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Practitioners-in-Residence

With support from the Carnegie Corporation, the Sié Center has launched a Practitioner-in-Residence program to bring prominent practitioners from government and non-governmental organizations to the Sié Center for a set time—whether several days, weeks, or a quarter—to share practical insight and expertise with students and faculty. Practitioners hold public lectures, share field knowledge or policy conundrums, and give career advice to students. Equally important, practitioners-in-residence advise on the relevancy of particular approaches to research to ensure that Sié Center research responds to contemporary policy concerns and strategies.

Apply to be a Practitioner-in-Residence

Practitioners-in-residence may be nominated by any member of the Korbel School faculty but must be endorsed by a member of the Sié Center team. Nominations can be sent by email to Jill Hereau, Associate Director of the Sié Center, at jill.schmiederhereau@du.edu and should be accompanied by a message of support that discusses the professional accomplishments of the practitioner, the relevance of the practitioner’s experience to Sié Center research, and the expected contributions the practitioner would make to the intellectual life of the School. A line item budget should also be appended.

Former Practitioners-in-Residence

Anne-Marie BuzatuAnne-Marie Buzatu

Watch the video of her practitioner-in-residence talk on May 18>>

Anne-Marie Buzatu is Deputy Head of the Operations IV division (Public-Private Partnerships) at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ms. Buzatu led the development of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC - January 2009-November 2010). She also led the elaboration and creation of the ICoC Association (ICoCA), a multi-stakeholder governance and oversight mechanism for the ICoC, which began operations in September 2013, and continues to support the ICoCA in a senior advisory capacity.

She has also worked to develop implementation tools for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, including the Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments Knowledge Hub, and Toolkit. Jointly developed with the ICRC, these tools are designed to provide practical Voluntary Principles-consistent guidance to large multinational companies (primarily extractives) for their security arrangements.

Additionally, she is currently developing a thematic program on cyber security / internet governance within DCAF, and is also working in the context of the Geneva Internet Platform to support the development of multi-stakeholder approaches to cyber / internet governance.


Jason PielemeierJason Pielemeier

Watch the video from Jason Pielemeier's talk at the Sié Center on The New Faces of Human Rights: Google as Government and Newmont as a Transnational Norm Entrepreneur>>

Jason Pielemeier is Special Advisor and Head of the Internet Freedom, Business, and Human Rights Section in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.   Before joining State, Jason worked for a law firm and a federal judge in New York City. Jason grew up in the Foreign Service, graduated from Northwestern University, served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, and got his law degree at Yale.


Hardy MerrimanHardy Merriman  

Watch the video from Hardy Merriman's talk at the Sié Center on Nonviolent Campaigns for Democracy and Human Rights>> 

Hardy Merriman is president of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He has worked in the field of civil resistance since 2002. He studies, presents, and writes about grassroots movements nonviolently fighting for human rights and political change around the world. He leads workshops for activists and organizers in these movements; speak about these movements with academics, journalists, and members of NGOs; and develop resources for practitioners and researchers in the field of nonviolent conflict. He also also directs the James Lawson Institute, an eight-day intensive program for North American organizers and activists focusing on nonviolent civil resistance.

Prior to being president of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), he was vice president and director of content development from 2012-2014, a senior advisor from 2007-2012, and director of programs and research from 2005-2007. From 2002-2005, he worked at the Albert Einstein Institution. He has contributed to the books Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? (2015), Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East (2010) by Maria Stephan (ed.), and Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential (2005) by Gene Sharp. He has also written about the role of nonviolent action in countering terrorism and co-authored A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle, a training curriculum for activists.

He is also an advisor to the Digital Activism Research Project and on the board of advisors of the War Prevention Initiative.


Claudia Paz y PazClaudia Paz y Paz

Watch the video of Dr. Paz y Paz's public talk at the Sié Center on Revolution of Justice in Guatemala.>>

Read Cassy Dorff's Denver Dialogues post about Dr. Paz y Paz's visit>>

Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey served as Guatemala's first female Attorney General. She is a criminal law specialist, scholar, judge and litigator, who has worked for over eighteen years to strengthen the justice system in her country. She earned her doctorate in human rights and criminal law, served as a judge, and was the national consultant to the UN Mission in Guatemala.

In 1994, she founded the Institute for Comparative Criminal Studies of Guatemala, a human rights organization that promotes restorative justice and protects the rights of marginalized and discriminated groups during criminal proceedings.

Dr. Paz y Paz Bailey assumed leadership of Guatemala's Ministerio Publico (Prosecutor's Office) in December 2010. She served until May 2014 and pursued cases against the perpetrators of massive human rights abuses and against organized criminals. More drug traffickers were arrested in the first six months of her term than in the previous 10 years. Under her leadership, five of Guatemala's 10 most wanted criminals were caught, and 10 times more cases of violence against women and homicide were resolved than in any previous administration.


Erin Mazursky Erin Mazursky

Erin Mazursky is the Co-Founder and President of Rhize, a new venture that is creating new ways for people and communities to build collective power to create more participatory democracies around the world. Erin brings over a decade of experience in movement-building, technology and advocacy to her work, having worked with social and political movements around the world, including in Turkey, India, and Albania.

