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Hizkias at South Sudan peace

CJP faculty member Hizkias Assefa leads mediation to ease suffering in South Sudan

Thousands of men, women and children displaced and otherwise suffering from the impact of war in Jonglei – the largest, most populated state in South Sudan – may see their situation become less desperate as a result of mediation efforts led by Hizkias Assefa, a founding faculty member of the Center f ...More

Strategizing with former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan      during the Kenyan political mediation

Start with compassion – one key lesson from 30 years as a top-level mediator around the world

The reason Hizkias Assefa has two law degrees, two master’s degrees, and one doctorate is not because he loves living buried in university libraries. It’s because he had to leave his home country of Ethiopia when his friends and relatives were being killed or imprisoned during the Derg’s 13-year military dictatorship. ...More

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Nobel Prize Winner Connected to Peace-Church Tradition

One of the three women receiving the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Leymah Gbowee, is closely connected with the “peace-church tradition” of the Mennonites. Gbowee, who shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and ...More

Iraqi Peace Worker Killed

An Iraqi-Muslim advocate for peace and reconciliation, who received support from Christian organizations for his work in trauma-healing, has been killed. Dr. Alharith Abdulhameed Hassan, 56-year-old professor of psychiatry at the University of Baghdad, was shot while traveling to work on Dec. 6, according to an e-mail sent in mid-January by his bereaved widow, Maysa Hussam Jaber, to f ...More

Assefa Nurtures Cease-Fire in Uganda

Lt. General Dr. Riek Machar (l.), vice president of the government of Southern Sudan and chairm ...More