DEPARTMENT: CJP - Center for Justice & Peacebuilding
POSITION: Affiliate Associate Professor
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | WH 2nd
PHONE: (540) 432-4579
Catherine Barnes has extensive experience designing and facilitating deliberative dialogue, as well as teaching and training adults in working with conflict, strategies for building peace and promoting social justice. She has worked in more than 30 countries particularly in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Caucasus and Eastern Europe. With more than twenty years working with non-governmental organizations, Catherineâ€™s peacebuilding practice has included:
â€¢ Interactive process design and dialogue facilitation, strategic planning and collaborative learning, including large-scale conferences and more intimate deliberative dialogue processes engaging participants from across conflict divides;
â€¢ Teaching and training in peace processes, conflict transformation, dialogue, problem solving, leadership development and empowerment for social action;
â€¢ Policy research, policy dialogue and advocacy on issues connected to war-to-peace transition processes, political negotiation, statebuilding, and civil society roles in peacebuilding.
â€¢ Program and project development and proposal preparation; strategic reviews and evaluation.
FACILITATION AND PROCESS DESIGN
â€¢ Global conference at UN headquarters â€œFrom Reaction to Prevention: the Roles of Civil Society in Preventing Armed Conflict and Building Peaceâ€â€”process design, preparation and facilitation of plenary and large panel sessions of conference involving more than 1,000 participants from civil society, governments, and IGOs, New York, July 2005
â€¢ European Regional Conference of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflictâ€”facilitated a consensus building process for more than 250 people to agree the European Action Agenda, Ireland, April 2004
â€¢ â€œTools for Peaceâ€â€”lead facilitator of this international, inter-religious peace conference, Sweden, November 2004
â€¢ â€œRole of the EU in the South Caucasusâ€, lead facilitator of conference for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
â€¢ Mennonite Church USAâ€™s â€œFuture Church Summitâ€, lead designer and facilitator of a multi-phase process for church renewal leading to an interactive multi-stakeholder dialogue involving more than 700 delegates., Jan-July 2017.
Dialogue and joint-analysis
â€¢ Designed and facilitated numerous seminars for policy makers, political party representatives, civil society representatives and analysts â€“ many involving participants from across conflict divides â€“ to explore various issues in conflict prevention and learning from peace processes.
â€¢ Designed and facilitated a series of deliberative dialogue processes for ethnic leaders inside Myanmar/Burma leading to shared vision for future and action agendas for collaborative work.
â€¢ Facilitated a series of workshops for governmental and civil society representatives from five East European countries on key problems in majority/minority relations and wrote published reports of the outcomes.
Strategic planning and meeting facilitation
â€¢ Facilitated strategic planning processes, retreats, and meetings for: Conciliation Resources; Center for Justice and Peacebuilding; Consortium Initiative on Nagorny-Karabakh; EMU School of Graduate Studies; EMU Enrollment Department; Free Tibet Campaign; Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict; Haiti Advocacy Working Group; Saferworld; Jackson Mississippi Public Schools Restorative Justice Initiative; PLATFORM London.
TRAINING IN PEACEBUILDING, GOVERNMENT TRANSITION AND ADVOCACY
â€¢ Designed and delivered numerous bespoke training courses on peacemaking and peace processes for groups ranging from the UK government’s conflict adviser cadre, to members of armed insurgency groups, to civil society ‘insider partial’ peacemakers.
â€¢ Designed and facilitated training seminars for diplomats and UN officials on conflict resolution and negotiation skills and wrote training manual to accompany the course.
â€¢ Designed & delivered a series of trainings for three cohorts of deliberative dialogue process designers and facilitators in Myanmar/Burma to support the peace process and other socio-political change (2014-2017).
â€¢ Developed and delivered trainings and training-of-trainers courses on governance transition processes and roles of legislature for new ethnic politicians and civil society activists in Myanmar/Burma.
â€¢ Developed and delivered annual module on reconciliation and transitional justice for Responding To Conflict.
â€¢ Delivered a series of training seminars on strategies for public participation in peacemaking, including for the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for Sri Lankan officials and civic leaders; gave talks on this theme for various audiences in London, New York, Washington and Yerevan.
â€¢ Taught EU specialization course on conflict transformation at Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution
â€¢ Advised a group of Dutch Malukans on possible roles of diaspora communities in conflict and peacebuilding.
