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Michael Karlberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Western Washington University.  His research focuses on the social and ecological implications of the Western-liberal culture of conflict and contest.

Sultan Barakat is the founding Director of the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU). He is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of York. He has numerous publications in the field of refugee shelter, humanitarian assistance and peace-building strategies, and on the social and economic rebuilding of war-torn societies.

Alpaslan Özerdem is Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of York, and Director of the PRDU’s MA in Post-war Recovery Studies. His research areas of interest are the reintegration of former combatants, post-conflict reconstruction of human settlements, civil society-state relationships in the aftermath of disasters and peacebuilding in divided cities.

Charlotte Epstein is currently a George Lurcy visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley where she teaches philosophy and political science.  She has published an article in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.  Her background is in philosophy and languages.

Earl Conteh-Morgan is Professor of International Studies at the University of South Florida. Among other books, he is the author of Democratization in Africa: The Theory and Dynamics of Political Transitions (1997); and more recently Collective Political Violence -- An Introduction to the Theories and Cases of Violent Conflicts (2004). He has published articles in Armed Forces & Society, Journal of Social Philosophy, Peace and Conflict Studies, and The Journal of Conflict Studies, among many others. Dr. Conteh-Morgan is currently working on a project that explores the interface between globalization and collective violence from a constructivist perspective.

Laurie Calhoun currently works at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  She is a regular contributor to Peace Review, and her essays have also appeared in Dissent, Peace and Change, International Journal of Human Rights, Politics, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, New Political Science, Global Change, Peace and Security, Peace and Conflict Studies, and elsewhere.  Philosophy Unmasked: a skeptic’s critique (1997) was her first book.  Her background is in philosophy.

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