Michael Lund

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Michael S. Lund "is a Senior Specialist for Conflict and Peacebuilding Management Systems International Inc. (MSI) and Consulting Program Manager, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWIC), is the author of Preventing Violent Conflicts (USIP Press, 1996) and co-editor of five books, including Critical Connections: Security and Development, (Lynne Rienner, forthcoming, 2009) and Talking Through Transitions (tentative title, WWIC Press, forthcoming 2009). He has written numerous chapters and reports that assess conflicts, conflict interventions, and peacebuilding issues, including “Conflict Prevention: Theory in Pursuit of Policy and Practice” in Zartman, Berkovitch, and Kremenyck, eds. Handbook of Conflict Resolution (Sage, forthcoming 2009). Since the late 1990s, Dr. Lund has done independent research and consulting for governments and international organizations on the sources of violent intra-state conflicts and on development, diplomacy, and military policies for preventing conflicts and post-conflict peacebuilding, focusing on countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, East Asia and the Caucasus. In early 2008, he led a 7-person team in evaluating the impacts of U.S. aid in Mindanao, Philippines since 2000 on terrorism, conflict and peace. His work has been commissioned by the U.S. Department of State, the Political Instability Task Force of the C.I.A., USAID, U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, Carnegie Commission for Preventing Deadly Conflicts, World Bank, United Nations (UNDP, UNDPA), European Commission, OSCE, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), OECD-DAC, DFID (UK), CIDA (Canada), International Peace Academy/Institute, Carter Center, Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (Canada), Conflict Prevention Network (Berlin), Clingendael Institute (the Hague), Forum for Early Warning and Early Response (London), European Center for Conflict Prevention (Utrecht), International Development Research Centre (Ottawa), and Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (Stockholm).

"Earlier, Dr. Lund worked in the U.S. Congress, federal agencies and the Urban Institute; and was founding Director of the Jennings Randolph Fellows Program and Senior Scholar for Preventive Diplomacy at the U.S. Institute of Peace and has taught at Cornell, UCLA, the University of Maryland, George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs. He has a B.D. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago." [1]

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  1. Governing Board, BEFORE, accessed April 7, 2010.