Peter Weinberger

Former Senior Program Officer, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

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Peter Weinberger is a senior program officer at USIP. He is a member of the faculty in the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, the Institute’s school for practitioners. His primary focus at the Academy is on how to best deal with ethnic, religious and tribal groups when rebuilding countries after war and conflict. He additionally utilizes neuroscience to examine stress and trauma in conflict settings, as well as to design strategies for individual and group resilience.

Weinberger’s research bridges the local and international elements of post-conflict reconstruction. He is a specialist on divided societies and has worked with various NGOs in the Middle East, Northern Ireland and the western Balkans. He also has expertise on defense outsourcing and has written on international private security companies.

Prior to joining USIP, Weinberger was an assistant professor at the School of International Service at American University (2004-2008) and a research professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (2003-2004). He received his doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics.


  • Egypt on Fire, co-author, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, 2011.
  • Reframing the Defense Outsourcing Debate: Merging Government Oversight with Industry Partnership, co-author, Peace Operations Institute, 2007.
  • Co-opting the PLO: A Critical Reconstruction of the Oslo Accords, 1993-1995, Lexington, 2006.
  • Incorporating Religion into Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking: Recommendations for Policymakers, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, 2004.

Articles & Analysis from this Expert

March 20, 2014

One of the first things the Ukrainian parliament did after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych last month was to repeal a law that allowed regional authorities to adopt Russian as a second official language after Ukrainian. The acting president understood the potential of the repeal to inflame tensions and vetoed the measure, but the moves highlight a larger question: what is the precise role of language in ethnic and national conflicts? Is language a driver of conflict, or is that merely a symptom of political and economic grievances?