Aubrey Cox is a senior program specialist in the Academy where she manages USIP’s youth portfolio, including the Generation Change Fellows Program, which strengthens the capacity of youth leaders in conflict-affected communities to contribute to social change and build inclusive societies.

In addition to managing the youth portfolio, Cox is a trainer for the USIP’s Academy. She travels internationally to train youth leaders, UN/AU peacekeepers and civil society partners.  

Before joining USIP, Cox worked in a double-bottom line impact investment fund at Accion International. Earlier, she spent two years conducting research for a global health organization across 14 countries, and spent one year living and working in Lebanon with youth. Cox holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston and a master's degree from the School of International Service at American University.

Publications By Aubrey

Colombia War-Crime Prisoners Face Past, Plan Future

Colombia War-Crime Prisoners Face Past, Plan Future

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

By: Aubrey Cox; Maria Antonia Montes

The prisoners would be arriving soon and Adriana Combita, like a young teacher preparing to greet a new class, was nervous. This was not the first time that Combita, 26, had led a peacebuilding training with soldiers convicted of war-related crimes. But these were senior officers, commanders with master’s degrees, military officials who had lived abroad.

Education & Training; Human Rights

Implementing UNSCR 2250

Implementing UNSCR 2250

Friday, June 16, 2017

By: Aubrey Cox; Melissa Nozell; Imrana Alhaji Buba

In the context of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security, this report examines collaborations between youth and religious leaders in conflict-affected states. Using case studies, surveys, and interviews, it highlights the gaps, challenges, and opportunities for how religious actors and youth can and do partner effectively in the face of violent conflict.

Youth; Religion; Global Policy

Uganda’s Pre-Election Violence Spurs USIP-Trained Youth to Act

Uganda’s Pre-Election Violence Spurs USIP-Trained Youth to Act

Friday, February 12, 2016

By: Aubrey Cox; Gopal Ratnam

Two Ugandans, Hassan Ndugwa and Nulu Naluyombya, are campaigning to ensure that this month’s elections challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year rule are peaceful, even as the government has arrested critics and opposition party workers. Drawing on concepts and skills of dialogue, storytelling and active listening that they learned in USIP’s Generation Change Fellows Program, the two estimate their message has reached 20,000 people.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Education & Training; Youth; Electoral Violence

Connecting Young Activists Across the Middle East and Africa: Generation Change

Connecting Young Activists Across the Middle East and Africa: Generation Change

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

By: Aubrey Cox

Amid Yemen’s turmoil, a 27-year-old woman living in the capital Sana’a works against the odds – political and personal – to strengthen the ability of the country’s young women to promote a more inclusive society. Through a program called Generation Change, the U.S. Institute of Peace aims to support young leaders like her across the Middle East and Africa who face obstacles, even beyond the obvious security risks, that threaten the effectiveness and longevity of their work. 

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Violent Extremism; Education & Training; Youth

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