Elizabeth Murray is a senior program officer in the Africa Program. She manages USIP’s research and programming in Central African Republic and Sudan, including convening USIP’s Sudan Working Group. She also co-directs USIP’s research on national dialogues.

Elizabeth first joined USIP in 2008 to work on the Institute’s grantmaking in Colombia, and subsequently led the Institute’s grantmaking on the Colombia, the Horn of Africa, Sudan, and South Sudan before assuming her current role. Prior to joining USIP, she managed educational programs at the Kennedy Center and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica.

During her tenure at USIP, Elizabeth has authored or co-authored articles, reports, and book chapters on Central African Republic, Honduras, and Uganda, as well as national dialogues. In addition to authoring several USIP publications, she is the co-author with Susan Stigant of the chapter “Building a Common Vision of the State: The Role of National Dialogues,” in The Fabric of Peace in Africa: Looking Beyond the State, edited by Pamela Aall and Chester A. Crocker. She has made media appearances on conflict dynamics in Uganda and Central African Republic.

Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in international politics and Latin American studies from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in international migration studies from Georgetown University.

Publications By Elizabeth

Sudan Remains at a Stalemate After the Military’s Crackdown

Sudan Remains at a Stalemate After the Military’s Crackdown

Thursday, June 20, 2019

By: Elizabeth Murray

It’s been over two months since Sudan’s longtime dictator, Omar al-Bashir, was overthrown by the country’s military following months of popular protests. On June 3, the Transitional Military Council (TMC)—which has been ruling since Bashir’s ouster—escalated its lethal crackdown on peaceful protesters in Khartoum and other cities. The protesters say that their demand is the same as before—a transition to civilian rule—but that they will not negotiate with the TMC unless it first meets certain conditions. What’s happening in Sudan? When will negotiations on the country’s transition resume? How can the international community help? USIP’s Elizabeth Murray discusses the latest on the situation in Sudan.

Democracy & Governance

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

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