In order to best understand the environments where they work, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) uses a diagnostic tool called the Conflict Assessment Framework to analyze national and sub-national conflict. A conflict assessment is a systematic process used to analyze and prioritize the dynamics of peace, conflict, stability, and instability in a given country context. The assessment consists of two stages: diagnosis and response. During the diagnosis phase, the assessment team gathers information about the country’s internal conflict dynamics. The team then uses its findings to identify likely future scenarios that could alter a country’s risk of violent conflict. During the response stage, the assessment team draws on its rich diagnostic analysis to formulate actionable responses. Conducting a field-based conflict assessment is challenging. It involves applying a set of rigorous analytical tasks in a dynamic process, which must be sensitive to issues from policy positions, organizational interests, interpersonal and intercultural dynamics, language, and logistical constraints. This webinar will provide an overview of the assessment process and methods, as well as provide illustrative examples from previously conducted field assessments.
Previously, Mr. Hunsicker spent eight years living and working in the Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union. Most recently, he served as the Religion, State and Society Specialist in USAID's Central Asian regional mission. In this capacity, he was responsible for advising USAID and U.S. Embassies in the five Central Asian republics on integrating religious communities into U.S. Government-funded development programming to counter the spread of extremism in the region and to promote inclusive development. He also worked in the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan where he provided support to local human rights groups and facilitated Embassy outreach to religious leaders.
Mr. Hunsicker has a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization from the University of Washington. He is a fluent Uzbek speaker, with experience that includes public speaking and publications, and conversant in Turkish and other Turkic languages.
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