State Department Awards Pitt Law Professor Matiangai Sirleaf With Diplomacy Lab Projects

The State Department’s Diplomacy Lab has awarded Pitt Law Professor Matiangai Sirleaf a project for Fall 2017 that will allow Pitt Law students to engage in innovative and groundbreaking research. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership between the State Department and U.S. colleges and universities. Partner schools participating in Diplomacy Lab conduct research around various topics presented to them by the State Department in areas including climate change, democracy and human rights, counterterrorism, global health as well as energy security. Partner universities are responsible for recruiting student teams to undertake Diplomacy Lab projects and faculty members to guide the teams.

Under the guidance of Professor Sirleaf, a team of interested students in her Post-Conflict and Transitional Justice Seminar will conduct research for the State Department on how to shape security provisions during the transitional phase following a conflict.  Students will investigate models for transnational security arrangements and evaluate lessons learned in security sector reform as well as disarmament, demobilization and rehabilitation programs.  The research team will provide case studies to the State Department analyzing relevant peace agreements and processes to assist diplomats with forging creative solutions in the volatile time during the negotiation and early implementation of peace accords. Over the course of the semester, Professor Sirleaf will guide students in developing a final work product that accomplishes the goals outlined by the State Department.  Students will also have opportunity throughout the semester to discuss their research with State Department officials.

Students interested in finding out more about this initiative should contact Professor Sirleaf at matiangai.sirleaf@pitt.edu

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