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Johanna Mendelson Forman

Scholar-in-Residence, American University

Johanna Mendelson Forman is a senior adviser at the Stimson Center’s Managing Across Boundaries program. She also is a non-resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) program on Crisis, Conflict and Cooperation.

In addition, Ms. Mendelson Forman is a Scholar-in-Residence at the American University, where she teaches an innovative course on conflict cuisine.

Ms. Mendelson Forman pioneered U.S. government response to post-conflict reconstruction, helping start the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives. She co-directed the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at CSIS, and also served in the World Bank’s first Post Conflict Unit. She was Director of Peace, Security and Human Rights at the United Nations Foundation. From 2006-2007, she was a senior adviser to the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

She is member of the Council of Foreign Relations. She serves on the board of Earthspark, an NGO working in Haiti on sustainable energy, and on the Washington English Language Center.

Ms. Mendelson Forman holds a PhD from Washington University, in St. Louis, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a law degree from American University.

Articles by Johanna Mendelson Forman

Seven Ideas to Address Hunger and Climate Change

This World Food Day what can citizens do to create a global movement to address hunger and climate change?

October 16, 2020

Tone Down the “Winners and Losers” Talk on Cuba

The U.S. Congress should help the policy change happen.

March 11, 2015

Looking Backwards: International Women’s Day

Why do we tolerate a gap in leadership on women’s rights?

March 8, 2015

Human Rights Day 2014: More Than an Irony?

The United States and Brazil issue landmark reports: How can the world really do better?

December 13, 2014

America’s Police: Preparing Urban Warfare

What connects Mexico’s Iguala, Ferguson and New York City?

December 7, 2014

Dilma Redux?

Brazil, like the United States, is now polarized politically, with two irreconcilable halves.

October 28, 2014

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

Why women around the globe play a central role in creating better economies.

May 10, 2014

The New Theology of (Global) Hope

Can Pope Francis save Venezuela's soul?

March 26, 2014

Food and Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic Cuisine

What can food teach us about global conflicts and creative diplomacy?

March 2, 2014