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Timothy Sisk

Primary Area of Expertise

  • International peace
  • Conflict management

Also qualified to speak on topics in the following areas:

  • Foreign policy
  • Africa
  • War


Timothy D. Sisk is Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace (SDIP), a research and policy institute at the School.  He is Director of the Korbel School’s Program in Humanitarian Assistance.

His research focuses on the nexus between democracy and governance and the management of conflict in deeply divided societies, especially those emerging from civil war.  He has conducted extensive research on the role of international and regional organizations, particularly the United Nations, on peace operations, peacemaking, and peacebuilding.   He is also the editor, with Tom Farer, of the journal of the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS), “Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations” (Publisher: Lynne Rienner).  As well, Sisk also serves as an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sisk’s latest scholarly book is titled “International Mediation in Civil Wars: Bargaining with Bullets” (Routledge 2009). Two other books for which he is the editor also recently appeared: “From War to Democracy: Dilemmas of Peacebuilding” (with Anna Jarstad, Cambridge University Press 2008) and “The Dilemmas of Statebuilding: Confronting the Contradictions of Postwar Peace Operations” (with Roland Paris, Routledge 2009).

Prior to joining the University of Denver in 1998, he was a Program Officer in the Grant Program of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington and, prior to that, a staff member for a United States Senator.  Sisk earned a Ph.D. “with distinction” in political science (comparative politics, research methods) from The George Washington University, in 1992, and an MA in International Journalism (1984) and a BA in Foreign Service and German (1982) from Baylor University.

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