Bethany McGann

Program Officer

U.S. Institute of Peace

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Bethany McGann, is a Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace, leading the Africa research portfolio with the RESOLVE Network, the research component of the Countering Violent Extremism team within the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation.

She leads the design and implementation of multi-year USAID funded desk and field studies focused on; Sahelian sub-state hybrid armed actors, militias, and local security assemblages; the role of women in armed community mobilization in East and West Africa; and local peacebuilding mechanisms in violent extremism affected contexts.

Her most recent publication is a chapter in the Good Governance Africa “Extremisms in Africa Anthology." She contributed the Africa paper to the 2019 West Point Student Conference on U.S. Affairs, and her graduate research was cited in New America’s 2019 Annual Terrorism Assessment.

Bethany holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and a B.A. in Government and International Affairs from Smith College.

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