Erin started Rhize after serving as a strategist at Purpose, a social enterprise that incubates and launches global social and consumer movements. There, Erin helped to lead some of Purpose's biggest projects, most notably with the American Civil Liberties Union and CARE International, which integrated movement-building, technology and citizen advocacy to increase the social impact. Prior to this, Erin worked for President Obama's 2008 election campaign and went on to serve as the Youth Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she helped author the first global policy on youth development and made youth a central part of the Agency's broader development efforts.

Erin got her start as Co-Founder and Executive Director of STAND, a leading organization in the anti-genocide advocacy movement. She is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, a 2010 fellow at New Leaders Council, blogger at the Huffington Post and a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.


Maria Stephan

Maria J. Stephan

"Mixing it up with the Korbel School’s stellar cadre of researchers for a week as a practitioner in residence reaffirmed for me the value, and real importance, of focused interaction between the scholarly, policy and practitioner communities."  >>Read Dr. Stephan's full reflection on her time at the Sié Center.

Watch the video of Dr. Stephan's public talk at the Sié Center on her new book Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?>>

Dr. Maria J. Stephan is a senior policy fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, where she focuses on the dynamics of civil resistance and their relevance for violent conflict prevention and democratic development. Previously, Stephan was lead foreign affairs officer in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), where she worked on both policy and operations. Her last assignment entailed engaging the Syrian opposition in Turkey. Earlier, she was detailed to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan to focus on subnational governance and civil-military planning.

Prior to government service, Stephan directed policy and research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), a DC-based NGO dedicated to developing and disseminating knowledge about nonviolent struggle. She was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and American University’s School of International Service. Stephan is the editor of Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization and Governance in the Middle East (Palgrave, 2009), a co-editor of Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? (Atlantic Council, 2015) and the co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011). The latter book was awarded the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Prize by the American Political Science Association for the best book published in political science and the 2012 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

Stephan has worked with the European/NATO policy office of the U.S. Department of Defense, and at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. She received both Harry S. Truman and J. William Fulbright scholarships. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. Stephan is from Clarendon, Vermont.


CaseyGeneral George W. Casey, Jr.

General George W. Casey, Jr. became the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army on 10 April 2007. In his previous assignment, he was the Commander, Multi-National Force – Iraq, a coalition of over thirty countries, from 01 July 2004 until 10 February 2007. General Casey was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1970. Throughout his career, he has served in operational assignments in Germany, Italy, Egypt, Southwest Asia and the United States. He has commanded at every level from platoon to Division.

His principal staff assignments have been as a Chief of Staff, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Operations Officer and Chief of Staff, V (US/GE) Corps, Heidelberg, Germany; Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs, Joint Staff, Commander, Joint Warfighting Center/J7, US Joint Forces Command, Director Strategic Plans and Policy and Director of the Joint Staff and 30th Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army.

He commanded a mechanized infantry battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado; a mechanized infantry brigade at Fort Hood, Texas; served as Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver and Support in the 1st Armored Division in Bosnia and Germany; and commanded the 1st Armored Division in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. General Casey holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Denver and has served as a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States.


Dean Piedmont

Mr. Piedmont graduated from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies in 2002, now the Josef Korbel School, with an MA in International Administration.  Since then he has become a seasoned program and policy expert in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, recovery livelihoods, and reintegration specializing in DDR for 12 years including economic, political, psychosocial, social reintegration, youth and gender.  He has served with government, bilateral and NGOs including 10 years with UNDP from 2004-2014.  Prior to entering UNDP, Dean worked with the Research Triangle Institute in Iraq leading institutional assessments for youth government departments, directed humanitarian operations for NGOs in northern provinces of Afghanistan, as well as served in Sierra Leone as a DDR Program Manager for the Child Protection Unit with The International Rescue Committee. 

Upon entering UNDP, he served from 2004-2006 in Afghanistan as the DDR Deputy Senior Programme Advisor assisting in the development of the Commander Incentive Programmes, SALW and Heavy Weapons Reduction Projects and the Disbandment of Illegally Armed Groups effort.  While in South(ern) Sudan in 2007-2008, he held the positions of DDR Deputy Regional Coordinator under the direction of DPKO and Specific Needs Group Reintegration Manager under UNDP.  In 2009, Dean joined UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) in HQ New York where he held a portfolio of 22 DDR and related stabilization programs globally.  He served as the lead training coordination and facilitator partnering with DPKO, the World Bank, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Norwegian Defense College, The Monterey Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies and the KAITPC in Ghana.  As the reintegration focal person for BCPR he co-chaired the Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR, marshaling several Integrated DDR Standard modules through production and validation.  Dean spearheaded UNDP’s efforts in political reintegration and armed group transformation, until he left UNDP at the end of 2014 to take a position as the Managing Director for the Peacebuilding, Reintegration and Stabilization Assessment Groupé.  In this capacity he continues to support DDR working with UNAIDS and the African Union, as well as designing and teaching courses as an adjunct professor in US based universities.