Dr. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

Dr. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana



  • Ph.D. in International Relations American University at Washington DC, USA (August, 1997- December, 2002)
  • MA in International Conflict Analysis University of Kent at Canterbury, UK (1995- 1996)
  • BA in International Relations University of Ankara, Turkey (1990-1994)



  • Associate Director and Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgetown University MA Program in Conflict Resolution, Washington DC (currently)
  • Senior Conflict Specialist, Social Impact, Washington DC, (August- November 2012)
  • Consultant, United States Institute of Peace Washington DC (January- July 2011)
  • Associate Director, Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, Washington D.C. (2005-2012)
  • Assistant Professor, School of International Service at the American University at Washington DC, (2005-2010)
  • Consultant, CoDevelopment Canada (A Non-profit International Development Agency based in British Colombia, Canada) (July-August 2003)
  • Research Fellow, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) (A non-profit environmental law firm that provides a full range of environmental legal services in international and comparative environmental law and policy around the world) Washington D.C., USA: (April-August 2003)


Areas of Expertise

  • Evaluation and Monitoring
  • Gender Sensitivity in Peacebuilding and Development
  • Conflict Sensitivity in Peacebuilding and Development
  • Peacebuilding and Development in the Muslim world
  • Engaging Religious Actors in Peacebuilding and Development Programs
  • Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue
  • Context Sensitive Training in Peacebuilding, Human Rights, Dialogue, Gender and Development


research and activities

Selected Training Experience:

  • Trainer for USIP “Countering Violent Extremism Workshop for Civil Society” Hedayah Center Abu Dhabi Feb 9-12, 2015
  • Trainer “Engaging Religious Actors in Development Programming Training Series” (for USAID) (2011)
  • Trainer “Facilitation Training for Iraqi Women Facilitators” Erbil Iraq (for USIP) (April, 6-11, 2011)
  • Trainer “Training of Trainers for Iraqi Facilitators on Advanced Religion and Peace Building Skills” Istanbul, Turkey (for USIP) (April 14-18, 2011)
  •  Facilitator “Conflict Analysis Training” for Professors and Students from 3 Universities in Nyala, Darfur, Sudan (for Salam Institute) (May 2010)
  • Trainer “Indigenous Conflict Resolution” Workshop Guatemala (Organized by the Canadian Government) (February 20, 2009)
  • “Women and Peace Building in Islam” For Iraqi Women organized (for State Department) (October 2008)
  • Islamic Sources of Conflict Resolution Imam Training program” for Imams and Muslim Community Leaders (organized by Salam Institute for Peace and Justice and Islamic Society of North America) (May 4-5 2007 and April 28-29, 2006)
  • Facilitator “Conflict Resolution and Peace Education Workshop” For Israeli and Palestinian Teachers Organized by Perez Center, Tel Aviv, Israel (for USIP) (January 5-10 2007)


Selected Interfaith/ Intra-Faith Dialogue Experience:

  • Expert advisor to “Interfaith Conference Between Christians and Muslims” in Niger June 2011
  • Leading a Delegation of American Imams to meet Imams and Christian Clergy in Niamey Niger June 2011
  • Expert advisor to AED regarding two “Interfaith Conferences” in N’djamena, Chad in November 2010, and February 2011
  • Hosting an Iranian Delegation of Young Scholars Washington DC USA (on religion and conflict resolution and dialogue)
  • Leading a Muslim Peace Delegation to Iran (to discuss the state of peace and conflict resolution scholarship and practice in the Muslim world, among others)


Selected Evaluation Experience

  • External Evaluation of CRS A3B Project, Mindanao Philippines, (July 27-September 30 2015)
  • Assessment of USAID Peacebuilding Programs in Israel-Palestine Israel and Palestine, (August 2012- May 2013)
  • Assessment of Interfaith Relations and Civic Education Programs in N/Djamena, Chad (July 2010)
  • Assessment of Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Capacity in Nyala, El-Fasher and Geneina Darfur Sudan (May-June 2010)
  • Evaluation of Madrasa Reform Project in Pakistan (Prepared for International Center for Religion and Diplomacy) (Prepared for Smith Richardson Foundation) (2008)
  • “Mapping and Analyzing Muslim Peace Building Actors in Africa and the Balkans (Prepared for and Presented to the Foreign Ministry of Netherlands) (2005)
  • Assessment of Social and Environmental Impact of Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Project, Turkey (Prepared for Center for International Environmental Law. Final Report can be found at www.ciel.org) (2003)


