Month: November 2011

Alpaslan Özerdem

Alpaslan Özerdem Advisory Board Member Dr. Alpaslan Özerdem is director of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) at Coventry University. About With over 15 years of field research experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Turkey, he specializes in the politics of humanitarian interventions, disaster response, security sector reform, reintegration of former combatants and post-conflict state building. He has also taken an active role in the initiation and management of several advisory and applied research projects for a wide range of national and international organizations. Alpaslan leads the...

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Gaëlle Rivard Piché

Gaëlle Rivard Piché Fellow Gaëlle Rivard Piché is a researcher specializing in security sector reform, policing, fragile states, and violence. About She is a doctoral candidate in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University (Ottawa). Her dissertation, entitled “When Security Sector Reform Misfires: the Remaking of Public Order Regimes,” explores how security sector reform affects public order and ultimately violence. She looks at two main cases: El Salvador and Haiti. She is currently conducting field research in San Salvador. Gaëlle holds a M.Sc. in Political Science and a B.Sc. in International Relations from Université...

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Ciara McHugh

Ciara McHugh Junior Research Fellow Ciara McHugh is a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Security Governance. About Ciara McHugh’s research in international security studies took off in 2010 through an Andrew G. Mellon collaborative grant, while she was undertaking undergraduate studies at Marquette University in the US. Since then, her work has expanded through a number of fellowships and research initiatives, focusing specifically on post-conflict civil society in a range of contexts including Rwanda, Cambodia and Northern Ireland. After serving as an AmeriCorps member, she relocated to Northern Ireland in order to pursue a master’s degree in International Relations at Queen’s University Belfast, where she currently explores gender sensitive police reform in...

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Eric Muller

Eric Muller Fellow Eric Muller is a Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Security Governance. About Eric holds an M.A. from Carleton University where he focused on conflict and comparative politics in Africa, and completed a major research project on South Africa’s “quiet diplomacy” during Zimbabwe’s political crisis from 2000-2008. Previously, Eric worked in research and policy roles at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and The MasterCard Foundation. He is currently a contributor to International Policy Digest, and serves on the editorial board of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation’s iAM...

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Branka Marijan

Branka Marijan Fellow Branka Marijan is a researcher specializing in peacebuilding and fragile states. About She is a doctoral candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her dissertation, entitled “Neither War, Nor Peace: Everyday Politics, Peacebuilding and the Liminal Condition of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland” is concerned with the uncertain peace that persists in post-conflict societies long after peace agreements have been signed. Herr broader research interests include state-building, police reform, and civil-military relations. Branka has received research support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  In 2010-2011, she received the John Peters Humphrey Fellowship...

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Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence Fellow Michael Lawrence is an independent researcher. About He is presently working on: drug wars and political formation; state building and state formation; governance in areas of weak statehood; applications of complexity theory in the social sciences; innovative and unconventional security approaches; and the future of liberal peace building. He holds an honours BA in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and an MA in global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and was part of CIGI’s Security Sector Governance project. Michael’s publications include the papers “Towards a Non-State Security Sector Reform Strategy”...

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Sasha Jesperson

Sasha Jesperson Fellow Sasha Jesperson is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University Twickenham. About Before coming to St Mary’s, Sasha was leading research on organised crime at the Royal United Services Institute, working closely with government departments to ensure that research is useful for strengthening policymaking on organised crime. Her research background is on organised crime and particularly the role of development is preventing and responding to criminal activity, and the intersection of crime and conflict. Sasha completed her PhD at the London School of Economics. Her research examined international...

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Sarah Dewhurst

Sarah Dewhurst Fellow Sarah Dewhurst is a specialist in conflict prevention, and security and development effectiveness in fragile states with particular expertise in Early Warning, Early Response methodologies. About She has seven years experience in Timor-Leste focusing on research, evaluation and evidence-based conflict prevention programming. Sarah continues as the in-country representative for Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS), providing technical advice to the NGO Belun for a research project exploring factors affecting the legitimacy of security sector institutions. She worked for four years as director...

