Building Better Peace

I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University.

My research focuses on civil wars and peace processes, in particular, how the international community supports societies as they move from war towards peace, and why these processes often fail to establish stable peace. I'm particularly interested in the negotiation of power during these processes, the role of non-state actors and women, and how the assumptions and behaviours of international interveners affects their capacity and credibility in the countries in which they work.  

My first book, "Why Peace Processes Fail: Negotiating Insecurity After Civil War" was published in 2015 by Lynne Rienner Publishers. My second book, "Violating Peace: Sex, Aid and Peacekeeping" was published in 2020 with Cornell University Press.

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"Even if there’s no war raging, there are many places where people can’t live with dignity, human rights, or access to health and education." - Dr Jasmine-Kim Westendorf

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I've published a range of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters that explore a few key themes: the role of the international community in peace processes in civil wars, issues of women, peace and security; and sexual exploitation and abuse in peace operations.

I have also made numerous media appearances discussing peace and post conflict issues.

I am available for expert consultancy, media comment, and graduate supervision, and I love opportunities to collaborate with others (either in academia or outside).

Latest from Twitter

Delighted my second journal article is finally published online with Taylor & Francis Group @Journal_ICS
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07256868.2021.1971174

#Islamophobia #research #Muslimorganisations

Now that I have 100K followers, I want to talk about #OvarianCancer. Specifically my gritty story. The goal is awareness. I hope you find this narrative informative.

I have been offline since May, to finish this two-year hunt for the highest-ranking Syrian war criminal known to be in Europe. It is by far the hardest project I've ever taken on. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/20/how-a-syrian-war-criminal-and-double-agent-disappeared-in-europe

Forty thousand jobs.

Forty thousand colleagues. Forty thousand engaged teachers, innovative researchers. Forty thousand curious minds, thoughtful mentors, supporters of the next gen of Aust leaders.

And this government has sat on its hands. Shame.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-13/covid-job-cuts-at-universities-prompting-fears-for-future/100447960

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