Elizabeth Murray

Senior Program Officer, Middle East & Africa

Elizabeth Murray is a senior program officer on USIP's Africa Team, where she oversees programming and research on the Central African Republic and Uganda. She also leads USIP's research on emerging conflicts in Africa and co-chairs USIP's National Dialogue Working Group, which is developing case studies and thematic research to explore when and how national dialogue can be an effective tool for conflict management and peacebuilding. 

Elizabeth first joined USIP to work on the Institute's grant making in Colombia, and she also recently authored a chapter on Honduras in a forthcoming USIP volume on preventing electoral violence. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica from 2003 - 2006, where she was assigned to work with the Ministry of Child Welfare. Elizabeth hold's a master's degree in conflict resolution from George Mason University and a bachelor's degree in international politics from Georgetown University. 

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February 25, 2016

Political polarization is high in the East African nation of Uganda, following the February 18 elections in which President Yoweri Museveni has claimed a victory that will extend his 30-year rule of the country. Elizabeth Murray, who oversees USIP’s programming and research in Uganda, discusses the tensions created by the elections, including the government’s repression, and arrests, of political opponents.


October 23, 2015
National dialogue is an increasingly popular tool for conflict resolution and political transformation. It can broaden debate regarding a country’s trajectory beyond the usual elite decision makers; however, it can also be misused and manipulated by leaders to consolidate their power. This brief includes principles to strengthen national dialogue processes and considerations for international actors seeking to support these processes.
January 7, 2013
A poor communication infrastructure further hampers the prospects of the Central African Republic to overcome political, social, and economic challenges. With USIP support, several NGOs are working to improve the situation.
August 17, 2012
Current USIP grantee Peace Direct is in the final stages of a project to empower peace committees to defuse local conflicts in communities in Southern Kordofan and Unity states near the contested Sudan-South Sudan border. Peace Direct is undertaking this project in conjunction with its partner, the Collaborative for Peace in Sudan, which includes 30 peacebuilding organizations in both Sudan and South Sudan.
June 12, 2012
In 2011, USIP made a grant to the nongovernmental organization Free Press Unlimited to build local journalistic capacity and reduce intergroup tensions through the production of weekly radio programs in Dinka and Arabic.