We're Two Conflict Researchers Working in the Most Dangerous Places on Earth, and Found a Way to Make it Through a World of Constant Crisis - AMA
Hi. I'm John Katsos, Associate Professor at the American University of Sharjah (UAE)
and I'm Jason Miklian, a Senior Researcher at the University of Oslo (Norway).
Together, we're two Americans who research issues of conflict, business and society in world's hardest places. Over the past decade, we’ve ventured into some of the world’s worst crisis zones: Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Venezuela, Liberia, Myanmar, Iraq, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, and others. As academics with an insatiable curiosity for how the world really works, we needed to know how people could possibly thrive in those situations, what drives their conflicts, and what (if anything) policymakers and other concerned actors can do to help.
Our research spans academia, policy and popular publications, including this week's Harvard Business Review Big Idea feature on business and crisis, books on the role of the private sector in peacebuilding, scholarly articles on Iraq's new peacebuilders, and even exposes on hidden wars in India and how the world's deadliest storm unleashed a genocide, among others.
The combination of three long-term trends — climate change, globalization, and inequality — has created an unprecedented era of uncertainty for everyone. We're here to talk about how our lessons from the hardest places teach us all about how to make it through our new global environment of constant crisis. We're Two Conflict Researchers Who Work in some of the World's Most Dangerous Places - AMA
We're here to answer any questions about our research, findings, what it's like to do fieldwork in the hard places, how to make it in the cut-throat world of academia, living as global nomads, ethical questions, culture shock, balancing work and life, hairy situations, or anything else that comes to mind. Thanks!!