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Anthony Wanis-St. John

Associate Professor School of International Service

Additional Positions at AU

  • Director, International Peace and Conflict Resolution MA program
Dr. Anthony Wanis-St. John researches international negotiation and mediation: military negotiations, ceasefires, humanitarian negotiations and peace processes in particular. He has created several advanced courses on negotiation for SIS, ranging from interpersonal skills and analysis to complex multilateral challenges. He also conducts advanced negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution trainings for US military and civilian agencies, international organizations, humanitarian NGOs as well as business organizations around the world. He is an advisor to the Academy of International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace. His work also supports civil-military integration for the US government.


PhD, International Relations, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy MA, Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy BS, Human Services, St. John’s University, magna cum laude

Favorite Spot on Campus
Spot where JFK gave the 1963 Commencement Speech and announced nuclear test ban negotiations
Favorite Place in Washington DC
Capital Crescent Trail; Folger Shakespeare Library
Book Currently Reading
Strangers on a Bridge, by James Donovan
Languages Spoken
Spanish, French, and a bit of Arabic
SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 206
Contact Info
(202) 885-1544 (Office)

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For the Media
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See Also
My 2011 book on the Middle East Peace Process
Professor Wanis-St. John's Publications

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • "International Conflict Resolution: 'From Practice to Knowledge and Back Again," in Deutsch, Coleman and Marcus, eds. Handbook of Conflict Resolution, 3rd ed., 2014 (with Suzanne Ghais)
  • "Indigenous Peacebuilding,” in Roger Mac Ginty, ed., Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • "Impediments to trade across the Green Line in Cyprus: The role of classic barriers and trust," with Omer Gokcekus, Dennis Nottebaum and Jessica Henson, Journal of Peace Research vol. 49, no. 6 (November 2012)
  • “Ancient Peacemakers: Exemplars for Humanity,” in Susan Allen Nan, Andrea Bartoli, Zachariah Mampilly, eds. Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory (Praeger, 2011), pp. 563-581
  • Back Channel Negotiation: Secrecy in the Middle East Peace Process (Syracuse University Press, 2011).
  • Conflict Prevention in the New Security Context: The Case of Macedonia (with Anton Grizold, Marina Mitrevska, Vlado Buchkovski), Open Society Institute of Macedonia, 2009).
  • "Comparative Peace Processes," in T. McElwee, B.W. Hall, J. Liechty, J. Garber, eds., Peace, Justice and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide, 7th ed. (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009).
  • "Civil Society and Peace Negotiations: Confronting Exclusion," International Negotiation, vol. 13, no. 1 (2008) with Darren Kew.
  • "Peace Processes, Secret Negotiations and Civil Society," (guest editor of special thematic issue), International Negotiation, vol. 13, no. 1 (2008).
  • "Back Channel Negotiation: International Bargaining in the Shadows," Negotiation Journal, vol. 22, no. 2 (2006).

Professional Presentations

  • “Art of Negotiation,” Marine Corps University, Command and Staff College, Leadership Course, Quantico, VA, November 20, 2014
  • “Back Channel Negotiation,” United States Security Coordinator/Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment Branch/Minerva Initiative/Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Speaker Series, November 18, 2014
  • “Negotiation and Mediation,” United States Institute of Peace, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, Mediating Violent Conflict Course, Washington, DC, November 17, 2014
  • “Negotiation and Mediation,” United States Institute of Peace, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, Mediating Violent Conflict Course, May 12, 2014
  •  “Advanced Negotiations for the National Security Professional: Six Party Talks with North Korea,” George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs, National Security Studies Program, Senior Manager Course in National Security Leadership, Washington, DC, March 19, 2014
  •  Invited Expert, “Civil Military Relations and Negotiation Training for Military Forces,” Alliance for Peacebuilding, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC, January 6-7, 2014


Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Fulbright Senior Specialists Scholarship 2009;  Curricular collaboration with the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Palestinian American Research Center Post Doctoral Fellowship, 2005
  • Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation Doctoral Research Fellowship, 1999-2000

Work In Progress

  • "Shooting for Peace: Negotiation of Ceasefires in Civil Wars." 

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