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Ibrahim Bangura

Ibrahim Bangura Senior Fellow Dr. Ibrahim Bangura has worked extensively in the fields of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, security sector reform, sustainable livelihoods, gender and conflict resolution. About He attained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sierra Leone, a Master’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam; and a PhD in Economics at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany. Having lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States of America and worked (mostly short-term missions...

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Steven A. Zyck

Steven A. Zyck Senior Fellow Steven A. Zyck is an expert in the security implications of governance and development interventions in fragile and conflict-affected countries. About He is currently an independent researcher, co-editor of Stability: International Journal of Security & Development and an associate of the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit at the University of York, where he formerly served as a fellow and manager of applied research for several years. Steve has spent more than a decade working with a number of major international organizations, NGOs and governments. Most recently, he was the lead analyst at a NATO research centre,...

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Nina Wilén

Nina Wilén Senior Fellow Nina Wilén is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerpen in Belgium. About She teaches the Military Higher Staff courses on Security Problems in Central Africa and International Relations theories. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Military Academy in The Hague, Netherlands and at the European College of Defence and Security. Her research interests focus on security sector reform; disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR); peace-building; gender and security; conflict resolution; and state-building. She has done fieldwork in a number of African countries, including Burundi, the...

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Anthony Cleland Welch

Anthony Cleland Welch Senior Fellow After leaving the British military as a Brigadier General, Tony Welch, has spent the last twenty years working in post-conflict and developing countries. About His experience ranges from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo to Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands and Kuwait.  He has worked with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union (EU), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations (UN) on peace building, stabilisation and development missions. This included the post of Chief of Staff to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for...

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Yuji Uesugi

Yuji Uesugi Senior Fellow Yuji Uesugi is a professor at the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University (Japan). About He holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent (UK). He formerly was an associate professor at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University (Japan). He received his MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University (USA). His current research focus includes security sector reform, civil-military relationship and international peace operations, and he has mainly covered the issues of peace and conflict in Asia,...

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DB Subedi

DB Subedi Senior Fellow DB Subedi is an expert and researcher in conflict transformation, peacebuilding and community security. About His current and previous research has focused on post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding with particular emphasis on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR), security governance in political transition, community security and violence prevention, role of the private sector in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconciliation. He possesses more than 12 years of long-term as well as short-term experience in project management, training, teaching and research in the field of peacebuilding and development from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, Myanmar and Australia. He also specialises...

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Matthew LeRiche

Matthew LeRiche Senior Fellow Matthew LeRiche is a lecturer in international politics, conflict security and development. About He is an expert in political and conflict risk analysis, initially specializing in the political and security dynamics of South Sudan where he has worked since 2006. Whilst studying for a PhD at King’s College London, he undertook extensive field research in South Sudan and East Africa on humanitarianism and its impact on the conduct of war. While working in the field he was able to establish and develop relations with all levels of actors from local communities to high-level commanders of...

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David Law

David Law Senior Fellow David Law is a security and governance practitioner, with over 30 years’ experience as a policy advisor and advocate, facilitator, teacher, trainer, editor and writer. About Prior to joining the Centre for Security Governance, David worked from 2003 to 2011 with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) as a senior fellow. From 2008 to 2010, he was assigned as senior advisor to DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team to support this then newly created division of DCAF during its start-up phase. In these positions, he was responsible for designing and...

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David Last

David Last Senior Fellow David Last is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he teaches comparative politics and graduate courses in conflict management and peacekeeping. About His major research interest intersects comparative democratization, ethnic conflict management, and external state and nation building in post-conflict states. Dr. Guzina’s current research is on the European Union’s accession policies and state building in the Western Balkans. His book, Conflict De-escalation in Peacekeeping Operations, is published by the Canadian Peacekeeping Press (1997), and he has published more than forty chapters and articles...

