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Amr AbdallaNationality: Egypt
Current Position within UPEACE
I am Professor and Vice Rector at UPEACE. In my capacity as Vice Rector, I ensure that all UPEACE’s academic courses and activities are of highest quality, and contribute to the growth of UPEACE as a leader in the field of peacebuilding and conflict resolution education and practice. As a professor, I teach courses on conflict analysis and resolution, terrorism and research methods in the area of peacebuilding.
Before arriving at UPEACE, I was a Senior Fellow with the Peace Operations Policy Program, School of Public Policy, at George Mason University, in Virginian, USA. I was also a Visiting Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia.
Both my academic and professional careers are multi-disciplinary. I obtained a law degree in Egypt in 1977 where I practiced law as a prosecuting attorney from 1978 to 1987. I then emigrated to the U.S. where I obtained a Master's degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.
I have been teaching graduate classes in conflict analysis and resolution, and have conducted training, research and evaluation of conflict resolution and peacebuilding programs in Egypt, Switzerland, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Italy, Rwanda, Ireland, Iraq, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Zambia. I also authored, and co-authored, several research and evaluation teaching manuals including: Doing What You Want With Your Data, A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning and Implementing Evaluation Strategies, and Qualitative Evaluation: The What and Why.
I have been an active figure in promoting effective cross-cultural messages within the Islamic and Arabic-speaking communities in America through workshops, T.V. and radio presentations. I have also been actively involved in inter-faith dialogues in the United States. I pioneered the development of the first conflict resolution training manual for the Muslim communities in the United States titled (“…Say Peace”). I also founded Project LIGHT (Learning Islamic Guidance for Human Tolerance), a community peer-based anti-discrimination project funded by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ).Education and qualifications
Ph.D., Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, Spring 2001.
Master's Degree, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, Spring 1992.
LL.B. in Law, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, Spring 1977.Work experience
Prosecuting Attorney. Heliopolis District. Cairo, Egypt. 1978-1981
Prosecuting Attorney. National Security Office. Cairo, Egypt. 1981-1987
Research Associate. George Mason University, USA. 1989-1994
Research and Evaluation Director. Center for the Advancement of Public Health. George Mason University, USA. 1994-2001
Adjunct Professor. George Mason University, USA. 1997-2001
Adjunct Professor. The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, USA. 1998-2004.
Senior Fellow, and Affiliate Assistant Professor. Peace Operations Policy Program. George Mason University, USA. 2001-2004
Professor and Dean of Academic Programmes. University for Peace, Costa Rica. 2004-Courses taught
Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Conflict Analysis and Resolution in the Islamic Context
Racial and Ethnic Conflicts
Terrorism in the Middle Eastern Context
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
Numerous Training Workshops on Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Peacebuilding
Numerous Training Workshops on Program EvaluationResearch interests
Cultural Aspects of Conflict and Peace
Peacebuilding in the Islamic Context
Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence Across Religious and Cultural Lines
Use of Qualitative and Quantitative Research and Evaluation Methods in the Area of Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
The following is a selected list of some of publications, and research and evaluation reports:Publications and Training Manuals
Abdalla, Amr and Marks, Susan Collin. Multifaceted Programming: Influencing Policies in Burundi. In NGOs at the Table: Strategies for Influencing Policy in Areas of Conflict. Mari Fitzduff and Cheyanne Church (eds). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. MD. 2004.
Abdalla, Amr and Anderson, David. Qualitative Evaluation: The Why and How. Center for the Advancement of Public Health. George Mason University. VA. September 2000.
Anderson, David and Abdalla, Amr. A 14 Step Model for Evaluation of Community Programs. Center for the Advancement of Public Health. George Mason University. VA. January 2000.
Anderson David and Abdalla, Amr. “TUNE-UP” An Evaluation Training Manual for Community Leaders. Center for the Advancement of Public Health. George Mason University. VA. October 2001.
Abdalla, Amr, et al. “…Say Peace: A Conflict Resolution Training Manual for Muslim Communities.” The Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences. Leesburg, VA. Summer 2002.
Abdalla, Amr. Principles of Islamic Interpersonal Conflict Intervention: A Search within Islam and Western Literature. Journal of Law and Religion. V. 15. Fall 2000.
Abdalla, Amr. Finding the Tools to Bridge Cultural Gaps. Al-Hewar: The Arab American Dialogue. Volume 10, No.3. Pp 6-7. March 1999. VA.
Borkman, Thomasina and Abdalla, Amr (Co-authors). Evaluation of Program Participation in a Voluntary Drug Prevention Program for Adolescents By Regression Analysis. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society For the Study of Social Problems, Washington D.C., August 9-11 1990.Research and Evaluation Reports
Abdalla, Amr; Raissudin A.N.M., at al. Pre-primary and Primary Madrasah Education in Bangladesh. A Research Report Submitted to Creative Associate International, Inc. Washington, D.C. 2004.
Abdalla, Amr. Conflict Assessment in Baghdad, Iraq. An Assessment Report Submitted to International Relief and Development (IRD). Washington, D.C. Summer 2003.
Abdalla, Amr; Davenport, Noa, et al. Evaluation Report of Conflict Management and Peacebuilding Programs Conducted by Oxfam-Great Britain in Rwanda. An Evaluation Report to Oxfam-Great Britain and The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy. Washington, D.C. November 2002.
Abdalla, Amr; Shepler, Susan, et al. Research and Evaluation Report of Conflict Resolution, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS Programs Conducted by Search for Common Ground in Sierra Leone. A Research and Evaluation Report to Search for Common Ground. Washington, D.C. March 2002.
Abdalla, Amr; Davenport, Noa, et al. Evaluation Report of Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Programs Conducted by Search for Common Ground in Burundi. A Research and Evaluation Report to Search for Common Ground. Washington, D.C. December 2001.
Abdalla, Amr. Evaluation of Prince William County Schools’ Student Assistance Programs. An Evaluation Report to Prince William County Schools. VA. 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001.
Abdalla, Amr and Anderson, David. Report of Findings for Manassas City Public Schools’ Student Attitude Survey. A Research Report to Manassas City Public Schools. VA. September 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1994.
Abdalla, Amr and Torrey, Nancy. Conflict Mapping and Media Programs Assessment: The Case of Liberia’s Talking Drum Studio. A Research and Evaluation Report to Search for Common Ground. Washington, D.C. July 1999.
Abdalla, Amr; Deull, Jonathan, et al. Independent Program Evaluation: Search for Common Ground in Burundi. An Evaluation Report to Search for Common Ground. Washington, D.C. February 1999.
Anderson, David; Abdalla, Amr, et al. Study of Curfew laws in Virginia. A Research Report to Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles. VA. December 1994.