Since 1988, The Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowships program has supported research, writing and in-house advising on a wide variety of topics related to peace and conflict, from Track Two Diplomacy and its influence on US-Russia relations to oil and conflict, by distinguished individuals in the field of peace and conflict.
USIP is happy to announce that Jennings Randolph Senior Fellows awards for 2015-2016 have been made to four distinguished individuals who will be hosted by USIP Centers for residencies of six to ten months at the Institute’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The four new Fellows, their current or recent home institutions, and project titles are:
Applied Conflict Transformation - Non-Violent Movements
Shaazka Beyerle is a researcher, writer and educator in nonviolent action, with a focus on anti-corruption and accountability (including linkages to governance, development, and violent conflict) as well as gender and nonviolent action. She is a 2017 Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a senior advisor at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and a nonresident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. From December 2015 to June 2017 she was the lead researcher for a World Bank Nordic Trust Fund project entitled, “Citizen Participation is a Human Right: A Human Rights-Based Approach to the World Bank's Citizen Engagement Mandate,” and in 2016 was visiting professor at the University for Peace (Costa Rica). She testified at a US Congress Committee on Security and Cooperation in Europe hearing on combating corruption in the OSCE region, and served as an elected coordinating committee member, UN Convention Against Corruption Civil Society Coalition (2013-2016). She earned an M.A. in international relations from George Washington University and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.
Ms. Beyerle is the author of Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice (Lynne Rienner 2014), and Freedom from Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements, Campaigns and Civic Initiatives (2015). She has contributed chapters in: Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and Its Neighbors (Johns Hopkins 2016); “Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback?” (Atlantic Council 2015); Conflict Transformation: Essays on Methods of Nonviolence (McFarland 2013); and Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization and Governance in the Middle East (Palgrave 2010). She regularly publishes articles and reviews, including on Romanian people power versus corruption (Foreign Policy), transitions from armed struggle to nonviolent resistance (Peace and Conflict journal), corruption and extremism (Foreign Policy), and corruption and violent conflict (Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare).
Applied Conflict Transformation - Preventing Electoral Violence
Mr. Bhojraj Pokharel joined USIP in February 2017 as a Jennings Randolph senior fellow. Building upon prior USIP research, Bhojraj will assess the utility and constraints of diplomatic efforts in preventing electoral violence. He will work to categorize the different types of preventive diplomacy around elections, and assess how diplomacy can be applied most effectively for election violence prevention purposes.
Over the past decade, Mr. Pokharel assumed various roles in election processes. He served as chief election commissioner of Nepal (2006-2009), co-led the Carter Center’s 2015 Electoral Observation Mission to Myanmar and served as a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s High Level Panel to Bangladesh during the 2008 elections. In 2010, the U.N. Secretary General also entrusted him with the responsibility of overseeing the Southern Sudan's Referenda process as a member of the high-level panel.
Bhojraj joined the Kofi Anan Foundation in 2016 as a member of the Electoral Integrity Initiative's Core Team. Previously, Mr. Pokharel served the government of Nepal as a permanent secretary in various ministries including Home Affairs. He holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Master of Arts in Economics from Tribhuwan University, Nepal. His (co-authored) book “Nepal Votes for Peace," a publication by Cambridge University Press - India, highlights the challenges of managing a post-conflict election.