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Elizabeth Murray is a senior program officer on USIP's Africa Team, where she oversees programming and research on the Central African Republic and Uganda. She also leads USIP's research on emerging conflicts in Africa and co-chairs USIP's National Dialogue Working Group, which is developing case studies and thematic research to explore when and how national dialogue can be an effective tool for conflict management and peacebuilding. 

Elizabeth first joined USIP to work on the Institute's grant making in Colombia, and she also recently authored a chapter on Honduras in a forthcoming USIP volume on preventing electoral violence. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica from 2003 - 2006, where she was assigned to work with the Ministry of Child Welfare. Elizabeth hold's a master's degree in conflict resolution from George Mason University and a bachelor's degree in international politics from Georgetown University. 

Publications By Elizabeth

The 2015–2016 Central African Republic Elections, A Look Back

The 2015–2016 Central African Republic Elections, A Look Back

Monday, May 15, 2017

By: Elizabeth Murray; Fiona Mangan

Plagued by successive coups and waves of violent conflict since its independence in 1960, the Central African Republic managed to hold its first peaceful elections in late 2015 and early 2016. Fears of widespread violence proved unfounded. This report focuses on what went right in those elections and how those conditions have not held a year later, allowing violence to return to the country.

Electoral Violence; Democracy & Governance

Weak Ugandan Democracy, Strong Regional Influence

Weak Ugandan Democracy, Strong Regional Influence

Friday, September 30, 2016

By: Elizabeth Murray; Berouk Mesfin; Stephanie Wolters

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s reputation is weakened by his unwillingness to leave office: he was elected for a fifth term of office in February 2016 in an election that drew international criticism. This report, a joint publication of USIP and the Institute for Security Studies, explores key elements of Uganda’s domestic politics and foreign policy as well as the impact they have in the region and internationally.

Democracy & Governance

National Dialogues: A Tool for Conflict Transformation?

National Dialogues: A Tool for Conflict Transformation?

Friday, October 23, 2015

By: Susan Stigant; Elizabeth Murray

National dialogue is an increasingly popular tool for conflict resolution and political transformation. It can broaden debate regarding a country’s trajectory beyond the usual elite decision makers; however, it can also be misused and manipulated by leaders to consolidate their power. This brief includes principles to strengthen national dialogue processes and considerations for international actors seeking to support these processes.

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

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