Theo is the director of PeaceMedia and PeaceTech Lab Africa at the PeaceTech Lab. The Lab was created by U.S. Institute of Peace as a separate entity to further advance USIP's work at the intersection of technology, media and data to help reduce violent conflict around the world. Theo joined USIP in 2008 and has worked with local partners in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar and South Sudan to develop innovative ways to use media to help resolve conflict. His expertise includes producing curriculum-based peace media programs such as the Salam Shabab TV show in Iraq and the Sawa Shabab radio drama in South Sudan. He has also led efforts to develop tools to limit media incitement to violence as well as to monitor and counter hate speech. Prior to joining USIP, he served for two years as a media specialist for the Public Sector Governance team at the World Bank Institute (WBI). At WBI, he focused on promoting access to public information and strengthening the role that media plays in establishing accountability and governance. Dolan spent the previous five years working on media development projects at the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), a Washington-based NGO. Specifically, he managed projects designed to strengthen independent media in Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East/North Africa through training and business management assistance. He also conducted telecommunications research and provided sales strategy analysis over two years at Forrester Research, a technology research firm. Dolan holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.

Publications By Theo

Radio’s Power for Peace Among South Sudan’s Youth

Radio’s Power for Peace Among South Sudan’s Youth

Monday, August 5, 2013

By: Theo Dolan; Christine Mosher

In a new country struggling for stability and still trying to craft a national identity, research conducted recently for USIP shows that the youth of South Sudan could emerge as an influential force in nation-building and peacebuilding. A new USIP radio drama will help to empower youth in this process.


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