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Dejan Guzina

Dejan Guzina Senior Fellow Dejan Guzina is Associate Professor in Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (Ontario, Canada). About His major research interest intersects comparative democratization, ethnic conflict management, and external state and nation building in post-conflict states. Dr. Guzina’s current research is on the European Union’s accession policies and state building in the Western Balkans. The research focuses primarily on the region’s specific policy challenges that are omnipresent across the region: bringing war criminals to justice, pervasive corruption at the state level and the lack of structural security and juridical reforms. Dr. Guzina has published in...

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Eleanor Gordon

Eleanor Gordon Senior Fellow Eleanor Gordon is a full-time Lecturer in Conflict and Security Studies in the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester. About At the University of Leicester, she developed and delivers an MSc distance learning programme in Security, Conflict and International Development (SCID) and established and manages the SCID Panel of Experts. In addition, Eleanor works as a consultant for a number of conflict prevention NGOs, universities, government agencies and the UN, primarily on issues related to building security and justice after conflict. She has also served in various management and advisory roles in the field of...

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Ross Fetterly

Ross Fetterly Senior Fellow Col. Ross Fetterly has 32 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces and is currently the Royal Canadian Air Force Comptroller and Business Planner. About A scholar practitioner, he has a Ph.D (War Studies) from the Royal Military College of Canada focused on defence economics, policy and cost analysis. He has a MAdmin from the University of Regina, a MA from the Royal Military College, and a BCom from McGill University. Ross has served in the NATO International Security Assistance Force as the Chief CJ8 (finance, procurement and contracting) for the Commander Kandahar Airfield organisation and as...

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Timothy Donais

Timothy Donais Senior Fellow Timothy Donais is an associate professor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he teaches in the area of peace and conflict studies. About He joined Laurier in 2008, after having taught for four years in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor. He received his PhD from Toronto’s York University in 2003. Tim’s research focuses on post-conflict peace building, and he has recently completed a multi-year research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, which explored issues of “local ownership” in peace...

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Marina Caparini

Marina Caparini Senior Fellow Dr. Marina Caparini conducts applied research and policy support on security and justice governance, with an emphasis on conflict-affected and post-authoritarian settings. About She has worked closely with civil society actors, policy makers, security and justice practitioners, donors and international organisations on a wide spectrum of security and justice issues, including SSR, private security regulation, transitional justice, conflict management and peace operations. She formerly held senior positions at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), the International Center for Transitional Justice, and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. Marina is currently...

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Geoff Burt

Geoff Burt Senior Fellow Geoff’s research focuses on state building and security sector reform. About Geoff Burt was formerly the Deputy Director of the Centre for Security Governance (CSG). Prior to joining the CSG, Geoff Burt was a researcher at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and a member of CIGI’s Security Sector Governance project. His work in Haiti has examined the regulation and oversight of private security and, more recently, efforts to coordinate the national level, top-down police reform process with participatory violence reduction projects at the community level. Geoff was a recipient of the Canadian Department...

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Stephen Baranyi

Stephen Baranyi Senior Fellow Stephen Baranyi is an Associate Professor with the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. About He currently works at the nexus of development and security — on issues like the challenges of security system reform, development cooperation and gender equality in fragile and conflict-affected states, especially in the Americas. Prior to joining the University in 2008, he worked as a practitioner with various governmental, non-governmental and research institutions in Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. He has published widely on issues related to peacebuilding and development fragile and...

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Louise Riis Andersen

Louise Riis Andersen Advisory Board Member Dr. Louise Riis Andersen is a senior analyst at the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen. About Prior to joining Danish Institute for International Studies, she worked as a carrier diplomat in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Drawing on her policy background, her research explores the ways in which the international community perceives and responds to crisis in the global periphery. With a focus on UN-led peace operations in Sub-Saharan Africa she deals with questions related to global governance, the nexus between security and development, and the dilemmas of post-conflict statebuilding....

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