Peacemaking in the Age of Extremism: Inertia or Innovations in Mediation & Diplomacy


Location: Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium



The 18th Annual Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion and Peace


Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini

Co-Founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Network (ICAN)

Anderlini is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and between 2005-14 was a Research Associate and Senior Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies. In 2011, she was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team. For nearly two decades she has been a leading international advocate, researcher, trainer and writer on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. In 2000, she was among the civil society drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

Between 2002 and 2005, as Director of the Women Waging Peace Policy Commission, Anderlini led ground breaking field research on women’s contributions to conflict prevention, security and peacemaking in 12 countries. Since 2005, she has also provided strategic guidance and training to key UN agencies, the UK government and NGOs worldwide, including leading a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)/ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) needs assessment into Maoist cantonment sites in Nepal. Between 2008 – 2010, Anderlini was Lead Consultant for a 10-country UNDP global initiative on “Gender, Community Security and Social Cohesion” with a focus on men’s experiences in crisis settings. She has served on the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF), and was appointed to the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) on Resolution 1325, chaired by Mary Robinson in 2010. In 2013, she was appointed to the Working Group on Gender and Inclusion of the Sustainable Development Network for the post-2015 agenda.

Anderlini has published extensively on gender, peace and security issues, including Women Building Peace: What They Do, Why It Matters (Lynne Rienner, 2007). She was the 2014 recipient of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area Perdita Huston Award for human rights and the 2016 Greeley Peace Scholar at the University of Massachussetts. She holds an M.Phil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University.

This event, the 18th Annual Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion and Peace, will be followed by lunch and informal dialogue.

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