Susan H. Allen

Susan H. Allen
Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Ph.D, George Mason University

Biography

Susan H. Allen directs the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University.  She is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution. Her main focus is on reflective practice and research that emerges from practice contexts.  She has substantial expertise in intermediary roles and coordination amongst intermediaries, evaluation of conflict resolution initiatives, and theories of change, indicators of change, and evaluation in conflict resolution practice.  She has engaged long-term in conflict resolution in the South Caucasus, as well as contributing to a variety of conflict resolution initiatives in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa.

Susan Allen joined the S-CAR core faculty in 2005 after two years teaching International Peace and Conflict Resolution as Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University. This was a return to S-CAR. Dr. Allen’s Ph.D. (2000) and M.S. (1995) degrees are from S-CAR. Between graduate school and joining the faculty at S-CAR, she co-founded and directed the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) and served as Senior Program Associate for the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA.

Susan Allen’s current research centers on catalytic workshops. Her work has been supported by the US Institute of Peace (Peace Scholar award, Grant program), the One Foundation, USAID, the UK Conflict Pool, the US State Department, and the William and Flora I. Hewlett Foundation, Compton Foundation, Catalyst Fund (with ACT), and US State Dept (with ACT). 

Susan Allen serves on



Awards and Honors
“Don’t Disturb the Peace: Ethnographic Film and Research in Postconflict Aceh, Indonesia.”
Leslie Dwyer received a grant from the United States Institute of Peace for a project titled “Don’t Disturb the Peace: Ethnographic Film and Research in Postconflict Aceh, Indonesia....
Mary Lynn Boland Award
Mary Lynn Boland Award , George Mason University, for community service, 1997.
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November 10, 2011
In a world where conflict is never ending, this thoughtful compilation fosters a new appreciation of the art of peacemaking as it is understood and practiced in a variety of contemporary settings.Whenever we seek to understand others, build healthy relationships,...
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September - Octobe...
An essay by an experienced scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution in the Caucasus examines the narratives of the interlocking conflicts involving Georgia. The author argues that more complex narratives are necessary for forging constructive paths toward...
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September 2011
INTRODUCTIONThe two sets of papers presented here were once simply an idea that seemed perhaps crazy. Without an introduction, the reader may find this volume schizophrenic. Holding the book in one direction, the reader will find three articles by Georgian...
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September 2011
INTRODUCTIONThe two sets of papers presented here were once simply an idea that seemed perhaps crazy. Without an introduction, the reader may find this volume schizophrenic. Holding the book in one direction, the reader will find three articles by Georgian...
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Spring 2011
This article makes the case for bringing theory of consciousness to the understanding of individual transformation in conflict resolution practice. It does so by highlighting consciousness engaged explicitly and implicitly in many conflict resolution practices and...
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October 2010
I first came to know people’s diplomacy in the 1980’s, when I participated in a series of Soviet- American people- to- people programs aimed at building mutual understanding across the iron curtain.  Young Samantha Smith spoke on national Soviet...
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June 01, 2010
The evolving close relationship between the scholarly study of conflict resolution and the practice of waging and resolving conflicts can be seen in Georgian-Abkhaz and Georgian-South-Ossetian relations from 1992 to 2008. This article focuses on two related case...
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June 2010
This report presents background information and key content related to the USAID-sponsored workshop on Theories of Change Indicator Development that was held December 14-15, 2009, at George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR)...
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November 01, 2008
This article explores the import of the network society for conflict resolution, broadly defined. Defining networks as social structures which connect people to each other, the article highlights the dual potential impacts of networks on participation in conflict...
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September 09, 2008
The conflict resolution field is moving from a paradigm of coherent peace processes, which seek to fit various "pieces of peace" together, to a paradigm of holistic peace processes, which seek a whole peace indivisible into separate parts. To present...
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September 01, 2008
Different type of intermediary activity can be performed along the continuum from violence prevention to social reconstruction. Third parties can mediate in crisis situations, help renegotiate a timetable and provide technical expertise, financial and material...
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August 31, 2007
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January 01, 2006
This article analyzes a set of negotiations within a coordination network. These negotiations surrounded the establishment and development of a coordination network of citizen peacebuilding initiatives focused on the Georgian-Abkhaz peace process. The authors...
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January 01, 2006
This issue of International Negotiation focuses on coordination in conflict resolution. It includes nine articles that discuss theoretical concerns and practical insights about coordination among organizations involved in various aspects of conflict prevention,...
