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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Last night I had this paid post appear on my news feed touting a secret plan by Dan Andrews to give toddlers gender re-alignment surgery so I had a poke around and the results were equally surprising and not surprising at all.

Today I step down as ICRC’s Director of Operations, closing a 30-year career @ICRC. I'm sad to leave a world-class organization but excited to explore new paths. I’d love to share some thoughts after 8 years as op director and 3 decades helping people trapped in conflict: 1/7

Please circulate: we are looking for a Ph.D. student (fully funded) to work with us on a four year @arc_gov_au Linkage Project on “Visualising Humanitarian Crises: How Images Can Transform Aid Policy." Scholarship details here:

📣 Job alert! If you work in the field of security studies / international security, this lectureship @CardiffPolitics might be of interest. We are a friendly bunch!

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