Dr. Lisa Schirch is the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Director of Human Security in Washington DC and lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia where she is Research Professor at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding.  As part of a team at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict and University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace, she trains military personnel in relating to civilians and aid agencies.  

A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch has worked in over 20 countries in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, most recently in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Fiji, and Lebanon. Schirch has written six books and numerous articles on conflict prevention and strategic peacebuilding. In 2013, she published Conflict Assessment and Peacebuilding Planning: Toward a Participatory Approach to Human Security.

Schirch’s current research interests include the design and structure of a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan, conflict assessment and program design, civil-military relations, and the role of the media in peacebuilding. Schirch has worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program to develop their peacebuilding and conflict response strategy, and at the World Bank, USAID, the US Foreign Service Institute and many US military academies where she teaches civil military relations.

Schirch holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

She is a frequent public speaker in both Washington and Virginia community forums and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and countless radio programs.

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