Other Experience

  • Wikistrat Senior Analysis –multiplayer online consultancy firm which leverages a global network of subject-matter experts via a patented crowd-sourcing methodology to provide insights unavailable anywhere else (currently)
  • Supervisor Peacebuilding and Development in Kenya (Georgetown University’s Summer Internship Program, (currently)
  • Occasional Lecturer at National Defense University Washington DC (2010-2013)
  • Occasional Lecturer at United States Institute of Peace Academy Washington DC (2007-2015)
  • Advisor and Jury Member, Peace Projects for Journalists and Writers Foundation, Turkey (May 2013- to present)
  • Organizer and Speaker Conference on “Role of Businesswomen in Peacebuilding and Development” Georgetown University and Turkish Businesswomen Association (May 16, 2013) Washington DC, USA
  • Consultant to United States Institute Peace for Religion and Peacemaking in Iraq, Erbil, Iraq (January 2011-August 2011)
  • Expert advisor and presenter on “Islam, Peacebuilding and Development” and Muslim Women Peacebuilders” to Islamic Relief London, UK (June 2012- May 2013)
  • Expert advisor and presenter on “Peace Education Curriculum Development” and “Islamic Education Reform” in Niamey Niger (June 2011) and N’Djamena, Chad (July 2010)
  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Capacity Building in Nyala, El-Fasher and Geneina Darfur Sudan (May-June 2010)
  • environmental Conflict over Bio Bio River and its effects on Pehuenche Mapuches (an Indigenous Community) Ralco, Chile (January 2000 and 2002)




  • Peacebuilding and Development

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Peacebuilding and Development Programs
  • Theories of Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution in the Muslim World
  • Introduction to Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Culture and Conflict Resolution: Alternatives to Violence
  • Religion and Peacemaking
  • Islamic Sources of Conflict Resolution
  • Islam and Democracy




  • (2007) Standing on an Isthmus: Islamic Approaches to War and Peace in Palestine Lexington Books
  • (2001) (with Abdul Aziz Said and Nathan Funk) eds. Anthology on Islam and Peace and Conflict Resolution: Precept and Practice University Press of America.


Selected Book Chapters

  • (2015) “Justpeace Building and the Muslim World” Oxford University Press Handbook on Religion and Peacebuilding Scott Appleby and J. P. Lederach eds Oxford University Press
  • ·(2015) “Turkish Mediation In Somalia” in Turkey as a Mediator Stories of Success and Failure Lexington Books
  • (2015) Muslim Women Building Peace: Challenges and Opportunities” in Women, Islam and Peace Building Ed. Yasmin Sakia at Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona
  • (2015) “Muslim Women’s Peacebuilding Initiatives” Women, Religion, and Peace: Exploring Experience, Probing Complexity Susan Hayward and Katherine Marshall eds. USIP press (Washington DC)
  • (2014) “Elysee Treaty and Lessons for the Middle East” Proceedings of Conference on Lessons for Others? International Perspectives on the Franco-German Relationship 50 Years after the Elysee Treaty  Brooking Institution Press
  •  (2013) “Muslim Women and Interfaith-Dialogue” Oxford University Encyclopedia for Women and Islam
  • (2013) “Muslim Women Peace Builders” Katherine Marshall and Susan Hayward eds. USIP Press
  • (2013) “Interfaith Dialogue and Peace Building” The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue  Catherine Cornille eds.
  •  (2011) “Exodus in the Quran” in Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus and Wilderness Across Millennia Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow and Rabbi Phyllis O. Berman eds. Jewish Lights Publishing
  • (2010) “Women Peacemakers in the Muslim World” (with Meena Sharify-Funk) Qamar Al Huda eds. USIP Washington DC
  • (2009) 'Ethno-Religious Conflicts: Exploring the Role of Religion in Conflict Resolution', in The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution, eds., J. Bercovitch, V. Kremenyuk, and I. W. Zartman, SAGE, London, pp. 264-280
  •  (2009) “Muslim Perspectives on War and Peace” in Peace-Building by, between, and beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians, edited by Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Dr. David Augsberger Lexington Books
  •  (2007) “Islamic Tradition of Nonviolence:  A Hermeneutical Approach” In Identity, Morality, and Threat: Towards a Theory of Identity-based Conflict Daniel Rothbart and Karina Korostelina eds. Lexington
  • ·(2005) “Islamic Nonviolence Paradigm” in Islamic Peace Paradigms. Abdul Karim Bangura eds. Nova Science.


