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Center on International Cooperation, New York University

New York, United States
Joined September 2017

Working on a roadmap for peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+)



Presence in: United States
Focus: Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Governance, Peace-building, Women's Rights

The Center on International Cooperation (CIC) is a non-profit research center housed at New York University (NYU). Our core mission is to enhance international responses on the countries and issues most important to conflict prevention and recovery, through direct and regular engagement with multilateral institutions and the wider policy community.

CIC’s comparative advantage lies in two areas. We work at the intersection between politics, security, justice, and development, bringing together experienced staff who can connect the four areas. Second, we focus on analysis and ideas-generation that is practical, policy relevant and sensitive to political realities and difficulties in achieving collective action on international problems. The Center has played a role disproportionate to its small size in incubating processes that have had significant influence on global policy, from peacebuilding at the UN to the international dialogue on fragile states to regional approaches to challenges such as the Afghanistan conflict, to the post-2015 agenda.

Coupled with its reputation for high-quality and actionable research, CIC generates impact from its work through a targeted communication strategy that makes use of extensive networks in governments and multilateral organizations. The Center’s relationships with the United Nations (in particular, the Office of the Secretary General, members states of the Security Council and the General Assembly, DPKO, DPA, PBSO, UNDP, and OCHA), the World Bank, the AU, the EU and the League of Arab States give it singular intellectual influence in multilateral efforts today. CIC also maintains close partnerships with think tanks in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Qatar, South Africa, UAE as well as in Europe and the US.

People Associated With This Organization

Alisa Jimenez

United States  
Center on International Cooperation,...
Joined November 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Alisa Jimenez is a Program Associate at the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (hosted by NYU CIC) where she works on the Pathfinders for Justice team.

Prior to joining CIC, Alisa was at the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Airbel Center as a Research & Development fellow. At the IRC she worked on a review of country programs, analyzing grants, program documents, and conducting interviews with in-country staff to assess alignment with pre-existing frameworks. Alisa has also spent time with the United Nations Development Programme in Kosovo, providing research, briefs, and analysis on national and international small arms legislation and violent extremism. Previously, she worked at a national charter school and an international law firm, focusing on recruitment and diversity initiatives.

Alisa holds a Master's degree in international affairs with a specialization in conflict and security from the New School Graduate Program in International Affairs. She also holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in international relations and anthropology from the University of Rochester.

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Ariana Lippi

United States  
Center on International Cooperation,...
Joined June 2020
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Program Assistant, Center on International Cooperation, New York University

Karina Gerlach

United States  
Center on International Cooperation,...
Joined September 2017
Interests: Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Governance, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a Senior Program Advisor at the Center on International Cooperation at NYU. Among my projects is assisting in the elaboration of a roadmap for peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+) to be launched in the week of 18 September/2017. In that roadmap the issues of access to justice figure prominently and we are working on establishing a task force to accelerate the implementation of the targets associated to justice.
Prior to arriving at CIC, I spent 30 years at the UN working first on development and then political issues. My last assignment with the UN was as Deputy Executive Secretary of the High Level Panel on the post-2015 agenda which produced the first set of SDGs and where the issues around peaceful, just and inclusive societies were first discussed as belonging in the "development agenda".
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