Our Team

Randall Butler

is ISP’s CEO.  He’s a recovering trial lawyer who for over 20 years has helped individuals, businesses, and governments resolve disputes via mediations and dialogues designed and facilitated to build understanding and collaboration across deep ethnic, social, and political divides. He has trained community and political leaders and activists in transformational leadership for sustainable peace in the USA, the Balkans, and among activists and leaders in the Sudanese & South Sudanese Diaspora.

Board of Advisors

Hon. Robert W. (Todd) Becker

is the former U.S. foreign service officer and Deputy Head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Croatia. He received the Croatian Helsinki Committee Human Rights Award, and currently teaches at Lawrence University.

Peter Bishop, Ph.D.

Formerly, Associate Professor of Strategic Foresight and Coordinator of the graduate program in Future Studies at the University of Houston. Now heads up an “Teach the Future” which trains secondary school teachers in methods for “teaching the future’.  Specializing in techniques for long-term forecasting and planning, Dr. Bishop also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future.

Mark Chupp Ph.D.

is an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University. He teaches community development, with an emphasis on Appreciative Inquiry processes. He is an international consultant and trainer in civic engagement and conflict transformation, and serves as a Research Associate with the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change.

Barbara Heinzen

After 30 years in London, Barbara Heinzen is now based in upstate New York, 15 miles south of Albany.  She is a freelance geographer with a PhD from the School of Oriental & Africa Studies, University of London. Her independent professional practice in long-range scenarios and planning began in 1987 in London after working for two years with Royal Dutch Shell where she was trained in scenario planning and strategy. Her clients have included major multinational and American companies, as well as civil society organizations in the U.S.A. and abroad.

Douglas McAdam, Ph.D.

is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Prof. of Sociology at Stanford University – author or co-author of 18 books and some 85 other publications in political sociology with a special emphasis on race in the U.S., American Politics, the study of social movements and “contentious politics.” His most recent book is “Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements” co-authored with Karina Kloos.

Richard Stoll, Ph.D.

is the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science, Rice University. An outstanding teacher, Professor Stoll is an accomplished scholar of international conflict. He has used computer simulation techniques and statistical analysis to study topics such as arms competitions, comparative foreign policy, and political realism. Dr. Stoll recently participated in a ten university effort funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to collect data on militarized interstate disputes. He is currently engaged in an effort to create events data from online news sources and to predict the outbreak of serious international conflict. This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation.

Anthony Wanis-St. John, Ph.D.

is an Associate Professor in American University’s School of International Service. He researches international negotiation and mediation, including military negotiations, ceasefires, humanitarian negotiations, and peace processes.  He has created several advanced courses on negotiation for SIS, ranging from interpersonal skills and analysis to complex multilateral challenges.  He also conducts advanced negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution trainings for US military and civilian agencies, international organizations, humanitarian NGOs, as well as business organizations around the world.