Susan Allen Nan

Susan Allen Nan
Susan Allen Nan is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University and serves on the Board of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation.

Formative Evaluation-Part 2

Continued from Part 1.Types of Formative Evaluation.There are many evaluation tools -- observation, in-depth interviews, surveys, focus groups, analysis, reports, and dialogue with participants, each of which can be part of formative evaluation. Depending on the goals...

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Formative Evaluation-Part 1

 Formative evaluation is particularly useful for evaluating long-term conflict resolution work in intractable conflicts. In these conflicts, interconnected disputes, with multiple causes and systemic impact, the dynamics, participants, and even issues may change...

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Track I Diplomacy-Part 3

Continued from Part 1 and 2.Terrance Hopmann writes that the third-party track one mediators are "individuals of high regard in the international community. Usually these individuals are selected because both the actor they represent has some relevant power, authority...

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Track I Diplomacy-Part 2

Continued from Part 1.Track-one diplomacy takes place as part of the regular interactions of states and also throughout the life cycle of conflicts. Track-one diplomacy may escalate or de-escalate a conflict. Governments may try to prevent conflicts, resolve...

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Intervention Coordination-Part 4

Continued from Part 1, 2 and 3.How Funders Can Encourage CoordinationFunders supporting conflict resolution need to also support coordination of conflict resolution efforts. This may be accomplished by providing funding explicitly for coordination, as the Hewlett...

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Intervention Coordination-Part 3

Continued from Part 1 and 2.Planning Together:Interveners can find it useful to plan together, based on shared analyses of the needs of a peace process. For example, in 1999 the Track One interveners in the Moldovan-Transdniestrian conflict (OSCE, Russia, and...

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Intervention Coordination-Part 1

Close coordination of conflict resolution efforts may indeed be "as difficult as herding cats."[1] However, intervention coordination can take many forms and still be effective. Information sharing and joint analysis are powerful forms of coordination, as are shared...

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Track I Diplomacy-Part 1

What is Track-one Diplomacy?[1]The term "track-one diplomacy" refers to official governmental diplomacy, or "a technique of state action, [which] is essentially a process whereby communications from one government go directly to the decision-making apparatus of...

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Intervention Coordination-Part 2

Continued from Part 1.The Development of Intervention Coordination in the Conflict Resolution FieldAs conflict resolution theory and practice have developed, there has been a growing understanding that many different actors contribute to peace processes. They play...

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Hal Saunders-Part 4

Continued from Part 1, 2 and 3.Q: Thank you that was very helpful. We had been struggling with that issue of the opportunities and limitations associated with those terms.A: I think there is precedent for going the other way, and don't listen to me, but go...

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Hal Saunders-Part 3

Continued from Part 1 and 2.Q: Implicit in that story, the Tajik example, is it more than the recognition there was actually a communication channel that we can't assume can't naturally be there? In a lot of situations it isn't there, though here somebody came...

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