Anthony Wanis-St. John, 2001

Anthony Wanis-St.John, PhD, The Fletcher School

Associate Professor, American University, School of International Service, Program Director, MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Advisor to the United States Institute of Peace. Executive Committee of the Peace Studies Section of the ISA. Whether helping countries rebuild rule of law systems after civil war, training peacekeepers, soldiers and humanitarians in negotiation skills, or building civil society capacity to resolve conflict, Fletcher gave me a worldview that helped me see how we got the international system we have, and how to envision and implement ways to make it more responsive to humanity.

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PhD Dissertation

Fields of Study

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • International Security Studies
  • International Law, Organizations and Civil Wars


Back Channel Negotiation: Secrecy in the Middle East Peace Process (Syracuse University Press, 2011)

Edited Volume (refereed)

  • Conflict Prevention and Management in the New Security Context: Case of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with M. Mitrevska, A. Grizold, V. Buchkovski, Iza Trsar (Macedonian and Albanian versions: Open Society Institute, 2009/English version University of Ljubljana 2012)

Book Chapters

  • “Indigenous Peacebuilding,” in Roger Mac Ginty, ed., Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding (London: Routledge, 2013), Ch. 28, pp. 360 - 374
  • “Nuclear Negotiations: Iran, the EU (and the United States),” in G. Olivier Faure, ed., Unfinished Business: Why International Negotiations Fail (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012), Ch. 4, pp. 62-89 --refereed
  • “Structural Dimensions of Failure in Negotiations,” with the late Christophe Dupont, in G. Olivier Faure, ed., Unfinished Business: Why International Negotiations Fail (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012), Ch. 11, pp. 203-219 --refereed
  • “Ancient Peacemakers: Exemplars for Humanity,” in Susan Allen Nan, Andrea Bartoli, Zachariah Mampilly, eds. Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011), Ch. 35, pp. 563-581
  • “Cultural Pathways in Negotiation and Conflict Management,” in Michael Moffitt and Robert Bordone, eds., Handbook of Dispute Resolution (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2005), Ch. 8, pp. 118-134

Journal Issues-Guest Editor

  • “Peace Processes, Secret Negotiations and Civil Society,” special thematic issue of International Negotiation, vol. 13, no. 1 (2008)

Refereed Journal Articles

  • “Impediments to Trade Across the Green Line in Cyprus: The Role of Classic Barriers and Mistrust,”
  • Journal of Peace Research, vol. 49, no. 6 (2012): 863-872, with Omer Gokcekus, Dennis Nottebaum and Jessica Henson
  • “Civil Society and Peace Negotiations: Confronting Exclusion”International Negotiation, vol. 13, no. 1 (2008): 11-36, with Darren Kew
  • “Back Channel Negotiation: International Bargaining in the Shadows” Negotiation Journal, vol. 22, no. 2 (2006): 119-144
  • “The National Security Council: Tool of Presidential Crisis Management” Journal of Public and International Affairs, vol. 9, no. 1 (1998): 102-127
  • “Third Party Mediation Over Kashmir: A Modest Proposal” International Peacekeeping, vol. 4, no. 4 (1997): 1-30
  • “The Mediating Role in the Kashmir Dispute Between India and Pakistan” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, vol. 21, no. 1 (1997): 173-195

Non-refereed Journal Articles

  • “Implementing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Transitioning States: Lessons Learned From Practice” Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Vol. 5 (2000): 339-381

Research Reports

  • “Managers as Negotiators: The Power and Gender Mix” Negotiation Journal, vol. 12, no. 4 (1996): 367-370
  • “Toward the ‘Next Generation’ of Research on Mediation and Third-Party Intervention”  Negotiation Journal, vol. 12, no. 3 (1996): 271-274

Reviews and Review Essays

  • “Thinking Globally and Acting Locally,” Review Essay of Negotiating Globally, by J. Brett and Reaching for Higher Ground in Conflict Resolution, by F. Dukes, M. Piscolish and J. Stephens Negotiation Journal, vol. 19, no. 3 (2003): 371-378
  • “Advice to Princes in the Global Age”: Review Essay of Power Sharing and International Mediation in Ethnic Conflicts, by T. Sisk and Elusive Peace, by I. W. ZartmanThe Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, vol. 21, no. 2 (1997): 179-186
  • Review of A Concise History of the Middle East, by A. Goldschmidt, Jr. The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, vol. 20, no. 2 (1996): 197-200

