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PhD Student of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at ICAR, George Mason University, Virginia.

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CLEMENT M. AAPENGNUO
3304 N. WASHINGTON BLVD, ARLINGTON, VA 22201
(202-460-9151) caapeng@yahoo.com, caapengn@gmu.edu

INTERESTS

Research and analysis of social identity-based conflicts in Northern Ghana and Africa, Catholic Peacebuilding, Indigenous Mechanisms for Conflict Resolution.

EDUCATION

PhD., Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Present

M.S., Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Expected August 2008
George Mason University, Arlington, VA.

Thesis: Threat Narratives, Group Identity and Violence: A Study of the Dagomba, Nanumba and Konkomba of Northern Ghana.

Post Graduate Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Advance Skills, August 2007 George Mason University, Arlington, VA, Overall GPA 3.8

Course work included: Inter-ethnic and Chieftaincy conflicts in Northern Ghana, Narrative mediation, project assessment and evaluation, identity and conflicts, law and conflict resolution.

Post Graduate Certificate in Management and Public Administration, December 1999 Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana.

Course work included: Organizational Behavior, Personal Management, Human Resource Development, Finance, Economics, Public Service Administration, Management of Non-profit Organizations and Statistics.

M.S., Social Communications, June 1996. Pontifical Salesian University, Rome.

Course work included: Journalism, Media Studies, Church and Social Communication, Theory and Technique of group media, Psychology of Communications, Philosophy of Communication, Radio and T.V. production, public speaking

Dissertation Topic: The Church and Communication: Towards a Comprehensive Radio Apostolate for Urban Evangelization in Ghana.

Theological Studies, June 1988, St. Victor’s Major Seminary, Tamale, Ghana.

Course work included: Scripture, Systematic Theology, Church History, Sacramental Theology, Canon Law, Moral Theology, Liturgy and Pastoral Theology.

Dissertation Topic: Missionary Methods and the Evangelization of the Gonjas in Northern Ghana

Philosophical Studies, June 1983. St. Victor’s Major Seminary, Tamale, Ghana.

Course Work included: Introduction to Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Ethnic, Psychology, Sociology and Metaphysics.


Related Experience
Teaching: Understanding Conflicts in Africa, Arlington Learning in Retirement
Institute.
Project Coordinator, Center for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies,
Damongo, Ghana, 1999-2006.
• Worked on a team to design conflict analysis and resolution training programs at the Center.
• Provided training and facilitation services at the Center
• Designed and facilitated dialogue sessions for communities in conflict.
• Worked on a team to develop policies, guidelines, monitoring and evaluation tools and overall administration of the Center.

Communications Coordinator, Catholic Diocese of Damongo, 1996-2005.
• Developed, organized and managed the Department of Social Communications in the Diocese.
• Set up two community-based radio stations, trained staff and developed radio program formats for them.
• Prepared reports, audio/visual aids for training purposes.
• Taught Communications at the Provincial Major Seminary.


Honors/Activities
• Founding Member and Board Chairman, Ghana Network for Peacebuilding (GHANEP), Tamale, Ghana 2003-2006.
• Board Member, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Accra, Ghana 2004-2005
• Vice Chairman, National Communications Commission, Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, Accra, Ghana 1991-1993, 1996-2004

Interests

story telling, religion, politics, conflict analysis, radio/tv production, identity conflicts and traditional mechanisms of peacebuilding, catholic peacebuilding