Vandy Kanyako

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Market Center Building (MCB)
Suite MCB 131
1600 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
Office Hours: By Arrangement 

Courses Taught

Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Prevention, Reconstruction and Stabilization
Conflict Resolution: Techniques and Practice
Global Conflict Resolution
Conflict and Our World
Simulation in Conflict Resolution
Reconstruction and Peacebuilding
Theories of Conflict/ Resolution
Introduction to Peace and Conflict Resolution
Integration (senior capstone)
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

Academic Career

Dr. Kanyako’s research interests includes conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding, human rights and transitional justice, civil society, corporate social responsibility and the political economy of oil. His work has appeared in Africa Today, Journal of Peace Support Operations, and the African Center for Constructive Resolution of Disputes. He has taught various courses at George Mason University in Virginia and American University in Washington DC.

In addition to his academic work Dr. Kanyako is also a practitioner who has championed various civil society initiatives around the world. He has extensive work experience with international organizations in Africa, Europe and the United States. He is the founder and Director of West Africa Oil Watch, a civil society-led initiative designed to foster transparency and accountability in the emerging petro-region of West Africa. Between 2004 and 2005 he served as the Coordinator of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) in New York which brought together 1000 participants representing governments, the United Nations and civil society at the United Nations Headquarters in July 2005 to explore the role of civil society in the prevention of armed conflict. In 2001 he was awarded the Hague Appeal for Peace Prize in Athens, Greece, for his conflict mitigation work in the rehabilitation of child combatants during Sierra Leone’s civil war. He has also served on the civil society committee of the President of the United Nations General Assembly  in New York.

He holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, Virginia, USA

MA in Peace Studies from the Joan B. Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA

MA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

BA (Hons) from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone