Nicoletta Barbera

Senior Program Specialist, Africa Programs

Nicoletta Barbera is a senior program specialist for Africa programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In this capacity, Nicoletta coordinates programming in Sudan, South Sudan and the Women Preventing Extremist Violence project in Kenya and Nigeria. Prior to her work on the Africa program, Nicoletta worked as a program specialist for the Gender and Peacebuilding team, supporting projects on the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, increasing civic and political participation of women and on projects relating to issues of masculinity, peace and security.

Prior to joining USIP, Nicoletta worked for the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs and the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Her research interests include trauma and resilience, reintegration of former combatants and women’s economic empowerment. Nicoletta earned her M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs with a concentration in conflict and conflict resolution and her B.A. in Political Science from St. Mary's College of Maryland. Nicoletta speaks English, Italian and French.

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Articles & Analysis from this Expert

June 11, 2014

Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda is often seen as an example of reconciliation and social reintegration. Reminders of the systemic violence perpetrated by the government that began in 1992, in addition to the 100 days of genocide in 1994, are barely visible at the surface. But University of Rwanda lecturer Alice Karekezi notes that “the Rwandan people still carry the scars of war.”  And it is still considered taboo to discuss ethnicity in public. But dialogue clubs have emerged in communities and schools for Rwandans to share grievances as a healing mechanism.