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  • A convoy of U.N. peacekeepers escorts a Carter Center team from a nearby U.N. base to the town of Kidal in Northern Mali, protecting them from possible attacks by jihadi terrorists. (All photos: The Carter Center/ J. Hahn)

Stacia George, M.A.

Stacia George became director of the Conflict Resolution Program in 2021.

She previously served as director for West and Central Africa and Haiti at Chemonics International Inc., a global implementer of international development assistance. George previously served as the deputy director for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) and is an expert in conflict management and international development with specializations in conflict-affected environments, stabilization, democracy, and community-driven development programming.

Earlier, George was a foreign policy fellow on the Africa Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was the practice director for government services at Caerus Associates. She held an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations in 2011.

During 11 years with USAID, George was country representative for programs in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. She managed OTI’s Afghanistan program as the deputy team leader for Asia and the Middle East, established programs in Colombia, Nepal, and Sudan, and served as country representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

George holds degrees in international studies and Spanish from Niagara University and International Conflict Management and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies. 

Tom Crick
Project Advisor

Tom Crick joined the Center in 1994, first as a research assistant in the Conflict Resolution Program, becoming executive assistant to the director of peace programs, then assistant director of the Center's China Village Elections Project, and finally associate director of the Conflict Resolution Program. Crick has worked on numerous Carter Center election and conflict resolution projects, primarily in Africa, including the Carter Center-brokered 1995 Guinea worm cease-fire in Sudan, the Great Lakes peace initiative from 1995-1997, and the Center's mediation between Sudan and Uganda. Most recently, his work has concentrated on peacebuilding in Liberia.

Crick received his bachelor's degree from Bristol University and his master's degree from the Queen's University of Belfast. He has conducted doctoral research at the London School of Economics and at Emory University. Prior to joining the Center, he lectured in political science at a number of polytechnics in the United Kingdom and worked as a journalist and as a project leader at an interdenominational youth project in Northern Ireland. Crick is a licensed mediator in the state of Georgia and an adjunct faculty member at Emory Law School.

John Goodman, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Africa

John Goodman is the Conflict Resolution Program's associate director for Africa, with responsibility for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program's mission and strategy in Africa.

Goodman leads the Center’s efforts as the Independent Observer of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali, a project that involves monitoring the implementation of the peace agreement by its signatories and offering recommendations on how to overcome obstacles. He also stewards the Center’s support to dialogue and a negotiated solution to deep political divides in Sudan amidst that country’s ongoing transition to democracy and sustainable peace. His duties further include overseeing the Center’s innovative peace-health nexus activities, which seek to leverage public in negotiations to end armed conflict.

Prior to joining The Carter Center, Goodman worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, where he served as delegate and head of sub-delegation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Goodman's responsibilities included representing the ICRC with government officials, armed actors, international agencies, and civil society; managing relief operations; visiting prisoners of war; and promoting international humanitarian law. Before that, he was an attorney in private practice in the United States, working primarily in civil litigation on behalf of the immigrant community.

Goodman holds a bachelor's degree from Centre College, a master's and juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate from the Graduate Institute, University of Geneva (Switzerland). He speaks fluent French, Spanish, and Catalan.

Rana Shabb, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Middle East

Rana Shabb is the associate director for the Middle East in the Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program. She earned a B.A. in quantitative economics and international relations from Tufts University, a Master of Science in foreign service from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in international affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. Shabb previously worked on U.S. policy toward the Middle East in Washington, D.C. Internationally, she has worked with The Carter Center designing, fundraising, managing, and implementing peace-promoting projects in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria. She worked with the U.N. and a rural NGO in Lebanon to help build community resilience and sustainable livelihoods to undercut incentives to engage in violent conflict. Her research interests center on international development, specifically focusing on the connection between the private sector and conflict longevity and peace.  

Nancy Azar
Senior Program Associate

Nancy Azar joined the Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program in January 2016 and supports the implementation activities of the Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Extremism project. Prior to joining the Center, Azar’s role was the coordination of all aspects of regional drug prevention programs in more than seven Arab countries for Mentor Arabia, the regional branch of the Mentor International Foundation, established and presided over by Queen Sylvia of Sweden. Azar holds a bachelor’s degree in political sciences and public administration from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut. Her professional and academic interests include the role of youth, women, and religion in peacebuilding. She was born and raised in Lebanon and speaks Arabic and French.

Ben Spears
Senior Program Associate

Before joining the Conflict Resolution Program in 2018 to focus on Sudan, Ben Spears interned with the Carter Center in 2013 and joined as program associate in 2016. With the Democracy Program, Spears coordinated election observation and transition monitoring in the Middle East and North Africa and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Spears previously managed field operations for multiple political campaigns, coordinated outreach for Congressman John Lewis’ district office, and directed programs for Ultimate Peace, a peer-to-peer sports initiative in the Middle East. Spears studied Arabic in North Atlanta High School’s International Baccalaureate program, liberal arts at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, international development at The George Washington University’s Elliott School, and nonprofit management at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

Hampton Stall, M.D.P.
Senior Program Associate

Hampton Stall returned to the Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program in 2021 to support the work of the Syria Conflict Mapping Project. He started as an intern with the project in 2015 and worked as a research associate and program associate following the end of his internship. Outside of the Center, Stall has studied right-wing extremism, local food systems, and post-combat response across multiple contexts. Stall received a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from Davidson College and wrote a thesis focusing on pre-2012 Syrian climate governance. He also holds a Master of Development Practice from Emory University with concentrations in conflict transformation and environmental health. His research interests include the anthropology of nonstate actors, contemporary propaganda works, and social ecology.

Annie Charif
Program Associate

Annie Charif began her work in the Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program in June 2016 as a program assistant to the Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Extremism Project. In June 2019, she began supporting the Syria Project, helping to implement and coordinate activities. Charif holds a Master of Arts in political science with a concentration in international and comparative politics. Her academic interests include conflict resolution and the role of non-state actors in failed states. She was born in Lebanon, speaks Arabic, and is conversant in French.

Hari Prasad
Program Associate

Hari Prasad joined the Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program in April 2020 as a program associate focused on research with the mapping unit of the Syria team. He previously worked with the Hudson Institute and the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. His academic interests include armed non-state actors, political violence, and religious politics in the Middle East and South Asia. He earned his master’s degree from George Washington University, where he focused on Middle East and South Asian politics and security.

Jennifer Phillips Wang
Program Associate

Jennifer Phillips Wang is a program associate focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her work at The Carter Center began in 2014 when she interned for the China Program. Shortly after her internship, Wang joined the Center's Democracy Program, coordinating election observation missions, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, Wang transitioned to the Conflict Resolution Program, pivoting her focus toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Syria Transition Dialogue initiative. Wang holds a degree in political science with a concentration in international affairs from Georgia State University.

Evan Leendertse
Data Analyst
Evan Leendertse joined The Carter Center in 2021. His previous role as an analytics consultant for a multinational Indian company, Mu Sigma, included a nine-month training program in Bangalore, India. After this training, he began consulting at Nike in Portland, Oregon. In this role, Leendertse worked heavily on supply chain visualization and creating models to increase supply chain efficiency. Leendertse holds a degree in business administration from the University of Oregon.


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