Vandy Kanyako

Vandy Kanyako

Ph.D., George Mason University


Vandy Kanyako graduated from the University of Sierra Leone in 1998 with a BA (Hons) in History. He received his MA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2002 and a Masters in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. Between 2008 and 2009 he served as Senior Program Officer at World Learning in Washington DC. From 2004 and 2005 he served as the Coordinator of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) in New York which brought together 1000 participants from governments, the UN and civil society at the UN Headquarters in July 2005 to explore the role of civil society in conflict prevention. He is the founder of Peacelinks-Sierra Leone, a local NGO that reintegrates vulnerable children. In 2001 he was awarded the Hague Appeal for Peace Prize in Athens, Greece, for his conflict mitigation work. He has consulted for the International Community College Town Center, World Learning and the NationalDemocratic Institute in Virginia and Washington DC respectively. He has written on civil society, democratization and the political economy of peacebuilding. He holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University where he is currently teaching. 

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August 31, 2007
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April 01, 2007
SINCE THE END of the Cold War, West Africa’s political systems have undergone both rapid and momentous changes. A region that once accounted for more than 70 percent of all military coups in Africa is now on a seemingly unstoppable march towards...
Category: Journal Article
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March 01, 2007
The Africa Working Group (AWG) at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) is an association of
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Today civil society organizations are actively engaged in every conceivable sector and phase of the conflict management and development realm. Through advocacy, activism, research, and lobbying, and with the support of international donor agencies, non-governmental civic groups have contributed
May 03, 2010
Please join the Working Group on Transitional and Transnational Justice for a screening of War Don Don, a new documentary, which focuses on efforts to bring justice after civil war in Sierra Leone.All are welcome to attendA short discussion will follow the screening
April 05, 2011
The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the African and African American Studies Department present:"Sustainable Development, Sustainable Peace…and a Secure Future for All"An International Day of Peace Celebration 3:00---Welcome Address (Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott or
September 21, 2012
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The Dialogue & Difference Project begins the fall semester with a panel discussion and dialogue exploring the relationships and tensions between transnational corporations and governments. The discussion will also look at the economic and social effects at the community level.Panelists will
September 25, 2012
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This course focuses on advanced consideration of CONF 101 topics, provides an introduction of the core notion of reflective practice, conflict...
Covers conflict at macro level, introducing theories of international and global violence and conflict, drawing from...
Building upon CONF340 theories and concepts, this course focuses primarily on global conflict resolution practice....
Examines selected topics relating to analysis or resolution of conflict. Topics vary but may include historical...
Through this course students will utilize critical thinking and analytical skills to begin an in-depth examination of the major theories of...
Capstone course in which students reflect on what they have learned, integrating knowledge from course work and...
Considers conflict analysis and resolution approaches to designing, implementing, and evaluating holistic cross-...
Brief history of field, survey of key conflict resolution themes and theories, and intervention methods. Overview includes general factors of...
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