Staff of the Center for Global Peace
Abdul Aziz Said, Director
Abdul Aziz Said is the senior ranking professor at American
University and the first occupant of the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of
Islamic Peace. He founded the university-wide Center for Global Peace,
which undertakes a range of activities, both on and off campus, aimed
at advancing our understanding of world peace. He founded and serves as
director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division,
in the School of International Service, which offers a Master of Arts
degree and four dual or joint degree options, as well as concentrations
at the Doctoral and Undergraduate levels. He is responsible for
developing several educational, research, and outreach programs such as
the Center for Cooperative Global Development, Project PEN (Providing
for Educational Needs), the Washington Semester in International Peace
and Conflict Resolution, the Summer Institute for Teachers: Education
for Global Citizenship, the Center for Mediterranean Studies, and the
Community for Social Change and Political Participation in the Middle
East and Africa.
He is a frequent lecturer and participant in national and
international peace conferences and dialogues and is deeply involved
with a number of professional associations and Service Academies. He
has lectured in more than one hundred universities in the United States
and all over the world. His past and current public service includes
consulting the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, the
United Nations and the White House Committee on the Islamic World. He
has served as the president of the regional chapter for the
International Studies Association and as moderator for the Ecumenical
Council of Washington. He advises and serves on the Board of Directors
for various international non-governmental organizations including
Search for Common Ground, Global Education Associates, the National
Peace Foundation, PAX International, International Youth Advocate
Program, The Omega Institute, Nonviolence International, and Global
Alliance for Transnational Education, International Center for Religion
and Diplomacy, and the Jones International University-University of the
Web. He also serves on the editorial boards of Human Rights Quarterly
and Peace Review.
Dr. Said has written, co-authored and edited more than
fifteen books including Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: Precept
and Practice, Concepts of International Politics in Global Perspective
4th Edition, Human Rights and World Order, Ethnicity in an
International Context, The New Sovereigns: Multinational Corporations
as World Powers, Theory of International Relations: The Crisis of
Relevance, Ethnicity in an International Contexts, Ethnicity and U.S.
Foreign Policy and articles on various aspects of world politics.
Professor Said’s deep commitment to nonviolence, human rights,
political pluralism, cultural diversity, and ecological balance has
furthered the expansion of Peace and Conflict Resolution as a field of
study throughout the world.
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Ms. Betty J. Sitka, Associate
Ms. Sitka has served as the Associate Director for the American
University Center for Global Peace (AU-CGP) since its founding in 1996.
She has primary responsibility for the Centerís project and program
development and implementation, including fiscal management and external
relations. Under her management, AU-CGPís ten
year history has produced 12 international conferences, 8 edited volumes
in print (and 2 in the pipeline), a refereed journal, 3 endowed
activities, 4 government grants, and total $7.5 million raised. She is
co-editor, with Nathan C. Funk, of Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and
West. Prior to this position, Ms. Sitka was the Program
Coordinator for the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program
at American University, guiding it from a concentration to a Masterís
degree program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Denison
University and a Master of Arts Degree in International Politics from
American University. Prior to relocating to Washington, DC in 1991, Ms.
Sitka served as founding director of Clark-Metro Development
Corporation, a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to
commercial revitalization and development of a multiethnic community in
the inner-city of Cleveland, Ohio, that completed $5 million in
reconstruction projects during her tenure.