Dr. Lisa Schirch is director of human security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Schirch connects policymakers with global civil society networks, facilitates civil-military dialogue and provides a conflict prevention and peacebuilding lens on current policy issues. Dr. Schirch is also a Research Professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch has conducted conflict assessments and participated in peacebuilding planning alongside local colleagues in over 20 countries. Dr. Schirch has written several books including Civilian Peacekeeping, Ritual and Symbol in Peacebuilding, The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding, and The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects. Her most recent book is Conflict Assessment and Peacebuilding Planning: Toward a Participatory Approach to Human Security. The website for the book can be found at www.Conflict-Assessment-and-Peacebuilding-Planning.org. Dr. Schirch holds a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.