â€¢ Designed and facilitated a range of training seminars for minority rights activists on human rights and advocacy, including tailored courses for advocacy at both the UN Human Rights Commission and at the Council of Europe.
â€¢ Conducted a series of seminars to train teachers, students and community activists in communication, conflict resolution, and problem solving skills.
â€¢ Advised the European Union in its support for the emerging peace process in Myanmar and the concept of its funding for development of institutions to support the process, 2012.
â€¢ Served as strategic adviser to the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)â€“2003-2005
â€¢ Conducted a review of Conciliation Resourcesâ€™ Accord program, which led to the development of a new strategic direction for the program and a detailed â€˜business-planâ€™ for achieving it.
â€¢ Developed and implemented a three-year program for Minority Rights Group to promote minority rights and cooperation between communities in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland and Slovakia.
â€¢ Served as an expert adviser to the PEER project of the European Network Against Racism to develop empowerment projects for community organizations fighting discrimination throughout Europe
INDEPENDENT EVALUATION, STRATEGIC REVIEWS AND FIELD STUDIES
â€¢ Strategic Advisor and Reviewer for the Consortium Initiative on Nagorny-Karabakh â€“ 2005-2007
â€¢ Conducted evaluation reviews of Conciliation Resourcesâ€™ 5-year peacebuilding program in Georgia/Abkhazia; of International Alertâ€™s peacebuilding program in Georgia/Abkhazia; and of Saferworldâ€™s work in the Western Balkans
â€¢ Conducted evaluation research for CHFâ€™s â€˜Stable Society Studyâ€™ on the impact of participatory community development on conflict in Southern Serbia.
POLICY ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS RAISING
â€¢ Policy adviser for Conciliation Resources, responsible for researching and formulating its policy advocacy strategy, drafting policy analysis and materials, and delivering results on its policy change goalsâ€”from 2006-2010.
â€¢ Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict: Facilitated and drafted the development of the Global Action Agenda, prepared submissions for various UN reports, represented GPPAC at UN General Assembly Hearings in advance of the Millennium Declaration Review Summit, lobbied UN officials and government representatives on key GPPAC goals, helped to catalyze the â€˜Group of Friends for Conflict Preventionâ€™ involving almost 40 missions.
â€¢ Prepared submissions and represented Minority Rights Group International in international fora (UN, OSCE, Council of Europe) and conferences to raise awareness of specific minority rights issues.
â€¢ Experienced in consulting with senior government and inter-governmental officials, civil society leaders, community activists and researchers on a diverse range of conflict, human rights, and policy concerns.
â€¢ Provided informal consultation on dynamics of peace processes and specific conflict situations with intermediaries, policy advisors, and activists responsible for developing peacebuilding strategies.
ACADEMIC TEACHING AND COURSE DEVELOPMENT
â€¢ Eastern Mennonite University, developed and taught classes on war-to-peace transitions, peace processes, public policy, group facilitation, advanced practice skills, foundations for justice and peacebuilding, and conflict analysis for masters degree students.
â€¢ UN University of Peace: taught graduate class on conflict analysis, peace processes, negotiation and mediation.
â€¢ Europa-UniversitÃ¤t Viadrina: developed and wrote an online master degree class on international conflict management.
â€¢ Applied Conflict Transformation Studies: advised Responding to Conflict in the development of this international distance-learning graduate program and authored core readers..
â€¢ EASTERN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY, Associate Professor Strategic Peacebuilding and Public Policy, Aug 2011-Present (ongoing)
â€¢ INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT, working for NGOs, inter-governmental organizations and governments on strategies and processes for conflict transformation and positive change, from January 2002 (ongoing)
â€¢ HOPE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY â€“ MYANMAR, Adviser, January 2010-February 2011.
â€¢ CONCILIATION RESOURCES, Accord Programme Manager / Series Editor, May 2000â€“Jan 2002, London
â€¢ MINORITY RIGHTS GROUP INTERNATIONAL (MRG), Programme Co-ordinator for Europe/FSU/ Americas, Nov 1995â€“Oct 1998, London
â€¢ INSTITUTE OF WORLD AFFAIRS, Program Associate, Jan 1994â€“Oct 1995, Washington, DC
â€¢ JOHN C. NEWMAN, P.C., Legal Assistant, Oct 1992â€“Jan 1994, Washington, DC
â€¢ MENTAL HEALTH LAW PROJECT, Childrenâ€™s SSI Campaign Assistant, Washington, DC
â€¢ SENECA COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER, Regional Youth Specialist and Adolescent Therapist, May 1989â€“Oct 1990, Lewisburg, West Virginia
â€¢ FAMILY REFUGE CENTER, Program Coordinator, June 1987â€“Aug 1988, Lewisburg, West Virginia
â€¢ OHIO PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP, Peace and Social Justice Coordinator, Sept 1983-June 1985
Doctor of Philosophy, Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, January 2000. Research specialization on genocide in the twentieth century.
Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, May 1994. Specializing the study of deep-rooted conflict between ethnic and other communal groups. Graduated with a 4.0 (â€œAâ€) grade point average.
Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Oberlin College, May 1987. Major: comparative politics; Minor: Religion.
BOOKS, ARTICLES AND MONOGRAPHS
â€¢ Dilemmas of Ownership, Inclusivity, Legitimacy and Power: Towards Transformative National Dialogue Processes. National Dialogue Handbook Background Paper No. 1. Berlin: Berghof Foundation. 2017.
â€¢ “Tipping the balance? Sanctions, incentives and peace processes” Managing Peace Processes: Process related questions. Handbook for AU Mediators, Volume 1. Addis Ababa: Peace and Security Department, African Union Commission. March 2013.
â€¢ Ending war: the need for peace process support strategies. 2009. Policy Brief. Conciliation Resources. http://www.c-r.org/resources/ending-war-need-peace-process-support-strategies-policy-brief
â€¢ Renegotiating the political settlement in war-to-peace transitions. 2009. Paper commissioned by UK Department for International Development for OECD-DAC International Dialogue on Statebuilding and Peacebuilding. http://www.c-r.org/resources/renegotiating-political-settlement-war-peace-transitions
â€¢ â€œCivil society and peacebuilding: mapping functions in working for peaceâ€ International Spectator Volume 44 No. 1 March 2009
â€¢ Peace Processes and Stabilization. Stabilization Issues Note. Briefing guidance commissioned by the UK Stabilization Unit. September 2008.
â€¢ Powers of persuasion: incentives, sanctions and conditionality in peace processes. Accord 19. Editor with Aaron Griffiths. Conciliation Resources, 2008. http://www.c-r.org/accord/incentives-sanctions-conditions
â€¢ Bridging the gap: improving UK support to peace processes. Working paper. Conciliation Resources, June 2007. http://www.c-r.org/resources/bridging-gap-improving-uk-support-peace-processes-%E2%80%93-working-paper
â€¢ Agents of Change: Roles of Civil Society in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding. Issue Paper 2: Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. European Centre for Conflict Prevention, October 2006. http://www.gppac.net/documents/Rapport2_2.pdf
â€¢ â€œThe Functional Utility of Genocide: Towards a Framework for Understanding the Connection Between Genocide and Regime Consolidation, Expansion and Maintenanceâ€ Journal of Genocide Research. Vol 7, No 3, September 2005.
â€¢ â€œWeaving the Web: Civil Society Roles in Working with Conflict and Building Peaceâ€ in van Tongeren et al, Eds. People Building Peace II: Successful Stories of Civil Society. Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner, 2005.
â€¢ The United Nations, Civil Society, and Preventing Armed Conflict: Principles and Recommendations for Operational Prevention. Paper for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, 2004
â€¢ UN-CSO Interaction in Conflict-Affected Communities. Paper for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, 2004 available on www.gppac.net
â€¢ Constructing a shared future?: Participatory Community Development and Conflict Mitigation in Southern Serbia. Stable Society Study. Washington DC: CHF, 2003.
â€¢ Owning the Process: Mechanisms for Political Participation of the Public in Peacemaking. Accord 13. Editor. London: Conciliation Resources, 2002. http://www.c-r.org/accord/participation
â€¢ Politics of Compromise: The Tajikistan Peace Process. Accord 10. Editor with Kamoludin Abdullaev. London: Conciliation Resources, 2001. http://www.c-r.org/accord/tajikistan
â€¢ Beyond Conflict: The Structure and Purposes of Genocide in the Twentieth Century. Doctoral Dissertation. Fairfax, VA: Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, September 1999.
â€¢ The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children from Minority and Indigenous Communities. Editor. Minority Rights Group research contribution to GraÃ§a Machel UN Report on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, 1996.
