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Suzanne Ghais

Suzanne Ghais

I am the daughter of an Egyptian immigrant father and Irish-American mother. I was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and grew up in a racially mixed part of Columbia, Maryland. As a teenager I moved with my family to London, U.K. I have also lived in Paris and Cairo. My time abroad led to my interest in international relations, and as soon as I discovered the field of conflict resolution I fell in love with it. I have built my skills in smaller scale dispute resolution (interpersonal, group and multiparty) and have returned to academia mid-career to refocus on international affairs and peacemaking. I aspire to consult on peace processes. I live in the Denver area with my husband and two daughters. 

Previous Education

  • George Mason University, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Master of Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 1996
  • Brown University Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, linguistics, 1990
  • American University of Cairo, Arabic language and Middle East Studies, summer and semester abroad, 1988
  • L'Université de Paris—La Sorbonne Certificat de Niveau Supérieur, French language, 1985 

Previous Employment Experience

  • Self-Employed Mediator/Facilitator, 2006–2010
  • CDR Associates, 1996–2006 (Positions: Executive director and senior program manager 2005–2006; senior program manager 2004–2006; program manager 1999–2004; program assistant 1997–1999; intern 1996–1997.)
  • Dispute Resolution Training Specialist, Council of Better Business Bureaus (1990–1995).

Research Interests

International negotiation and mediation, peace processes, civil wars, ethnic relations, and state- and democracy-building in divided societies 



Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

My Dissertation


Inclusivity and Peacemaking in Civil Wars

  • Anthony Wanis-St. John, Assistant Professor, American University School of International Service (chair)
  • Ronald J. Fisher, Professor, American University School of International Service and Director of its International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division 
  • P. Terrence Hopmann, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Conflict Management Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Timothy D. Sisk, Professor; Director, Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace; and Associate Dean for Research, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver 

Why I chose SIS

I felt right at home as soon as I walked into SIS. It offers me the perfect mix of traditional international studies topics (including international relations and comparative politics) and peace and conflict studies. The PhD program teaches me to produce high-quality scholarship, yet the community here welcomes my goals as a practitioner as well. The fabulous faculty and students are generating a wealth of cutting-edge, policy-relevant research.