Dr. Sandra Tombe is a research program officer on the learning, evaluation and research team at USIP, where she supports research, research ethics and institutional learning.

Dr. Tombe joined USIP after six years of teaching language courses, conflict theory and research methods and methodology in institutions of higher learning. She brings professional experience from the Transparency & Accountability Initiative, the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, the University of Louisville, and, most recently, as a member of USIP’s Africa Center, nonviolent action team and religion and inclusive societies team.

Dr. Tombe earned her doctorate from George Mason University. Her dissertation examines the transnational mobilization of diaspora communities by violent non-state actors from Cameroon and South Sudan. She received her master’s in French from the University of Louisville and her bachelor’s in international relations and French from Berea College.

Dr. Tombe’s research has been published in the Journal of Modern African Studies, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, and in an edited volume. She is fluent in French, Arabic, Juba Arabic and Bari.

Publications By Sandra

How Can Peacebuilding Organizations Help Regional Institutions?

How Can Peacebuilding Organizations Help Regional Institutions?

Thursday, October 20, 2022

By: Ignatius Onyekwere, Ph.D.;  Emily Sample;  Sandra Tombe, Ph.D.

This year’s U.N. General Assembly came amid a host of interconnected global challenges, like the war in Ukraine, global food insecurity and climate change. Indeed, the theme of the General Assembly was to find “transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.” As the world’s premier multilateral body, the United Nations’ recognition of the interconnected nature of today’s vexing challenges is vital to building consensus and devising solutions. But regional multilateral bodies — like the African Union (AU) or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — also have a key role to play. Despite regional organizations’ shortcomings, their member countries are bound together by geography and similar challenges and therefore more likely to find more common ground than the 193 countries in the United Nations.

Type: Blog

Global Policy

New Evidence: How Religion Aids Peaceful Change

New Evidence: How Religion Aids Peaceful Change

Thursday, September 30, 2021

By: Jason Klocek, Ph.D.;  Miranda Rivers;  Sandra Tombe, Ph.D.

The pullback in 2021 of international military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa’s Sahel region not only shows the limits of such foreign interventions. It forces policymakers to more urgently examine other ways to support the sustainable social changes that can stabilize violence-stricken nations. New USIP research sharpens an insight about one powerful method to achieve such changes—nonviolent, citizens’ movements that improve governance and justice. Effectively, the research shows, religion helps more often than we may think. Of more than 180 nonviolent campaigns for major political change since World War II, a majority have involved religion in some way.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

ReligionNonviolent Action

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