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Transforming Conflict with a New Framework: A Strategic Priority for the United States


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The 2011 TePoel Lecture is being held this year in cooperation with the Werner Institute. The lecture Transforming Conflict with a New Framework: A Strategic Priority for the United States will be presented by Dr. Cynthia G. Irmer.

The lecture will take place:

March 25th, 2011
4:30 - 5:30

The lecture will be held at:

The Creighton University School of Law

on the corner of 21st and Cass Street

in Omaha, Nebraska.


Dr. Cynthia G. Irmer
Conflict Resolution Specialist and Attorney

Dr. Irmer is a conflict resolution specialist and attorney. At the State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, which reports directly to the Secretary, she co-leads the interagency working group that developed the interagency Conflict Assessment Framework (ICAF) and leads the Conflict Prevention office in the development of an interagency strategic level conflict prevention approach.

Dr. Irmer trains representatives from the interagency group in conflict analysis and resolution and understanding and applying the ICAF. She has worked in crisis and post-crisis situations in Casamance, Senegal and Northern Uganda to bring government and armed opposition parties together to prepare for: facilitated dialogues; interest-based peace talks to address underlying causes of conflict; relationship building; and reconciliation. She has created situation assessment tools, performed assessments, and recommended program designs for the Government of Thailand and NGOs in the Philippines and Nigeria, developed training materials and program designs for senior-level Thai government officials in conflict resolution and mediator skills training, assisted senior-level government officials from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and other senior executives from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in the design and implementation of efforts to institutionalize a conflict resolution/mediation mechanism within the MRC.

Dr. Irmer received her Ph.D. in Conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution where she serves as an adjunct professor in conflict and peace studies. She is a 1980 graduate of the Creighton Law School.