Diana Chigas

Diana Chigas

(617) 627-5870
Research/Areas of Interest: -Corruption and effective anti-corruption strategies in fragile and conflict-affected states; humanitarian assistance on conflict and peace dynamics -Negotiation and mediation in identity-based conflicts -Evaluation of peacebuilding effectiveness -Impacts of development, humanitarian assistance on conflict and peace dynamics -Roles and impacts of the private sector on peace and conflict

Education

  • J.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
  • M.A.L.D., Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, United States
  • B.A., Yale University, New Haven, United States

Biography

Diana Chigas is Professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and also serves as Senior International Officer and Associate Provost at Tufts University. As Senior International Officer, she is also responsible for leading the development and realization of a university-wide global strategy. Prior to joining the Provost's office, Diana was also director of the Reflecting on Peace Practice program and co-director of collaborative learning at CDA, a non-governmental organization dedicated to working with development, humanitarian and peacebuilding practitioners, as well as the private sector, to improve the effectiveness of international assistance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. At CDA, Diana focused on systemic approaches to conflict analysis, the role and impact of the private sector in peacebuilding, and strategic planning, reflection and evaluation to improve the impact of peace programming. Diana was a contributor to the 2012 OECD DAC guidelines on evaluation of conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and to guidance for DFID on guidance on evaluation of peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity. Diana has over 25 years of experience as a facilitator and consultant in negotiation and conflict resolution. Her work has included development of strategies, training and advice on preventive diplomacy in the OSCE, training for the United Nations and several regional organizations, "track two" dialogue in El Salvador, in South Africa, Ecuador and Peru and in the Georgia/South Ossetia peace process, and facilitation of inter-ethnic dialogue in Cyprus. Her current research interests include cumulative impacts of peacebuilding and understanding the dynamics of corruption in conflict-affected and fragile contexts in order to develop more effective anti-corruption programming. Through the Henry J. Leir Institute at the Fletcher School, Diana currently co-leads the Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy Project with Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, focused on policy- and practice- relevant research on effective approaches to combatting corruption in fragile and conflict-affected states.
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Selected Publications

Chigas, D. (2004). Negotiating Intractable Conflicts: the Contribution of Unofficial Intermediaries. In C. Crocker, F. Hamspon, & P. Aall (Eds.), Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace Press.

Chigas, D., & Ganson, B. (2003). Grand Visions and Small Projects: Coexistence Efforts in Southeastern Europe. In A. Chayes, & M. Minow (Eds.), Imagine Coexistence. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Chigas, D., & Ganson, B. (2003). Grand Visions and Small Projects: Coexistence Efforts in Southeastern Europe. In A. Chayes, & M. Minow (Eds.), Imagine Coexistence. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Chigas. (1997). Unofficial Interventions with Official Actors: Parallel Negotiation Training in Violent Intrastate Conflicts. International Negotiation, 2(3), 409-436. doi:10.1163/15718069720848031

Chigas, D., McClintock, E., & Kamp, C. (1996). Preventive Diplomacy and the OSCE: Creating Incentives for Dialogue and Cooperation. In A. Chayes, & A. Chayes (Eds.), Preventing Conflict in the Post-Communist World: Mobilizing International and Regional Organizations. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.

Chigas, D., & Dininio, P. (2019). Strengthening Rule of Law Approaches to Address Organized Crime: Social Norms. Washington, DC: USAID and MSI. Retrieved from https://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PA00TXDQ.pdf

Chigas, D., Kochevar, D., McClintock, E., & Johnstone, I. (n.d.). Empowering One Health Peacemakers. Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis, 4(2), 54.

Chigas, D., & Woodrow, P. (2017). Adding up to Peace: The Cumulative Impacts of Peace Programming. Cambridge, MA: CDA Collaborative Learning Projects.

Scharbatke-Church, C., & Chigas, D. V. (2019). Using systems thinking to understand and address corruption in the criminal justice system in fragile states. In Corruption, Social Sciences and the Law: Exploration across the disciplines (pp. 201-222). doi:10.4324/9780429197352-12

Scharbatke-Church, C., & Chigas, D. V. (2019). Using systems thinking to understand and address corruption in the criminal justice system in fragile states. In Corruption, Social Sciences and the Law: Exploration across the disciplines (pp. 201-222). doi:10.4324/9780429197352-12