Who We Are

About the Secretariat

The US Institute of Peace (USIP) is a founding member of the network’s Steering Committee. Following the launch of the network in September 2015 at the Leaders' Summit to Counter ISIL and Violent Extremism at the United Nations, USIP was designated as the host organization for the RESOLVE Network Secretariat. The Secretariat is staffed by USIP, and runs the network’s day to day operations.

Secretariat Team


Candace Rondeaux is a Senior Program Officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace and Director of the Secretariat for the RESOLVE Network, a global research network focused on countering violent extremism. Before joining USIP, she served as Strategic Advisor to the Lessons Learned Program at the U.S. Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. An expert on international affairs, she spent five years in South Asia where she served as the bureau chief for The Washington Post and as senior analyst on Afghanistan for the International Crisis Group. Her research has also covered the dynamics of political Islam in modern Muslim majority states, and Soviet and post-Soviet affairs. Her work has been regularly featured in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The International Herald Tribune, and The Boston Globe. She has also been a frequent guest analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera, BBC World and National Public Radio. Prior to her postings in South Asia, she worked as a journalist for several leading newspapers in the United States, producing award winning work on criminal justice and legal affairs issues for the Post, The St. Petersburg Times in Florida and covering terrorism and criminal justice issues for the investigative team at The New York Daily News following the 9/11 attacks. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she holds a B.A. in Russian Area Studies, M.A. Journalism from New York University, and an MPP in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


Megan E. Loney, who serves as Associate Coordinator, Strategic Partnerships and Planning for the RESOLVE Network, is a Senior Program Assistant with the Center for Governance, Law, and Society at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Since joining USIP in September 2013, she has supported the Center’s work on gender and peacebuilding, security sector reform, and counter violent extremism to include the Women Preventing Extremist Violence and the Just and Sustainable Security Responses to Violent Extremism projects. In her current role, Megan supports the Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism (RESOLVE) Network. She holds a M.S. in Peace Operations Public Policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in Humanistic Studies and Peace Studies from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN.


Bethany L. McGann, who serves as the Associate Coordinator, Research and Knowledge Management for the RESOLVE Network, is a Senior Program Assistant at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Bethany combines a background in governance and rule of law with deep interest in data analysis and internet-based technologies. In previous roles she carried programs and communications portfolios at the World Justice Project; served as a United Nations election monitor in Solomon Islands with the East-West Center; and supported programming the US Embassy in Suva, Fiji in both Public Diplomacy and Political-Economic sections. She joined USIP in June 2014 as a program assistant with the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL), a global community of practice for policing and rule of law practitioners and researchers. Bethany joined the Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism (RESOLVE) Network in 2016, supporting research, communications and overseeing the online Network Knowledge Platform. She holds a B.A. in Government from Smith College in Northampton, MA.


Kateira Aryaeinejad, who serves as Research Associate for the RESOLVE Network, is a Program Assistant with the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In previous positions, Kateira researched and worked on issues associated with the evolution of and local support for violent extremist groups and narratives, geopolitical alliance patterns, forced migration, and localized peacebuilding efforts and conflict resolution in both the Middle East and Europe. She holds an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in International Conflict Management from American University’s School of International Service as well as an Honors B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Md Harun Or Rashid serves as the Country Project Manager (CPM) in Bangladesh for the RESOLVE Network. Harun has more than eight years experience in research and advocacy in the area of governance and politics under the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) in Bangladesh. At the Institute he published number of research papers on governance and politics. He also served as the seminar coordinator of the institute and organized more than thirty seminars and round-table discussions with policy makers, political parties, media and civil society activists in Bangladesh. Recently he served as a core team member of the National Governance Assessment Framework (NGAF) under the Governance Innovation Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh and the UNDP to develop governance indicators in the context of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) 16. Furthermore, he teaches at the MA in Governance and Development of BRAC University. Previously, Harun worked for the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), University of Dhaka and also worked for different other projects of international organizations including the World Bank, USID, Creative Associates International. Harun joined the RESOLVE Network in 2017, supporting Bangladesh based research project in violent extremism. He holds a bachelor and MA in Political Science from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He also received a professional certificate course in the Environmental Governance jointly offered by the University of Manitoba, Canada and BRAC University, Dhaka. Furthermore, he received training on conflict management from the School of International Training (SIT) of USA and the Generations for Peace of Jordan.

