Terrence Lyons

Terrence Lyons

Terrence Lyons

Associate Professor

Terrence Lyons received his doctorate in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies and served as a Fellow associated with the Conflict Resolution in Africa project at the Brookings Institution and as Senior Research and Program Leader for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo.

Lyons’s research has focused on the relationships between protracted civil wars and processes of political development and sustainable peace, with a particular focus on Africa and on policy issues. Among Lyons’s publications are: Demilitarizing Politics: Elections on the Uncertain Road to Peace (Lynne Rienner, 2005), Voting for Peace: Postconflict Elections in Liberia (Brookings Institution, 1999), Sovereignty as Responsibility: Conflict Management in Africa (co-written with Francis M. Deng, Sadikiel Kimaro, Donald Rothchild, and I. William Zartman) (Brookings Institution, 1996), and Somalia: State Collapse, Multilateral Intervention, and Strategies for Political Reconstruction (co-written with Ahmed Samatar) (Brookings Institution, 1995). He has also co-edited two books and several working papers, and has published in a range of journals and policy-oriented publications.

Since coming to George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) in 1999, Lyons has taught a range of courses on conflict analysis, theories of conflict, and seminars on civil wars. Lyons has been a faculty advisor to the S-CAR Africa Working Group and currently serves as the Doctoral Program Coordinator.

Lyons has participated in talks to resolve conflicts in Ethiopia and served as Senior Program Advisor to the Carter Center’s project on postconflict elections in Liberia (1997) and Ethiopia (2005). He has served as an international election observer in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Bangladesh, Benin, and Liberia. He has worked as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development and the World Bank on issues relating to democracy and conflict.


PhD, International Relations, 1994, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

MA, History, 1985, Michigan State University

BA, History, 1981, University of Virginia