Selected Journal Articles

  •  (2011) (with Mohammed Abu Nimer) “Human Rights and Building Peace: Case of Pakistani Madrasas” The International Journal of Human Rights issue 15(7),  pages 1136—1158
  • (2009) (with Jacob Bercovitch) “Religion and Mediation” Journal of International Negotiation Vol. 14 175-204
  • (2008)Abu-Nimer, Mohammed and Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana “Muslim Peace Building Actors in Africa and the Balkans” Peace and Change Vol. 33, No. 4 (October)
  • (2007) “Living Walls: Among Muslims Peace Takes on its Own Distinct Forms” Harvard Divinity Bulletin Vol. 35, No.4 (Autumn)
  • ·(2003) “Religion, Violence and the Islamic Tradition of Nonviolence” in Turkish Yearbook of International Relations No. 34, Ankara University
  • ·(2002) (with Jacob Bercovitch). “Exploring the Relevance and Contribution of Mediation to Peace Building” Peace and Conflict Studies. (Fall)
  • ·(2002) (with Jacob Bercovitch), “Conflict Management and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Importance of Capturing the Right Moment” in Asia-Pacific Review Vol.9. No. 2 (November)
  • (1993) “Visegrad Üçlüsü” (Vishegrad Triangle). In Uluslararasi Iliskilerde Olaylar ve Yorumlar  (April) (Monthly Foreign Policy Journal of University of Ankara).


Selected Reports and Occasional Papers

  • (April 2013) (with Mohammed Abu-Numer and Amjad Saleem) “Governance and Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts in Islamic Teachings” Policy Paper #2 Islamic Relief, Cordoba Foundation and Salam Institute for Peace and Justice
  • (July 2010) (with Mohammed Abu-Nimer) “First Assessment Report for Chad: ADJR Interfaith Conference Preparation and ISESCO Civic Education Curriculum Development with an Emphasis on Peace and Tolerance” Salam Institute for Peace and Justice
  • (June 2010) (with Mohammed Abu-Nimer) “Conflict Analysis Workshop and Capacity Building Assessment in Darfur Sudan” Salam Institute for Peace and Justice
  • (September 2008) “Comprehensive Evaluation Report of ICRD’s Madrasa Reform Project” Salam Institute  Washington DC
  • (December 2005) (with Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Tsjeard Bouta) “Faith-Based Peace-Building: Mapping and Analysis of Christian, Muslim and Multi-Faith Actors” Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ in cooperation with Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, Washington DC
  • (2006) (with Abdalla, Abu Nimer, Nasser, el-Kilani and Kunkle) “Implementing Approaches to Improved Quality of Islamic Education in Developing Nations” Creative Associates International, Inc. (CAII)
  • (2004) (with Marcos Orellana) “Comments to the IFC: Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan Pipeline” for Center for International Environmental Law
  • (2002 (with Abdul Aziz Said and Nathan Funk), “Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: An Agenda for Research and Dialogue” In The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies And Research, Occasional paper.


Selected Presentations

  • Speaker “Muslim Women Peace Building” All Parliamentary meeting at House of Commons London UK (January, 20 2013)
  • Keynote Speaker “Conflict Transformation and Islam” Manchester University (January, 23 2013) Conference on “Women, Religion, and Peace” USIP January 5, 2012
  • “Identity Politics, Public Opinion and the Peace Process” at “20th Anniversary of the Madrid Peace Conference” USIP Washington DC (November 2, 2011)
  • “Future of Interfaith Dialogue in the US” American Islamic College Annual Conference, Chicago September 7, 2011
  • Invited Speaker “Muslim Women Building Peace: Challenges and Opportunities” Women, Islam and Peace Building Conference at Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona (March 10-11, 2011)
  • Invited Speaker “Dawah and Freedom of Conscience in Islam” 32nd Claremont Conference on Philosophy of Religion Claremont California (February 10-13, 2011)
  • Invited Speaker “Violence and Peace in Islam” Religion and World Peace Osnabrueck Germany (October 20-23, 2010)
  • Invited Speaker “Muslim Women Peace Builders” Conference on Women, Religion and Globalization Yale University, New Haven (November 13, 2009)
  • Guest Speaker “Madrasa Evaluation Project Presentation” at Institute for Public Private Partnerships (November 18, 2008)
  • Guest Speaker “US Election Results and US Foreign Policy towards Turkey and Iran” AU’s Center for Democracy and Election Management (November 5, 2008)
  • Invited Speaker “Interfaith Dialogue and Conflict Resolution” Conference on  Solidarity and Stewardship: Interfaith Approaches to Global Challenges Al- Ahawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco (June 4-5, 2007)
  • Invited Speaker “Visions of Peace” Harvard Divinity School Boston (May 14-15, 2007)



Turkish: Native Language;

English: Fluent; French and Spanish: Intermediary;

Russian, Arabic and Turkic Languages: Working familiarity.


Islam, interfaith dialogue

Culture, religion and conflict resolution,