Cynthia Irmer

Reframing the Social Narrative on Violence

As an Independent Consultant, I provide technical assistance in negotiation, mediation, facilitation, consensus-building, and community resilience.  I am also a Visiting Research Scholar and adjunct faculty at the Kroc School of Peace Studies in San Diego and adjunct faculty at Rand Corporation. My recent international activities include Cairo, Egypt, as negotiations expert, train 30 women from Syria, Yemen, Libya, Palestine, Somalia, Jordan, Sudan, South Sudan, Morocco and Egypt on peace negotiations pursuant to UN Res 1325 Abuja, Nigeria, as Conflict Analysis and Resolution expert, train heads of ECOWAS directorates in creating and conducting participatory conflict analysis for early warning and response (USAID) Istanbul, Turkey, lead team of international facilitators guiding influential Libyans in generating peacebuilding action plans with the “moderate middle” (American Bar Association); Amman, Jordan, advise UN Women on program for upcoming international conference Beirut, Lebanon, as Social Cohesion Expert in Beirut, develop multi-organizational framework for jointly assessing social vitality/cohesion, evaluate Peacebuilding project and advise on structure and content of program to counter “radicalization” of youth (UNDP Lebanon) My Asia Pacific engagements include Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, and Indonesia. At the U.S. Department of State, I served as Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy & Human Rights I also served in the Conflict and Stabilization Operations Bureau as Senior Conflict Prevention Officer. I was lead mediator/trainer on gang mediation efforts in Belize and I led U.S. government officials in the creation and use of the Interagency Conflict Assessment Framework (ICAF), used in more than two dozen countries having interviewed more than 10,000 local and indigenous persons. My PhD is in conflict analysis and resolution from GMU S-CAR, 2003, my JD degree is from Creighton University School of Law, 1980, and my B.A. is from the University of Nebraska, 1976.