By Ryann Doyle
Photo by Evan Cantwell
Danial Anas Kaysi, a senior conflict analysis and resolution (CAR) major with a business administration minor, has been named Mason’s first Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Only eight to 10 graduating students across the country are selected for the Junior Fellowship each year out of a pool of nominees from nearly 300 colleges.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization and leading international think tank. The organization is dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.
Kaysi, who will graduate in May, will start his fellowship in Carnegie’s Middle East program in August. While the fellowship is a one-year, full-time paid position with benefits, a main focus remains on the educational experience and development of skills.
“I will assist senior fellows in researching, translating, briefing, editing and analyzing policy proposals on Middle East issues concentrating on democratization and political parties in the Middle East,” says Kaysi.
Kaysi is also an undergraduate apprentice, working on the Political Youth Leadership and Conflict Management Project with his faculty mentor Patricia Maulden. This semester he has been working on the first step of his program by researching and collecting information from past leadership or conflict resolution training programs.
“I am basically working toward integrating the two kinds of training into a synthesized program for politically active youth of war-torn or post-conflict societies,” says Kaysi.
Kaysi values the skills he has developed from the apprenticeship and the experience he will gain working for the Carnegie Endowment because he says they are on opposite ends of the spectrum and both will be very useful.
“What I’m going to be doing with Carnegie is more concerned with analysis since I will be assisting with research and writing up policy briefs,” explains Kaysi.
“My apprenticeship is more practice because I am exploring various ways of training and developing leadership skills and conflict resolution skills, and then applying that by working with my colleagues to design such a program.”
Last semester, as part of his internship with the Dialogue and Difference program and in conjunction with professors Maulden and Talha Kolse, Kaysi developed a one-credit course, CONF 341, which introduces students to practical skills in international analysis and resolution such as negotiating, mediating and dialogue. CONF 341 is being taught this semester as a pilot course, and Kaysi is the course assistant.
After his Carnegie fellowship, Kaysi hopes to earn a master’s in law and diplomacy.
“I transferred from the American University of Beirut because Mason’s CAR program is one of the pioneers and most renowned conflict analysis program in the country. I am very glad I came here. You get a lot of opportunities here at Mason to pursue your interests, and it has been a very rewarding experience.”