Mohammed Cherkaoui is adjunct faculty at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution where his research primarily focuses on the split of social groups, transformation of the enmity system, and the impact of the media narratives on social change. Before earning his PhD from GMU, He was dealing first hand with various dynamics of wars and conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa namely the Gulf War, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Algeria’s civil war, and the Iraqi War. He has been a media practitioner at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, the Voice of America (VOA) and ANA television in Washington. He is the recipient of eleven professional awards for excellence in journalism including The Voice of America Employee of the Year (2000) and the Meritorious Award (2004).
Since 2006, Dr. Cherkaoui has expanded his career into peace journalism with Internews Europe in Israel and the Palestinian Territories where he conducted a series of training workshops for journalists on alternative orientation toward some win-win solutions, humanization of all parties and exposure of untruths on all sides, within the framework of the media as critical reflective practice. His recent publications include “The Palestinian Media at the Crossroads: Challenges and Expectations”, (Elamona, April 2011) and “Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence”, a co-edited volume with Dr. Daniel Rothbart and Dr. Karina Korostelina (Routledge-March 2012). Dr. Cherkaoui is currently working on projects investigating dynamics of transformative power, fragmentation of social groups, and moral legitimacy of emerging political actors. His courses include Reflective Practice, Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Integration of Theory and Practice, Global Conflict Resolution, and the Media, Conflict, and Conflict Resolution.