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Business for Peace Collaborative: Panel Discussion
USIP Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Program
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 04:30pm - 07:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43201

Ann Fisher

Patrice McMahon

Christopher Gelpi

Yoram Haftel

Mason Ye

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This event will bring together scholars, students, policymakers and the business community. The goal is to think strategically on how economic development and business affects peace, and how peace building and end of conflicts impact regional development, rule of law, and economic growth.

The longer term objectives of this collaborative are:

  • To develop a network of scholars on conflict resolution, economics, and regional development for peace building,
  • To leverage core competencies our future peace leaders can learn from both the academy and the private sector in problem solving and doing business in conflict zones.
  • To tap the business sector’s ingenuity and innovation in both processes and outcomes for international conflict resolution and peace.
  • To build a public-private partnerships to advance understanding of international peace building and rule of law.


Esther Gottlieb, Senior Advisor for International Affairs, The Ohio State University
John Carlarne, Peace Studies Coordinator, The Ohio State University


4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception and Panel

David Manderscheid, Executive Dean and Vice Provost, College of Arts and Sciences

Panel Participants

Moderated by Ann Fisher, NPR, WOSU 

Patrice C. McMahon, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Christopher F. Gelpi, Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, The Ohio State University

Yoram Haftel, Alumnus of The Ohio State University, Associate Professor of International Relations,  Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Mason Foster Ye, Undergraduate Student, Business Scholar of The Ohio State University, Managing Member of The Foster Groupe LLC, Philanthropic Advisor of Yeshi Enterprise Group

This event is supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative.
  All opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document and events are not necessarily reflecting the views of United State Institute of Peace.

This event is dedicated to Chadwick F. Alger (1924-2014) for his life long contributions to Peace Studies.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies and Middle East Studies Center.


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