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Leadership for Peace

Community Leaders

Lazarina Topuzova
Lazarina Topuzova
Associate Professor, Robert Morris University
Stephen Moles
Stephen Moles
Director, Leadership and Talent Development, U.S. Institute of Peace
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Elizabeth Stork
Professor, Organizational Leadership, Robert Morris University
Contact Community Leaders:
Aleen Bayard, Principal, Transformative Consulting
Andrew Campbell, Director, International Peace and Leadership Institute
Rosemary Muriungi, Professor, Gonzaga University
Annika Hilding-Norberg, Head of Peace Operations and Peacebuilding, Geneva Center for Security Policy
Erich Schellhammer, Retired
Elizabeth Stork, Chair, ILA Leadership for Peace member community; Professor, Robert Morris University
Lazarina Topuzova, Vice-Chair, ILA Leadership for Peace member community; Associate Professor, Robert Morris University

The Leadership for Peace Member Community seeks to attract researchers, educators, practitioners, and others who care about peace – in the mind and body, community, and in the world. Our aim is to draw thinkers and doers to focus on peace, peace-building, and developing, explaining, and educating for a culture of peace. This is a forum where the voices of peace can meet to nurture each other’s needs and collaborate on common interests, and a place to support efforts towards a more peaceful world.

Our hope is to increase the conditions for justice, tolerance, acceptance, hope and understanding anywhere and everywhere and for positive change in individuals, groups, organizations, and governments that lead to freedom from oppression, conflict and war, and aggression, through dialogue, action plans, research, practice, teaching and learning.

Priorities & Projects

  • Promoting an understanding of peace leadership separate and distinctive from peace and conflict studies
  • Sharing knowledge on practices, opportunities, and experiences for sustainable peace within and outside the ILA
  • Identifying and testing models, theories, and perspectives about peace leadership towards developing effective approaches to ….
  • Creating a coherent and welcoming ILA community with short and long term goals to further Peace Leadership
  • Launching an ILA Intersections group to foster networking, promote new publications and opportunities, share knowledge and experiences, build a resource library, and address questions about Peace Leadership
  • Developing individual and group capacities, leaders and activists, negotiators and communicators, to learn and teach how to develop relationships of trust and reciprocity that can be spread around the world
  • Engaging with and learning from others whose ways of being are peace-intentional and peace-proactive

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Sample Leadership for Peace Resources


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The War in Ukraine & Leadership as an Essentially Contested Concept

In order to stop the war in Ukraine, we have to understand why different people have radically diverse understandings of what’s happening. In this blog, ILA Fellow Keith Grint examines how the war is not just about land or people or history, it is about our understandings of leadership.

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The Day After the End of the Russian War in Ukraine

Nations too often create alliances to secure the survival of only some selected countries and not the totality of humanity. In doing so, they sabotage the security that they seek for themselves and others, creating greater global insecurity.


The Power of Belief, The Triumph of Voice

ILA Fellow Katherine Tyler Scott discusses the re-emergence of autocratic leadership around the world and its ties to societal anxiety before exploring Ukrainian President Zelensky’s ability to use his voice to encapsulate the universal yearning of humanity to live free.

Downloadable Book Chapter