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Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

Welcome to my website. I am an Assistant Professor of the Practice and the Curriculum Coordinator at the MA Program in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. Before coming to Georgetown University seven years ago I worked as a consultant for the Religion and Peacebuilding Program at United States Institute of Peace, and as an Assistant Professor in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service at American University, Washington D.C.  I am also one of the founding members of Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, a non-profit organization for research, education, and practice on issues related to conflict resolution, nonviolence, and development, where I served as Associate Director (2005-2012).


I received my PhD from American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC in 2002 and my Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis from University of Kent in Canterbury, England.


As an Assistant Professor I taught a broad range of classes such as “Religion and Conflict Resolution,” “Conflict Resolution and Development,” “Evaluation of Peacebuilding and Development Programs” “Islamic Sources of Conflict Resolution”, "Gender and Conflict Resolution", "Theories of Conflict Resolution” among others.


As a scholar-practitioner, I have facilitated dialogues and training workshops, and worked on conflict resolution curriculum development in various countries including Turkey, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Chad, Niger, Kenya, Guatemala, Iran, Saudi Arabia, among others.

This website contains publications, course material, my research, and my blog. Enjoy!!

"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." 


― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.” 

― Dalai Lama XIV

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