Elizabeth A. Cole

George Mason University; Former Carnegie Council Senior Program Officer


Elizabeth A. ""Lili"" Cole is a visiting fellow at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, now based in the San Francisco area. Until December 2017, she directed the Fellowship Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace and led the research stream on reconciliation, developing methods to evaluate the impact of reconciliation projects in post-conflict contexts.

Previously she was assistant director of TeachAsia in the Education Division of Asia Society in New York City.

Cole served as senior program officer at the Carnegie Council from 2000 to 2005. She developed the History and the Politics of Reconciliation Program, focusing in particular on educational efforts to promote reconciliation. Before joining the Council she worked at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University where she was coordinator of its program on religion, human rights, and religious freedom. Prior to that she was director of internships at the National Forum Foundation and assistant program officer at the National Endowment for Democracy. Cole holds a PhD in Slavic languages and literatures from Yale University and lived and worked in China from 1981-1984.

Featured Work

MAR 20, 2003 Transcript

Ethical Inquiry and the Teaching of History: Conversation with Carnegie Council Fellow Takashi Yoshida

"Teaching history can be a tool for encouraging students to be critical, and think about how they can tolerate a plurality of views about what ...

FEB 20, 2003 Article

Feature Articles from Inprint Newsletter (2001–2004): Instead of Reconciliation, A Widening Gulf

In the first-ever Japan-North Korea summit last September, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il apologized for the forced abductions of thirteen Japanese nationals who were ...

Senator Bob Kerrey

MAY 13, 2002 Article

Senator Kerrey and the War That Still Haunts Us

The revelation that former senator Bob Kerrey murdered innocent women and children in Vietnam has exposed a sharp division in American public opinion over questions ...

JUN 20, 2001 Article

Teaching for Reconciliation: Can Tolerance Towards Former Enemies Be Taught?

Report on an International Faculty Development Seminar held From June 3-5, 2001, in Lublin, Poland, sponsored by the Carnegie Council, Jagiellonian University, and Brama Grodzka.

Should States Apologize?

APR 19, 2001 Article

Should States Apologize?

According to Chinese President Jiang Zemin, the United States owed China an official apology (baoqian) for sending out a spy plane that collided with a ...