In New Book, World Leaders Join Scholars to Examine Role of Diversity in Development and Conflict


WASHINGTON, D.C.—February 2022—World leaders, scholars and activists describe how diversity and inclusion are essential to ending global conflict and promoting social and economic well-being worldwide in a new edited volume published by Oxford University Press.

Nobel Laureate Leymah R. Gbowee, Former Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga, and renowned scholar Ann Towns are among the co-authors of Untapped Power: Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion for Conflict and Development, edited by Georgetown University’s Carla Koppell. 

“It is essential for foreign policy leaders to value marginalized and vulnerable groups, and understand how to leverage diversity and inclusion,” said former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. “This should be essential reading for anyone seeking to advance human rights globally today.”

The book considers major scholarly theories underlying the case for a focus on diversity; analyzes movements for inclusion; outlines specific strategies for promoting inclusion throughout peacebuilding and development processes; and discusses priorities to advance the agenda through research, advocacy, financial investments, and programming. 

“The global #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements as well as the push for LGBTQ+ rights are all emblematic of a growing focus on how to better embrace diversity. Yet these social movements exist alongside renewed efforts to constrain minority rights and stem immigration around the world,” explains volume editor Carla Koppell who is senior advisor for diversity, equity and inclusion at Georgetown. 

“Untapped Power provides a comprehensive overview for understanding and navigating these countervailing forces,” adds Koppell. 

A book launch event hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security will take place on Friday, February 25 at 10am. 


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