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January 01, 2006
This article examines three innovative efforts initiated by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School to promote conflict resolution on an international scale: the e-Parliament, the Israeli Settlements Project, and the Negotiation Skills Training Program in...
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January 01, 2006
This issue of International Negotiation focuses on coordination in conflict resolution. It includes nine articles that discuss theoretical concerns and practical insights about coordination among organizations involved in various aspects of conflict prevention,...
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September 01, 2002
As I write this in December 2001, when headlines daily refer to U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and America's ongoing recovery from the September 11, 2001, attacks at the World Trade Center, it is refreshing to revisit Ted Robert Gurr's description of...
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Jul 2000
Jul 2000CDIE working paper, no. 306 
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May 2000
LIKE VIRTUALLY ALL GEORGIANS who lived in Abkhazia before its 1992-94 war with the rest of Georgia, Eliso Kakhiani fled the region. She and her husband, who both left in 1993, have not returned to their homes once.A schoolteacher originally from the western town...
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June 01, 1997
We hope this collection of essays, and its case studies, analyses and lessons, will contribute to peace zone theory and also have a practical use for people in current and future zones of peace. The broad range of perspectives presented here lends itself more to...
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January 06, 1997
In developing the theme of local “zones of peace” for this issue of Peace Review, we began with a rather narrow conception. We knew about at least two types of peace zones. First, there were those that had been created by local, often grass roots,...
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September, 2014
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January 15, 2012
The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University held the tenth meeting of Georgian and South
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January 15, 2012
 2012 წლის 11-14 იანვარს, ქ. ბეთლემში, ჯორჯ მეისონის უნივერსიტეტთან არსებულმა კონფლიქტის ანალიზისა და გადაწყვეტის
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October 17, 2011
In order to bring closer the government and civil society members of Azerbaijan and Armenia, the Washington-DC based
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jJuly 14, 2011
 'Journalists' Revolutionary Ideas' was the assessment made by experts and policy makers in regard to the ideas
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July 10, 2011
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May 22, 2011
This Press-Release is on the Georgian - South Ossetian Point of View Process Russian Version I Georgian Version I
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March 22, 2011
This Press-Release is on the Georgian - South Ossetian Point of View Process Russian Version I Georgian Version
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March 22, 2011
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 Join the Center for Peacemaking Practice in welcomingMargarita Tadevosyan and Gulshan Pashayevafor a discussion on Track Two Diplomacy Efforts in the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict Tuesday, April 30, 201312:00pm - 2:00pmArlington Tru
April 30, 2013
 Join the Center for Peacemaking Practice for a lunch conversation on:Practitioner DebriefingFriday, April 19th, 201312:00pm - 2:00pmArlington Truland Building, room 555Everyone welcome, lunch providedPlease
April 19, 2013
 Join the Center for Peacemaking Practice in welcomingDr. Lynn Underwoodfor a discussion on applying the Daily Spiritual Experience Scale (DSES) to inter-religious and religious-secular dialogues.
April 02, 2013
Building up Civil Society to Lead a Peace Process:A Case Study of the Naga People in India and Burma, Seeking to End a 6-Decade Violent ConflictJoin the Center for Peacemaking Practice in welcoming Rev. Dr. Daniel Buttry, for a presentation and discussion on his work in mediation and a civil-
March 19, 2013
Join the Center for Peacemaking Practice in welcoming CARE International's:Anthony Foremanfor a discussion of CARE's program: Strengthening Women's Capacity for Peace-Building in the South CaucasusThis program supports par
March 05, 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?  Come and join the Center for Peacemaking Practice for our bi-weekly Practitioner Lunches.Lunches are open to
February 26, 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
December 10, 2012
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?  Come and join the Center for Peacemaking Practice for our bi-weekly Practitioner Lunches.
November 27, 2012
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?  Come and join the Center for Peacemaking Practice for our bi-weekly Practitioner Lunches.
November 13, 2012
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Understanding human conflict requires knowledge of human behavior, motivation, and perception. Reviews and critically...
These 1- and 2-credit courses are scheduled non-conventionally using weekends, concentrated presentations, and intersession periods to develop...
Introductory skill-building course integrating conflict theory and practice using reflective practitioner model. Students learn necessary skills...
In-depth field study of ongoing conflict situations, and design and delivery of intervention processes to manage or...
Covers assessment methods appropriate to conflict contexts, and related evaluation approaches and techniques for use...
Taken in last semester of master’s student course work. Assists in developing students’ own theories of conflict and conflict...
This course focuses on advanced consideration of CONF 101 topics, provides an introduction of the core notion of reflective practice, conflict...
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