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S-CAR Activity Recap - September 2018

October 26, 2018

S-CAR's monthly activity recaps highlight the ongoing contributions being made by S-CAR students, faculty, and alumni to the field of conflict analysis and resolution. Each activity recap includes publications, presentations, and awards from the previous month.

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September Summary

September ushered in the start of the Fall 2018 semester here at S-CAR, and with it came dozens of publications, presentations, and awards among the S-CAR community. S-CAR faculty and students received six grants and awards focused on international and local peacebuilding. Two books exploring peace and violent extremism (respectively) were published, including one from Pamina Firchow. Several alumni of S-CAR wrote chapters in Lisa Schirch’s book on violent extremism, and six journal articles were published, including ones from Arthur Romano and Richard Rubenstein. Throughout September, S-CAR students, faculty, and alumni explored a variety of topics, including U.S. politics and developmets in the Middle East, in nine newspaper articles and four TV/video presentations. S-CAR faculty provided five public lectures and presentations during September, and the S-CAR community came together in Arlington on September 26 for the 29th Annual Lynch Lecture, this year delivered by Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler.


Susan H. Allen and Margarita Tadevosyan, PhD candidate, “UN Development Program Grant.” United Nations Development Program, September 1, 2018.

Pamina Firchow,NSF LSS (National Science Foundation, Law and Society) Grant.” National Science Foundation, September 7, 2018.

Pamina Firchow, “U.S. Agency for International Development Grant.” September 1, 2018.

Terrence Lyons and Patricia Maulden, “Grant Award: Inclusive Dialogues with University Peace Clubs.” Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, September 1, 2018.

Nawal Rajeh, PhD student, “Baltimore Community Mediation Center Peacemaker of the Year Award 2018.” September 17, 2018.

David J. Smith, Adjunct Faculty, MS ’09, “Forbes Coaches Council New Member.” Forbes Coaches Council, September 1, 2018.

Academic Publications


Pamina Firchow, Reclaiming Everyday Peace: Local Voices in Measurement and Evaluation After War. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Lisa Schirch, PhD ’99, The Ecology of Violent Extremism. Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.

Book Chapters

Kevin Clements, former Director of S-CAR, wrote the “Conclusions” chapter for The Ecology of Violent Extremism. Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.

Jayne Docherty, PhD ’98, wrote a chapter titled “WACO and White Extremism in the U.S.” in The Ecology of Violent Extremism. Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.

Lisa Schirch, PhD ’99, wrote three chapters in her edited book The Ecology of Violent Extremism. She wrote the “Introduction,” “Climate Impacts on Violent Extremism,” and “Security Sector Reform and Violent Extremism” chapters. Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.

Journal Articles

Oded Adomi Leshem, PhD ’18, “The Pivotal Role of the Enemy in Inducing Hope for Peace.” Political Studies (Political Studies Association), September 12, 2018: 1–19.

Jamie Price, “Method in Analyzing Conflict Behavior: The Insight Approach.” Revista de Mediación, no. 1 (September 1, 2018): 1–9.

Megan Price, PhD ’16, “Change Through Curiosity in the Insight Approach to Conflict.Revista de Mediación, no. 1 (September 1, 2018): 20–27.

Arthur Romano, “The Challenge of Adapting to Global Complexity: Lessons from Peace Education Practices in Hiroshima, Japan.” Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research, no. 4 (September 10, 2018): 445–472.

Richard Rubenstein, “Responsibility for Peacemaking in the Context of Structural Violence.” International Journal on Responsibility, no. 2 (September 1, 2018): 6–26.

David J. Smith, Adjunct Faculty, MS ’09, “Book Review: David Miliband-‘Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time.’International Journal on World Peace, no. 3 (September 1, 2018): 88–90.

S-CAR in the News

Newspaper, Magazine, and Online Articles

Call to Action: Support the Sandole Memorial Scholarship Endowment” was published in the S-CAR News on September 13, 2018.

Damian Cristodero highlighted S-CAR undergraduate student India Mazzaro in an article titled “Her Choice of a Major Was a Career Decision” for the University News: George Mason University. It was published on September 4, 2018.

Walid Jawad, MS ’08, wrote “Channeling Muhammad Ali Clay, Kaepernick Saga and Nike’s Gamble” for the Al Arabiya News Channel, published on September 17, 2018.

Safaa Kasraoui quoted Mohammed Cherkaoui, PhD ’12, in an article titled “Mandatory Military Service: To Some It’s Patriotic, to Others It’s Punishment” for the Morocco World News, published on September 28, 2018.

Ibrahim Fraihat, PhD ’06, wrote “Palestinians in the West Bank Respond to Trump’s Pressure with Defiance” for the World Politics Review, published on September 21, 2018.

Brenda Ruggiero, on September 28, 2018, quoted David J. Smith, Adjunct Faculty, MS ’09, in an article titled “Swanton Transformed into Fictional Country for Disaster Training,” about the Forage Center’s humanitarian field exercises, for The Garrett County Republican.

Jack Segal wrote “A Friend’s Passing: Memories of Dennis Sandole” for the S-CAR News, published on September 13, 2018.

David J. Smith, Adjunct Faculty, MS ’09, published an article on September 24, 2018 for the Fulbright Association, titled “Fulbright Career Corner: Always Seek to Better Yourself.”

Audrey Williams, for the S-CAR News, wrote about how “New Concentrations Will Keep S-CAR Master’s Students on the Cutting Edge.” It was published on September 21, 2018.

Television and Video Presentations

Mohammed Cherkaoui, PhD ’12, was on Deutsche Welle (DW) Arabic TV twice. He discussed “What Are the Implications of the West’s Disagreement over the Iranian Nuclear Deal? -ما مآلات خلاف الغرب حول الاتفاق النووي الإيراني؟” on September 27, 2018, and ماذا بعد“ إغلاق مكتب منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية في واشنطن؟ - What After the Closure of the PLO Office in Washington?” on September 9, 2018.

Marc Gopin was interviewed about the Mueller investigation on “Present Time. Results »with Julia Savchenko” - «Настоящее время. Итоги» с Юлией Савченко, on Voice of America (VoA) Russian Edition, on September 21, 2018.

Lisa Schirch, PhD ’99, presented a webinar on her new book, titled “Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Webinar - The Ecology of Violent Extremism,” for USAID’s Peace Exchange program, held on September 19, 2018.

S-CAR Events, Presentations, and Public Lectures

Robin Ericson, Adjunct Faculty, PhD ’07, conducted a workshop on “Adapting Active Learning Techniques for Traditional Classroom Settings” at the George Mason 10th Annual Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference on September 14, 2018.

Patricia Maulden was a panelist for three public lectures. The first, “9/11 Evening of Reflection: Remember, Reflect, Restore,was for the 6th Annual Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service. She also presented a paper on “Causes v Symptoms of Intolerance: How to Grow Peacefor the Global Youth Peace Dialogue held at George Washington University. Finally, for George Mason University’s Pizza & Perspectives session on “The United States of America: A Polarized (Privatized?) Nation,” she presented a paper on “Public/Private Funding Nexus in Higher Education: Policy, Markets, & Their Effects.”

Daniel Rothbart presented a paper on “Compassion, Practice and Peacebuilding” at the Peace and Justice Studies Association Meeting in Philadelphia on September 28, 2018. 

Professor Paul Butler, from Georgetown University, presented his new book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men, at the 29th Annual Lynch Lecture on September 26, 2018. Susan Hirsch moderated the discussion, which focused on race and social justice within the United States. Dean Kevin Avruch introduced the event.

Centers and Publications