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Mark Whitlock

Lecturer, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Mark Whitlock teaches in Capstone Thesis seminars as part of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program. Whitlock’s research and practice examines identity-based political violence and decision-making, emphasizing operational early warning and response (EWR).

His research has specifically analyzed the theory to practice nexus, forecasting writ-large, and the prevention of mass atrocities/mass killing.  He has conducted research and consulted on regional early warning architectures primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Europe with organizations including The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and The Visegrad Group.  He recently coordinated research for the Africa Task Force on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities (ATF), and contributed to the development of an internal handbook on conflict prevention and decision making for UNOWAS political staff while based in Dakar, Senegal. He has contributed to developing online simulations for graduate students that explore the aforementioned themes highlighting conflict analysis, communication, and decision-making.

Whitlock has lived, worked and traveled throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, serving first as a biology teacher at Nkonya Secondary School with Peace Corps Ghana, teaching in Tunis, Tunisia, and researching political violence in Ethiopia, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Indonesia, Israel, Rwanda, Burundi, Senegal, and Côte d’Ivoire.


  • M.I.A, Columbia University


  • “African Regional Communities and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities – Final Report,” Africa Task Force on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities, Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention (2016).
  • Harding, T. and Whitlock, M. “Leveraging Web-Based Environments for Mass Atrocity Prevention," Simulation & Gaming, vol. 44 no. 1, pp. 94-117 (2013).