Jeffrey Helsing

Associate Vice President

Jeffrey Helsing is the associate vice president of USIP's Academy. Helsing oversees the content of USIP’s education and training programs as well as curriculum development in the United States and in conflict zones abroad.  Helsing has close to two decades of conflict resolution training globally, particularly in the Middle East. For more than eight years, Helsing worked with groups in Israel and the Palestinian Authority training educators, NGO workers, university students and young leaders in developing conflict resolution, nonviolence, human rights, and communication and facilitation skills. He has 20 years of experience as an educator, including teaching at the American University in Cairo, George Washington University, Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. Helsing has taught a broad range of international relations subjects, including conflict resolution, human rights, comparative foreign policies, American foreign policy and international relations theory.  He has written articles on conflicts in the Middle East and co-edited a book on the links between human rights, humanitarian law and peacebuilding as well as written articles and delivered numerous conference papers on the impact of education policies and projects in conflict zones.

Helsing holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and a doctorate in political science from Columbia University.

Articles & Analysis from this Expert

The Institute’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, in collaboration with Future Generations Graduate School, has begun teaching peacebuilding to international development practitioners in courses that have been conducted online as well as in India and Kenya. The new USIP role addresses an often unmet need: practical education in peacebuilding for people working in community development.


December 1, 2006
This much-needed volume brings these perspectives together to create a composite picture of the relationship between human rights and conflict. The relationship between human rights and conflict is dynamic, complex, and powerful, constantly shaping and reshaping the course of both peace and war.

External Publications

  • "The Regionalization, Internationalization, and Perpetuation of Conflict in the Middle East" in Ethnic Conflict and International Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
  • Johnson's War/Johnson's Great Society: The Guns and Butter Trap, Praeger, 2000.