The RESOLVE Network Steering Committee acts as the lead strategic advisory body for setting Network priorities and related activities, using its good offices to marshal and steward resources for furtherance of the mission. Learn more about current Committee members below.

Afghanistan Evaluation Unit (AREU)

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research institute based in Kabul. AREU's mission is to inform and influence policy and practice through conducting high-quality, policy-relevant research and actively disseminating the results, and to promote a culture of research and learning. To achieve its mission AREU engages with policymakers, civil society, researchers and students to promote their use of AREU's research and its library, to strengthen their research capacity, and to create opportunities for analysis, reflection and debate. As an impartial Afghanistan-based voice dedicated to research excellence, AREU aspires to contribute to the development of inclusive and transparent policymaking processes, driven by the priorities of the Afghan people, which give rise to better informed policies and programmes that improve Afghan lives.

Afghanistan Evaluation Unit website

Africa Policy Institute (API)

The Africa Policy Institute (API) is an independent, not-for-profit Pan-African think tank that conducts policy-relevant research to develop solutions to public policy challenges to help create a peaceful, secure, and prosperous Africa and the world. Over the last ten years, the API has provided technical and advisory support to governments, civil society, regional and international organizations such as the African Union and the United Nations in a spectrum of policy process on governance, democracy, constitution-making, foreign policy, peace-building, counter-terrorism and regional integration.

Africa Policy Institute website

Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS)

The Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) strives for a democratic Pakistan where all inhabitants are acknowledged as equal citizens without any racial, ideological, ethnic, or sectarian discrimination. Since its inception in 2008, the CRSS has strived to work on the following focus areas: Democracy, Governance, Rule of Law, Accountability, Security, Energy, Media Advocacy, Counter-radicalization, Regional Conflicts, Freedom of Media and Expression, and Human Rights.

Center for Research and Security Studies website

Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation established in 1995 with 48 member states, for the primary purpose of promoting peace, security and international cooperation through executive education and training, applied policy analysis, and dialogue.

Geneva Centre for Security Policy website


Hedayah was created in response to the growing desire from members of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) and the wider international community for the establishment of an independent, multilateral center devoted to dialogue and communications, capacity building programs, research and analysis to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations. During the ministerial-level launch of the GCTF in New York in September 2011, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) offered to serve as the host of the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. In December 2012, Hedayah was inaugurated with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E Hedayah aims to be the premier international center for expertise and experience to counter violent extremism by promoting understanding and sharing of good practice to effectively serve as the true global center to counter violent extremism.

Hedayah's website

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an African organization that works to promote human security on the continent. Its vision is for Africa to achieve its potential as a peaceful and prosperous continent for all its people. The ISS works across the continent, undertaking research, providing policy advice, and delivering practical training and technical assistance. The ISS head office is in Pretoria, South Africa, with sub-regional offices in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Dakar. The ISS works to strengthen responses to violent extremism that are rooted in evidence-based analysis, and centered on human rights and the rule of law.

Institute for Security Studies' website

Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is an independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defense and security research. A unique institution, founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defense and security matters. As a research-led institution, all RUSI activity is intrinsically linked to our world-class research base. Noted for its quality, RUSI analysis is reinforced by an ethos of accuracy, objectivity, and policy relevance.

Royal United Services Institute's website

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world. The Institute does this by engaging directly in conflict zones and by providing analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace. Created by Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan, federally funded organization, USIP’s more than 300 staff work at the Institute’s D.C. headquarters, and on the ground in the world’s most dangerous regions.

United States Institute of Peace website

Strategic Network Partners

Strategic Network Partners serve in an observer capacity by providing insights into critical research gaps. Our partnerships with research, training and policy organizations working or located in our core regions enable the Network to broaden the scope of data collection and analysis on violent extremism. They are crucial sources of expertise on context specific research in the field. Learn more about RESOLVE's Strategic Network Partners by clicking on the logos below.