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.


"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).

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First Nations families are not the problem. The state is, from history to today, it’s the same conduct occurring. The department of communities and justice must not exist, strengthening families and communities to be liberated and supported is the only way.

You should have seen my mum and dads face being able to see each other knowing that I was an adult and nobody could put there hands around and remove from my mum and dad.

We truly just took in the moment, because so many moments was stolen from us.
My big brother was so happy.

I ran from the system at 18 (no support or check in). I saved cash in hand money from reffing basketball to purchase my first car.

I didn’t know much,but I knew my country. It’s the first place I went to.
I then went and had a cup of tea with my mum & dad without being watched.

Today is National sorry day: today we are seeing more kids forcibly removed and placed into statutory Out Of Home Care.
As a survivor of this system; I say this with full honesty. Our kids need country, our kids need family.
Not punishment. Not surveillance.

Culture & country

Stolen agency. I am a sovereign blak woman. But I am powerless under the white supremist systems, structures that contain me, constrain me, oppress me. Stolen. Generations.

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