Research Monographs

  • An Assessment of Back Channel Diplomacy: Negotiations Between the Palestinians and Israelis PON Paper 00-7 (September 2000) Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School
  • Resolving the Kashmir Conflict Between India and Pakistan: Prospects for Mediation Working Paper Series, 96-2
  • Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School The Negotiations Between the Palestinians and Israel: Short Term Breakthrough but Long Term Failure? Working Paper Series, 95-4 Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School
Peer-Reviewed Policy Papers and Publications
  • Setting the Table for Arab-Israeli Peace: The Role of Publics Policy paper for the USIP Senior Working Group on the Middle East, Co-Chaired by Samuel R. Berger and Stephen A. Hadley, June 23, 2009
  • Training Manual on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice [Judicial training for Nigerian judges], co-authored with Darren Kew and Kevin Nwosu, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, October 2007
  • Civil Society and Peace Negotiations: Why, Whether and How They Could Be Involved, with Thania Paffenholz and Darren Kew. Background paper for International Mediators’ Retreat, June 2006, pp. 67-76 Oslo Forum: Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva, Switzerland, and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • International Prevention Practices in the Culture of Drugs and Violence, US Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, July 2005
  • “A Culture of Justice: Guatemala’s Post-Conflict Judicial Modernization,” World Bank, April 2004 (presented at World Bank’s “Scaling-Up Poverty Reduction” Conference in Shanghai, May 2004)
  • “Evaluation of World Bank-supported ADR in Guatemala,” World Bank, March 2003
  • “Commercial Alternate Dispute Resolution in Bolivia,” Appendix “B” in S. Brown, C. Cervenak, D. Fairman, Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs: A Guide for USAID, December 1997 (USAID Contract AEP-I-00-96-90022-00)


  • “Comparative Peace Processes,” in Timothy A. McElwee, B. Welling Hall, Joseph Liechty, Julie Garber, eds., Peace, Justice and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide, 7th ed. (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009) Ch. 14.6

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • Choice Journal, Outstanding Academic Title, January 2012, for book Back Channel Negotiation
  • Back Channel Negotiation acquired by the Norwegian Nobel Institute Library, March 2011
  • Successful Grants & Fellowships:
  • Fulbright Senior Scholars, Curricular Innovation, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2009)
  • Palestinian-American Research Center Fellowship 2005
  • Harvard University, Program on Negotiation Doctoral Research Fellowship (1999-2000)
  • National Security Education Program/Boren Fellowship for Arabic Language Study (1998-1999)
  • William H. Donner Foundation, International Security Program Research at Fletcher/Tufts (1995)


  • MALD, 1996, The Fletcher School
  • B.S. Human Services, 1987, St. John's University, School of Education and Human Services (magna cum laude)

Experience before Fletcher

  • Visiting Professor, Bordeaux Ecole de Management (2005 to present)
  • Co-Mentor, Doctoral Program, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia (2002 to present)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Create and co-teach International Mediation and International Negotiation courses (Summer 2006 and 2012)
  • Professorial Lecturer, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (Summer 2006)
  • Visiting Professor, Notre Dame University, Beirut, Lebanon (2005-2006)
  • Research Associate, Center for International Conflict Resolution, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (2004 to 2006)
  • Assistant Professor, John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University(2002 to 2004)
  • Adjunct Professor, Dispute Resolution Program, University of Massachusetts, Boston (1999 and 2006)
  • Doctoral Research Fellow, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School (1999 to 2000)
  • Teaching Assistant, Harvard Business School (Spring 1999, Spring 2000 semesters)
  • Adjunct Professor, Fletcher School, Tufts University, Armenian Foreign Ministry certificate program (Spring 1999)
  • Teaching Assistant, Harvard Law School (Winter Session 1998 and Winter Session 1999)
  • Adjunct Professor, College of Professional and Continuing Education, Clark University (1997-2000)


  • Fluency in French and Spanish, beginning Arabic