Former Acting Executive Director of the Nairobi Peace Initiative John Katunga joins the Wilson Center as the new OSI Africa Policy Scholar. He will work on a project addressing peace, security, and U.S. foreign policy in Africa's Great Lakes Region during his term, which runs through October 2006.

A human rights researcher and activist, Katunga is an expert on peacebuilding and conflict transformation theories and practices, including conflict analysis, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluating, and peacebuilding initiatives and processes.

Katunga also has extensive experience working on environmental issues. In October, he will discuss natural resource conflicts in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at an event co-sponsored by ECSP and the Africa Program. He previously participated in a Wilson Center event about the links between environment and conflict in Eastern Africa, and he is the co-author of a chapter in Scarcity and Surfeit on colton exploration in the DRC.

Katunga received his master's degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University in the United States, and master's and bachelor's degrees in political science from the University of Kisangani in the DRC. He teaches in training and higher learning institutions in Africa, the United States, and Europe.

For more information, visit John Katunga's scholar page.

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