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Spring 2012 Newsletter

Visiting Fulbright Fellow from Guatamala

Working Paper: Conflict Early Warning Systems

Alumni Spotlight: Presidential Management Fellow

CRI Staff Update: Autumn in Amman

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Spring 2012 Newsletter
Volume 7, Number 2
Conflict Resolution Institute 
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Visiting Fulbright Scholar    
Andrés Álvarez Castañeda Brings Wisdom from Guatemala 
 

Over the course of Fall Quarter, the Conflict Resolution Institute was fortunate to host Visiting Fulbright Fellow Andrés Álvarez Castañeda, Head of the Anthropology and Sociology Department at the Universidad de Valle de Guatemala (UVG). Although here for only Fall Quarter, Mr. Álvarez Castañeda served as a resource to students and faculty alike on a burgeoning topic in the field of Conflict Resolution: Conflict Early Warning Systems (CEWS). Interestingly, early warning systems (EWS) have been used since the 1980s to construct prioritized lists for interventions in food insecure countries, but have only recently begun to be applied to situations of conflict. Combining innovative technology and frequent data entry, these systems provide real-time visuals on potential sites of conflict within a country. Read More about the Fulbright Scholar's visit and CEWS. 

 

Conflict Early Warning Systems: The Guatemalan Experience 
Research Abstract by Andrés Álvarez Castañeda 
Andres Presenting 
From 2006 to 2008, Guatemalan national authorities and members of the international community worked towards the creation of a Conflict Early Warning System (CEWS), in an effort that built on the existing institutional base for conflict prevention. The CEWS functioned as a pilot project over the course of two years in six departments in Guatemala , under the guardianship of the Vice-Presidency of the Republic. Following a change of administration in the executive branch, the project was discontinued, and to the best of the authors' knowledge, has not been resumed. This study represents an effort to document the most important aspects of the project and to salvage those lessons learned from the CEWS experience. 
Alumni in the Field    
Kate Zimmerly: Presidential Management Fellow  
Kate Zimmerly at the US House of Representatives

 Kate Zimmerly (MA '09) has been a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at the US Office of Personnel Management since her appointment in March of 2010.  The PMF is a two year program where recent graduates of Master's programs are hired by the federal government and given the opportunity to work at different agencies within the federal government.  Fellows are periodically rotated through different agencies allowing them the opportunity to serve in various capacities. The competitive process of becoming a PMF entails being nominated by your university, a long application process, and a standard exam.  Kate was nominated by DU and began the fellowship after a year of working with Senator Mark Udall as a congressional staffer in Washington DC.

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In This Issue
Visiting Fulbright Scholar
Conflict Early Warning Systems
Alumni in the Field
CRI Staff Update
CRI Staff Update
Autumn Gorman in Jordan  
Autumn in Amman 
Assistant to the Co-Director for nearly four years (2008-2011), Autumn Gorman (IIC MA, IMBA '10), is now an Emerging Markets Development Advisers Fellow in Amman, Jordan. The DU Alum has been assigned to El Hassan Business Park (EHBP), an organization dedicated to fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development in Jordan, and the greater Arab world. Read more about Autumn.

 

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