â€¢ The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: A Guide for Non-Governmental Organizations with Manon Olsthoorn. London: Minority Rights Group, 1999. http://www.greekhelsinki.gr/pdf/FCNM-NGO-Guide.pdf
â€¢ â€œMinority Children of Somaliaâ€ in War: The Impact on Minority and Indigenous Children with Lorne Stockman. London: Minority Rights Group, 1997. http://www.minorityrights.org/?lid=10111
â€¢ Inter-group Conflict in Schools: Strategies and Resources, with Applied Practice and Theory research team. Fairfax, Virginia: Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 1994.
TRAINING MATERIALS AND COURSE READERS
â€¢ Creating Our Future: Responsive Leadership and Empowered Constituencies. Training manual and resource pack. Hope International Development Agency, 2011.
â€¢ Theories of Conflict: Causes, Dynamics and Implications, Applied Conflict Transformation Studies Series. Birmingham UK: Responding to Conflict, 2005
â€¢ Designing and Facilitating Conflict Transformation Processes, Applied Conflict Transformation Studies Series Birmingham UK: Responding to Conflict, 2005
â€¢ Conflict Resolution and Negotiation: A Practical Guide to Diplomacy After the Cold War, Washington: Institute of World Affairs Publications, 1994
â€¢ The Maun Sea Revitalization Project: A Complex Simulation Exercise for International Multilateral Negotiations. Washington: Institute of World Affairs Publications, 1994
PUBLISHED CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR REPORTS
â€¢ Tools for Peace?: The Role of Religion in Conflicts. Uppsala, Sweden: Life & Peace Institute, 2005
â€¢ The European Union and the South Caucasus: Opportunities for Intensified Engagement. Seminar Report. Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Centre for Conflict Prevention, May 2004
â€¢ Sierra Leone Peace Process: Learning from the Past to Address Current Challenges. London: Conciliation Resources
â€¢ Ideas for Change: Skills-Exchange Workshop Reports, with Anna-MÃ¡ria BÃro. London: Minority Rights Group, 1999.
MAJOR SPEECHES, CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
â€¢ â€œAddicted to Coercion: Shifting the Reliance on Force in Response to Conflict & Insecurityâ€. International Day of Peace Seminar, Mary Baldwin University, 21 Sept 2016.
â€¢ â€œEngaging together: exploring deliberative dialogue as a path towards systemic transformationâ€ Keynote speech to the Peace and Justice Studies Association, James Madison University, Oct 2015.
â€¢ â€œPeacebuilding and statebuilding: issues in operationalizing DFIDâ€™s new approachâ€ plenary presentation at DFID Policy Seminar: Best Practice in Fragile and Conflict Affected States, Wilton Park Conference 955, March 2009
â€¢ _â€œSanctions, incentives and conditionality in peacemaking: issues for the UN_â€ lead presentation at workshop for the UN Department of Political Affairs, July 2008
â€¢ â€œTalking with the enemy: improving political strategies for addressing armed conflictâ€ Speech to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues, December 2007
â€¢ â€œSetting the Agenda: Challenges and Contributions for Civil Society Roles in Peacebuildingâ€ plenary speech at ADM/CPA Conference on Mainstreaming Peacebuilding in Public Policy, Ireland, October 2005
â€¢ â€œMaking the Shift to Preventionâ€ plenary speech at Dag HammarskjÃ¶ld Conference â€˜UN and Global Securityâ€™ organized by the Swedish Government / UN Association of Sweden, February 2005
â€¢ â€œState-Building: the Challenges of Participation and Ownershipâ€ paper presented at State-Building Policy Seminar organised by International Peace Academy and the Center on International Cooperation, New York, November 2004
â€¢ â€œOwnership of the Transition and Peace Processesâ€ presentation to UK Government / Wilton Park Conference on Managing the Transition from International Military Intervention to Civilian Rule: Breaking the Conflict Cycle, December 2003
â€¢ _â€œFive Key Challenges for Governance in Central Asia_â€ paper presented at International Peace Academy / Diplomatische Akademie Weinâ€™s 32nd Annual â€˜Vienna Seminarâ€™, July 2002
â€¢ â€œComparative Experiences in International Peacemakingâ€ paper presented at the UNESCO / Government of Tajikistan International Symposium on the Historical Experience of Tajik Peacemaking, Dushanbe, April 2001.
â€¢ â€œToward a Conflict Theory of Genocideâ€ paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, July 1995.
â€¢ â€œThe Origins of Communal Conflict in South Asiaâ€ paper presented at the Conference on Peacemaking, Education, and Development, October 1993.