in Armed ConflictMonday, November 18 – Tuesday, December 10, 2013: Center for the Study of Gender
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September 30, 2015
This event has been cancelled due to weather related university closure.Admissions Film Screening Thursday, March 5th 2:00pm - 5:00pmConference Room 5183 RSVP HerePlease join S-CAR, Dr. Leslie Dwyer, PhD Candidate Soolmaz Abooali, and the Student Association to welcome Producer and
March 05, 2015
 ROUNDTABLE EVENT Carrying out healing and reconciliation workshops for South Sudanese in the United StatesSouth Sudan Woman United (SSWU) in collaboration with The Institute for Sustainable Peace
April 30, 2014
Legacy of Rape: Public Art ExhibitionSexual Violence in Armed ConflictCenter for the Study of Gender and Conflict (CGC) is hosting a public art exhibition at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus.The 106 inches wide by 77 inches high panels are placed along the hallways of Founders
November 26, 2013
Come join the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports, the Childhood Obesity Task Force, the Fitness Caucus, the Congressional Tennis Caucus, and the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus in celebration of National Youth Sports Week hosted by the National Council of Youth Sports and
July 24, 2013
Do you learn from your own engagement in conflict?  Are you interested in sharing you practical experience with others, or learning more about practical engagement in conflict and peacemaking?  Come and join the Center for Peacemaking Practice for our bi-weekly Practitioner Lunches.
January 29, 2013
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