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Alison Milofsky is the director of training and curriculum design in the Institute’s Academy where she specializes in curriculum development, facilitation skills development, intergroup dialogue and the design of training-of-trainers programs.

Milofsky oversees the Institute’s conflict management training program for peacekeepers in partnership with the State Department’s Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program (ACOTA). Through this program, USIP has provided training in negotiation, mediation and protection of civilians to more than 3000 peacekeepers from 15 African countries deploying to 7 UN/AU missions.

Milofsky teaches the Academy’s facilitation course as well as intergroup dialogues on race and gender at the University of Maryland. She incorporates facilitation and dialogue skills in her work training young leaders through the Institute’s Generation Change program and has led dialogue trainings in Afghanistan, Kenya and Rwanda. Milofsky edited the Institute’s Peacebuilding Toolkits for Educators and facilitates trainings for educators on how to infuse peacebuilding concepts into their teaching. She has conducted programs for educators in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia, and Africa. 

Before joining the Institute in 2002, Milofsky was associate director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, D.C. regional office, where she designed and implemented anti-bias education programs and trained police officers on hate crimes and extremism. Earlier, she served in Peace Corps/Slovakia as a teacher trainer. 

Milofsky holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a doctorate in education policy, with a specialization in curriculum theory and development, from the University of Maryland. 

Publications By Alison

What it Takes: Youth Working for Peace and Equality

What it Takes: Youth Working for Peace and Equality

Friday, August 12, 2016

By: Carla Koppell; Alison Milofsky

It was a startling discovery five years ago that prompted then 21-year-old Shubey Nantege of Uganda to found Go Girl Africa. The organization has provided financial literacy skills to 2,500 girls and young women, helping them make positive changes in their lives. Leaders like Shubey illustrate how young people are essential partners in promoting peacebuilding and gender equality, a point worth highlighting today on International Youth Day. The occasion also provides an opportunity to spotlight gaps in international assistance that can be filled to strengthen the role of young people in advancing peace and equality.

Gender; Youth; Nonviolent Action

Dialogue for Women Countering Violent Extremism

Dialogue for Women Countering Violent Extremism

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

By: Alison Milofsky

Dialogue is a powerful instrument for creating understanding between groups who are in conflict with one another. Unlike debates or decision-making processes dialogues are open ended—their purpose is not to “win” or make decisions, but rather to allow people to deepen their understanding of a particular issue and to form relationships between people that may transform how they think about each other and how they can engage with people different from them.

Violent Extremism; Gender; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Dialogue: Calming Hot Spots Calls for Structure and Skill

Dialogue: Calming Hot Spots Calls for Structure and Skill

Thursday, May 1, 2014

By: Maria Jessop; Alison Milofsky

Dialogue has been around as long as humans faced with a crisis have gathered in circles to talk. It is one of the oldest forms of conflict resolution and is still, when well-conceived and executed, one of the most effective. But the familiarity of dialogue can lead to oversimplification or to the perception that it is easier to do successfully than is actually the case.

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Education & Training

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