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CPCS Fellows

Senior Fellows

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Rajaa Altalli

Ms Altalli is the Co-Founder of Center for Civil Society and Democracy for Syria, member of the Women Advisory Board WAB for the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria OSE, and member of the Executive Committee of  U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). Rajaa Altalli is a mathematician, WPS specialist and peace advocate. Read more.

Tatsushi Arai, Ph.D.

Dr Tatsushi Arai is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University, Ohio. He is a scholar-practitioner of international conflict resolution and multi-track diplomacy with 25 years of experience in diverse conflict affected countries and regions across Asia (Japan-China relations, the Taiwan Strait, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, etc.), the Middle East (Syria/Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Oman, etc.), and sub-Saharan Africa (Rwanda, Nigeria, etc.) as well as in the United States. For information on Dr Arai's recent publications and peacebuilding practice, see here and here.

Hans Gutbrod, Ph.D.

Dr Gutbrod's primary interest at CPCS is to develop the concept of an Ethics of Political Commemoration, as a framework for making memory politics more constructive and sustainable. In this work, he draws on the extensive Just War tradition of Thomas Aquinas, to provide a comprehensive setting for various contemporary debates. Hans works as an Associate Professor at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia, and has done extensive research and analysis in the Caucasus region since 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Read more.

Joseph Huddleston, Ph.D.

Dr Huddleston’s current work focuses on diplomatic activities of secessionist, separatist, and self-determination movements, as well as how international actors help or hinder separatist groups apart from diplomatic recognition. He also studies how civilian populations respond to violence and economic disruption in civil war. He has published in Journal of Peace Research and Journal of Conflict Resolution, and other peer-reviewed outlets, as well as The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs. He also serves as CPCS' research design advisor. Read more.

Non-residential Fellows

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Andrew Cheatham

Andrew Cheatham is a New York lawyer and former United Nations official with a history of problem solving in highly complex conflict and crisis environments in the Middle East and North Africa. He has expertise in conflict prevention, mediation, negotiation and stabilization. He has dedicated his career to the promotion of justice in the most precarious of environments. Andrew currently serves the Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the United States Institute of Peace.. Read more.

Vance Crowe

Vance Crowe is the CEO of Articulate Ventures, a communications and negotiations firm in Saint Louis, Missouri. Vance is also invited to deliver speeches around the world on the subject of conflict resolution between rural and urban cultures. He specifically focuses on the intersection of farming, science and the rural/urban divide. Read more.

Chandra DeNap Whetstine

Chandra DeNap Whetstine is the Vice President of Programs and Operations at the One America Movement, a national organization building a united American society by eliminating toxic polarization. Chandra develops systems, curriculum, and programming for religious leaders and congregations, implementing program interventions across religious, political, and racial divides. Read more.

Hussein Ibrahim


Hussein Ibrahim was previously  a Project Officer for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at the Center for Peace and Conflict studies. Mr Ibrahim is currently the Regional Director for the MENA region at Ideas Beyond Borders in Iraq, where he is responsible for developing and managing IBB’s program and projects; developing and building programmatic partnerships with universities and youth-led organizations; and planning strategies, program designs, and program implementation for the organization’s

programs and initiatives in MENA region. Read more.

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Brandon Kotlow

Brandon Kotlow is an experienced international security practitioner and certified Project Management Professional. He has implemented programming across six continents for various stakeholders on topics such as forensics capacity building, women in law enforcement, corrections agency reform, and experiential education. Mr. Kotlow's passion for diplomacy and conflict resolution inspire him to build intercultural bridges, facilitate communication, and improve understanding. Read more.

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