Author Archives: Ian Proctor

About Ian Proctor

Ian Proctor is a Master’s Candidate at American University in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program. He is completing his capstone project on conflict resolution simulations for complex emergencies environments, and is implementing the components of this project with the Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education, with whom he has been involved since 2011. He is a Research Assistant with the United States Institute of Peace, where he co-authored USIP Peace Brief 150: “Peacekeeping 2014: An Agenda for Enhanced Effectiveness.” Ian is an AmeriCorps alumnus and attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate education, where he double majored in Political Science and History and completed his honors thesis, entitled: “Peace or Polarity: A Study of UN Peacekeeping Missions in Africa During and After the Cold War.”

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Fleeting Hope for the CAR

(Photo Credits: Deutsche Welle; UN Photo/Mark Garten; Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images) The announcement by the Secretary-General that the situation in the Central African Republic has descended into an organized state of chaos forbodes a chilling near-term future for the perennially-struggling African … Continue reading

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Thinking Small: A Trend Toward Miniaturization?

A trend in manufacturing, business, and technology is called miniaturization, whereby more tasks are done with less and less hardware. A perfect example of such a phenomenon is the progression in the hardware of computers. The foundational machines like those … Continue reading

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What Seeds Have Been Sown? Assessing the Impending Atrocities in the Central African Republic

Citing the total disorder of the Central African Republic (CAR), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius stated in late November of this year that the country is “on the verge of genocide.” Already, over 600 people have been killed directly because … Continue reading

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Killing to Yes

The recent string of news coming out of the turbulent Afghanistan-Pakistan region raises an interesting question: what happens when leaders do not talk to each other? Or more importantly: will there be anyone left to talk to after the killing … Continue reading

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