Dr. Lisa Schirch is North American Research Director for the Toda Institute, Advisor with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and Research Professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch works alongside local colleagues in over 20 countries and on racial justice, Indigenous rights and the media in North America. Dr. Schirch has written several books including Civilian Peacekeeping, Ritual and Symbol in Peacebuilding, The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding, and The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects. Her most recent book is Conflict Assessment and Peacebuilding Planning: Toward a Participatory Approach to Human Security. The website for the book can be found at www.Conflict-Assessment-and-Peacebuilding-Planning.org. Dr. Schirch holds a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.